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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Heart disease in dogs and cats is quite common, but the old veterinary saying holds true—cats are not small dogs! When you break down the word “cardiomyopathy,” you’ll find that it...
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Canine distemper virus is a disease of dogs, and hopefully it’s just some nebulous illness you vaguely recall hearing about and not something you’ve had direct experience with. It’s most...
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When at the dog park, it’s important to understand basic canine body language so you can assess whether a situation could lead to trouble. This blog post will help you recognize what kind of behavio...
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A Swedish pharmaceutical company recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has conditionally approved a new chemotherapeutic drug that will provide veterinary oncologists with a ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The cerebellum is a part of the brain. In fact, the word ‘cerebellum’ is Latin for ‘little brain.’ In dogs and cats (and all other mammals), the cerebellum sits under the larger ce...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked extensively before about the disease diabetes, where pets suffer from either a relative or an absolute shortage of insulin. This lack of insulin results in a condition called hyperglyce...
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Yesterday, we talked a little about where pets contract Leptospirosis, and some of the clinical signs of infection. In today’s blog, I want to give you some more information about dealing with the d...
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In recent years, you may have noticed that your veterinarian has been recommending vaccinating your dog against Leptospirosis.  You may be wondering, “What is Leptospirosis and why do I need to...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Hepatozoonosis is a systemic tick-borne disease in dogs caused by either the protozoa Hepatozoon canis or Hepatozoon americanum. While both of these organisms cause similar disease, cases caused by H. ame...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s no secret, and nor should it be a surprise, that despite our best efforts, sometimes our pets just stink! Today we’ll address some of the common causes of funky pets – from head to ...
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