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For this week’s blog, I have been asked to discuss a topic that is critically important to the health of the entire family. We are going to be discussing the subject of MRSA:  methicillin resis...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Cytauxzoon is a protozoal organism that is transmitted by ticks and causes big, big problems for cats. It is most commonly seen in cats who live in the south central and southeastern United States, althou...
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She looked up at me with the most soulful beseeching eyes. As if to say why?   And, no more.   And as always, I love you.    She was my “godchild,” a rescue Chih...
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Yesterday, we talked about what exactly Alopecia X is, and which breeds of animals are most affected. The condition is diagnosed based on breed, history, clinical signs and ruling out other possible cause...
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When I was working in Virginia, I had a wonderful client who had a clan of rescued Pomeranians.  One of her Pomeranians in particular, started to develop a very dry and brittle hair coat that progres...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you have a Dalmatian, you’ll want to pay close attention today as we discuss hereditary cavitating leukodystrophy, otherwise known as Dalmatian leukodystrophy.  Though it’s extremely r...
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I am a vet. I make recommendations alllll the time that I realize are being ignored. Either completely ignored or partially ignored; yet I continue to make these recommendations. Why? Because it's the rig...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As much as I hate to acknowledge it, I know that for many pets, coming to see me at the clinic is really at the bottom of their list of things they love doing.  Now, I really do think that some dogs ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Pet illnesses and ails run the gamut, from scrapes and sprains to runny eyes and infections.  Head to toe, our pets are subject to just about anything – which is part of the reason pet insuranc...
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Yesterday, we talked a bit about stem cell therapy and its use in veterinary medicine. And as I mentioned, there are a lot of questions and unknown answers regarding this subject. The big question st...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.