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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
What do you do with a dog who just won’t settle down? The dog who jumps all over when a friend arrives at the house, or the pup at the picnic who constantly pesters you to throw the Frisbee? I think ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Recently, my 2-year-old son had a runny nose, which turned into a cough, which quickly turned him into a feverish, lethargic child. A visit to the pediatrician revealed that what started out as a “min...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Having covered pet blindness in a previous blog, today I'm following up with a blog dedicated to deafness in our furry friends, as the two issues are somewhat linked as far as pet parent worries are c...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s hard to think about spring break with winter weather still affecting most of us, but it is right around the corner. If you’re traveling during these approaching warmer months and you ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When it comes to feeding our feline friends, many veterinarians are now recommending a diet consisting wholly of canned food, as opposed to dry kibble. As carnivores, cats aren’t built to handle...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked about the important role that the pancreas plays in the body before, but it’s been a while, so here’s a little refresher before we get to the subject at hand. The pancre...
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Let’s begin with a little story… While out on a hike along the Oregon coast, Bailey, the most lovable canine companion a person has ever met, bounded ahead of his parents and was pla...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Our furry family members differ anatomically from us in many, many ways. Some of these are super obvious (they are covered in fur with long, slobbery tongues, for one), while others are not so easy to...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Blindness is not uncommon in the world of our companion animals. Dogs and cats both can be affected by blindness, and in turn, so too are we as their owners. In fact, I think sometimes it is the owner...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Nothing strikes more fear into the hearts of parents than a lice scare at their child’s school. I know this because I was recently one of those panic-stricken parents. Luckily, the outbreak was fa...
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