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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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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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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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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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Make yours a happy bunny

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Three in four of the UK’s two million pet rabbits are poorly cared for, according to a recent report by the RSPCA. Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) aims to highlight the importance of looking after our nation’s third most popular type of pet.

Vets and rabbit specialists fear that owners are feeding their rabbits a poor diet, housing them in cramped hutches and failing to keep them up to date with necessary vaccinations.

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What to do if your dog is overweight

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Do you have a chubby Collie? Is your Puli looking a little roly-poly? You’re not alone: canine obesity is a common problem. Vet Marc Abraham explains the tell-tale signs of an overweight dog and offers some tips getting your pet in shape

You’ve probably heard about the ‘obesity crisis’ in Britain, but you may not be aware that it is as much of a problem among our canine population as it is in humans.

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Can’t eat, won’t eat? Why your pet may be off its food

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Julie Hunt reports on what steps to take when your beloved pet starts refusing its food. From the Petpeople magazine archive You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink, goes the old saying. But how …

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How to make a tasty Christmas dinner for your dog

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We’ve invited writer Elaine Everest, author of hit book Canine Cuisine (£8.99, How To Books) to give us this extra-special recipe for a festive meal for your dog. Hope your dog likes it! Ingredients             …

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