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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
To humans (especially those of us with young children), sleep is precious.  Most of us long for nights with a full eight hours of sleep, but for many, that’s just not a reality.  The ala...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Veterinary orthodontics is the field of study dealing with malocclusions in our pets.  Occlusion is another word for the bite, or positioning, of the teeth and jaws, and a malocclusion refers to the ...
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While covering a shift at the clinic the other day, I had a very interesting phone call and follow up exam.  One of our clients, who has a soft spot in her heart for Dachshunds, had adopted a young p...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a group of inherited diseases of the retina that eventually cause blindness.  While common in dogs, it is quite rare in cats. The retina lines the back of ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In developing fetal dogs and cats, the testicles are located near the kidneys.  A structure called the gubernaculum connects each testicle to the scrotum and is responsible for guiding the testicle t...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Every day, life-threatening illnesses or accidents occur that require blood transfusions.  When humans have this need, their doctors can easily look to blood banks to supply them with lifesaving bloo...
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Just as I was sitting down to compose this blog, my phone buzzed, indicating that I received a text message. Little did I know that my next topic of discussion was texting its way into my writing. It was ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Follicular dysplasia is an inherited condition in which there is abnormal hair growth.  Affected pets may have hair that is prone to breakage, color change, abnormal retention, or decreased growth ra...
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It seems as though there’s a pill for just about every psychological problem that ails us humans. Increasingly, those drugs (or versions of them) are also being used to treat our four-legged family ...
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Yesterday, I told you about who MRSA infects and where it comes from. Today, I’ll tackle diagnose and treatment of the infection, and dish some tips for keeping your family safe. Fortunately, d...
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