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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Yesterday, we talked about feline coronavirus and the virus it can mutate into called FIP. Today, I’ll explain the two types of FIP that infect our pets, and what to do if your cat tests positive fo...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Feline coronavirus is a virus that infects the intestines and is shed in the feces. It is very common in cats, with eighty to ninety percent of cats in multi-cat households being infected.  Typically, ...
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Most pets will experience at least one or two surgical or anesthetic procedures during their lives. To aid in the recovery process, you should carefully follow your vet’s recommendations for rehab a...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
If you follow Petplan on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed our Vet Awards Heroes of the Day posts, highlighting some of the best submissions we have received to date since opening the 2014 Petplan V...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
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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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.