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What to know if you’re buying a… British Shorthair cat

What to know if you’re buying a… British Shorthair cat
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There are many aspects that potential cat owners need to consider before acquiring a kitten or cat, with each breed having their own unique personalities and health care needs.

Petplan takes a look at the origins, temperament and common health problems of the British Shorthair...

What to know if you're buying a… Border Collie

What to know if you're buying a… Border Collie
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There are many aspects that potential dog owners need to consider before acquiring a dog or puppy and each breed has their own unique personalities and health care needs.

Petplan takes a look at the origins, temperament and common health problems of the Border Collie…

Microchipping your dog: are you up to date with all the facts?

Microchipping your dog: are you up to date with all the facts?
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Microchipping your dog is now a legal requirement across England, Wales and Scotland as of 6th April 2016.

As an important part of responsible pet ownership (alongside pet insurance) as it vastly improves the chance of you and your lost pet being reunited.

However, many dog owners still have questions and reservations about the benefits of microchipping and why the government has made it a legal requirement.

Petplan takes a look at some of the key questions around the issue and why you should ensure your dog is microchipped…

Should I keep my rabbits indoors or outdoors?

Should I keep my rabbits indoors or outdoors?
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For many potential pet owners, a rabbit may seem like an easy option.

However, as they can live up to 10 years old, they are a long-term commitment and have complex care and nutritional requirements that need to be carefully considered.

Another consideration is whether to keep your rabbit outdoors or as an indoor house rabbit?

Petplan looks at the differences between keeping rabbits indoors and outdoors to help you decide what is best for both your rabbit and you...

What is Babesiosis? Expert advice on symptoms and treatments

What is Babesiosis? Expert advice on symptoms and treatments
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As more and more dogs travel abroad, and as our climate seems to be getting milder, the UK is at risk of invading new parasites to which our pets are not currently immune.

This week’s story of the unfortunate incident in which a dog has died from Babesia, probably spread via ticks, has caused alarm.

Petplan vet Brian Faulkner takes an in-depth look at Babesiosis, including the cause, the symptoms, and the precautions you can take to keep your dog as safe as possible...

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