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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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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…

Top tips for moving house with a cat or dog

Top tips for moving house with a cat or dog
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Moving home can be an incredibly difficult time – and if you add a cat or a dog into the mix then things become even more challenging.

It’s often stressful enough when you understand what’s going on, so imagine how it must be for your pet, who has no comprehension of what the upheaval is all about.

Their home is being emptied, there are strange noises, unusual smells and new people entering and leaving – and that’s all before you’ve actually moved.

However, there are various ways to help minimise the stress of moving house for your pet. Here are Petplan’s top tips to do just that…

A Guide To Pet Passport | Stories From The Surgery

A Guide To Pet Passport | Stories From The Surgery
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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 successfully obtain a pet passport when taking your cat or dog abroad…

Pet Pedicure | How To Take Care of Cat or Dogs Feet

Pet Pedicure | How To Take Care of Cat or Dogs Feet
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The way cats and dogs scamper over concrete, grass and sand without a care can give the impression their paws are tough as old boots – but the reality is very different and it’s vital you make sure their paws are well looked after.

Here are Petplan’s top tips for making sure your pet’s feet stay in top condition all year around…

It’s important to remember the below is general advice for looking after your pet’s paws. If you have any concerns or are worried about your pet, then your first port of call should always be your vet.

Keep Your Rabbit Happy Rabbit care guide: How to make sure your rabbit is healthy and happy Healthy | Rabbit Care Guide

Keep Your Rabbit Happy Rabbit care guide: How to make sure your rabbit is healthy and happy Healthy | Rabbit Care Guide
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A vast majority of people put a great deal of thought and care into deciding whether to get a cat or a dog – but often the same amount of consideration doesn’t go into deciding whether to get a pet rabbit.

As well as being the UK’s third most popular pet, rabbits are also amongst the most neglected. The Scottish RSPCA rescued more than 700 abandoned rabbits last year, but warns that many more are living miserable lives in lonely hutches.

Petplan takes a look at how you can avoid the many pitfalls of rabbit ownership and ensure your pet lives a happy, contented life…

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