Broken glass. Sharkskin. A cat’s tongue. These are things that are sharp and rough. If you’re reading this, chances are one of them is in your house right now, maybe even your lap. It’...
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According to a recent survey, dogs “make their people better.” Setting aside my initial reaction of, “WHAT ABOUT CATS!!??”, I’ll go along with this blatantly biased survey ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When Jack Frost comes calling, you may not be the only one dreading the outdoors. Some furry friends are more dogged by the cold than others, and when it’s chilly outside, you might wonder if a coat...
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When you’re trying to go on a peaceful stroll (and especially when sidewalks are slippery or footing becomes treacherous), the last thing you want to worry about is your dog pulling on the leash. ...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
There are a lot of old wives’ tales in the pet world. Take, for instance, the saying that “cats always land on their feet.” That’s just not true. They are really good at landing ...
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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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    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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    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 thankfully, the good folks at Tufts University already developed a syste...
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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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