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Rabbit body language: what is your bunny trying to tell you?

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Rabbits have a complex language.

They communicate with each other and with us by using a wide variety of body positions, nibbles, nudges and postures.

Unlike cats and dogs, rabbits do not make proper noises to get our attention. By learning the body language of your bunny, you can figure out what they are up to – most of the time!

Petplan looks at how you can build an understanding of ‘rabbit talk’ by interpreting their hops, kicks and movements…

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Stories from the surgery: why myxomatosis symptoms and treatments are vital to know about

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Each month Petplan vet Brian Faulkner takes a look at some of the issues he comes across in his day-to-day life as a practising vet.

This month Brian takes a look at how to spot the symptoms of myxomatosis in pet rabbits and what can be done to treat it…

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Is a rabbit an ‘easy option’ for pet owners?

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While rabbits are often perceived to be low-maintenance alternatives to cats and dogs, a happy rabbit actually needs the same level of care and attention as larger types of pet.

So, while it can be tempting to rush into things and get a rabbit as a ‘starter pet’ for yourself or young family members, there are still plenty of things you need to consider.

Here are just some of them…

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Spread the love

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Roses, hearts and cuddly toys fill shop windows as the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day approaches. Our four-legged friends provide us with unconditional love every day of the year, so who better to spend this Valentine’s Day with? Why not pamper them with their favourite things. And if you are looking for Cupid’s bow to strike, you could find a soul mate in another pet lover with online dating sites created for likeminded people.

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In order to spoil your cat, dog or rabbit, set some playtime aside. For cats and rabbits, toys – whether homemade or newly bought – are a fantastic way to spend time together.

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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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Christmas presents for pets

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What treats has Santa got in store for your dog, cat or bunny this year? Sophie Mackenzie finds out about great gifts for your furry friends this winter.

A pet isn’t just for Christmas, but many of us like to make the festive season as special for our furry friends as it is for us.

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The 12 tips for Christmas with your pet

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The trees are going up, the presents are being wrapped, the food preparations are beginning, and the excitement is escalating – Christmas is just around the corner!

The festive season provides many exciting opportunities for our furry friends too; decorations to play with, wrapping paper to hide in – the choices are endless!

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Bringing home baby

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How do you help your pets adjust to a brand-new member of the family? Hazel Davis, dog-lover and mum of two, shares some advice from her own experiences about how to live together safely and happily.

When I became pregnant with my first child, people gently suggested that our dogs might object to an unannounced arrival – neither is especially known for calmness.

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Scary season: what spooks your pet?

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Whether it’s things that go bump in the night or things that go bang in the sky, autumn can be a stressful time for pets and their owners. Julian Hall identifies some common causes of fright for our furry friends at this time of year, and how to avoid them.

The autumnal season is that little bit more hectic now with the growing popularity of Halloween and the various activities, from ‘Trick or Treating’ to the early onset of fireworks, which make up what is now effectively ‘Bonfire Fortnight’.

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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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