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For this week’s blog, I was asked to write about an interesting, although not commonly discussed topic: abdominal adhesions.  This is one of those topics in veterinary medicine that is very sim...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Tularemia is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria called Francisella tularensis.  There are two strains of the bacteria--Type A is found in rabbits throughout North America.  This strain...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, is a hot topic as of late, and pet owners could be surprised to learn that part of it may affect their pets. One part of the Affordable Care ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Vaccine clinics pop up from time to time in every town, and it may sound like a dream come true. No muss, no fuss – just a quick vaccine or two and you and Fluffy are on your way!  As a pet own...
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  • Posted by Nicole Larocco on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
Yesterday, I gave you some tips for teaching your dog to “leave it!” – a command that can potentially save your dog from disaster. Today I am going to give you tips for teaching another ...
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  • Posted by Nicole Larocco on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
You know that teaching your dog manners is important, but did you know that proper training can potentially save his or her life?  Keeping our pets happy and healthy goes beyond just fancy food...
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Honestly, before being nominated for the Petplan Veterinary Awards, I had not heard of any award called Veterinarian of the Year.  Nor had I even heard of Petplan. As a specialist, I only hoped and p...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The pancreas is a delicate, small organ with a super huge job.  Not only does it produce insulin, which keeps our blood glucose levels stable, but it produces a number of other hormones and digestive...
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  • Posted by Tasha McNerney on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
It was once thought that animals did not experience pain in the same way that humans do. But research supports that if a procedure is painful to us, it will be painful to our fuzzy friends as well –...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I had an urgent call from a colleague last week about one of her patients – Mattie, a Jack Russell Terrier who presented in respiratory distress. She had developed fluid around her lungs, which was ...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.