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Natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, wild fires, floods and blizzards can be devastating, but being prepared in advance can help you remain calm in the face of disaster. Keep in mind th...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
You know that your pet is good for your soul, and every year we’re finding more and more reasons why your pet is also good for your health! The latest buzz is specifically for women pet parents. ...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Maybe you’ve had to deal with hot spots on your dog before, or maybe you’ve seen someone else’s dog affected by a hot spot, or maybe you have no idea what a hot spot even is! If the latter...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Like us, our pets are social creatures. But, also like us, they don’t always get along.  This is especially true with our fickle feline friends. If you have a cat that spends a lot of time outdoo...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
A hematoma is a collection of blood outside of the blood vessels and can occur just about anywhere in the body. In the case of an aural hematoma, the blood pools in the ear flap because of broken blood...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
As recently as two decades ago pain in our pets was largely overlooked. In fact, some veterinarians considered pain to be a good thing, as they thought it would limit a post-operative pet from hav...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Most of the time, rats and mice are unwelcome in and around our houses, with the exception of those that are beloved pets. These pests are unwelcome for good reason. Not only can they infest our ho...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
  Some pets live to eat (and their waistlines may show it) and other pets eat to live. But what if your pet has stopped eating?  In the veterinary world, we call this anorexia. Pet pare...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
  Knee injuries are common in both big and small dogs. While large dogs may tend towards injuries to the ligaments in the knee, the most common knee ailment I see in small and toy breed dogs is c...
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