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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
If you are anything like me you hate to leave your pets behind when you go on vacation.  I imagine them wandering around listless because they miss us. I worry that my (very competent) house sitter wil...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Summer time brings one of my favorite holidays--Independence Day!  Who doesn’t love summer barbecues followed by amazing fireworks displays?  We all do!  Well, except maybe our pets.&nb...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Seizures in our pets can be a terrifying thing to witness. Knowing the facts behind seizures or what causes them may help you fare better through such a scary event.   Seizures are the most common ne...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Summer time is upon us, and for many people, summer is the season for travel.  From the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters, this land was definitely meant to be seen, but if you’re any...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
While yesterday was technically the first day of summer, many of us have already experienced weather that has been less spring-like and more like the dog days of deep summer. Below are some common...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
My beloved dog, Katie, turned 13 this month. She is obviously getting up there in years, and I’ve noticed some changes in her over the past several months.  Her sleep patterns have changed--she s...
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