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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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Big dog breeds: what to consider when buying Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds and more

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Living with a large, boisterous dog can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

However, whilst a big dog can be perfect for many people, potential owners should be aware of many different considerations including the extra space needed, the cost of feeding such large pets, whether they are suitable around your children, and the extra exercise required.

Amongst the most important considerations though are the health problems and reduced life expectancy of many large breeds.

Petplan takes a look at five of the most popular big dog breeds and what you need to consider if you’re considering purchasing one…

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Stories from the surgery: why e-cigarette nicotine is dangerous for cats and dogs

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Petplan vet Brian Faulkner has seen plenty of strange and interesting things in his career and this month talks us through a new problem that he and his colleagues have come across.

The surge in e-cigarette usage in recent years means many households have the devices lying around in places where dogs and cats are able to access them which can cause some serious problems…

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Summer BBQ pet safety: how to keep your cat or dog safe

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In the summer time, our pets can often appear to enjoy a BBQ just as much as we do.

The opportunity to be surrounded by lots of meat sizzling away, smelling fantastic and tasting great can prove irresistible.

However, it’s important to remember that BBQ’s can also be dangerous for pets, so here are Petplan’s top tips for keeping your cats and dogs safe and happy during the BBQ season…

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What should you do if you find a stray cat?

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According to the Blue Cross, the number of stray cats in the UK is on the increase and a stray can often be hungry, frightened or even sick or injured.

Because of the often difficult decisions that need to be made if you come across an injured cat, it’s important to know what to do should you find one.

Petplan has put together some useful advice should you find a stray cat with some help from our friends at the Blue Cross…

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Petplan reveals the truth behind common dog myths

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Whether it’s an old wives tale or something you’ve found recently online, there is no shortage of conflicting and misleading information available about dogs.

While it’s all meant to be helpful, some of it can cause undue distress to owners and pets, which is why getting the facts straight is so crucial.

Thankfully, Petplan is here to help! We’ve found some of the more common myths surrounding dogs and revealed the truth behind these claims…

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Is it ever a good idea to give a pet as a Christmas present?

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Christmas is fast approaching which means that, unless you’ve been particularly organised, you’re in the midst of buying presents for friends and loved ones.

However, after years of warnings about how ‘a dog is for life not just for Christmas’ the thought of giving a pet as a present will not even enter a lot of people’s heads – and with good reason.

Below are some of the questions you should think very carefully before buying an animal as a present at any time of the year, not just at Christmas…

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Introducing a new dog or new cat to your family home

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Introducing a new pet into your home can be a stressful experience for both the new and existing pets and, if things aren’t done properly then problems can soon arise.

Patience and understanding how nerve-racking it can be for your pet can go a long way to helping things go more smoothly, but there are other things to bear in mind.

Here are a few top tips that our friends at Blue Cross have helped us with to ensure a successful start…

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How to adopt a rescue dog

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Adopting a rescue dog can be life-changing experience for you and your new pet.

However, many rescued animals will have experienced a tough start to their life and need people who will give them all the love and attention they missed out on.

Because of that, any person considering rehoming one of these dogs should think long and hard before making such a big commitment. Here are some of the questions you will need to ask to get the full picture…

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