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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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
  Knee injuries are common in both big and small dogs. While large dogs may tend towards injuries to the ligaments in the knee, the most common knee ailment I see in small and toy breed dogs is c...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
August 1st is cause for great celebration, as it is the universal birthday of all shelter and rescue pets with unknown birthdays!  When animals enter a shelter or rescue organization, most of the time ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Unfortunately, accidents happen throughout the year. One emergency we all hate to see seems to be more common in the warmer summer months. I guess it’s because we all spend a little more tim...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The American Kennel Club recently welcomed three new dog breeds to its list of registered breeds!  This recognition will enable the new breeds to compete in the more than 20,000 national events offered...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You may think that rabies is rare, but rabies has been in the news a lot lately.  Whether it’s a rabid fox in White Plains, NY or a bizarre beaver in a Philadelphia park, the threat of rabies is ...
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