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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
May 4-10 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. ...
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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
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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  • 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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