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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We don’t often think about our pet’s exposure to UV light, but it’s an important factor to consider year-round, especially for pets who spend a lot of time outdoors (these crisp autumn d...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We humans have many ribbons to wordlessly express our own personal challenges: pink ribbons are synonymous with breast cancer, black ribbons are universally meant to honor the dead and a myriad other ri...
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The entire Petplan family was saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend, world-renowned veterinary behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin. For many years, Dr. Yin was a frequent contributor to our &ldquo...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Is feeding raw food to our pets worth the risk? Many veterinarians don’t think so, and now the United States Food and Drug Administration agrees. The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine conducted a t...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
They say that the eyes are the window to the soul, but can they also be a harbinger of disease? Absolutely they can! Today we’ll all see cats’ eyes in a new, wonderful way!   Let’...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Both of my parents are originally from South Dakota, where they were high school sweethearts in a tiny town bordering the Badlands. Because we have family there, we visited often when I was young, giving ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In this digital world of smart phones and tablets, you can’t throw a rock without hitting a new app. In fact, there is probably even an app that lets you simulate rock throwing, so that you don&rsqu...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Even if your pet is the picture of health, your vet may recommend nutritional supplements to bolster your pet’s good health. Supplements and nutraceuticals are especially helpful for pets who suffer...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In the course of any dog’s life, little (or big) behavior hiccups are bound to happen. Whether it’s a problem with crate training, chewing, aggression or just a lapse in social graces, problem...
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  • Posted by Pippa Elliott on
    Guest Blogger of Petplan
Do you have what it takes to rescue a pet?   From guinea pigs to bearded dragons to cats, all my pets are rescued. First came Skate, who was terrified of his own shadow and who had survived by scav...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.