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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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Like us, our pets are social creatures. But, also like us, they don’t always get along.  This is especially true with our fickle feline friends. If you have a cat that spends a lot of time outdoo...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
  I live in central Virginia, just 30 miles from the epicenter of the recent east coast earthquake. As the house shook for what seemed like an eternity, my baby and my pets were my very first thought....
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
A hematoma is a collection of blood outside of the blood vessels and can occur just about anywhere in the body. In the case of an aural hematoma, the blood pools in the ear flap because of broken blood...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As recently as two decades ago pain in our pets was largely overlooked. In fact, some veterinarians considered pain to be a good thing, as they thought it would limit a post-operative pet from hav...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You know your pets make you feel good every day. They welcome you home with smiles, tail wags, ankle rubs and purrs. What more could you ask for? Well, it turns out that owning a pet is actua...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Most of the time, rats and mice are unwelcome in and around our houses, with the exception of those that are beloved pets. These pests are unwelcome for good reason. Not only can they infest our ho...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
  Some pets live to eat (and their waistlines may show it) and other pets eat to live. But what if your pet has stopped eating?  In the veterinary world, we call this anorexia. Pet pare...
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