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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.

Get The 'Straight From Salon' Look For Your Pet

Get The 'Straight From Salon' Look  For Your Pet
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Is your pet a little scruffy? Follow our eight-step plan to smarten them up. 1 MORE OR LESS?

Short-haired cats usually need to be brushed once or twice a week, but long-haired felines, exotic shorthairs and moulting moggies need daily grooming. Older cats or those that are unwell need more help, too. All dogs benefit from daily grooming. Use a wire 'slicker' brush every day on silky and long-haired breeds. Non-shedding, curly haired dogs need daily grooming and professional clipping every few months. Wiry types need regular brushing and occasional professional grooming or 'stripping', while smooth-coated dogs just need a daily once-over with a soft brush or 'hound glove'. Rabbits need weekly brushing, but make it daily if he's shedding or a long-haired breed such as an Angora.

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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This article contains: cat dog pet pets canine feline
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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This article contains: cats feline indoors cats house cats
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?

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