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A very sad article was recently sent my way regarding a five year old Labrador Retriever that went for a summer swim in a Minnesota lake.  Unbeknownst to the Pet Parents, the lake contained blue-gree...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Open windows are a favorite hangout spot for my two cats, who love soaking in the sun and breeze and smelling all of the wonderful smells that only they can pick up. They aren’t alone—it seems...
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Everyone knows that having animals in our lives is good for us.  It is a foregone conclusion, right?  What could be better for us than having a furry head to scratch, having a dog or cat to play...
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Does your cat have a drinking problem? She could, and you might not even know.  The other day I was excited because one of my favorite cats and favorite clients was coming in to see me (obviously ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
  It may be the dog days of summer, but there are still plenty of warm weather hazards to be aware of for our feline friends, as well. I was watching my cat with envy the other day as she lazily ...
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An impromptu game of chase. A few minutes of fetch. Most dog owners spend at least a little time each day engaged in play. The trouble is, these brief episodes of activity aren't enough to prevent unhealt...
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  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
It’s that time of year again – time to celebrate the very best in veterinary excellence! Nominations for the 2015 Petplan Veterinary Awards are now open, and this year, we have some exciting n...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Summer time brings one of my favorite holidays--Independence Day!  Who doesn’t love summer barbecues followed by amazing fireworks displays?  We all do!  Well, except maybe our pets.&nb...
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The other day the gate to my yard was left open for maybe five seconds. Apparently five seconds is enough for both of my dogs to: 1) detect the gate is ajar, and 2) dash through aforementioned gap...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I was reading an article the other day about the top “must have” pet products for summer. I was really enjoying the article until I came to one entry: the retractable leash.   Retractab...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.