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Pet Phobias: How To Help Your Pet Overcome Their Fears

Pet Phobias: How To Help Your Pet Overcome Their Fears
Posted on by Petplan
This article contains: cat behaviour Dog behaviour
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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This article contains: Dog insurance Dog walkers Dog business
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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This article contains: advice Stories from the surgery Parasites
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…

Pet allergies: why some people are allergic to cats and dogs and how to treat it

Pet allergies: why some people are allergic to cats and dogs and how to treat it
Posted on by Petplan
This article contains: dog allergy Pet allergies Cat allergies
Many pet owners will be familiar with the particular problems that this time of year can bring – grass and pollen allergies can affect both us and our pets.

However, many people suffer allergies all year round and, unfortunately, there are thousands of people who are allergic to cats and dogs.

This can prove problematic for people with pets, regardless of whether it’s them themselves that have allergies or close friends and family who also come into contact with their pets.

Petplan takes a look at what causes this issue in some people and if there’s anything that can be done to treat it…

The pros and cons of pedigree dogs and cats: are they the right type of pet for you?

The pros and cons of pedigree dogs and cats: are they the right type of pet for you?
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This article contains: pedigree pets
There has been plenty of controversy surrounding the breeding of pedigree pets for a number of years.

Following the BBC programme, Pedigree Dogs Exposed, several sponsors withdrew their support from the world’s largest dog show Crufts over fears that many of the dogs entered were in poor health, whilst several types of cat have medical conditions that are very common within their breed.

However, there remain plenty of people who are passionate supporters of pedigree pets and the benefits of selective breeding. Petplan takes a look at the pros and cons of owning a pedigree pet.

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