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One day, my children may look back on these blogs and wonder exactly how many of the topics were inspired by them. Without further ado, I present today’s blog topic: constipation.   Generally...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In a previous blog, we talked about arthroscopy, which is endoscopy of the joints. Today, we’ll discuss another kind of endoscopy called laparoscopy. If you recall, endoscopic procedures use a flexi...
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I’m not sure what the weather is like where you are located, but in our area the sun is shining, the temperature is warming up, and the skies are blue – finally!  It is the type of ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In the veterinary business, quiet days are few and far between; pets just like to keep us on our toes! However, I remember a particularly quiet day in practice early on in my career. It was spring...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Lumbosacral stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal at the junction of the lower (or lumbar) spine and the pelvis (or sacrum).  The narrowing of the spinal canal results in the compressio...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Melanoma is a cancer of the pigment-producing cells of the body. In humans, melanoma most commonly occurs on the skin, but in our canine friends, melanoma most frequently occurs in the mouth. These tumors...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Warmer weather always makes me want to throw off my shoes and run barefoot through the grass. But then I come to my senses when I realize how many potential dangers are lurking out there just waiting to i...
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You are probably familiar with the rigid paralysis that comes with tetanus (commonly called lockjaw). Today, we’ll discuss tetanus’ sister illness, botulism, which causes flaccid paralysis. I ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Entering the veterinary office can sometimes be a daunting task. You've already traveled by car to get there with a pet who may be anxious or overexcited, and you may be dreading what’...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Veterinary medicine is constantly advancing and improving, often taking cues from human medicine. This is certainly the case in subject of interventional radiology, which is the use of radiology to prov...
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