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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked before about the use of online pharmacies to fill your pet’s prescriptions.  Sure, they are convenient, but they’re not always reliable. I had an incident occur...
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  For my entire veterinary career I’ve been working under the assumption that mixed breed dogs were healthier than their pure-bred cousins. We were taught that since many hereditary genes requ...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
One of the best things about the Christmas season is all the heartwarming tales of holiday miracles we tell this time of year. At Petplan, we hear these stories every day – accounts of pets who have...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When people find out that I’m a veterinarian, the conversation usually goes one of three ways: 1.   The person comments that they (or their child) wanted (or wants) to be a veterinarian...
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If you've been a Petplan policyholder for some time, you have probably heard of the Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit organization Petplan supports. To help you understand why Petplan's leaders are so...
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  • Nicole
  • Posted by Nicole Larocco on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
The bustle of the Holidays is among us!  And if your house is anything like mine, nobody is more excited about it than the family pet.  From food on the table and lots of visitors, to fun-to-shr...
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Last week I gave you some advice about which treats pets can eat during holiday feasts. Today, I’d like to offer some safety tips to keep holidays happy: Don’t Be a Bonehead A word about...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Endocrine glands produce hormones that control all kinds of activities in the body at the cellular level. These glands are found throughout the body, from the brain where the hormones dopamine and oxytoci...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Just like children, our pets can be born with cleft palates, too. A cleft palate is a congenital condition of both dogs and cats, meaning that it is present at birth. This is not a condition that you will...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It can happen out of nowhere; you and your dog are going about life, both happily minding your business, when BAM!  All of a sudden, itchy crusting lesions show up on your dog’s skin. P...
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vet tip of the week

Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.