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Dog body language: what does a wagging tail mean?

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As dog owners, many of us like to think we have a deep understanding of our pet and their emotions.

However, dogs, like us, have a large emotional range that can sometimes be tough to decipher.

To help you understand your pet a little better, Petplan takes a look at the body language of dogs and what various external signals can mean, starting with one of the most commonly misunderstood – the wagging of their tail…

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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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Celebrity Big Brother’s Judi James on pet behaviour

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There’s been no shortage of incidents in the Celebrity Big Brother house for body language expert Judi James to get stuck into this summer.

However, as well as spending her time analysing the behaviour of Gary Busey, writing books and running training courses and seminars, Judi is the owner of three cats and so the study of pet body language is naturally something that interests her.

She’s managed to find time to speak to Petplan about her love of animals and what she’s learnt about how to read her pets’ behaviour…

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The mystery of chocolate unwrapped

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Following the post-Christmas lull, chocolate is big on the scene again with Easter just round the corner. But before you decide to treat your cat, dog or rabbit with a taste of your chocolate egg, remember that it’s toxic for them. But why is the treat, which we consume more at Easter than any other time of year, so bad for our pets?

The active ingredient in chocolate is the cause of the problem. Theobromine is a stimulant similar to caffeine and is very difficult for cats, dogs and rabbits to break down.

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Spring in their step

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Spring is a glorious time of year, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than being outdoors with your pet. Following on from our first blog about spring-cleaning for you and your pet, here we remind you of the importance of lifestyle changes and springtime dangers to be aware of.

Grooming galore

Just as you pack away the winter wardrobe, and lay off the gloves and hats, your pets have lifestyle changes too, to accommodate the change in seasons.

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Time for a Spring clean

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Spring has nearly sprung! For our pets, the excitement of the new outdoor ventures to come is nigh, and for us it’s an opportunity to put the last signs of winter to bed.

In the first of our two-part blog about the advent of spring, we explore how to spring-clean and dust-bust your home for you and your pet.

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New interactive Pet Health profiles

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Over the past 36 years Petplan have helped millions of pets through all kinds of illnesses and injuries – and all this experience has enabled us to gain a unique insight into pet health.

We’d like to share this knowledge with you, so we’re delighted to announce the arrival of the new Pet Health section on our website.

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Spread the love

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Roses, hearts and cuddly toys fill shop windows as the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day approaches. Our four-legged friends provide us with unconditional love every day of the year, so who better to spend this Valentine’s Day with? Why not pamper them with their favourite things. And if you are looking for Cupid’s bow to strike, you could find a soul mate in another pet lover with online dating sites created for likeminded people.

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In order to spoil your cat, dog or rabbit, set some playtime aside. For cats and rabbits, toys – whether homemade or newly bought – are a fantastic way to spend time together.

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Top five pet events of 2014

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There are many exciting pet events taking place in the UK this year, whether you want to show off your prize pooch, raise money for pet charities, or just find out more about your four-legged friends – there’s something for everyone. As we don’t want you to miss out, we’ve selected our top five for you to pop into your diary:

1. National Pet Month
1 April-5 May, throughout the UK
Spread the word about responsible pet ownership and celebrate life with your pets by taking part in National Pet Month.

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Body scoring: how to check your pet’s weight

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Body condition scoring is a useful method to determine whether your dog, cat or rabbit is at a healthy weight. This can be especially useful at this time of year; the indulgences of the festive season can affect our pets just like us. But being underweight is unhealthy too. Here, vet Brian Faulkner takes us through the 3 simple steps of body scoring your four-legged friend.

There isn’t a single ideal weight for pets. Greyhounds are slimmer than St Bernards, while Siamese cats tend to be thinner than large breeds like the Bengal.

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