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In yesterday’s blog, I talked a little bit about what’s normal and what’s not when it comes to sibling rivalry between dogs. Today, I’m going to tell you some things you can do to ...
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There are few challenges to dog ownership as heart wrenching or difficult to deal with as when two dogs in the same household are fighting.  Fights between household dogs can happen for many reasons,...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I’m sure you've heard the word “metabolism” thrown around – especially when the subject of weight comes up.  Some lucky people find it easy to stay thin, and we say that they ...
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Your pet’s immune system is designed to keep him healthy by detecting a wide range of foreign invaders, ranging from bacterial organisms to fungi and parasites, and then dealing with these threats a...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Hydrotherapy is a type of physical therapy that incorporates water into exercises through the use of swimming and underwater treadmills. If you’ve ever tried water aerobics, or simply just tried wal...
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Every now and then I run across a product that surprises me. Recently, I’ve begun to notice “wine” and “beer” made for dogs. Read that again – I had to. Is this trend o...
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In science, we sometimes forget that we have one formidable enemy: ignorance. For this reason, many of us have devoted our careers, and so many others have donated their precious dollars, to fill critical...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Just as humans are occasionally put on bed rest for medical reasons, our pets can be subject to cage rest, too! Whether recovering from orthopedic surgery, or just trying to heal an injury or mild case of...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The Pet Poison Hotline reports that over the last five years, there has been a 200% increase in the amount of calls they have received regarding marijuana toxicity in pets. And now that 20 states and Wash...
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What exactly is aspiration pneumonia?   To put it simply, aspiration pneumonia is the inhalation (breathing in) of foreign material into the trachea and lungs. It usually occurs secondary to oth...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.