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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s a conundrum for the ages: you want your puppy to be well socialized, but you also want to keep her safe from communicable diseases. Behavior experts recommend you begin socializing your puppy...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Visits to the vet can be stressful, whether your pet is healthy or ill. Maybe your pet hates riding in the car, so you both arrive feeling anxious before you even see the doctor. Maybe you’re worr...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In a previous blog, we discussed how nearly half of the adult dog and cat population struggles to stay at a healthy weight, and all the health concerns that come with those extra pounds. And one of th...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
  An ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure – and sometimes, the same amount of cash! I get asked all the time about the best ways to keep pets healthy, so without further ado, here ar...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is October 10, and that makes it the perfect time to talk about this growing problem. Not only is nearly half of the adult dog and cat population overweight, but a f...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Whoever came up with the phrase, “It’s a dog’s life,” really should have considered a cat’s life first.  After all, my cats spend what seems like 23.5 hours a day cu...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
World Rabies Day is September 28 – and did you know why? It is the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur, the renowned scientist who helped develop the first rabies vaccine. This annual ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV, is a virus that attacks a cat’s immune system, making them susceptible to secondary infections caused by common bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
There is new hope for dogs who have been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, or bone cancer. Palladia is a drug that was originally developed and approved for the treatment of canine Grade II and III mast cell...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
For my cat, Godric, it started with a little redness around his eyes. Within a few days, his entire face looked inflamed, and I noticed him constantly rubbing his face with his paws. It wasn’t l...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.