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    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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s starting to warm up all over the country. Warmer temperatures bring mosquitoes back into our lives, and with them comes your pet’s risk of contracting heartworms. Accordi...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
May 6-12 is “Be Kind to Animals Week.” The American Humane Association came up with this idea in 1915 to celebrate the human-animal bond and, of course, encourage kindness toward animals. Fo...
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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
Today, we’ll take a look at a condition that many pets – just like people! – struggle with as they get older: arthritis. Arthritis, simply put, is inflammation of the joints. There are ...
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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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