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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In our first Puppy Steps blog, we talked about the Top 10 Tips for New Puppy Parents. The second and third blogs in our series gearing up to National Puppy Day on March 23rd will focus on a puppy&...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
National Puppy Day is March 23rd. In honor of puppies everywhere, we will dedicate a five-part series of blogs to all things puppy - from bringing your puppy home to keeping him happy and healthy for y...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve all been there before. You’re feeling a little under the weather, and all you have left is some medicine that is a few months past due. While you may have considered popping those pills,...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
March 3rd is “What if pets had opposable thumbs? Day”!  I have never really given the idea much thought, but I’m sure in my household it would have disastrous consequences--I would li...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you sneeze at even the sight of a dog, I have bad news:  there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog.  All dogs shed skin cells and have allergens in their saliva.  Allergen...
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