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Dog body language: what does a wagging tail mean?

Dog body language: what does a wagging tail mean?
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This article contains: dog behaviour dog training

As dog owners, many of us like to think we have a deep understanding of our pet and their emotions.

However, dogs, like us, have a large emotional range that can sometimes be tough to decipher.

To help you understand your pet a little better, Petplan takes a look at the body language of dogs and what various external signals can mean, starting with one of the most commonly misunderstood – the wagging of their tail…

How To Take Care Of Your Cats During Spring

How To Take Care Of Your Cats During Spring
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This article contains: cat fleas allergies petplan advice

After the long, dark days of winter, the warm evenings and brightly coloured flowers of spring often can’t come quickly enough – and we’re not the only ones who look forward to this time of year.

Spring also means our cats can get outside, bask in the sun and explore our gardens and beyond.

However, with the sun and the flowers comes a few extra risks for your cat. Petplan takes a look at some of the additional issues your cat may face during the spring months…

How To Understand Rabbit Body Language? | Rabbit Care

How To Understand Rabbit Body Language? | Rabbit Care
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This article contains: behaviour rabbits petplan advice

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…

What to know if you’re buying a… Staffordshire Bull Terrier

What to know if you’re buying a… Staffordshire Bull Terrier
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This article contains: dogs Staffordshire Bull Terrier

There are many aspects that potential dog owners need to consider before acquiring a dog or puppy, and each have their own unique personalities and health care needs.

Petplan takes a look at the origins, temperament and common health problems of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier…

Stories from the surgery: spotting Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease in cats

Stories from the surgery: spotting Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease in cats
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This article contains: health cats petplan advice
Petplan vet Brian Faulkner has once again taken time out of his busy schedule to tell us all about some of the strange, funny and sometimes difficult cases he encounters in his surgery…

One issue that crops up regularly in the surgery is Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, otherwise known as FLUTD. It’s not a specific condition, but is a term used to describe conditions that may affect the urinary tract and bladders of cats.

It’s a common problem area in cats and something that owners need to be aware of.

Let’s look at it in more detail…

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