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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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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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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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Your pets are Petplan’s new TV stars!

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A new TV advert starring dogs, cats and rabbits selected via a competition we ran on our Facebook page airs for the first time tonight.

After we broadcast our previous Petplan TV advert at the beginning of this year, we were inundated with hundreds of requests from people who wanted to see their own pet on the telly.

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Rabbit health: a guide to fly strike

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With any luck we will enjoy some sunshine this summer. But while we might love those warm lazy days, they do bring problems: flies. Kath Stathers looks at the danger of fly strike in rabbits.

Fly strike – or myiasis to give it its scientific name – is a problem that can afflict rabbits in hot weather and even be fatal.

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The History of Pets, part 3: Rabbits

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In the last of a three-part series, writer and pet-lover Julian Hall looks at the history of rabbits…

Used as a source of food for many centuries, rabbits took a lot longer than cats and dogs to become a popular choice of domestic pets. However, they have more than made up for this awkward start and have bounded into our affections in a very real way.

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Is it sensible to keep rabbits indoors?

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The answer is yes, providing you take the right precautions. Kim Sullivan talks to one man who says his bunnies are a delight to have in the house.

‘There is nothing nicer than coming home to find your two rabbits lying on the carpet looking completely content,’ says Alan Wilson, who has shared his home with his pet bunnies for 10 years. ‘They surprise us every day with their cute antics.’

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Are our pets’ personalities programmed at birth?

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Rachael Garside investigates whether nature or nurture has the greater influence on our companions’ behaviour.

Mike Mullan is used to seeing people cross the street to avoid him when he’s out walking his dogs. He’s the proud owner of two impressive Rottweilers, Lazer and Ross, but admits that he gets frustrated when people assume his pets are aggressive and unpredictable.

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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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