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Petplan Blog

Welcome to Petplan’s blog, a space where you can read up on the latest pet-news, find out interesting facts and tips about keeping your pets happy and healthy, and share your views on hot topics. Here at Petplan we love to hear your opinions – so remember to post your thoughts as comments on each post. All our blog post are tagged using key terms, so whether you’re looking for information on dogs, cats, rabbits, health, travel or behavioural issues you’re sure to find something for you.

Why do rabbits eat their own faeces?

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You may have noticed your rabbit eating their faeces and naturally questioned whether this is normal. However, it’s not just normal, but vital to your rabbit’s health.

Petplan explains the process of this second ingestion, and why it’s so important…

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Cat Health: What is cat diabetes?

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Diabetes is a common condition in cats often causing serious problems if left untreated. Symptoms overlap with other diseases, making diabetes harder to diagnose.

With a healthy lifestyle, the right diet and treatment you can successfully manage the health of your diabetic cat.

Petplan takes a look into this well-known condition, giving you signs to be aware of, and treatment options for diabetes in cats…

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Is it normal for my cat to snore?

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It’s no secret that cats love to sleep, they do it often, and they do it best.

Many people will be familiar with the sound of their cats gently snoring whilst cuddled up on the couch – but is it actually normal for your cat to snore?

Petplan looks at reasons why cats snore, and some of the more common cat health issues associated with snoring…

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Is it natural for cats and dogs to not get along?

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It’s an age-old perception that’s been passed down through the ages, the myth that has fuelled countless cartoons and movies – the feud between cats and dogs.

The idea of ‘fighting like cats and dogs’ is nothing new, and humankind’s two closest allies have always battled out for table scraps and the human lap.

Petplan looks at the famous phrase and whether there is any truth behind it…

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Rabbit eye health: how to look after your bunny’s eyes

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It’s simply not enough to give your rabbits carrots to help them see in the dark – their eyes need plenty of care and attention.

Rabbits are known for their adorably large eyes, but those same eyes are also prone to eye problems.

After looking at eye health in dogs and cats, Petplan looks at the best ways to keep your bunny’s eyes healthy, and things to look out for which may signal something is wrong…

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Is there such a thing as a child-friendly dog?

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Choosing a pet is a difficult process and when there are children involved, it is especially important you choose the right dog for you.

Petplan looks at whether certain dogs have a natural propensity to calmness and children or whether it’s all in the rearing…

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Cat eye health: how to look after your cat’s eyes

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Although cats are known and loved for being independent, this quality means that, as a cat owner, you need to keep a close eye on their health.

Cat eye problems can often go untreated, so it’s vital that you know the warning signs that suggest that your cat may have an issue.

Petplan gives you an insight into some of the eye conditions that your cat is most likely to develop, symptoms to look out for and general advice on cat eye health that all pet owners can follow…

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Dog eye health: how to look after your dog’s eyes

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Looking after your dog’s eyes is a vital part of being a responsible pet owner.

Just like with people, there are lots of things that can lead to issues with your dog’s eyes – from getting dirt or dust in them, to more serious problems.

Petplan looks at ways to care for your dog’s eyes, issues to look out for and common conditions in your furry companion…

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Stories from the surgery: why dog owners need to be aware of snake bites

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Petplan vet Brian Faulkner has once again taken time out of his busy schedule to tell us about some of the strange, funny and sometimes difficult cases he encounters in his surgery.

This month, he tells us about a case of a dog receiving a snake bite.

A few weeks ago Archie, an eight-month cocker spaniel, was brought into my surgery after a walk along the banks of the local river. His owners informed me Archie had shot out of the undergrowth and run back to them in distress and limping slightly.

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Petplan insurance: is vaccination, microchipping and neutering covered?

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Along with pet insurance; vaccinations, microchipping and neutering are all important parts of responsible pet ownership.

Many pet owners still have questions around the benefits of vaccination, microchipping and neutering, and whether or not their policy covers these procedures.

Petplan takes a look at these measures in more detail.

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