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Category Archives: Advice

Springtime dangers for cats: poisonous plants, fleas and more

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After the long, dark days of winter, the warm evenings and brightly coloured flowers of spring often can’t come quickly enough – and we’re not the only ones who look forward to this time of year.

Spring also means our cats can get outside, bask in the sun and explore our gardens and beyond.

However, with the sun and the flowers comes a few extra risks for your cat. Petplan takes a look at some of the additional issues your cat may face during the spring months…

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Rabbit body language: what is your bunny trying to tell you?

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Rabbits have a complex language.

They communicate with each other and with us by using a wide variety of body positions, nibbles, nudges and postures.

Unlike cats and dogs, rabbits do not make proper noises to get our attention. By learning the body language of your bunny, you can figure out what they are up to – most of the time!

Petplan looks at how you can build an understanding of ‘rabbit talk’ by interpreting their hops, kicks and movements…

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Stories from the surgery: spotting Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease in cats

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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…

One issue that crops up regularly in the surgery is Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, otherwise known as FLUTD. It’s not a specific condition, but is a term used to describe conditions that may affect the urinary tract and bladders of cats.

It’s a common problem area in cats and something that owners need to be aware of.

Let’s look at it in more detail…

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Dog separation anxiety: symptoms and what you can do to help

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Dogs, like us, are very social animals. Whether you’re leaving your dog alone for just a few hours or for longer periods it can be a difficult time for the both of you.

However, while you know why this is happening and that it’s only temporary, for your dog, this separation can be confusing and disorientating.

Petplan takes a look at separation anxiety in dogs and what you can do to help your pet be as calm and comfortable as possible when left alone…

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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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