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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Seizures in our pets can be a terrifying thing to witness. Knowing the facts behind seizures or what causes them may help you fare better through such a scary event.   Seizures are the most common ne...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Summer time is upon us, and for many people, summer is the season for travel.  From the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters, this land was definitely meant to be seen, but if you’re any...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
While yesterday was technically the first day of summer, many of us have already experienced weather that has been less spring-like and more like the dog days of deep summer. Below are some common...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
My beloved dog, Katie, turned 13 this month. She is obviously getting up there in years, and I’ve noticed some changes in her over the past several months.  Her sleep patterns have changed--she s...
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  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
It is a given that anyone who works at Petplan is pet crazy. So it is only natural that pets are not just welcome at Petplan but cherished.   However, to ensure a harmonious and safe wor...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Having a pet means accepting a few givens: your house and possessions will become covered in pet hair (or drool, depending on your pet), your schedule will revolve around letting your dog out to go potty an...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Considering a feline addition to the family? Shelter cats make pets, but before you go cat crazy and run out for a new feline friend, make sure you’ve done your homework, which should include all of t...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As a veterinarian, I recommend annual exams for all pets, including cats. As a cat pet parent, however, I recognize that taking a cat to the vet is much easier said than done.  I hear it all the time f...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Surely everyone has heard the term “mangy mutt” to describe an unthrifty or unattractive dog (is there really such a thing?). But the word “mange” actually describes a medical c...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
A few weeks ago (May 15-21) was National Dog Bite Prevention Week. While it is important to know how to prevent your dog (and the rest of your family) from getting bitten, it is also imperative that you und...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.