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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.

How to keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy

How to keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy
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June is Dental Care Month, and many veterinary practices across the country are joining in by offering free dental health checks for pets. Vet Marc Abraham offers some tips for keeping pets' mouths in tip-top condition

Many pets show signs of gum disease as early as four years old due to a combination of the wrong diet, a lack of access to decent chew toys, few or no visits to their vet for check-ups, and minimal proper oral care...

Debate: Use DNA testing to tackle dog fouling? Part 1

Debate: Use DNA testing to tackle dog fouling? Part 1
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This article contains: dog poo toileting DNA Dog poo
Over in the US, one company is pioneering a hi-tech but politically charged solution to the global dog mess headache - “ but is it ethical and could it work over here? In the first of two posts on each side of the debate, Councillor Robert Coghill says why he's in favour of dog DNA registers and the testing of dog poo to trace culprits and their irresponsible owners

The biggest issue I've faced since being elected is the problem of dog fouling. People ring me and stop me in the street to discuss the matter.

How To Choose A Cattery, Kennel Or Pet Sitter

How To Choose A Cattery, Kennel Or Pet Sitter
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Continuing the holiday theme, vet Marc Abraham discusses the options for the care of your pet if you go away during the summer

Last week, I wrote about holidaying in the UK with your pet. But if you do find yourselves holidaying abroad this year and must leave your pet behind, you'll want to know that they're safe and happy until your return. But who's trustworthy enough to care for your beloved pet, giving you piece of mind while you're sunning yourself on a beach hundreds of miles away?

Five things you should never feed your dog

Five things you should never feed your dog
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Here's PetPeople vet Alison Logan's top five no-nos when it comes to your dog's diet:1. Chocolate should never be given to dogs, and must be safely stored out of their reach. Dogs are very sensitive to the theobromine found in chocolate because they can't break it down efficiently. Signs of toxicity occur within twelve hours of eating the chocolate, and include diarrhoea, vomiting, excitement, seizures and coma. The amount of chocolate eaten to cause a problem depends on both the size of the dog and the level of theobromine found in the chocolate. The theobromine dose increases with the cocoa level, so cocoa beans and powder, dark and continental chocolate have higher levels of theobromine than milk chocolate, and white chocolate has the lowest. 2. Dogs are really partial to cat food, primarily because of the high protein content, but it is no good for them in the long term. They are different species

Are you planning a 'staycation' with your pet?

Are you planning a 'staycation' with your pet?
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More and more people are choosing a summer holiday here in the UK rather than heading abroad - and many will take their beloved pets with them. Vet Marc Abraham offers some tips for trouble-free travel
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