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Category Archives: Veterinary problems

Big dog breeds: what to consider when buying Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds and more

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Living with a large, boisterous dog can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

However, whilst a big dog can be perfect for many people, potential owners should be aware of many different considerations including the extra space needed, the cost of feeding such large pets, whether they are suitable around your children, and the extra exercise required.

Amongst the most important considerations though are the health problems and reduced life expectancy of many large breeds.

Petplan takes a look at five of the most popular big dog breeds and what you need to consider if you’re considering purchasing one…

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Petplan’s favourite dog friendly beaches in Cornwall, Gower and beyond

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Summer is a great time to be a dog owner – walks in the morning light and warm evenings socialising with fellow pet owners makes spending time with your pet even more special.

However, there are also extra considerations that pet owners need to take into account when out and about with their pet. Issues such as how to deal with scorching weather or grass seed infections are things that every pet owner should know.

Petplan have teamed up with Battersea Cats and Dogs Home (who also have a great summer competition open to pet owners) to help keep your pet safe this summer with our ‘Top tips for summer pet safety’.

So, with you and your pet able to enjoy the summer months safely, there is no reason not to get out and enjoy this brilliant time of year – and where better to do so than at the beach?

Here are five of Petplan’s favourite dog-friendly beaches from all across the UK…

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Can brushing your dog’s teeth cure bad breath?

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Whether you’ve got a Chihuahua or a Doberman, all dogs can been prone to bad breath.

But did you know that bad breath can often indicate more serious health and dental problems?

Just like humans, dogs can develop dental problems like plaque build-up, gingivitis and tartar which not only contribute to bad breath but can actually lead to serious issues like heart, liver, and kidney disease.

Brushing your dog’s teeth is the best way to combat bad breath and Petplan has put together some useful advice to help you get started…

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Petplan reveals the truth behind common dog myths

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Whether it’s an old wives tale or something you’ve found recently online, there is no shortage of conflicting and misleading information available about dogs.

While it’s all meant to be helpful, some of it can cause undue distress to owners and pets, which is why getting the facts straight is so crucial.

Thankfully, Petplan is here to help! We’ve found some of the more common myths surrounding dogs and revealed the truth behind these claims…

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New Year’s resolutions: how your pet can help you keep yours!

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New Year’s resolutions – a lot of people make them, but not many people are able to keep them.

However, if you’re able to get your pet involved with your goals for 2015, then we think there’s a good chance you’ll be able to stick to your plans.

Here are some of the most common New Year’s resolutions people make and how your pet can help you achieve them…

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Nominate now for the 2014 Petplan Veterinary Awards

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Petplan are once again looking to celebrate the amazing work done by vets and veterinary staff across the UK – and we need your help.

While your pets might not be able to speak for themselves, you can speak for them and nominate their vet, vet nurse or veterinary practice staff in the 16th annual Petplan Veterinary Awards.

It seems only right that we are able to help you say ‘thank you’ for the amazing work that is done at the more than 4,000 vet practices across the country…

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Petplan June prize draw winner: North of England Siamese Cat Rescue

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The North of England Siamese Cat Rescue is the latest charity to benefit from Petplan’s monthly £500 prize draw.

The charity is a labour of love for founder Pauline Crenshaw who started the rescue more than 20 years ago and continues to do brilliant work in rescuing and rehoming Siamese and Oriental cats.

We spoke to Pauline about what her work entails and her plans for the future…

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A list of the greatest fictional dogs of all time

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Whether it’s serious literature or a kids cartoon, dogs have provided inspiration for countless novels, films and television programmes.

While we may not have had time to go through every film or book that stars a dog, we’ve come up with a list of our favourite fictional dogs.

We’re sure you’ll have your own opinion about what we’ve missed so, once you’ve had a read through, feel free to tell us which dog should take the tenth place in our list…

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Pet allergies: what you need to know about grass and other allergies

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If you’ve spent the past few weeks sneezing and desperately trying to scratch the itch in the back of your throat, then you’ll know just how annoying and frustrating allergies can be.

So imagine what it’s like for a pet with hay fever or grass allergies. During the summer, allergies are more prevalent and can cause huge discomfort for your pets.

Below are some simple tips about what you should be looking out for and the steps you can take to keep your pet’s irritation and discomfort to a minimum if they are suffering from allergies…

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How to keep your cat or dog safe in the summer months

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The summer is an amazing time to be a pet owner – long walks in the warm evenings and afternoon’s spent in the garden mean plenty of fun for both you and your animal.

However, there are added risks to be considered with all the extra time spent outdoors.

Ahead of Petplan’s annual Old Windsor Fun Day in association with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, we asked vet Brian Faulkner what his top tips for are for keeping your pets safe over the warmer months…

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