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  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
By now, you already know that Petplan is looking for veterinary professionals to honor in several categories. In 2015, we’re excited to be extending the honor to one exceptional receptionist as well...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Bloat is a subject that we’ve talked about before, but it’s been awhile. It’s a subject that is near and dear to my heart, because it caused the death of my own beloved dog last year at ...
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  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
Is your vet your pet’s best friend? Is there a vet tech, practice manager or receptionist who has provided purr-fect service? Do you know a pet parent who is an outstanding advocate for pet health? ...
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In a recent study published in the International Journal of Environment and Waste management, behavioral scientists in the UK explored the reasons why dog walkers either did or didn’t pick up their ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    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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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.