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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.

Stories from the surgery: “Why doggy day care is more than just a fad”

Stories from the surgery: “Why doggy day care is more than just a fad”
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This article contains: dog Dog behaviour
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 practicing vet.

This month he talks us through some unruly visitors to his surgery and why he thinks innovations like doggy day care can be an important way of helping dogs learn vital social skills…

Pedigree cats: What to consider when buying Persian cats, Ragdolls and more

Pedigree cats: What to consider when buying Persian cats, Ragdolls and more
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This article contains: cats pedigree pets Pedigree cats
Owning a pedigree cats can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience for many cat lovers – but there are plenty of things that need careful consideration before getting one of your own.

The added expense, additional care and potential ethical concerns in relation to breeding practices are all things that require further investigation.

Petplan takes a look at these topics and several others to help you decide whether owning a pedigree cat is right for you…

Dealing with dog attacks: what you should do and how third party dog insurance can help

Dealing with dog attacks: what you should do and how third party dog insurance can help
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This article contains: Dog insurance Dog behaviour
The number of people being taken to hospital as a result of dog bites has risen by 76% in the past decade, while 13 children have died in the same period from dog attacks.

Attacks occur due to a number of reasons including a lack of socialisation from an early age, defending territory and natural instincts.

Petplan takes a look at the things you can do if you encounter a situation involving an aggressive dog and how third party liability cover is a vital part of any dog insurance policy...

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…

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