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Growing up, I treasured birthdays and holidays because they brought excitement wrapped in shiny bows. Science tells us our canine companions may feel the same. New studies validate the notion that our c...
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  • Dr. Kelly
  • Posted by Dr. Kelly Diehl on
    Science writer and researcher of Morris Animal Foundation
The skin is our body’s largest organ, and the same is true for our furry friends! It’s the first line of defense against harm, and protects the other tissues of the body. But skin can also a...
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The science behind doggie DNA is progressing rapidly beyond most pet parents’ imaginations. The question is: Should you have your dog’s DNA tested? What can these tests tell you, and how acc...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
A common question this time of year is, “How cold is too cold for my dog?” The answer is a bit complicated, but last week something happened that made it decidedly less complicated for me....
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
What’s a placebo, you ask? A placebo is a treatment that has no physiological benefit. It’s like a “blank” pill, and it’s often used in drug studies to test the potential e...
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Darlene Cook wasn’t expecting a cancer diagnosis when her 10-year-old Golden Retriever Liberty (Libby) began limping. But MRIs of Libby’s chest, abdomen and bones revealed a localized bone can...
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If eyes are windows into the soul, then cats’ whiskers are a telescope into their mind. If you learn to translate the subtle twitches and tucks of cat whiskers, you’ll be one step closer to ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Imagine how hard it’d be to follow the rules if the signs kept changing. If one day a stop sign meant “Stop,” and the next day it meant “Go,” you’d be pretty confused...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When dogs lick your face, they’re not actually giving you kisses as an expression of love. I mean, they do love you, but licking is their way of submitting to you and showing you the respect you d...
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Veterinarians search for ways to help pets enjoy longer and healthier lives their entire careers, driven by the desire to enable dogs and cats to remain vigorous and vital for many, many years. A new dr...
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