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Every now and then I run across a product that surprises me. Recently, I’ve begun to notice “wine” and “beer” made for dogs. Read that again – I had to. Is this trend o...
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In science, we sometimes forget that we have one formidable enemy: ignorance. For this reason, many of us have devoted our careers, and so many others have donated their precious dollars, to fill critical...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Just as humans are occasionally put on bed rest for medical reasons, our pets can be subject to cage rest, too! Whether recovering from orthopedic surgery, or just trying to heal an injury or mild case of...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The Pet Poison Hotline reports that over the last five years, there has been a 200% increase in the amount of calls they have received regarding marijuana toxicity in pets. And now that 20 states and Wash...
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What exactly is aspiration pneumonia?   To put it simply, aspiration pneumonia is the inhalation (breathing in) of foreign material into the trachea and lungs. It usually occurs secondary to oth...
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Smoking is bad for people and secondhand smoke is bad for pets. No news there. The real news is that the now ubiquitous e-cigarette can also pose a deadly danger to dogs. If you thought secondhand smoke w...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Some dogs are specifically bred to have short legs. Breeders choose mates to encourage this trait in popular breeds like Dachshunds, Basset Hounds and Corgis.  But did you know the short limbs i...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Last week, while pursuing the seating chart for the upcoming Monster Jam monster truck show (my son is obsessed!), I mentioned something about the “nosebleed section,” to which my son responde...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked many times about anemia and its causes. If you remember, anemia is the term for a low red blood cell count. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all of the tissues in our body, so it spells ...
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“I’m spending a small fortune in cat litter.” Ok, that was a new one. As I peered over my laptop to make certain I’d heard correctly, a cat with a shadow for a body slowly cra...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.