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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I cannot count the number of times pet owners have told me, “My cat is indoors only – she doesn’t need to go to the vet.” While your indoor cat is certainly safer from infectio...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Some illnesses are more urgent than others, and often the severity of these cases are obvious – uncontrolled vomiting or visibly broken bones. Still, other conditions may be seen as borderline, ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
May 4-10 is “Be Kind to Animals Week.” The American Humane Association came up with this idea in 1915 to celebrate the human-animal bond and, of course, encourage kindness toward animals. ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s starting to warm up all over the country. Warmer temperatures bring mosquitoes back into our lives, and with them comes your pet’s risk of contracting heartworms. Accordi...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When you think of common pet toxins, you may think of things like antifreeze, strychnine and other potentially lethal poisons that can be maliciously given to a pet. But some equally toxic things may ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you’re anything like me, by the time December is coming to a close, you're starting to think about New Year’s Resolutions. While I was revisiting my own resolutions, I also decided to sta...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Tooth root abscesses are nothing to shake a stick at. In fact, a stick might be what got your dog into this “sticky” situation in the first place! You see, the most common place for a tooth ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Immune mediated hemolytic anemia (or IMHA, for short) is a life threatening blood disorder.  To understand this long-named disease, let’s break it down into parts:   Immune mediated ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s a question I've been asked many times as a veterinarian: Can my cat eat dog food?   If your cats are anything like mine, they are perpetually hungry. They show up at the first sign of ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Have you ever wondered “Is my pet right-pawed or left-pawed?” (Or did you even know your pets had a paw preference?). Ninety percent of humans are right handed, but our animal friends a...
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