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Category Archives: Advice

How long should you leave a cat alone for?

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Cats are solitary and independent animals and for most cat owners, this is an attractive trait when choosing a pet. However, just how independent are they when it comes to heading off on vacation?

When booking holidays or planning a business trip, you might be uncertain what exactly to do with your cat.

However, Petplan looks at how to ensure a smooth ride for both you and your feline companion…

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Rabbit Health: How Do I Care for My Rabbit’s Teeth?

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Whilst our dentists are satisfied with us brushing and flossing our teeth, rabbits have a much more complex dental system that requires regular care and attention.

With consistent monitoring and a carefully planned diet, you can ensure that your rabbit’s teeth stay healthy and pain-free.

Petplan takes a look at how rabbits’ teeth function, how you can prevent any complications from occurring, and what symptoms to look for if they do…

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How much should my dog be sleeping?

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Unlike humans who generally stay up all day and then sleep for one long stretch at night, dogs spread out their sleep.

Dogs can sometimes appear to sleep for days at a time, and you might think they’re just being lazy. Sometimes this can be natural, or a symptom of something else.

Petplan looks at how much sleep is considered normal for your dog, and why their sleep cycle is so different to ours…

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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 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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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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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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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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