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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Feline cardiac disease can be heartbreaking for many reasons, but most upsetting is that it is so often undetected. For many owners, this leads to the sudden loss of their beloved pet. Cats hide their...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Preparing for the birth of my second child has me remembering the anxiety I felt when I brought my first baby home from the hospital to meet our pet. My beloved Labrador mix, Katie, had long been my f...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
National Puppy Day is March 23rd! Few things are cuter than puppies (kittens being the exception, of course!), and I always look forward to puppy appointments, especially if it’s been a hard d...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You can knick knack paddywhack, but if you give a dog a bone, you might find yourself rolling off to the emergency clinic instead of following the old man home. Though you may think that a dog and a bone ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I recently had the privilege of attending a talk by a great veterinarian named Dr. Alice Wolf, an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University who is board certified in both feline medicine and inter...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You know it is important to get to the vet if your pet has an illness, but annual wellness checkups are probably just as important. Not only is this the time for your pet to get caught up on overdue v...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Vomiting is a very common complaint that veterinarians hear. Young or old, cat or dog, I can count on seeing at least a few cases of vomiting pets each week. When a pet is bringing up food or water, i...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Sorry, Ted Nugent fans – this blog is NOT dedicated to his 1977 hit song of the same name. Instead, we’ll be talking about the condition known as cat scratch fever (but feel free to play y...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
 The American Kennel Club recently released the list of the top 10 canine breeds from last year. Though it doesn’t change all that much from year to year, it’s still exciting to see...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Until recently, there weren’t many options for pet parents who wanted to go out of town. Pets could be boarded at the vet’s office, perhaps, or at a kennel. If you were really, really luck...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.