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  It’s hard to believe that the first day of summer is almost upon us! It seems like only yesterday that we were talking about the start of spring. How time does fly! One of my favorite th...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In our last blog, we talked about what Lyme disease is, how it is transmitted, what the clinical signs are, and how to detect infection. Now on to the tricky part: treatment and prevention.   I...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s good to be a tick these days. The mild winter some of us had means that ticks are out and about much earlier this year – and they are very hungry. Of course, this is bad news for pets...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Depending on where you live, flea season is either rapidly approaching or is already upon you. Besides being just plain creepy, fleas can carry disease and cause your pets major discomfort. Knowin...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You’ve probably never given much thought to your pet’s belly button. Maybe you didn’t even know that she has one – they’re not quite as cute or kissable as baby belly but...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Problem: Your young dog has a huge appetite, but can’t seem to keep any weight on. What could be the cause? If the pup in question is a German Shepherd or a Rough Coated Collie, the culprit m...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
To understand what a portosystemic shunt (or liver shunt) is, it helps to understand a little bit about the normal function of the liver. In a healthy pet, venous blood from the intestines passes thro...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Many toy breed dogs live the good life – they get to wear cute sweaters, ride in their owner’s purses and get fawned on by everyone they meet. But they are not without their problems, too. O...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Recently, a curious pet parent submitted a very important (and complicated) question: Why are some breeds more prone to inherited disease than others? I’ll do my best to explain, though you’ll h...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Some conditions that we see in the veterinary clinic tend to be seasonal – allergies, for example. While spring ushers in litters of adorable puppies and kittens, often it also brings with it ou...
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