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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As much as I hate to acknowledge it, I know that for many pets, coming to see me at the clinic is really at the bottom of their list of things they love doing.  Now, I really do think that some dogs ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Pet illnesses and ails run the gamut, from scrapes and sprains to runny eyes and infections.  Head to toe, our pets are subject to just about anything – which is part of the reason pet insuranc...
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Yesterday, we talked a bit about stem cell therapy and its use in veterinary medicine. And as I mentioned, there are a lot of questions and unknown answers regarding this subject. The big question st...
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For this week’s blog, I was asked to write about the very interesting (and at times controversial) topic of stem cell therapy.  Please know, this blog is not intended to be an all-inclusive dis...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) perform many key functions in our pets’ bodies, from maintaining tissue hydration and regulating cell growth to playing important roles in brain development. But when the b...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Different veterinarians perform physical exams on pets differently. I generally start at the top of the pet and work my way back, but some prefer a different approach. One thing that every veterinarian ha...
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After reading my previous blog on melanoma, I had a client ask me, “Are there any cancers correlated with sun exposure that I should worry about?”  This prompted a discussion that quickly...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Compulsive behavior is an abnormal response to normal stimulation. It is characterized by behaviors that are repetitive, consistent, and which serve no purpose. These behaviors last for minutes or more, o...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Most dogs just can’t resist a tasty treat, but there’s one morsel that should be off of the menu. Cat box crunchies, litter fritters, tootsie rolls – whatever you choose to call them, sn...
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If your pet is ever in distress, it is helpful to be familiar with their vital signs. Knowing how to periodically check and record normal vital signs is a smart idea; not only will it give you and your fu...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.