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Category Archives: Debates

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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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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Petplan debate: is premium cat or dog food worth the money?

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Exercise and a healthy diet are vital for humans and animals alike but, unlike us, our pets have very little say in what they put into their bodies.

Which is why choosing the right food for your pet is something that should be given serious attention. However, with so many brands and so many different prices, the choice can often appear overwhelming.

How do you go about choosing food for your pet? Do you use the most expensive one you can afford? Or do you think cheaper products are just as good?

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Debate: is dyeing dogs an irresponsible practice or harmless fun?

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When actress Emily Watson stepped out with a bright pink Bichon Frise last year, it evoked strong reactions. Some were smitten, others horrified. ‘Creative grooming’ of dogs is shaping up to be the latest trend to land on our shores, but is it a degrading practice or simply harmless fun?

We hosted both sides of the debate in our latest edition of PetPeople magazine.

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Debate: How should we tackle the problem of dog fouling?

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Although most owners are responsible and clean up after their dogs, a small minority are still failing to do so. So what’s the best way of dealing with foulers? Sophie Mackenzie looks at various tactics that have been used, from shocking and shaming owners, to rewarding those who clean up.

It was on a normal early morning walk when my eye was caught by what I first thought was graffiti on the road in front of me.

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The growing trend of dogs in the workplace

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Recent research has shown that taking your dog to work can have positive benefits on the workplace. Kath Stathers looks into this growing trend of canine companions at work.

It’s tough being separated from your dog for the whole working day.

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Debate: should cats be allowed out at night?

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Not so long ago, most cats were let out each evening to roam as they pleased while their owners slept peacefully. Nowadays it’s becoming less common. With around one in four cats killed on the road, should all our feline friends be locked in at night? Sophie Mackenzie examines the issue for Petplan.

If you are a cat owner, you will be familiar with the feeling of being jerked from sleep in the small hours by needle-sharp claws kneading your body.

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Do our pets understand us?

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“Just look at him – he understands every word we’re saying!” It’s a boast we often hear from doting dog owners, but how much do our canine companions and their feline friends really comprehend?

Scientists have been studying pets’ language learning ability for decades, with some remarkable discoveries.

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Debate: Do pets pose a significant hygiene risk?

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When it comes to hygiene, pet owners are a varied bunch – from the relaxed cat-lover who happily permits everything from counter-surfing to face-licking, to the anxious dog owner who won’t allow their companion upstairs and insists on post-fuss hand-washing. But who’s right? Here, Sophie Mackenzie looks at the science behind pets and hygiene, and persuades some brave pet owners to reveal their breaches of best practice.

It’s well known that people with pets, on the whole, are healthier and live longer than those without. This is partly because of the stress-busting effect our companion animals have, but also because exposure to them boosts immunity, especially in children. So at what point does close proximity to pets stop being beneficial and start being a bit unsanitary, or even dangerous?

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Is it fine to share your bed with your pet? Debate update

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Does snuggling up with your pet help you both to get a good night’s sleep, or is letting your companion into bed strictly off limits?

From pusses on pillows to dogs under duvets, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

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