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Portosytemic shunts, or liver shunts, can occur in both cats and dogs.  These shunts are blood vessels that allow blood to bypass the liver as it circulates through our pet’s body.  Becaus...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked before about urinary conditions in cats and dogs, including the frustrating condition known as FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disease) in cats and bladder stones in dogs.  While...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You can almost hear the collective sigh of parents around the country as, once again, it is time to send their kids back to school.  Sure, summer has been fun, but there’s nothing quite like th...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As we age, we undoubtedly experience behavioral changes. I, for one, am very much looking forward to the behavior changes that will come when my son outgrows his terrible two’s and three’s!&nb...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Scottish Terriers are great dogs--they are instantly recognizable by their upright ears and full beards, and are happy go lucky dogs with boundless energy and huge smiles to match.  They are a genera...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Our large breed canine friends are prone to some orthopedic conditions that their smaller counterparts are safe from, and one of these conditions is called Osteochondritis Dessicans, or OCD for short.&nbs...
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Yesterday we talked a bit about electrolytes and the role they play in keeping your pet’s body balanced and all systems functioning properly. Today, let’s discuss the signs that something is a...
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While discussing bloodwork results with a client the other day, he asked me a very simple, and yet complex question: “What exactly are electrolytes and why do they matter?”  The sim...
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Confession: I don’t brush my pets’ teeth every day. Some days, I’m lucky if I brush my own. This doesn’t make me a bad pet parent; it means I’m under the same life pressures ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Bloodhounds are famous for their long, dangling ears, their droopy eyes, and of course for their incredible sense of smell.  Why else would Hollywood favor them so often for the breed of choice when ...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.