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How to keep cats out of your garden and your own cat safe

How to keep cats out of your garden and your own cat safe
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We aren’t the only ones who like to spend time outside enjoying our gardens – our cats love to get out and about as well.

Your garden provides a stimulating and exciting place for your cat to explore. However, it’s also important to remember that the garden can be dangerous for cats, plus you may find yourself with other feline visitors who may not be welcome.

Here are Petplan’s top tips for keeping your pet safe and happy in the garden, and keeping any unwanted cats out…

Petplan’s favourite dog friendly beaches in Cornwall, Gower and beyond

Petplan’s favourite dog friendly beaches in Cornwall, Gower and beyond
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Summer is a great time to be a dog owner – walks in the morning light and warm evenings socialising with fellow pet owners makes spending time with your pet even more special.

However, there are also extra considerations that pet owners need to take into account when out and about with their pet. Issues such as how to deal with scorching weather or grass seed infections are things that every pet owner should know.

Petplan have teamed up with Battersea Cats and Dogs Home (who also have a great summer competition open to pet owners) to help keep your pet safe this summer with our ‘Top tips for summer pet safety’.

So, with you and your pet able to enjoy the summer months safely, there is no reason not to get out and enjoy this brilliant time of year – and where better to do so than at the beach?

Here are five of Petplan’s favourite dog-friendly beaches from all across the UK…

Pet phobias: how to help your cat or dog overcome their fears

Pet phobias: how to help your cat or dog overcome their fears
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Phobias are extremely common in humans – but our pets can also suffer from seemingly irrational fears.

Many of the things that scare both humans and animals are a result of responses built up over millions of years of evolution. For example, we are scared of loud noises and heights because they can cause us harm, meaning our deeply ingrained ‘fight or flight’ instincts kick in.

However, it is possible to overcome or at least manage many fears – whether rational or irrational. Petplan takes a look at some common phobias in cats and dogs, and offers some advice on how to help your pet tackle their issues…

What questions should I ask my dog walker? Insurance, credentials, safety and more

What questions should I ask my dog walker? Insurance, credentials, safety and more
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Taking your dog out for an early morning walk or an evening stroll is one of the most rewarding parts of having a pet – but sometimes time constraints or other factors mean it’s just not possible.

While professional dog walkers used to be something only LA film stars would consider, they are increasingly becoming an option for many people who, for various reasons, are unable to give their dog the exercise they need.

But what makes a good dog walker? And how do you go about picking one? Here are six key questions that Petplan thinks you should be asking…

Stories from the surgery: why warm weather can mean fleas, ticks, lice and mites for your pet

Stories from the surgery: why warm weather can mean fleas, ticks, lice and mites for your pet
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Each month Petplan vet Brian Faulkner reveals some of the strange, funny and sometimes difficult things he encounters in his surgery.

This month he reveals how the month of May sees a change in the illnesses and ailments he treats at his surgery…

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