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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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    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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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When more than 50 percent of our dogs are overweight or obese, I think it’s safe to say that we have an epidemic on our hands. That’s what is happening in this country – 52 percent of do...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Dogs on treadmills is not a new concept; our canine companions have used treadmills (also called slat mills) to do our dirty work for decades. Walking and running on wheels (think of a giant hamster wheel...
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I’m a fan of feeding real, whole foods to pets whenever possible, because processing foods results in their losing many of the beneficial traits that make them great. As a veterinarian who wholehear...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.