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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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As with humans, obesity in pets is a catalyst for several dangerous medical conditions. According to Petplan claims data, the most common maladies resulting from overweight pets include severe immobility,...
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Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen a shift away from highly processed, extruded kibble to real, whole pet foods with recognizable ingredients. Even though pet food is more highly regulated than hu...
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Often, when people opine about the future of medicine, they speak of the day when we will use technology to heal damaged bodies from injury and disease.  I am pleased to say that, in many respects, t...
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While working in the clinic the other day, a very interesting and not-to-common case walked through the door.  It was a three year old Standard Poodle, let’s call him Hairless, and his very...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Physical rehabilitation is the treatment of an injury or illness to decrease pain and restore function. If you’ve ever had a chronic injury or orthopedic injury, you know how important physical ther...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
A new product is set to be released this year, and it may change how you think about having your male dog neutered. Marketed under the name “Zeuterin,” this product is an injectable solution o...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Acral lick dermatitis is the term given to a very frustrating skin condition we see relatively commonly in our canine companions. Also known as acral lick granulomas, acral lick dermatitis occurs when dog...
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