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New tricks


Our feline friends can master tricks just like dogs. In fact teaching your cat some clever tricks can improve their mental agility and wellbeing, as well as strengthening the bond between you.

Pets can learn to perform all manner of tricks, from heeding a potentially life-saving ‘wait’ command to more unusual activities such as skateboarding.

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The best pet song: what gets your vote?


It goes without saying that we love our pets, and by association are delighted by anything featuring our furry friends.

From the big screen, like the tear-jerking Marley and Me or the heart-warming Homeward Bound, and page-turners such as My Family and Other Animals and Watership Down, to the world of music, our four-legged companions are often in the limelight.

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Cat health: a guide to kidney disease


Despite their reputation for having nine lives, cats are susceptible to many ailments and illnesses just like other pets.

With this in mind, we’ve filmed a series of short videos (available on our website and YouTube Channel) about pets’ health with Petplan’s Vet of the Year 2008, Brian Faulkner.

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Dates for your diary in 2013

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Are you interested in raising money for your favourite charity? Perhaps you’re keen to show off your prize pooch, or want to learn more about training your animal. Whatever interests you, here’s our pick of the best UK pet events taking place over the next few months.

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10 great animal shows on TV this Christmas

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Christmas TV for animal lovers

Animal-lovers can look forward to many great programmes on the box this festive season. Here are 10 of the best.

Rolf’s Animal Christmas, Christmas Eve, 6pm, Channel 5. This Yuletide special from everyone’s favourite cartoonist-turned-pet-lover features a host of heart-warming and memorable stories from the popular series Rolf’s Animal Clinic.

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Brushing your pet’s teeth – what to remember

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Good dental health contributes to the long-term wellbeing of your dog, cat or rabbit. Vet Alison Logan explains what to bear in mind when brushing your pet’s teeth.

Since it’s not natural for a cat or dog to have their teeth brushed, it’s wise to introduce dental care from an early age and make it part of your pet’s daily routine.

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The owner’s essential guide to pet shows

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to show your pet, it’s actually much easier than you may think – From the PetPeople magazine archive.

We all love our pets, and many of us would like to show them off to the world too. But how many pet-owner partnerships have what it takes to get to Crufts? But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be scary, because there are lots of different events and levels of competition. For example, if you have a dog that’s adorable but doesn’t have a pedigree to rival Lady Victoria Hervey’s, they can still take a turn at local Companion Shows. These are ‘just for fun’ events, but are judged.

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How to get that ‘straight from the salon’ look… for your pet

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Is your pet a little scruffy? Follow our eight-step plan to smarten them up.


Short-haired cats usually need to be brushed once or twice a week, but long-haired felines, exotic shorthairs and moulting moggies need daily grooming. Older cats or those that are unwell need more help, too. All dogs benefit from daily grooming. Use a wire ‘slicker’ brush every day on silky and long-haired breeds. Non-shedding, curly haired dogs need daily grooming and professional clipping every few months. Wiry types need regular brushing and occasional professional grooming or ‘stripping’, while smooth-coated dogs just need a daily once-over with a soft brush or ‘hound glove’. Rabbits need weekly brushing, but make it daily if he’s shedding or a long-haired breed such as an Angora.

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

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A few days ago we asked people on our Facebook page for the one piece of advice they wish they’d known before they got their pet, and we’ve had a big response.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

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Debate: should cats be kept indoors?

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Cat lovers: do you think we should let our feline companions roam, or should they be kept inside for their own safety? We’ve taken a look at both sides of the debate – but what do you think?

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