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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.

What to know if you’re buying a… Labradoodle

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There are many aspects that potential dog owners need to consider before acquiring a dog or puppy and each have their own unique personalities and health care needs.

Petplan takes a look at the origins, temperament and common health problems of the Labradoodle…

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Black cats: separating the myths from the facts

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Black cats are sleek, dazzling and dressed with a coat to impress.

However, black and black-and-white cats made up 45% of the total cats coming into Cats Protection’s care during 2015, and on average, took 22% longer to find a home than cats of other colours.

For centuries, black cats have played an important role in superstition, mythology and folklore – with many of these superstitions continuing to this very day.

In fact, in a survey conducted by Cats Protection in 2015, it was found that, rather than dying out, some myths about black cats being unlucky have some currency with young people. Twelve percent of those surveyed aged 18-24 said that black cats were unlucky, while only 2 per cent of over 55 year old people did.

Petplan takes a look at the origins of black cat superstitions and separates the myths from the facts.

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Stories from the surgery: Spotting Alabama Rot and Seasonal Canine Illness

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

This month, he tells us about very two similar but very dangerous and largely unknown conditions that every dog owner needs to be aware of; Alabama Rot and Seasonal Canine Illness.

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Dog training: How to ensure you develop a good relationship with your puppy

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It’s important that training starts within a few weeks of your new puppy settling in to their new home. Teaching basic commands will give you better control of your puppy, and help them understand what you want them to do.

Petplan takes a look at useful training tips to help you and your puppy build your relationship…

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What to know if you are buying a… Persian cat

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There are many aspects that potential cat owners need to consider before acquiring a cat or kitten as each breed has their own unique personalities and heath care needs.

Petplan takes a look at the origins, temperament and common health problems of the Persian cat.

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Bringing home a kitten: the first 24 hours

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Whether you are an experienced cat owner or it’s your first time adopting a kitten, it’s vital to properly prepare for the arrival of your new kitty to make it as stress-free as possible for the both of you.

Petplan takes a look at your kitten’s first 24 hours in their new home and offers some advice on how to make settling in as easy as possible.

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What to know if you are buying a… West Highland White Terrier

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There are many aspects that potential dog owners need to consider before acquiring a dog or puppy and each breed has their own unique personalities and health care needs.

Petplan takes a look at the origins, temperament and common health problems of the West Highland White Terrier…

Petplan takes a look at the origins, temperament and common health problems of the West Highland White Terrier…

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The Secret Life of Pets: What to know if you’re buying a Pomeranian like Gidget

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In the new comedy The Secret Life of Pets, which is in cinemas now, we meet Gidget, a sassy little Pomeranian. Just like Gidget, most Pomeranians are packed with personality, making them a great choice of pet for a responsible owner who can keep up with them!

Petplan is delighted to be a brand partner for the film and explores this great little dog, helping you to decide whether to get a Gidget of your own!

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What can rabbits eat? Vegetables, hay and other top diet tips!

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Despite what Bugs Bunny may have led you to believe, carrots shouldn’t be a major part of a rabbit’s diet as they contain high sugar levels, although can be given as an occasional treat.

Petplan takes a look at which types of food are good for rabbits and which should be avoided…

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The Secret Life of Pets: Max has to learn to get along with Duke. How should you introduce two dogs to each other for the first time?

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The new comedy The Secret Life of Pets, which is in cinemas now, shows what pets get up to when their owners’ backs are turned. One character is Max, a pampered Terrier who struggles to adapt when his owner brings …

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