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Big dog breeds: what to consider when buying Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds and more

Big dog breeds: what to consider when buying Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds and more
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This article contains: dogs petplan advice
Living with a large, boisterous dog can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

However, whilst a big dog can be perfect for many people, potential owners should be aware of many different considerations including the extra space needed, the cost of feeding such large pets, whether they are suitable around your children, and the extra exercise required.

Amongst the most important considerations though are the health problems and reduced life expectancy of many large breeds.

Petplan takes a look at five of the most popular big dog breeds and what you need to consider if you’re considering purchasing one…

Stories from the surgery: why e-cigarette nicotine is dangerous for cats and dogs

Stories from the surgery: why e-cigarette nicotine is dangerous for cats and dogs
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This article contains: petplan advice
Petplan vet Brian Faulkner has seen plenty of strange and interesting things in his career and this month talks us through a new problem that he and his colleagues have come across.

The surge in e-cigarette usage in recent years means many households have the devices lying around in places where dogs and cats are able to access them which can cause some serious problems…

Alternatives to dog walking: different activities to keep your dog fit and healthy

Alternatives to dog walking: different activities to keep your dog fit and healthy
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This article contains: Dog walking
The warm weather and long evenings of the summer months offer plenty of opportunities to get out and about with your dog.

However, rather than walking your dog down the same streets and paths as the rest of the year, why not take advantage of the summer to do something different?

Here are Petplan’s top alternatives to dog walking that can help keep your pet fit and stimulated...

Summer BBQ pet safety: how to keep your cat or dog safe

Summer BBQ pet safety: how to keep your cat or dog safe
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This article contains: safety cats dogs summer petplan advice
In the summer time, our pets can often appear to enjoy a BBQ just as much as we do.

The opportunity to be surrounded by lots of meat sizzling away, smelling fantastic and tasting great can prove irresistible.

However, it’s important to remember that BBQ’s can also be dangerous for pets, so here are Petplan’s top tips for keeping your cats and dogs safe and happy during the BBQ season…

Petplan debate: can a vegetarian or vegan diet be good for cats and dogs?

Petplan debate: can a vegetarian or vegan diet be good for cats and dogs?
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This article contains: Raw diet Petplan Debate
Dog and cat owners are often on the lookout for new and innovative ways to keep our pets fit and healthy – and our pets’ diet is one area that often receives plenty of attention.

Pet food is no longer unappetising-looking meat served from tins with little thought of the nutritional benefit. There are hundreds of products and supplements available and the choice can sometimes appear overwhelming.

However, there are an increasing amount of pet owners who are going back to basics by feeding their pets simple, natural food.

We spoke about the pros and cons of a raw food diet previously, but some pet owners are going even further and are advocating the benefits of veggie or vegan food, with many sighting ethical and environmental concerns about how pet food is produced.

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