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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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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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New Year’s resolutions for you and your pet

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As 2013 comes to an end, you may start to contemplate good intentions for the new year. But remember, resolutions are not limited to pet owners: our faithful friends can also benefit from some positive thinking. Here Julian Hall explores top tips of how to keep your pet perky in 2014.

More exercise is a great way to kick-start the year for both you and your pet.

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Rabbit health: a guide to anorexia

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If you notice that your rabbit isn’t eating (referred to as anorexia) this can be indicative of underlying health issues, most commonly dental problems.

Rabbits’ teeth grow all the time and grind and wear down naturally.

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How to reduce the risk of diabetes

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One in every 500 dogs and cats develops diabetes, leading to costly daily insulin injections and lifelong monitoring. Yet in many cases, diabetes may be preventable, simply by establishing good feeding habits.

Diabetes results in excessive levels of glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream and is more common in middle-aged, neutered pets

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Where did the Easter Bunny come from?

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As you look forward to a long weekend, spare a thought for the Easter Bunny. The poor soul will be flat-out by Easter Monday, having dispatched multi-coloured eggs far and wide, ready for the frenzy of chocolate consumption that is Easter. But where did the mysterious figure come from? Here, Sophie Mackenzie looks into the famous rabbit’s origins.

We’ve all heard the expression ‘breeding like rabbits’, and it’s thanks to their fecundity that the creatures have come to symbolise new life.

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Petplan Vet Brian Faulkner answers your questions about pet health

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Brian Faulkner is a previous winner of the Petplan Vet of the Year award and has been practising for 18 years. You can ask him anything you like about your pet’s health during our next live clinic on Facebook.

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Preparing your rabbit for winter

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Wild rabbits huddle underground to share body heat in winter, but pet rabbits are put at risk if their owners fail to take the necessary steps to protect them. Karen Cornish looks at how to keep them safe

Celia Haddon, author of One Hundred Ways to a Happy Bunny, says, ‘The most important thing is to have a really sturdy house for your rabbits.

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What do you wish you’d known before you got a pet? Part 2

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Earlier this year, we devoted a blog post to the things you wish you’d known before you got your pet. We had a fantastic response, so we decided to ask 10 of our favourite mummy and pet travel bloggers, too. Their responses express the joys and challenges of juggling a family and pet.

‘I wish I’d known about the early morning rubbish clearances. Even though we feed our pet a healthy diet, she still cannot refuse the allure of bins.

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Weight gain and upset tummies – what to do

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Eating unusual foods or too many treats can be harmful to your pet. Vet and writer Alison Logan explains what to do if your pet has gained weight or is suffering from an upset tummy.

NEW FOOD If vomiting and diarrhoea occurs when you introduce a new food, then the food may not suit your pet. Dietary changes should be avoided for small animals in particular.

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