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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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November charity prize draw winner

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At Petplan, we are passionate about animal welfare, which is why we work with more animal re-homing charities than any other pet insurance provider – in fact over 1,200 throughout the UK.

With the rising cost of animal care, we realise that helping these charities with their valuable work is more important than ever before.

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Petplan Vet Brian Faulkner answers your questions about pet health


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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Staffies really are softer than you think

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

In recent years, hundreds of unwanted Staffordshire Bull Terriers have flooded animal rescue centres because of the breed’s unfairly tarnished reputation. But now action is being taken to put this right.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has experienced a staggering 326% increase in abandoned Staffies in 15 years (that’s from 580 dogs to 2,470) and other rescue centres have similar stories to tell.

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For the love of Battersea

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'Aladdin A Wish Come True' photocall, the O2, London, Britain - 20 Sep 2012

Millions of animal lovers have been tuning in to ITV1’s Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs to follow the fortunes of the canine residents at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

Having experienced the heartbreak of losing his faithful sidekick Buster in 2009, entertainer Paul O’Grady is no stranger to the sad side of animal life. But, as he says of the programme, ‘People think it’s all doom and gloom but it’s not. Battersea is a magical place.’

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Everything you ever needed to know about rabbits… from A to Z


Thinking of adding a bunny to your menagerie this Easter? Clare Pemberley offers 26 expert tips to help you keep them happy. From the PetPeople magazine archive

A is for aggression
Your bunny will be much less likely to bite or scratch if neutered or spayed, provided with plenty of space and picked up correctly.

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Bumbles is back in good health

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When Stephanie Carrington’s rescue cat Bumbles was diagnosed with asthma, Petplan ensured that her vet bills were covered… My cat Bumbles has been diagnosed with feline asthma, and I’m so glad I went with Petplan for insurance. I adopted Bumbles …

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Rescue dogs: what every owner needs to know

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Q: Our 18-month-old Staffie-Jack Russell cross is a rescue dog, who was abandoned. He’s friendly but quivers when we’re even slightly stern with him. Sometimes he growls at nothing in particular, so we gently tell him off but he continues quivering, as he knows he’ll be told off again! He also lunges at cars.

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How cats and dogs can live happily ever after

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Everyone knows that cats and dogs fight like – well, cats and dogs. But, by following our simple expert advice, you can make sure that they live in harmony together. From the PetPeople magazine archive

On thousands of sofas across the country you’ll find a dog and a cat, sometimes even nuzzled up together. Domesticated animals have adapted over many generations and are able to thrive in circumstances their wild cousins wouldn’t recognise. So multi-pet households can be harmonious. However, it will take time and patience, and the first meeting is the key.

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Could you adopt a rescue animal?


Thinking of adopting a rescue animal? Here’s some expert advice from animal behaviourist Dr David Sands. From the PetPeople magazine features archive.

There are many thousands of pets in the UK in need of a good home and the decision adopt a rescue pet is usually a hugely rewarding one. But, while every animal has its individual requirements and temperament to consider, there are a few additional factors to bear in mind when you take ownership of your new

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