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Category Archives: Health

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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Dog-at-work

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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New-Home-Pet

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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Is your dog susceptible to grass seed injury?

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Springer-Spaniel-grass

Summer may mean more outdoor play for you and your dog, but it is also a time to be aware of environmental risks. Find out more about grass seed in our need-to-know guide.

Grass seeds are something dogs frequently get lodged in their ear canals or between the toes. Long-eared breeds like Cocker and Springer Spaniels are most susceptible.

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