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    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....
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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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The Guinness Book of World Records has quite a few interesting (to say the least) statistics, but of course, my favorite entries involve our furry friends. I recently came across an article that gave me t...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Recently, we discussed intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) in dogs and focused on disc herniations that occur in the spine located between the front and hind limbs. In this blog, we’ll address the kind...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a common condition affecting dogs. Intervertebral discs are cushions between the bones in the spine. They act like shock absorbers and allow for mobility of the s...
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I’ve written about this before, but the latest news is a serious reminder that humans can get sick from pet food. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at least 14 individuals ha...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As a veterinarian, I have the luxury of not having to wonder “Should I call the vet?” regarding potential health issues that may crop up in my pets. But as a mom of a toddler, I feel all p...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
On many occasions, I’ve had my slumber interrupted by the sound of my cat producing a hairball. One extremely unpleasant night, I even stepped on one of these slimy suckers! It’s a commo...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
April 26th is National Kids and Pets Day! It’s a day to celebrate that special bond that children share with their pets. I still think back fondly to the days I got to spend with my childhood cat, B...
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