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Category Archives: Advice

How to train your kitten to use a scratching post

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Finding your brand new sofa has been clawed to shreds courtesy of your new kitten can be an incredibly frustrating and disheartening experience.

Often our natural reaction is to tell them off for their naughty behaviour. However, it’s common for kittens to use their claws to mark what they feel is their territory and as a way of filing down their claws.

So, the best way to save your furniture from being ruined is to train your cat on how to use a scratching post.

Petplan look at how to train your kitten to scratch the pole instead of your sparkling new upholstery…

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Do rabbits need company?

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Just like humans, rabbits are incredibly social animals who thrive when they have company to play and bond with.

But rabbits don’t just need company – they need the right company.

When found in the wild, these highly sociable animals naturally live together in big groups – so keeping your bunny on their own is depriving them of a fundamental need to be in the company of their own kind. Therefore, it’s vital you keep rabbits in pairs to keep happily bouncing around so they avoid becoming lonely or stressed.

Petplan has put together a guide to help you understand the social needs of your rabbit and learn which rabbits best complement each other and live well together…

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Coping with the death of a family pet

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It can be difficult to come to terms with the loss of a pet.

We grow close to our pets, sharing a special bond with them – they are not just a cat or a dog, but a valued and much loved member of the family.

It’s important to grieve for your pet and approach this difficult period in a way that gives you the best chance to come to terms with your loss.

Petplan looks at some of the tried and trusted ways to ensure you are able to deal with this difficult time…

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Viral Haemorrhagic Disease in rabbits: what you need to know about the cause, symptoms and vaccination

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Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RVHD) virus continues to be a cause for concern for many rabbit owners.

The summer of 2016 saw several outbreaks of RVHD (as well as its mutated form RVHD2) and owners should remain vigilant against this deadly virus.

Petplan looks at the causes, symptoms and precautions that you can take to ensure your rabbit remains as safe from infection as they can be…

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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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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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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 do if your cat or dog gets lost or goes missing

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It’s a moment every pet owner dreads – the moment you realise your beloved animal may be lost or missing.

Knowing what to do and how to respond is important, as the sooner you take action the more likely your pet is to be returned to you safely.

Petplan takes a look at how to minimise the risk and what to do to ensure the safe return of your pet if they do wander off…

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