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Category Archives: Health

Alternatives to dog walking: different activities to keep your dog fit and healthy

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The warm weather and long evenings of the summer months offer plenty of opportunities to get out and about with your dog.

However, rather than walking your dog down the same streets and paths as the rest of the year, why not take advantage of the summer to do something different?

Here are Petplan’s top alternatives to dog walking that can help keep your pet fit and stimulated…

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Pet allergies: why some people are allergic to cats and dogs and how to treat it

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Many pet owners will be familiar with the particular problems that this time of year can bring – grass and pollen allergies can affect both us and our pets.

However, many people suffer allergies all year round and, unfortunately, there are thousands of people who are allergic to cats and dogs.

This can prove problematic for people with pets, regardless of whether it’s them themselves that have allergies or close friends and family who also come into contact with their pets.

Petplan takes a look at what causes this issue in some people and if there’s anything that can be done to treat it…

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Dog health: a guide to epilepsy

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We have filmed a series of short videos with vet Brian Faulkner to help you spot the signs of common illnesses in your pet. In this video Brian discusses epilepsy in dogs.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes fitting or seizures.

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Rabbit health: a guide to anorexia

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If you notice that your rabbit isn’t eating (referred to as anorexia) this can be indicative of underlying health issues, most commonly dental problems.

Rabbits’ teeth grow all the time and grind and wear down naturally.

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The importance of microchipping your pet

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Nobody wants their pet to go missing, but if the worst happens it is commonly agreed that microchipping is not only the mark of a responsible owner, but provides the best chance of owners and pets being reunited. Writer Sue Corfield discovers two cases where thanks to microchipping, missing pets have been found.

Last year Poppy, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was found by a dog warden service approximately 30 miles from her original home after being missing for eight years.

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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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Cat health: a guide to kidney disease

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Despite their reputation for having nine lives, cats are susceptible to many ailments and illnesses just like other pets.

With this in mind, we’ve filmed a series of short videos (available on our website and YouTube Channel) about pets’ health with Petplan’s Vet of the Year 2008, Brian Faulkner.

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How to prepare your home for a new pet

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The first few days in its new home can be daunting for a pet – it takes time and some forward thinking to prepare your home to welcome them.

Here’s some advice on putting the new family member at ease.

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A happy holiday for you and your pet

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Are you taking your dog or cat away with you this year? If so, you’ll be among the 23% of pet-owners that can’t imagine leaving their animal at home.

Here are some ideas for making your break as stress-free as possible, whether you’re taking your pet with you or not.

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Rabbit health: a guide to fly strike

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With any luck we will enjoy some sunshine this summer. But while we might love those warm lazy days, they do bring problems: flies. Kath Stathers looks at the danger of fly strike in rabbits.

Fly strike – or myiasis to give it its scientific name – is a problem that can afflict rabbits in hot weather and even be fatal.

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