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  • 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...
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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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It is officially the “most wonderful time of the year!” That’s right, the winter holidays are upon us, bringing food, family and festivities, but they also bring hidden dangers f...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Both cats and dogs can become handicapped by spinal disease, but rear limb paralysis is not a death sentence by any means. Major spinal damage or damage involving the part of the spinal cord in front ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Most veterinarians are generalists, meaning that they don’t really specialize in any one health problem. Veterinarians tend to do it all, from soft tissue and orthopedic surgery to solving skin...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As we discussed in our previous blog about feeding tubes, one of the most common conditions requiring the placement of a feeding tube is hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver disease. Hepatic lipidosis ca...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I am hard-pressed to find words that strike as much panic into the hearts of pet parents as these two: “feeding tube.” I can understand the initial hesitation that owners may have regardin...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Today we conclude our week long look into alternative treatments for pets with a primer on chiropractic care for pets, which is based on spinal manipulation and has been performed on humans for centurie...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In our previous post in this series on alternative veterinary treatments, we looked at homeopathy and herbal medicine. This blog will focus on something many pet parents are familiar with – acup...
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