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Category Archives: Debates

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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Debate: Are the laws on dog ownership fair?

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With the recent announcement of changes to dog-ownership laws, plus a host of local bylaws to stick to, these are confusing times for dog-lovers. We want to know what you think. Are the Government and Local Authorities fair to dog owners, or are they too strict?

The rules and regulations that make up the laws on dog ownership have been put in place with the best intentions. They are intended to protect dogs, owners and the general public. But it can be hard to keep track of additions and changes, and sometimes it might feel like unreasonable restrictions are being placed on your enjoyment of dogs.

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Debate: Would you ever own an exotic pet?

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From lizards to llamas, there are thousands of unusual pets sharing the homes of Britain’s animal-lovers. But how exotic is too exotic?

If an allergy or lack of outdoor space precludes you from owning a dog, cat or rabbit, or you simply long for something a bit different, then have you considered chatting to a cockatiel or interacting with an iguana?

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