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Injured cats and dogs: what to do if you find an animal in distress

Injured cats and dogs: what to do if you find an animal in distress
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Finding a sick or injured cat or dog can be an incredibly distressing experience and presents a myriad of difficult questions.

Should I approach them? Who should I call? Do they have an owner?

Petplan takes a look at the things you should do to ensure that you stay safe and the animal receives the best possible care and attention…

How to plan ahead and make bonfire night fireworks more bearable for your cat, dog or rabbit

How to plan ahead and make bonfire night fireworks more bearable for your cat, dog or rabbit
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Fireworks are a great antidote for the cold weather blues, and can be enormous fun for all of the family. However, one member who may not be so enamoured is your pet.

Cats, dogs and rabbits have no understanding of what’s going on, and things such as bright flashes and loud noises may spook animals of even the most relaxed dispositions.

This will manifest itself in scared or stressed behaviour such as attempting to run away, toileting in the house, refusing to eat, destructiveness and trembling.

It doesn’t have to be this way though and by ignoring the problem -such behaviours can manifest year on year. Thankfully, there are things you can do in the weeks building up to the event to reduce your pet’s distress during this time, and build up their tolerance to loud noises and flashes…

Top tips for moving house with a cat or dog

Top tips for moving house with a cat or dog
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Moving home can be an incredibly difficult time – and if you add a cat or a dog into the mix then things become even more challenging.

It’s often stressful enough when you understand what’s going on, so imagine how it must be for your pet, who has no comprehension of what the upheaval is all about.

Their home is being emptied, there are strange noises, unusual smells and new people entering and leaving – and that’s all before you’ve actually moved.

However, there are various ways to help minimise the stress of moving house for your pet. Here are Petplan’s top tips to do just that…

Stories from the surgery: taking the worry out of getting a pet passport

Stories from the surgery: taking the worry out of getting a pet passport
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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 successfully obtain a pet passport when taking your cat or dog abroad…

Pet paw care: how to ensure your cat or dog’s feet are pedicured perfection

Pet paw care: how to ensure your cat or dog’s feet are pedicured perfection
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The way cats and dogs scamper over concrete, grass and sand without a care can give the impression their paws are tough as old boots – but the reality is very different and it’s vital you make sure their paws are well looked after.

Here are Petplan’s top tips for making sure your pet’s feet stay in top condition all year around…

It’s important to remember the below is general advice for looking after your pet’s paws. If you have any concerns or are worried about your pet, then your first port of call should always be your vet.

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