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Tag Archives: dogs

How much hair should my dog be shedding?

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The shedding of hair is a natural process for many animals, and dogs are no exception.

But, does there come a point where we should be worried about our dog shedding too much hair? Can it ever signal something different to the natural shedding process?

Petplan takes a look at what you need to know about your dog’s hair loss …

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What to know if you’re buying a… Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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There are many aspects that potential dog owners need to consider before acquiring a dog or puppy, and each have their own unique personalities and health care needs.

Petplan takes a look at the origins, temperament and common health problems of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier…

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Dog separation anxiety: symptoms and what you can do to help

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Dogs, like us, are very social animals. Whether you’re leaving your dog alone for just a few hours or for longer periods it can be a difficult time for the both of you.

However, while you know why this is happening and that it’s only temporary, for your dog, this separation can be confusing and disorientating.

Petplan takes a look at separation anxiety in dogs and what you can do to help your pet be as calm and comfortable as possible when left alone…

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Adopting an older dog: the benefits of rehoming an elderly pet

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When considering getting a dog, many people will have an ideal scenario pictured in their heads.

Often it will involve a cute-as-a-button puppy running around their garden, being mischievous and providing boisterous fun for the family.

Yet it’s older dogs that need us the most.

Petplan takes a look at why adopting an older dog could be the right decision when it comes to bringing a new pet into your home…

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New Year’s Eve pet safety: how to keep your dog, cat or rabbit calm during the fireworks

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While many of us will be all too aware of the unease that bonfire night and the surrounding period can cause our pets, it can be easy to forget that New Year’s Eve can also be a time of stress for our furry friends.

Petplan looks at tips to help keep your pet calm and safe during this New Year’s Eve…

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Microchipping your dog: are you up to date with all the facts?

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Microchipping your dog is now a legal requirement across England, Wales and Scotland as of 6th April 2016.

As an important part of responsible pet ownership (alongside pet insurance) as it vastly improves the chance of you and your lost pet being reunited.

However, many dog owners still have questions and reservations about the benefits of microchipping and why the government has made it a legal requirement.

Petplan takes a look at some of the key questions around the issue and why you should ensure your dog is microchipped…

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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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What to know if you’re buying an… English Cocker Spaniel

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There are many aspects that potential dog owners need to consider before acquiring a dog or puppy and each breed has their own unique personalities and health care needs.

Petplan takes a look at the origins, temperament and common health problems of the English Cocker Spaniel…

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Stories from the surgery: treating pyloric stenosis in dogs

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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 practising vet.

This month Brian discusses a case that surprised even him…

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Winter paw care for cats and dogs: shoes, balms and more

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The weather may still be someway off its winter worst, but now is the perfect time to start preparing your pet for the colder months – and one thing that needs plenty of attention is their paws.

Despite cats and dogs appearing to stride around on harsh terrain without a care in the world, their paws can be sensitive and require lots of care.

Petplan takes a look at how you can ensure your pet’s paws come through the winter months unscathed…

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