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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 control your puppy's teething

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Q: My four-month-old Collie-Jack Russell terrier cross keeps digging up the lawn and biting at wood in a particular place. I realise he may be teething. Is there any way we stop this?

A: Puppies will chew and many may continue to do so until they are more than a year old as their new teeth ˜'settle in'. Never tell your puppy off if he is chewing something he shouldn't. Call him to you enthusiastically and give him a chew toy - and praise him for chewing

Feline vaccinations - why your cat really does need them

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Q: Our cat had vaccinations as a kitten but we didn't keep them up. The vet told us that he needed his booster vaccinations and suggested starting the course again. Is it necessary for cats to have these injections throughout their lives?A: Feline vaccinations are one of the reasons why our cats live so long today, along with the leaps made in feline medicine. If lots of cat owners decide against vaccinations, the prevalence of these diseases is set to rise.

All you need to know about pet-proofing your home

All you need to know about pet-proofing your home
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Tired of chewed furniture, dirty upholstery and discovering little surprises? Here's our quick guide to limiting your pet's impact on your home.

How to stop kittens shredding the curtainsLoop curtains out of leaping range (but avoid tie-back cords, which can pose a risk of pet strangulation). Re-channel their energy with toy mice and ping-pong balls to bat, and a tunnel of cardboard boxes to race through. Fishing-rod cat toys are a great way to play with a kitten without getting scratched.

Pets vs. pot plantsIf you're having problems with your pet leaving little surprises in the compost of your pot plants, place cobbles on the surface. If your pet nibbles leaves, move plants to a higher level. Avoid lilies, poinsettias, azaleas, amaryllis and ivy,

What you need to know about FIV cats

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Q: My cat has just been diagnosed with FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus). It came as a huge shock - she only went to the vets to have a dental clean. What can I do for her?A: Feline Aids works in the same way as human Aids, weakening the immune system and exposing the patient to an increased risk of infection. Your cat may have shown signs of gingivitis during the dental procedure, which may have been why your vet tested her for common viruses.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Siamese cats

Everything you ever wanted to know about Siamese cats
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Originally from Thailand, this elegant and rather proud breed recognised for its piercing blue eyes, pointed features and distinctive voice, is one of the most popular breeds in the world. From the PetPeople magazine features archive.


Known to 'talk' to their owners, the distinctive Siamese is one of the most popular and well-known feline breeds in the world. Originally from Siam, which we now know as Thailand, this breed is said to have descended from sacred temple cats owned by the royal family. Called Wichien-maat in Thai, meaning 'Moon Diamond', because of their trademark almond-shaped, bright-blue eyes, the breed was first seen outside Thailand in the UK. They were exported from Siam in 1884 by the then British consul-general in Bangkok Edward Blencowe Gould. He presented his cat-loving sister, Lilian Jane Veley, with a breeding pair of Siamese, which proved such a hit
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