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As the weather has turned and schools are getting out for summer session, it is the wonderful time of year for road trips and family vacations! Even if you aren’t traveling far, it is a time for headi...
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  • Brook
  • Posted by Brook Niemiec on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
As we discussed in the last post, any fractured tooth with direct pulp (nerve) exposure is a medical problem.  Treatment options are root canal therapy or extraction. However, the pulp does not need ...
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  • Posted by Brook Niemiec on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
Broken teeth are a very common problem in our pets.  As a matter of fact, one out of ten dogs has a broken tooth in their mouth with direct root canal (or nerve) exposure. This number does not includ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
One day, my children may look back on these blogs and wonder exactly how many of the topics were inspired by them. Without further ado, I present today’s blog topic: constipation.   Generally...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In a previous blog, we talked about arthroscopy, which is endoscopy of the joints. Today, we’ll discuss another kind of endoscopy called laparoscopy. If you recall, endoscopic procedures use a flexi...
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I’m not sure what the weather is like where you are located, but in our area the sun is shining, the temperature is warming up, and the skies are blue – finally!  It is the type of ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In the veterinary business, quiet days are few and far between; pets just like to keep us on our toes! However, I remember a particularly quiet day in practice early on in my career. It was spring...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Lumbosacral stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal at the junction of the lower (or lumbar) spine and the pelvis (or sacrum).  The narrowing of the spinal canal results in the compressio...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Melanoma is a cancer of the pigment-producing cells of the body. In humans, melanoma most commonly occurs on the skin, but in our canine friends, melanoma most frequently occurs in the mouth. These tumors...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Warmer weather always makes me want to throw off my shoes and run barefoot through the grass. But then I come to my senses when I realize how many potential dangers are lurking out there just waiting to i...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.