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    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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
  Do you have a talkative cat? I'm not asking if your cat actually speaks to you (although I know many pet parents who swear they do!), but some cats seem to be talkers (or meowers), while...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
One experience shared among most pet parents is the experience of medicating your pet. Whether your pet has needed medicine to deal with an injury or illness, or simply to keep them safe and healthy (as i...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
October is National Pet Wellness Month, which means that it’s time to remind ourselves of the motto “Twice a Year, For Life!”. That’s right - because our pets age five to seven ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Though most of us associate allergy flare-ups with springtime, autumn can also trigger an itch in our dogs and cats. When humans suffer from allergies, we get classic respiratory signs like congestio...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.