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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Cheese, glorious cheese! While there may not be anything better than an ooey, gooey pile of cheese dripping off of a slice of pizza or a bite of nachos, is it safe to share this delicacy with your dog...
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  • Dr. Kim
  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
If you take your dog camping (or maybe you’re just a fan of the backyard fire pit), chances are you’ve been stared at longingly while toasting that perfect marshmallow. While you may p...
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(Reuters/Jonathan Bachman) On August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast, leaving a path of devastation and life-threatening flooding in its wake that continues to cause...
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As we move into the dog days of summer, you may notice your pup feeling the heat in a very particular way. If he’s constantly scratching, licking and biting at a certain patch of skin, it’...
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One of the hallmarks of summertime is the unmistakably sweet fragrance of one of my favorite fruits: strawberries. Bursting with flavor and packed with powerful nutrients, I’m often asked if dog...
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Viper was an outstanding police dog. Trained to track and take down the most dangerous criminals, Viper was prepared to handle danger and risk. What he and his handler couldn’t anticipate was a ...
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  I’ve lived my life believing, “It’s not where you are, it’s who you are.” While I still abide by that simple credo, the folks at Care.com have ranked the st...
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Epilepsy in dogs and cats is one of the most frightening – and frustrating – diseases veterinarians confront. Treatment is a challenge: delicately balancing anti-seizure medications ...
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Warmer weather means longer walks, outdoor play, and inevitably, messy mutts. But there’s no need to let bath time stress bubble over. Whether your pet is part dogfish or fights tooth and na...
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A recent study about the most effective tone to use when speaking to your new puppy found (perhaps unsurprisingly) that the pups were most responsive to something that the researchers called Dog Direc...
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