• Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
A few weeks ago, I was awakened by a panicked text from my neighbor—her cat, Zipporah, had slipped out the front door unnoticed the night before and was missing. Now, in many situations, this wouldn...
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The other day I received a note from a reader about an unusual and perplexing condition in her dog. She wrote that she lived in southwestern Florida and had recently taken her dog and foster pup for an oc...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Chronic gastrointestinal issues are troublesome (and messy!) for dogs and owners alike. Researchers from the veterinary school at The University of Pennsylvania (Penn Vet) are trying to find a better way ...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
An estimated 3 to 4 million pets are adopted from shelters each year*, but despite the great work of our shelters nationwide, these pets still face misconceptions about their health and characteristics. For...
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In addition to being a veterinarian, I’m probably best known as a musician, well, bassist to be exact. I was in a moderately successful band throughout college and veterinary school, “The Viol...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If the internet is an expert at anything, it’s images of cats. From Grumpy Cat to Maru to cats simply sitting in boxes, the internet is where cats reign supreme. I love seeing anything that might ch...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
So much of the country has been firmly in the grip of winter’s frigid hand, and so far there appears to be no end in sight to the record breaking cold (Punxsutawney Phil was right!). Aside from the ...
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In the past, the most common cause for pet food recalls has been for Salmonella contamination. While Salmonella still leads the recall pack, you may have noticed a new pathogen popping up on recent U.S. F...
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One of the leading causes for pet food recalls is for “the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.” Even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and many veterinarians (myself...
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Pet food is hot, smoking hot. The past several years have seen pet food progress from a food industry afterthought to a portfolio necessity. The world’s largest food manufacturers have scrambled to ...
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