NEW IN 2014! Downloadable Tip Sheets - Want help keeping your best friend healthy in 2014? Bookmark this page for a monthly tip sheet full of advice and information for keeping furry friends fit. From ear care to hot weather hazards, we'll cover it all! This month's tip is all about periodontal disease — causes, costs and tips for healthier teeth that will make you smile. Check it out!
Kiss and Tell - February is Pet Dental Health Month. Did you know dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, affecting 91% of dogs and 85% of cats over the age of 3? Learn how to brush your pet’s teeth to avoid dental disease and don’t skip routine dental visits with your vet – they could save your pet’s life.
Can’t brush your pet’s teeth? Try these alternatives from Dr. Ernie Ward instead. [tweet this tip]
Call Fur Action - Every dog has his day, but cats get a whole month! Celebrate Cat Health Month in February by bringing your kitty in for a wellness exam. Cats are masters at hiding illness, and are prone to a special kind of dental problem called feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions, which occur in about 50% of cats. Your veterinarian can detect them – but only if you go! [tweet this tip]
Spay and Save - Not only does spaying help control the pet population, but it may also benefit your pet’s health. According to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, mammary tumors are more common in female dogs that are either not spayed or were spayed after 2 years of age. Spaying also helps reduce the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer, as well as pyometra – a sometimes life-threatening uterine infection.
Vets for Pets
(expert blogs to boost your pet prowess!)
Pure Luck? - Which is healthier, mixed breed or purebred dogs? Dr. Ernie Ward delves into the dilemma – and his answer may surprise you.
Role Play - Did you know that February is Responsible Pet Owner Month? Check out our top 10 ways to be a more responsible pet owner at our Vets for Pets blog.
Have You Heard? - Training a deaf pet may seem like a difficult task, but it’s easier than it sounds. Read these seven tips from certified professional dog trainer Nicole Larocco to get you started.
Go West - Join Petplan February 16-20 at the 2014 Western Veterinary Conference, held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Learn who took home top prizes in our 2014 Petplan Veterinary Awards in the Practice of the Year, Veterinarian of the Year, Practice Manager of the Year and Veterinary Technician of the Year categories. We’ll also have an exclusive giveaway at our booth you can’t miss! Can’t make the trip? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for live coverage and results!
All Paws on Deck - Wish you could bring pets to work? Discover the unique factors that make the office environment at Petplan fun and productive for employees – and their pets! – in this Pet Business magazine interview with Petplan Co-Founder Natasha Ashton.
Walk the Walk - Resolved to make 2014 your pet’s happiest, healthiest year yet? Studies show people who exercise with their pets tend to lose more weight themselves and stay with a program longer. Here are four tips from Petplan VP of Veterinary Services Dr. Jules Benson to help you put paws to pavement and get started today!
Heart of Gold - More than 60% of Golden Retrievers die of cancer, but Morris Animal Foundation is working to change that – and they need your help! Is your dog ready to make a difference? Morris Animal Foundation's Golden Retriever Lifetime Study will observe 3,000 Goldens for life to gather insights that can help prevent and treat cancer in Goldens—and ultimately, all dog breeds. Join today at http://www.caninelifetimehealth.org.
Come In Handy - Take your walks around the block to the next level with Stride™, a revolutionary 3-in-1 waste bag dispenser, hand sanitizer and pedometer.
Pounce To It - Keep kitty engaged and entertained while you are away at work with this durable wooden toy box game that stimulates your cat’s desire to hunt and play.
Take a Bow - Give your dapper dog a sweet style upgrade with this red velvet bowtie, sure to turn heads at the dog park.