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    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
  Summer is coming to an end (the first day of autumn is September 23!), but there are still plenty of warm days in store. I was watching my cat with envy the other day as she lazily stretched ou...
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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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you're a pet parent, chances are you've heard of ear mites. Ear mites are a common and contagious parasite in both cats and dogs. However, care must be taken to distinguish an ear mite infestation f...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you've been to the doctor lately, your physician probably took your blood pressure, and for good reason. High blood pressure is known as “the silent killer.”  Think of your...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Maybe you’ve had to deal with hot spots on your dog before, or maybe you’ve seen someone else’s dog affected by a hot spot, or maybe you have no idea what a hot spot even is! If the latter...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.