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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
January has been declared “National Train Your Dog Month” by the good people at the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). Too often, good pets are relinquished to shelters due to beha...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
From time to time, we get questions from our policy holders about pet health in our Ask our Experts mailbox, and we are happy to address these. Because there are probably lots of you with the same or s...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Pannus is an inflammatory condition that affects dogs’ eyes, especially in German Shepherd dogs and German Shepherd mixes. Also called chronic superficial keratitis, it generally shows up in dogs betw...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Von Willebrand Disease (vWD) is an inherited blood clotting defect similar to hemophilia A in humans. Without the ability to clot blood, pets and people can experience prolonged bleeding from wounds and bru...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We don’t give very much thought to our own eyelids – much less our dog’s – but in some cases, we should. Two conformational abnormalities may be making trouble for your pet, causing ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Probiotics and prebiotics seem to be all the rage over the last couple of years, but what do these buzzwords mean, and how can you incorporate them into your pet’s lifestyle? Better yet, should ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
On an earlier blog, we covered the light-hearted topic of every day pets directly saving our lives.  Along the same lines, I wanted to share with you some stories of how animals (specifically, sp...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
A shelter in Loveland, Colorado, happened upon a bit of good fortune this summer when a rare cat showed up at their door. At first glance, there was nothing unusual about the 7-month-old tortoiseshell...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I have read some fascinating human interest stories involving pets, but none has captured me more than the story of the luckiest black cat in history. Tommaso, a 4-year-old black cat, started life a...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Feeding your pet is a tricky thing. I doubt that many caring pet parents feed their pets too little on purpose, but feed them too much, and they risk becoming overweight. You want the best for your pet, so ...
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