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Welcome to Petplan’s blog, a space where you can read up on the latest pet-news, find out interesting facts and tips about keeping your pets happy and healthy, and share your views on hot topics.

Are cat collars safe? Petplan looks at the pros and cons

Are cat collars safe? Petplan looks at the pros and cons
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This article contains: cat microchipping
While a collar is a helpful accessory for a dog, in cats they can be problematical and may not be the best option for your beloved pet.

Petplan takes a look at the common reasons for fitting cats with a collar and what you need to consider...

Bringing home a new puppy? How to deal with the first 24 hours

Bringing home a new puppy? How to deal with the first 24 hours
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This article contains: dogs Puppies
Bringing a new puppy home for the first time is an incredibly exciting time for the whole family – but lack of planning and preparation can make those early days stressful.

Petplan takes a look at the things you need to consider to make the first 24 hours with your new puppy as stress-free as possible.

Stories from the surgery: why myxomatosis symptoms and treatments are vital to know about

Stories from the surgery: why myxomatosis symptoms and treatments are vital to know about
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This article contains: rabbit rabbits
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 spot the symptoms of myxomatosis in pet rabbits and what can be done to treat it…

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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This article contains: cats dogs Injured dogs
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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This article contains: fireworks bonfire night cats dogs
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…

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