I love Bulldogs. Yet I’ve never shared my home with a Bulldog and doubt I ever will. As a veterinarian, I’ve simply seen too many medical issues with my beloved sourmugs to take that leap of...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Sometimes to beat the heat, we load up the old dog and head to the ice cream stand! The question of whether or not owners can feed their dogs ice cream comes up a lot. And since, in this family at least...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Though most of us associate allergy flare-ups with the birds, bees, flowers and trees of springtime, autumn can also trigger an itch in our dogs and cats. When humans suffer from allergies,...
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Butt-dragging. Carpet-surfing. Tail-scooting. These colorful terms (love to hear your favorite!) all describe one of our canine companions’ more common unusual actions: dragging and rubbing their ...
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Good news doting dog owners: new research proves you’re more than a treat dispenser to your pooch. Given the choice, chances are your dog would prefer your praise over food. This surprisingly unsu...
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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. Recogni...
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If your pet is ever in distress, it’s helpful to be familiar with their vital signs. Knowing how to periodically check and record normal vital signs is a smart idea; not only will it give you and your...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Curious cats and some dogs enjoy chasing and even eating bugs around the home. These insectivorous actions have a lot of pet parents wondering if it’s safe for their furry friends to devour these ...
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  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
Being cute and furry is a big job, but somebody’s got to do it. Fortunately, your pet’s a pro. And the perks aren’t bad either: fresh daily meal service, flexible napping hours, and of cou...
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The offensive skunk smell is legendary. Blinding, headache-inducing, with a lingering effect that can last for weeks, the notorious skunk spray is respected – and avoided – by predators thro...
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