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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring thunder and lightning. Some dogs are overly sensitive to nature’s sound and light show, and in these dogs, thunderstorm season can cause s...
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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
It is the ugly truth – the majority of pets that I see in my office are overweight. Some are so obese they can’t do much more than waddle, pant and lay still. These are the pets who are be...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Continuing the buildup to National Puppy Day (March 23rd), let’s tackle the topic of a puppy’s first vaccines. We've already touched on what you need to do before you bring your puppy home and w...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In our first Puppy Steps blog, we talked about the Top 10 Tips for New Puppy Parents. The second and third blogs in our series gearing up to National Puppy Day on March 23rd will focus on a puppy&...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
National Puppy Day is March 23rd. In honor of puppies everywhere, we will dedicate a five-part series of blogs to all things puppy - from bringing your puppy home to keeping him happy and healthy for y...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve all been there before. You’re feeling a little under the weather, and all you have left is some medicine that is a few months past due. While you may have considered popping those pills,...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
March 3rd is “What if pets had opposable thumbs? Day”!  I have never really given the idea much thought, but I’m sure in my household it would have disastrous consequences--I would li...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you sneeze at even the sight of a dog, I have bad news:  there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog.  All dogs shed skin cells and have allergens in their saliva.  Allergen...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
February 22nd is Spay Day!  We all know that spaying/neutering is important for keeping the pet population under control and reducing the number of pets that end up in shelters or roaming the streets.&...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It seems like every young Hollywood socialite is sporting the same accessory: a dog in a purse.  And many cases, it’s a Chihuahua.  Chihuahuas are wonderful dogs and make great pets, b...
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