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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
1. Heartworm disease is not as common in cats as it is in dogs, but it isn’t a rare disease. In heartworm endemic areas, feline heartworm disease is more common than both feline leukemia and f...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Cats and dogs go about diabetes completely differently; while dogs almost always require insulin injections to manage their blood sugar levels, cats have the equivalent of type 2 diabetes in humans. &nb...
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Our fight against cancer is almost always personal. Ironically, the lives of pets have become markedly longer and healthier because of leash laws, routine vaccinations, improved veterinary care and even p...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Many of us had a particularly harsh winter that seemed never ending, so it is with great joy that I look forward to Memorial Day and the start of a nice, warm summer. While the final Sunday in May is comm...
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I’ve learned a few things during the past 22 years practicing veterinary medicine. I’ve learned to always be polite, no matter how curt a pet owner may act. A good vet listens, looks, and feel...
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In my last blog, we talked about what IVDD is and some of the clinical signs of the disease. Today, I’ll explain how we diagnose the condition and what treatment options are available to help pets w...
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Before we dive into our discussion about intervertebral disc disease (IVDD for short), let’s do a quick review on the anatomy of the canine and feline back.  The spinal column is composed of th...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
In my career as a veterinarian, I have worked at two clinics that have employed an in-house groomer, and I really enjoyed having a groomer working on site for many reasons. Not only was it a joy to watch ...
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Although I am a veterinarian and have devoted my life to helping animals around the world, I actually couldn’t have pets when I was growing up. I wanted one (or more accurately a dozen), but my moth...
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At long last my thermometer has abandoned the lower latitudes of the thirties and risen above to warmer climes. My pre-dawn runs now start at a balmy 75°. The shivers of March are long forgotten and p...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.