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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
  Last week was National Dog Week – a week that definitely went to the dogs! Since we already talked about how to make cats happy in the post on Happy Cat Month, I thought it was only f...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
September 28 is World Rabies Day, an annual event to bring attention to the disease and how it affects humans and their pets, and to emphasize how easy it is to prevent this deadly disease.  It se...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Urinary incontinence is very common in older pets, especially female dogs. It can be troublesome for owners to deal with as well as embarrassing for our best friends. But most of the time, a quick fix is ju...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We want to socialize our pets. Experts recommend it. Unsocialized dogs are more likely to have behavioral problems, including aggression to people and other dogs. Besides, how fun...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
September is Happy Cat Month – the perfect time to celebrate happy cats everywhere!  It’s hard to imagine that a creature who sleeps up to 20 hours a day (or more!) has anything to be unhap...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The kids are back in school, and that usually brings a wild round of cheers from parents who may now get a few minutes to themselves during the week. For our pets, though, sending the kids off to sch...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Mushrooms come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and grow in the wild all over the United States. While many mushrooms are not toxic, some of them are lethal when ingested, and unfortunately our pets cannot...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
With all the extra outdoor time our pets get during the spring, summer and fall months, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss a type of intestinal parasite often contracted outdoors ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Is there any insect as universally disliked as the mosquito? While mosquitoes are typically only a nuisance to us here in the US, they can be deadly in other parts of the world and are especially dange...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Some problems affecting our best friends sound like lessons out of a medical text book, but bladder stones are just what they seem – stones found in the bladder. Despite their straightforwar...
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