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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Cheese, glorious cheese! While there may not be anything better than an ooey, gooey pile of cheese dripping off of a slice of pizza or a bite of nachos, is it safe to share this delicacy with your dog...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you take your dog camping (or maybe you’re just a fan of the backyard fire pit), chances are you’ve been stared at longingly while toasting that perfect marshmallow. While you may p...
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As we've recently seen with Hurricane Harvey, natural disasters like hurricanes can be devastating for families and animals alike, but being prepared in advance can help you remain calm in the face of dan...
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(Reuters/Jonathan Bachman) On August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast, leaving a path of devastation and life-threatening flooding in its wake that continues to cause...
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As we move into the dog days of summer, you may notice your pup feeling the heat in a very particular way. If he’s constantly scratching, licking and biting at a certain patch of skin, it’...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Summer time brings one of my favorite holidays - Independence Day! Who doesn’t love family barbecues followed by amazing fireworks displays? Well, maybe not our pets.  Fireworks and parades may b...
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Update: May 31, 2017: Health officials confirm seven of dog flu cases in Florida for the first time. Update: May 3, 2016: Cats confirmed to be infected with H3N2 canine influenza in Indiana. There is...
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One of the hallmarks of summertime is the unmistakably sweet fragrance of one of my favorite fruits: strawberries. Bursting with flavor and packed with powerful nutrients, I’m often asked if dog...
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Viper was an outstanding police dog. Trained to track and take down the most dangerous criminals, Viper was prepared to handle danger and risk. What he and his handler couldn’t anticipate was a ...
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  I’ve lived my life believing, “It’s not where you are, it’s who you are.” While I still abide by that simple credo, the folks at Care.com have ranked the st...
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