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From the clinic to the dog park and beyond, Petplan's vet experts break pet health advice down into byte-sized bites.

Weimaraner in grassy field of leaves | Immunodeficiency disease in Weimaraner dogs
Weimaraners are great dogs. From their striking ghost-like appearance to their spirited attitudes, these large, strong dogs are easy to love. However, this breed can be affected by a condition called…
When more than 50 percent of our dogs are overweight or obese, I think it’s safe to say that we have an epidemic on our hands. That’s what is happening in this country – 52 percent of dogs and 58…
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You know them as the security-guarding, livestock-protecting, life-saving, sled-pulling group that includes lovable breeds like the Boxer, Great Dane, Siberian Husky, St. Bernard and Rottweiler.…
Dr. Kim Smyth
  Once we grow out of our childhood years, we tend to outgrow the chances of getting an inner ear infection. As children, our anatomy makes us more prone to painful inner ear infections because of…
Which heat-related conditions do you treat most frequently in your practice? The most common conditions I treat are blistered paw pads, heat stroke and trouble breathing. Pets with existing medical…
when tail wagging can be a bad thing
Dog tails do a lot. Not only are they an important source of communication (both among dogs and between dogs and their humans), but they also serve as balancing tools, rudders while swimming and,…
Sad Rottweiler puppy laying on ground | Histiocytic sarcoma in dogs | Petplan
Histiocytes are a type of white blood cell, and they’re responsible for fighting off foreign invaders. Their function as part of the immune system of mammals is key in staying healthy, but as in…
*/ If you or someone in your home is being treated with topical medications for skin cancer, you’ll want to pay very close attention: The FDA has issued a statement warning pet owners about the…
Dr. Ernie Ward
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…
*/ Pineapples are a popular pick for those looking for a sweet yet healthy snack, but are these fruits safe for dogs to eat? Yes! But before I explain why, let's revisit the growing issue at hand (…