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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.

Adopting an older dog: the benefits of rehoming an elderly pet

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Black Labrador in front of a fire

When considering getting a dog, many people will have an ideal scenario pictured in their heads.

Often it will involve a cute-as-a-button puppy running around their garden, being mischievous and providing boisterous fun for the family.

Yet it’s older dogs that need us the most.

Petplan takes a look at why adopting an older dog could be the right decision when it comes to bringing a new pet into your home…

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Christmas pet safety: trees, decorations, food and more

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Christmas is often the most exciting time of the year for the family. The tree goes up with its baubles, lights, and tinsel, whilst the kitchen is filled with turkey, mince pies and plenty of festive booze.

However, what is all harmless fun for us, can present a problematic situation for our pets.

Here are Petplan’s 12 tips of Christmas to ensure you avoid any unwelcome mishaps when it comes to your pet…

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New Year’s Eve pet safety: how to keep your dog, cat or rabbit calm during the fireworks

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While many of us will be all too aware of the unease that bonfire night and the surrounding period can cause our pets, it can be easy to forget that New Year’s Eve can also be a time of stress for our furry friends.

Petplan looks at tips to help keep your pet calm and safe during this New Year’s Eve…

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What to know if you’re buying a… Labradoodle

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Happy brown Labradoodle on a sofa

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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