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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.

The pros and cons of a raw food diet for dogs

The pros and cons of a raw food diet for dogs
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The latest issue of Petplan’s PetPeople magazine featured an article by animal nutritionist Marge Chandler on the risks of raw food diets for dogs (scroll down to read it).

This article caused plenty of debate on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, with people in favour of the diet keen to point out its potential benefits.

To provide the other side of the story, we spoke to Liesbet Lester, a vet and advocate of the diet...

Stories from the surgery: solving Ellie’s troubling ear problems

Stories from the surgery: solving Ellie’s troubling ear problems
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Each month Petplan vet Brian Faulkner will reveal some of the strange, funny and sometimes difficult things he encounters in his surgery.

This month it’s the turn of standard poodle, Ellie, who’s been having a tough time with a difficult-to-treat ear problem…

Kitten and puppy proofing your home: how to keep them safe and away from danger

Kitten and puppy proofing your home: how to keep them safe and away from danger
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This article contains: Puppies Kittens
Baby proofing a house is something every new parent knows they need to do – but making sure your home is safe for any new pets is also vitally important.

Whether you have a boisterous new puppy or an inquisitive kitten, there are plenty of dangers in any home that can cause injury or distress to your new arrival

Petplan explores just a few of the things you need to consider when pet proofing the different rooms in your home…

Dog and cat grooming: why it's not just Crufts entrants that need care and attention

Dog and cat grooming: why it's not just Crufts entrants that need care and attention
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This article contains: grooming cats dogs
Pet grooming is often perceived as being purely for beauty, but in reality it’s hugely important for their health and wellbeing – even if you’re not planning to enter them in Crufts.

How often you groom your pet will depend on a number of factors (such as the length of their coat) but it’s an important part of every pet’s routine.

Grooming can help you spot fleas, bumps and cuts as well as skin problems – and will also help you bond with your pet.

Petplan has put together some useful tips to help you get started with dog and cat grooming…

What should you do if you find a stray cat?

What should you do if you find a stray cat?
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This article contains: cats petplan advice
According to the Blue Cross, the number of stray cats in the UK is on the increase and a stray can often be hungry, frightened or even sick or injured.

Because of the often difficult decisions that need to be made if you come across an injured cat, it’s important to know what to do should you find one.

Petplan has put together some useful advice should you find a stray cat with some help from our friends at the Blue Cross…

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