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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
For pet owners, the issue of whether or not their pets dream is easily settled by observing their furry friend while sleeping. I think it is safe to say we all, at one time or another, have witnessed our ...
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In the last blog, we talked about cruciate ligaments and some of the contributing factors to cruciate ligament disease in dogs. Today I’ll cover clinical signs of the condition, diagnosis and some i...
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For this week’s blog, let’s take a look at one of the most common causes of hind limb lameness in our canine companions: cruciate ligament disease.  This is an incredibly hot topic in vet...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you recall from the last blog, cardiomyopathy is a primary disease of the heart muscle. In dogs, cardiomyopathy is most often due to the thinning of the heart muscles and the dilation of the chambers o...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Heart disease in dogs and cats is quite common, but the old veterinary saying holds true—cats are not small dogs! When you break down the word “cardiomyopathy,” you’ll find that it...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
Emergencies can happen at any time. Lucky for your pets, you’re ready for anything. As their personal "Pet First-Aider" you make it your responsibility to keep a handy pet first aid kit well-stocked a...
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Canine distemper virus is a disease of dogs, and hopefully it’s just some nebulous illness you vaguely recall hearing about and not something you’ve had direct experience with. It’s most...
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When at the dog park, it’s important to understand basic canine body language so you can assess whether a situation could lead to trouble. This blog post will help you recognize what kind of behavio...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You’ve sat down with your family, examined your finances and free time, and finally made the decision: you’re going to get a pet!  Making the decision to add a new pet to the family also m...
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A Swedish pharmaceutical company recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has conditionally approved a new chemotherapeutic drug that will provide veterinary oncologists with a ...
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