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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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In my region, the arrival of spring brings the blossoming of tulips, daffodils – and the pollen count. While it feels a little bit like the entire city is “waking up” from its winter hib...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
April 15-21 is National Pet ID Week, so it’s a perfect time to reiterate how important it is to make sure your pet is properly tagged and chipped! Did you know that one in three pets gets lost a...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You ask, we answer! From time to time we get policyholder questions submitted to our Ask our Experts inbox, and we are always happy to answer them. This week’s question comes from a policyholder whose...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In my part of the country, spring has sprung! After a particularly mild winter, the daffodils have been out for a couple of weeks and everything is starting to turn green. For those of you still tangling ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
For many of us, going on vacation just isn’t the same without our four-legged family members.  Obviously, I’m not going to take my pets with me if I’m going on a 10-day tour of ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The Easter lily is a beautiful flowering plant, and has long been associated with the arrival of spring (and more specifically, the Easter holiday). It originally comes from Japan and is meant to ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Seeing blood in your pet’s stool can be quite alarming, and it’s worth a call to your veterinarian. There is an almost endless list of things that can cause bloody stool, but the first thi...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.