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Just as I was sitting down to compose this blog, my phone buzzed, indicating that I received a text message. Little did I know that my next topic of discussion was texting its way into my writing. It was ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Our large breed canine friends are prone to some orthopedic conditions that their smaller counterparts are safe from, and one of these conditions is called Osteochondritis Dessicans, or OCD for short.&nbs...
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Yesterday we talked a bit about electrolytes and the role they play in keeping your pet’s body balanced and all systems functioning properly. Today, let’s discuss the signs that something is a...
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While discussing bloodwork results with a client the other day, he asked me a very simple, and yet complex question: “What exactly are electrolytes and why do they matter?”  The sim...
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Confession: I don’t brush my pets’ teeth every day. Some days, I’m lucky if I brush my own. This doesn’t make me a bad pet parent; it means I’m under the same life pressures ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Bloodhounds are famous for their long, dangling ears, their droopy eyes, and of course for their incredible sense of smell.  Why else would Hollywood favor them so often for the breed of choice when ...
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Yesterday, we talked about how confusing some of the information around measuring cat life stages can be. For dogs, the assumptions are even less substantiated.  The average lifespan of a dog is ...
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Just how old is Fido or Fluffy in human years?  There are lots of answers to this question.  All are based on arbitrary information, and many websites and publications make dubious assumptions.&...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
There are a growing number of veterinary practices incorporating the use of Class IV lasers, or therapeutic lasers, into their protocols for pain management.  Class IV lasers use a specific wavelengt...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked before about pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas, and how hard it is to definitively diagnose.  This is especially true in the cat, because often times our feline friends...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.