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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Some illnesses are more urgent than others, and often the severity of these cases are obvious – uncontrolled vomiting or visibly broken bones. Still, other conditions may be seen as borderline, ...
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Our fight against cancer is almost always personal. Ironically, the lives of pets have become markedly longer and healthier because of leash laws, routine vaccinations, improved veterinary care and even p...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Many of us had a particularly harsh winter that seemed never ending, so it is with great joy that I look forward to Memorial Day and the start of a nice, warm summer. While the final Sunday in May is comm...
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I’ve learned a few things during the past 22 years practicing veterinary medicine. I’ve learned to always be polite, no matter how curt a pet owner may act. A good vet listens, looks, and feel...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
It’s spring, which means it’s time to get out the spade, the shovel and the gardening gloves. A quick trip to the store for bulbs, seeds, and mulch and you’re on your way.    J...
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In my last blog, we talked about what IVDD is and some of the clinical signs of the disease. Today, I’ll explain how we diagnose the condition and what treatment options are available to help pets w...
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Before we dive into our discussion about intervertebral disc disease (IVDD for short), let’s do a quick review on the anatomy of the canine and feline back.  The spinal column is composed of th...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In my career as a veterinarian, I have worked at two clinics that have employed an in-house groomer, and I really enjoyed having a groomer working on site for many reasons. Not only was it a joy to watch ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
May 4-10 is “Be Kind to Animals Week.” The American Humane Association came up with this idea in 1915 to celebrate the human-animal bond and, of course, encourage kindness toward animals. ...
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Although I am a veterinarian and have devoted my life to helping animals around the world, I actually couldn’t have pets when I was growing up. I wanted one (or more accurately a dozen), but my moth...
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