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Dog health: a guide to epilepsy

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We have filmed a series of short videos with vet Brian Faulkner to help you spot the signs of common illnesses in your pet. In this video Brian discusses epilepsy in dogs.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes fitting or seizures.

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Does your pet like to pinch?

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Here at Petplan we adore our animals, but some of them steal more than just our hearts. Sophie Mackenzie reveals the reasons behind our furry friends’ thieving tendencies.

Just about anyone who’s had a puppy will know the horror of hunting for a favourite pair of shoes, only to find one of them chewed beyond recognition in the dog’s basket.

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Nominate in the 2014 Petplan Veterinary Awards!

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Every year we embark on a nationwide expedition to find the UK’s top veterinary professionals in the prestigious Veterinary Awards.

Often referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of the veterinary world, the awards set out to recognise and celebrate the hard work and dedication of staff and practices throughout the nation.

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The best pet song: what gets your vote?

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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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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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The importance of microchipping your pet

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Nobody wants their pet to go missing, but if the worst happens it is commonly agreed that microchipping is not only the mark of a responsible owner, but provides the best chance of owners and pets being reunited. Writer Sue Corfield discovers two cases where thanks to microchipping, missing pets have been found.

Last year Poppy, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was found by a dog warden service approximately 30 miles from her original home after being missing for eight years.

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Debate: How should we tackle the problem of dog fouling?

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Although most owners are responsible and clean up after their dogs, a small minority are still failing to do so. So what’s the best way of dealing with foulers? Sophie Mackenzie looks at various tactics that have been used, from shocking and shaming owners, to rewarding those who clean up.

It was on a normal early morning walk when my eye was caught by what I first thought was graffiti on the road in front of me.

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The growing trend of dogs in the workplace

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Recent research has shown that taking your dog to work can have positive benefits on the workplace. Kath Stathers looks into this growing trend of canine companions at work.

It’s tough being separated from your dog for the whole working day.

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Cat health: a guide to kidney disease

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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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What’s the best book for pet lovers?

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At Petplan, we are always keen to discover and share all things to do with pets. With this in mind, for this week’s blog we’ve collected some of our favourite cat, dog and rabbit books.

From My Family and Other Animals to Marley and Me, pets have taken a starring role in many stories over the years. Here are some of our top reads from recent times

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