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Category Archives: Veterinary problems

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 Alabama Rot and Seasonal Canine Illness

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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.

This month, he tells us about very two similar but very dangerous and largely unknown conditions that every dog owner needs to be aware of; Alabama Rot and Seasonal Canine Illness.

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The Secret Life of Pets: Max has to learn to get along with Duke. How should you introduce two dogs to each other for the first time?

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The new comedy The Secret Life of Pets, which is in cinemas now, shows what pets get up to when their owners’ backs are turned. One character is Max, a pampered Terrier who struggles to adapt when his owner brings …

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The Secret Life of Pets: Chloe loves her food! How can you keep your cat’s waistline trim?

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If you think you know what your pet gets up to when you’re not around, the new comedy The Secret Life of Pets, which is in cinemas now, may make you think differently. Set in Manhattan we see how Max, …

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The Secret Life of Pets: It’s a secret Snowball doesn’t want you to know – how to keep your rabbit happy and domesticated…

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If you think you know what your pet gets up to when you’re not around, the new comedy The Secret Life of Pets, which is in cinemas now, may make you think differently.

Petplan is delighted to be a brand partner for the film and explores the best ways to enrich your rabbit’s environment and keep them in the best of spirits!!

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The Secret Life of Pets: Pops may be old, but that doesn’t stop his adventures! How to ensure senior dogs, like Pops, stay happy and healthy 

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If you think you know what your pet gets up to when you’re not around, the new comedy The Secret Life of Pets, which is in cinemas now, may make you think differently.

Petplan is delighted to be a brand partner for the film and takes a look at health problems that can affect dogs as they age and how best to ensure your dog stays happy like Pops…

Having an older dog is a great experience. While they may not have the youthful energy of a young pup, they more than make up for it with their calm demeanour and loving nature.

However, as they enter their twilight years, they may be susceptible to health issues. Petplan identify health problems that may creep up and offers advice & tips & on how to help your ageing pooch…

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What is Babesiosis? Expert advice on symptoms and treatments

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As more and more dogs travel abroad, and as our climate seems to be getting milder, the UK is at risk of invading new parasites to which our pets are not currently immune.

This week’s story of the unfortunate incident in which a dog has died from Babesia, probably spread via ticks, has caused alarm.

Petplan vet Brian Faulkner takes an in-depth look at Babesiosis, including the cause, the symptoms, and the precautions you can take to keep your dog as safe as possible…

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Is my dog depressed? The facts about dog depression

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Mental health issues aren’t restricted to humans and it seems dogs can also develop depression.

Petplan takes a look at the symptoms of depression in dogs and the things you should do if you suspect your dog is depressed…

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Stories from the surgery: “Why doggy day care is more than just a fad”

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Each month Petplan vet Brian Faulkner takes a look at some of the issues he comes across in his day-to-day life as a practicing vet.

This month he talks us through some unruly visitors to his surgery and why he thinks innovations like doggy day care can be an important way of helping dogs learn vital social skills…

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