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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.

Stories from the Surgery: Treating Gastric Dilatation Volvulus

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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 things he encounters in his surgery.

This month, he tells us of a recent sleepless night because of a dog with Gastric Dilatation Volvulus…

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What to know if you’re buying a… Jack Russell Terrier

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JacK Russell Terrier outside looking happy

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 Jack Russell Terrier…

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A guide to the Dwarf Lop, Netherland Dwarf, Sussex and other popular rabbit breeds

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According to the British Rabbit Council there are more than 60 recognised breeds of rabbit in the UK as of August 2014.

Each has its own typical personality, characteristics and requirements. Long haired breeds for example are for the dedicated as you will need to spend time grooming them.

Large breed rabbits are generally more laid back and less excitable than smaller breeds, but typically large breed rabbit’s life spans are shorter than their smaller breed counter-parts.

Petplan takes a look at five of the most popular breeds in the UK and what you need to know about owning one…

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What to know if you’re buying a… British Shorthair cat

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A grey British shorthair cat

There are many aspects that potential cat owners need to consider before acquiring a kitten or cat, with each breed having their own unique personalities and health care needs.

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

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What to know if you’re buying a… Border Collie

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Border Collie running in a field

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 Border Collie…

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Microchipping your dog: are you up to date with all the facts?

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Microchipping your dog is now a legal requirement across England, Wales and Scotland as of 6th April 2016.

As an important part of responsible pet ownership (alongside pet insurance) as it vastly improves the chance of you and your lost pet being reunited.

However, many dog owners still have questions and reservations about the benefits of microchipping and why the government has made it a legal requirement.

Petplan takes a look at some of the key questions around the issue and why you should ensure your dog is microchipped…

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Should I keep my rabbits indoors or outdoors?

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For many potential pet owners, a rabbit may seem like an easy option.

However, as they can live up to 10 years old, they are a long-term commitment and have complex care and nutritional requirements that need to be carefully considered.

Another consideration is whether to keep your rabbit outdoors or as an indoor house rabbit?

Petplan looks at the differences between keeping rabbits indoors and outdoors to help you decide what is best for both your rabbit and you…

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What is Babesiosis? Expert advice on symptoms and treatments

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Brown cockapoo looking sad

As more and more dogs travel abroad, and as our climate seems to be getting milder, the UK is at risk of invading new parasites to which our pets are not currently immune.

This week’s story of the unfortunate incident in which a dog has died from Babesia, probably spread via ticks, has caused alarm.

Petplan vet Brian Faulkner takes an in-depth look at Babesiosis, including the cause, the symptoms, and the precautions you can take to keep your dog as safe as possible…

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Is my dog depressed? The facts about dog depression

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Black Colliepoo dog looking sad

Mental health issues aren’t restricted to humans and it seems dogs can also develop depression.

Petplan takes a look at the symptoms of depression in dogs and the things you should do if you suspect your dog is depressed…

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Stories from the surgery: a lost cat with a broken leg and the importance of microchipping

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Long haired domestic cat at the vets

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 things he encounters in his surgery.

This month, he tells us the story of a cat presented at his surgery and how their plight made him reflect on the importance of microchipping pets…

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