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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I got a text message a couple of months ago from an old family friend who was in a panic about her soon-to-be adopted puppy. Her puppy still lived with his mom, and though he didn't even hav...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
These days, it seems like you can hire people to do just about anything. All of those little jobs you don’t want to tackle, like cleaning the toilet or gutters, can be remedied with a quick call...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Well, it happened again recently – a dog found himself in a very dicey situation when he fell through the ice into frigid waters. This time it was Lake Michigan. His owner had let him off of his...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Cats are fastidious groomers.  This is good, because if you’ve ever tried to give a cat a bath, you know that even with two extra arms, it would still be a difficult (and potentially danger...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Explaining pet death to a child can be heartbreaking work.  If you were lucky enough to share an incredible bond with your childhood pet, you know how much it hurts to lose that special friend. ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve discussed diabetes before--it’s a condition in cats and dogs caused by either a relative or absolute lack of insulin, which leads to high blood sugar.  Blood sugar that is too h...
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Let’s see, as described in my last blog, by now your vet has questioned you, done the exam, run tests and now has an idea of what’s afflicting your furry family member. The puzzle is start...
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As I was sitting down to write my very first blog (the last one doesn’t really count, as I was just talking about my career!), I was overcome with a sense of complete anxiety. What in the world am...
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When people ask me what I do for a living, I am always pleasantly surprised by how excited they are to hear that I am a veterinarian. Usually, I hear them respond with some variation of, “I always...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s no big mystery why pets are so easily considered members of our families – they provide unconditional love and support, are always happy to see us, and don’t hold grudges. And as with...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.