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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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The difference between domestic and wild rabbits

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Domestic rabbit’s come in a variety of breeds, shapes and sizes and each bunny has their own unique personality.

Unlike their wild ancestors, domestic rabbits rely on us to care of them. But are domestic rabbits that different from their wild cousins?

Petplan takes a look at the difference between wild rabbits and our fluffy family members…

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What to know if you’re buying a small dog

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There are lots of things to consider if you are buying a new dog. Tiny canines are great companions, and their small size makes them perfect for smaller homes and gardens.

Small dogs are known for being passionate, inquisitive and quick on their feet.

Petplan looks at the all the little things you need to consider if you’re thinking of getting a small dog.

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What makes a dog ‘dangerous’?

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Most people will have heard the term ‘dangerous dog’ in relation to a horrible incident involving a dog causing harm to a person – but how many of us actually know what it means?

Petplan takes a look at what the current laws in the UK are around dangerous dogs, why some dogs may become aggressive and what owners can do to keep their own dogs calm…

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Why you should rehome a rabbit

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Animal welfare charities such as Blue Cross take in hundreds of abandoned rabbits each year, helping them find a loving new home.

Rescue centres are a great place to find a new pet bunny. Not only will you be giving an animal the chance of a happy future, but there are other benefits too.

Petplan looks into the process of adopting a new bunny and what the benefits are…

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How much hair should my dog be shedding?

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The shedding of hair is a natural process for many animals, and dogs are no exception.

But, does there come a point where we should be worried about our dog shedding too much hair? Can it ever signal something different to the natural shedding process?

Petplan takes a look at what you need to know about your dog’s hair loss …

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How to keep your dog happy whilst you’re on holiday

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The summer holidays are fast approaching and, while many of us may have already booked our holiday, there will still be some of us searching for last minute deals.

However, for the dog owners amongst us, deciding whether we want a fortnight relaxing on a beach or a weekend city break is only one of the things we need to think about.

Petplan takes a look at how you and your dog can have a safe and enjoyable holiday whatever your summer holiday plans…

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Should I take my cat on holiday?

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Taking your cat with you on holiday may seem like a great idea – but would likely cause a lot of unnecessary distress for your furry friend.

Cats are very territorial and therefore feel most secure in familiar surroundings. Put simply, they’re homebodies.

Petplan takes a look into how your cat can be cared for, so that both of you can relax and enjoy your breaks!

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Do cats with wild roots make good pets? Bengals, Toygers and more

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Unless you happen to own a zoo or safari park, then having your own wild cat will have to remain a daydream.

However, an increasing number of people are buying cats that are descended from cross-breeding domestic cats with wild cat breeds.

Petplan takes a look into the five most popular domestic cat breeds with wild roots, and reveal all about their suitability as pets…

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