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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
From time to time, your veterinarian might recommend running blood tests on your pet, especially if your pet is a senior. It may seem strange to run blood work on an apparently healthy animal, but not onl...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You may have seen medical advertisements on television about men who have trouble “going.”  Believe it or not, our canine friends have similar troubles as they age. The prostate gland ser...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Halloween is rapidly approaching. Yes, it’s time for ghosts and goblins of all sizes to dress up as their favorite character and play tricks for treats! Your canine child is probably already a pro at ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If your feline friend is huffing and puffing around the house, there’s a possibility she may be doing more than her best impression of the big bad wolf (unless you’re playing the role of Littl...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you are considering adding a new four-legged family member to your household, you may want to start at your local rescue or humane society. There are plenty of wonderful best friends available at shelter...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When it comes to diagnosing doggy disorders or kitty conundrums, our pets' lack of language skills can makes things difficult. But some diseases are so distinctive that a diagnosis ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In two earlier blogs, we talked about the adrenal gland, and the two diseases that arise from the overproduction or underproduction of cortisol, Addison’s disease and Cushing’s disease.&n...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Our pets have a heart of gold (most of the time) and as their pet parents, we want to keep them in the best shape possible. Unfortunately, heart disease is common in our pets. That’s ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s time again to let our spotlight shine on some famous pets! I thought I’d mix it up this week and add in a famous cat (or in this case, cats), but I had a hard time coming up with very ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Dogs and cats can develop lumps and bumps throughout their lives. Perhaps you’ve noticed them as you’re petting or grooming your pet, or maybe your veterinarian has pointed one out d...
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