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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Obesity is a rising concern in the United States, not just in humans, but in our animal companions as well.  About a third of our pets are now obese and, in addition to shortening their lifespan, obe...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Managing a household with multiple species can present many challenges. How you start out can determine whether you end up with a peaceful house – or one where your pets fight “like cats an...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring thunder and lightning. Some dogs are overly sensitive to nature’s sound and light show, and in these dogs, thunderstorm season can cause s...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
It is the ugly truth – the majority of pets that I see in my office are overweight. Some are so obese they can’t do much more than waddle, pant and lay still. These are the pets who are being sl...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
It is the ugly truth – the majority of pets that I see in my office are overweight. Some are so obese they can’t do much more than waddle, pant and lay still. These are the pets who are be...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As warmer weather approaches, so, inevitably, does the return of the mosquito. It is appropriate, then, that April is Heartworm Awareness Month.     Heartworm disease is a serious and p...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
  Spring is in the air, and so are pollens and other potential allergens! It is this time of year that we start to see an increase in canine atopy. Atopy is a general term used to describe allergies...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Happy April Fools’ Day!    My husband thought it would be funny to glue some dog bones to the floor this morning. My dog and I did not.   Given the annual day of shenanigans is upo...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Today is National Puppy Day, and we’ve been focusing on all things puppy for the last few blogs to get you and your new addition ready for puppyhood. We’ve dished on the top tips for new puppy...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Continuing the buildup to National Puppy Day (March 23rd), let’s tackle the topic of a puppy’s first vaccines. We've already touched on what you need to do before you bring your puppy home and w...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.