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What can you do to help the veterinarian help your pet? In this age of technology, knowledge and data are power.  Last week, I had an incredibly sweet and rather active five-year-old neutered m...
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It’s holiday time! The next few weeks are full of family fun, festivities, and food. These weeks will also see many of us pausing healthy eating habits, skipping workouts, and gaining a few extra po...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
A pet’s body is home to a plethora of bacteria and yeast, both inside and out. These organisms make up what we call the “normal flora” and they protect our pets from disease, help digest...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Cats are have many endearing qualities. They are adorable. They are curious. They are independent. They have mastered the art of sleeping. And yet, they have also somehow perfected the art of interrupting...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked before about diabetes, but now I want to talk a little more about the different types of diabetes that affect dogs and cats. Diabetes is a medical condition of both cats and dogs...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
It’s that time again: the time we figure out who has been good this year and who has not. But what about when it comes to your vet? We know there’s more to being a great vet than just taking v...
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Could the key to analyzing your pet’s health lie in the hair we vacuum from our floors each day?   Researchers say maybe. A recent discovery could allow veterinarians to quickly screen for di...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Vaccines are nothing new in veterinary medicine (or human medicine, for that matter), but the way we are using vaccines has been evolving over the last decade.  Vaccines are so important for ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) is a big name for a very frustrating disease of the bladder and urethra in cats. Formerly known as feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) and feline urologic syndrome ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal disease that affects humans, dogs, and sometimes cats.  Also known as San Joaquin Valley Fever, coccidioidomycosis is caused by the inhalation of fungal spores.  ...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.