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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
When pets frolic through the fresh grass, they may stumble upon more than they bargained for. Bee stings are especially frequent in warmer weather. In fact, according to Petplan claims data, pets are tw...
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Thunder claps, dropped dishware, sirens and loudspeakers can cause some dogs to wildly flee, hyperventilate, desperately howl and bark or even lose control of their bodily functions. A new drug recently...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you’re a “dog person,” you probably also lean in the direction of being a “big dog person” or a “little dog person.” I, myself, identify more as a “big...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We strive to feed our pets the best food that we can, but every once in a while, the food we feed can become accidentally tainted or have other complications.  Some food recall cases are more seri...
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Hantavirus is a relatively new zoonotic (passing between animals and humans) infectious disease to the United States, prevalent mainly in the southwest. If you’re not familiar with this potentiall...
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We often see dogs happily chasing balls and bringing them back to their owners. And while a game of fetch may come naturally to some, others have quirky fetching habits like running away with the ball o...
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Every year during late spring and early summer I get the same question from many pet parents: “Can my dog or cat get Chagas disease from kissing bugs?” The short answer is, “It’s...
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You’ve just finished bathing your dog and buffing him shiny. He smells sweeter than buttered biscuits and looks more dapper than Don Draper. As you stand back to admire your canine conversion, he ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Dogs are known to eat all kinds of things, ranging from truly bizarre to downright disgusting. Coprophagia is one condition that tends toward the latter—this is the medical term used to describe t...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
The pet community was all up in paws when the startup company, Petnostics, landed a $300,000 investment on the popular TV show, Shark Tank. Petnostics sells at-home urine test kits for pets so that owne...
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