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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Today we’re finishing up our February series on congenital heart conditions by taking a look at a rare complicated condition called Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). The congenital condition can affect dog...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When it comes to my two cats, Joe and Charlie, they are both crazy in their own ways, but Charlie takes the cake for being nearly certifiable. She spends most of the 24 hours of the day asleep, of cou...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In describing the symptoms of various diseases in these blogs, I occasionally mention anemia. In fact, we have a whole blog dedicated to one specific kind of anemia (immune-mediated hemolytic anemia). But I...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Anyone who has ever looked into their pet’s eyes at a moment of sadness, worry or fear has no doubt that our pets are capable of experiencing empathy. You need only one quick glimpse of dog who ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
For this next blog on congenital cardiac conditions, we’ll focus on mitral valve dysplasia and ventricular septal defects.  Mitral valve dysplasia is not common in cats or dogs, but when...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’re continuing our series on congenital heart conditions in pets with the most common congenital heart defect in dogs – a condition called Patent Ductus Arteriosis (or PDA, for short). A...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s February, and you know what that means – Valentine’s Day! Everywhere you go, you’ll likely be inundated with hearts, and the Petplan pet insurance Vets for Pets blog is no exc...
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For our next discussion, let’s first paint a very brief picture: Imagine an older cat, a little cranky, thinner than he used to be, but with a great appetite. Perhaps he vomits or has diarrhe...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Even though I’ve been out of veterinary school for (ahem) several years, there are a few patients from my clinical year that stand out, and whom I’ll never forget. One such patient was Cly...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
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While it is generally a good thing when your pet views you as the leader of the pack, this can sometimes lead to undesirable behaviors, especially in timid dogs. Submissive urination is one of the unf...
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