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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.

Meet the amazing Hounds for Heroes

Meet the amazing Hounds for Heroes
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Hounds for Heroes is a fantastic new charity that places highly capable assistance dogs with injured personnel from the armed forces and civilian emergency services. We meet founder Allen Parton to hear his story. From the PetPeople magazine archive.

The life of Allen Parton, a former chief petty officer in the Royal Navy, changed in an instant when he was serving in the 1991 Gulf War. He suffered head injuries so severe that he remembered nothing of his wife and children and little of his past life; he was left partially paralysed and dependent on a wheelchair. Traumatised, amnesiac and unable to perform the most mundane tasks, Allen twice attempted suicide before a chance encounter with Endal, a remarkable Labrador Retriever, who helped him to adjust and cope with life.

What do YOU wish you'd known before you got a pet?

What do YOU wish you'd known before you got a pet?
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A few days ago we asked people on our Facebook page for the one piece of advice they wish they'd known before they got their pet, and we've had a big response.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

Debate: should cats be kept indoors?

 Debate: should cats be kept indoors?
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Cat lovers: do you think we should let our feline companions roam, or should they be kept inside for their own safety? We've taken a look at both sides of the debate - but what do you think?

How to keep your pet safe and well this summer

How to keep your pet safe and well this summer
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OK, so we haven't had the greatest of summers so far. But when it finally improves, you should be prepared to ensure that your pet doesn't succumb to the hazards that the hot weather can bring. Vet Marc Abraham advises on the dangers to look out for during the summertime

We’re all aware of the risks associated with hot weather, with most of us taking precautions to avoid painful sunburn, annoying allergies and the dreaded heatstroke. But are we protecting our pets enough to allow them to enjoy summer too?

Microchipping: the facts

Microchipping: the facts
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June is National Microchipping Month, and it's all about celebrating and promoting the practice of microchipping for pets. Here are our top six facts about this amazing way of protecting your pet.1. It first came to the UK in 1989, and since then over four million cats and dogs have been microchipped. However with a reported sixteen million cats and dogs residing in the UK there are still many who are not microchipped.2. A recent survey identified that 48 per cent of pet owners didn't know which brand of microchip their pet was implanted with. There are lots
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