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“Do dogs go to heaven?” the 5-year old girl asked me earnestly as her bright blue eyes dimmed a little. “I want to know if God will take care of Buster.” In more than 20 years of...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When your female dog or cat was spayed, her ovaries were removed, thus removing her ability to produce the hormone estrogen. It is this hormone which causes your pet to go into heat, so spayed female pets...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked before about hyperthyroidism in cats and hypothyroidism in dogs. Sitting very close to the thyroid gland are four smaller glands called parathyroid glands. Though they live in close pro...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’re Irish or not, there’s still a lot of fun to be had today – after all, who doesn’t love Shamrock Shakes and green beer? To celebrate th...
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In yesterday’s blog, I talked a little bit about what’s normal and what’s not when it comes to sibling rivalry between dogs. Today, I’m going to tell you some things you can do to ...
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There are few challenges to dog ownership as heart wrenching or difficult to deal with as when two dogs in the same household are fighting.  Fights between household dogs can happen for many reasons,...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I’m sure you've heard the word “metabolism” thrown around – especially when the subject of weight comes up.  Some lucky people find it easy to stay thin, and we say that they ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Your pet’s immune system is designed to keep him healthy by detecting a wide range of foreign invaders, ranging from bacterial organisms to fungi and parasites, and then dealing with these threats a...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Hydrotherapy is a type of physical therapy that incorporates water into exercises through the use of swimming and underwater treadmills. If you’ve ever tried water aerobics, or simply just tried wal...
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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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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.