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    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
Life with pets can be very sweet, but a diagnosis of diabetes can be anything but. Diabetes is the result of an insulin deficiency that leads to high blood sugar, and it affects pets in much the same way ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Canine leukocyte adhesion deficiency (CLAD) is a rare inherited disease that affects Irish Setters. There has been at least one documented case of CLAD in a mixed-breed dog, but in general this is a disea...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
An arteriovenous fistula is an abnormal passage connecting an artery (which carries oxygenated blood) and a vein (which carries deoxygenated blood).  When this connection occurs in the blood vessels,...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Ascites is the buildup of fluid in the abdomen.  The fluid accumulates in the space between the organs and over time it can cause abdominal distention.  As fluid accumulates, it can also put pre...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be a frustrating disease for pet owners and their veterinarians.  It occurs when inflammatory cells accumulate in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract due to ...
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  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
The Petplan Veterinary Awards seek to honor veterinary professionals who go above and beyond to provide pets with an exceptional level of health care – and their parents with exemplary cus...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Acromegaly is a medical condition in cats and dogs that results from the overproduction of growth hormone.  Because increased growth hormone promotes excessive bone, soft tissue, and cartilage growth...
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Doctors agree that sugar contributes to the formation of cavities in people, but what about pets? While cavities are extremely rare in pets – affecting less than 5% of all dogs and even fewer cats &...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In mammals, the chest cavity (or thorax) is separated from the abdominal cavity by a sheet of muscle called the diaphragm.  The diaphragm serves the important purpose of keeping the contents of the t...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The human diet has evolved quite a bit since the dawn of our time on Earth, and there is no shortage when it comes to the variety of choices we have in not only food items, but also in specific diets. Fad...
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