• Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
My beloved dog, Katie, turned 13 this month. She is obviously getting up there in years, and I’ve noticed some changes in her over the past several months.  Her sleep patterns have changed--she s...
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  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan
It is a given that anyone who works at Petplan is pet crazy. So it is only natural that pets are not just welcome at Petplan but cherished.   However, to ensure a harmonious and safe wor...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Having a pet means accepting a few givens: your house and possessions will become covered in pet hair (or drool, depending on your pet), your schedule will revolve around letting your dog out to go potty an...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As a veterinarian, I recommend annual exams for all pets, including cats. As a cat pet parent, however, I recognize that taking a cat to the vet is much easier said than done.  I hear it all the time f...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Surely everyone has heard the term “mangy mutt” to describe an unthrifty or unattractive dog (is there really such a thing?). But the word “mange” actually describes a medical c...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
A few weeks ago (May 15-21) was National Dog Bite Prevention Week. While it is important to know how to prevent your dog (and the rest of your family) from getting bitten, it is also imperative that you und...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It’s time for the spotlight to shine on some of our favorite famous pets again!  Below, we’ll introduce a famous pet, and then highlight some of the conditions to which his or her breed is ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As we discussed in our blog post about Cushing’s disease, problems can occur when there is an overproduction of the steroid hormone cortisol.  Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland, which sits next to the kidney.  Cortisol is also stored in the adrenal gland, and is released in response to stress to help our bodies cope.  B...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
I think that it is safe to say that winter is finally over for the year, and the warm weather has turned thoughts to landscaping and gardening.  As we spend more time outdoors, planting and cultivating...
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