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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    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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Veterinarians search for ways to help pets enjoy longer and healthier lives their entire careers, driven by the desire to enable dogs and cats to remain vigorous and vital for many, many years. A new dr...
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I once received a note from a pet parent about an unusual and perplexing condition in her canine companion. She lived in southwestern Florida, and had recently taken her dog and foster pup for a doggie ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Before you burst out the door with Fido on a summer day, stop to think — is the street too hot for four-legged feet? We all know the phrase “hot enough to fry an egg,” but pavement c...
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Update: May 3, 2016: Cats confirmed to be infected with H3N2 canine influenza in Indiana. There is currently no vaccine against H3N2 in cats. Update: January 22, 2016: The first two H3N2 cases have been ...
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My favorite holiday may be New Year’s Day. It’s a time to reflect on the past year and an opportunity to chart a path for the next. On New Year’s Day, you have the next 365 days to imp...
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Warm bellies (and hearts!) with this recipe for a homemade, nutrition-packed treat from Dr. Ernie Ward. Yummy, meaty turkey paw pie is as easy as, well, pie!   Turkey Pie Paw (for dogs and cats!)...
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The average dog: he’s fearless in protecting the front door and vigilant in saving table scraps from the floor. But despite these noble deeds, does your dog have what it takes to be a hero hound? ...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
One of the best parts of the holiday season is the joy you feel when you give someone a gift they really love. And while we wouldn’t purposely share our own gifts with our pets, sometimes curiosit...
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The holiday season can be hazardous to dogs and cats – and we’re not just talking about your great aunt’s fruitcake. While there are a host of festive foods and dangerous decorations t...
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