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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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  • 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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The cerebellum is a part of the brain. In fact, the word ‘cerebellum’ is Latin for ‘little brain.’ In dogs and cats (and all other mammals), the cerebellum sits under the larger ce...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked extensively before about the disease diabetes, where pets suffer from either a relative or an absolute shortage of insulin. This lack of insulin results in a condition called hyperglyce...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Spring has sprung! Before you welcome the warmer weather and fresh spring breeze with open doors and extra time outdoors, check out this list of the top 10 spring pet health hazards you need to know...
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Yesterday, we talked a little about where pets contract Leptospirosis, and some of the clinical signs of infection. In today’s blog, I want to give you some more information about dealing with the d...
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In recent years, you may have noticed that your veterinarian has been recommending vaccinating your dog against Leptospirosis.  You may be wondering, “What is Leptospirosis and why do I need to...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Hepatozoonosis is a systemic tick-borne disease in dogs caused by either the protozoa Hepatozoon canis or Hepatozoon americanum. While both of these organisms cause similar disease, cases caused by H. ame...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s no secret, and nor should it be a surprise, that despite our best efforts, sometimes our pets just stink! Today we’ll address some of the common causes of funky pets – from head to ...
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