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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As a veterinarian, I love animals. I love all living creatures, actually, even down to the tiniest ant (except fleas and ticks—I really hate those!). Every so often, I find myself in an insect moral...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you’re a regular reader of my posts, you know that my mixed breed dog, Katie, was the apple of my eye for 15 wonderful years before she died. Dealing with the death of a beloved pet is so very ...
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Like many, I’ve been riveted, heartbroken, and concerned as updates of the most recent Ebola pandemic have overtaken the evening news, social media, and workplace conversations. The tragic case of the...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I was recently at a continuing education lecture and the vibrant speaker said something that really stuck with me. He quoted a study that found that 93% of people said that they would risk their lives to ...
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As an expert in pet weight loss and nutrition, I’m constantly looking at cutting edge research for insights into treating pet obesity. Occasionally I run across a paper that starts out fascinating b...
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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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  • 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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  • Dr. Kim
  • 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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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.