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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
Playing ball in the backyard? Catching Frisbees in the fields? Chasing a puck in the pasture? (Enough alliteration yet?) Regular exercise for you and your pet is a must, but be aware that your can...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As we discussed in our blog post about Cushing’s disease, problems can occur when there is an overproduction of the steroid hormone cortisol.  Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland, which sits next to the kidney.  Cortisol is also stored in the adrenal gland, and is released in response to stress to help our bodies cope.  B...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I think that it is safe to say that winter is finally over for the year, and the warm weather has turned thoughts to landscaping and gardening.  As we spend more time outdoors, planting and cultivating...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
That’s right!  It’s baseball season, and at many ball parks (major leagues included) you can bring your furry friend with you to enjoy the game.  Check out your favorite minor or m...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s time to shine our spotlight on some famous dogs who are ready for their close-ups!  In this periodic series, we’ll introduce a famous dog and then highlight some of the conditions to w...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We strive to feed our pets the best food that we can, but every once in a while, the food we feed can become accidentally tainted or have other complications.  Thankfully, last week the FDA launched a ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Delta is the latest airline to add Bulldogs to its “no-fly” list, and not because their cuteness poses a threat to national security.  American, English and French Bulldogs have all been ad...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Obesity is a rising concern in the United States, not just in humans, but in our animal companions as well.  About a third of our pets are now obese and, in addition to shortening their lifespan, obe...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Managing a household with multiple species can present many challenges. How you start out can determine whether you end up with a peaceful house – or one where your pets fight “like cats an...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.