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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You’d never think about going on a road trip (or even just down the street to the store) without buckling your seatbelt or making sure your kids are strapped into their seats. So why is it so common...
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Today, I wanted to talk about a very unique condition we see in our Dachshund companions called primary acanthosis nigricans.  Tongue twister, isn’t it?  This condition is not very common,...
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Since 2002, the American Medical Association (AMA) has recommended that everyone, regardless of age or health, take a daily multivitamin. Recent surveys indicate that 89 percent of nurses and 72 percent o...
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Yesterday I had lunch with my longtime mentor, Dr. James Michael Harris, whom I am lucky to have called a close friend for 23 years.  When I moved to the Bay Area he seemed to take me under his wing ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    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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