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Anyone who works with puppies knows that while fun to play with, they can be a pain. Potty training, nipping, chewing furniture and the endless busybody nature can make them as labor-intensive as caring...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you’ve ever had the experience of having a wart frozen off, then you’re already familiar with the procedure known as cryosurgery. Our pets can also benefit from cryosurgery, which is an eff...
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As I walked in the door to the clinic the other morning, one of my technicians came running down the hallway to meet me.  Before I even had a chance to put my lunch in the refrigerator, she was bendi...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Our pets are susceptible to disease everywhere in their bodies, from the tips of their ears to the tips of their tails. We’re all familiar with common conditions, like ear infections and arthritis, ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
There seems to be a common misconception in the general public that veterinary care is overpriced and that veterinarians get rich at the expense of their patients and their patient’s owners. While t...
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Now that the weather is warming up, you and your family are probably moving outdoors for playtime.  Long forgotten are the indoor activities and all of those crafts that you came up with to entertain...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you are a Shar-Pei owner, chances are that you already know about Shar-Pei fever, but it never hurts to brush up on the basics. And non-Shar-Pei owners – or those of you who may be considering ge...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
There’s nothing like the dog days of summer, which hold the promise of long days at the beach and picnics in the park. I think our cat and dog friends enjoy it as much as we do, but there is one pot...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Fleas and ticks have always been a problem for our pets, and not just because they cause itching and scratching. Dogs and cats can be allergic to flea saliva, which causes a severe skin reaction for those...
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I was recently asked a difficult question by a very inquisitive client: “Doc, why do cats get FIP?” I was caught off-guard, as this particular client has two very healthy cats, but he wen...
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