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From the clinic to the dog park and beyond, Petplan's vet experts break pet health advice down into byte-sized bites.

American animal hospital association logo
Perhaps you’ve heard of AAHA. Maybe you’re familiar with the red-and-white logo you’ve seen at your pet’s veterinary hospital. But did you know the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) helps…
pet travel tips
Summer is quickly approaching, and many pet owners are planning to hit the road with their families—human and animal—in search of a little R & R. But, before you strap Fido in his doggie harness…
What you need to know about vaccines for dogs
With measles outbreaks and speculation surrounding the potential causes of autism, vaccines have been getting a lot of attention in recent years. And, all that attention is transcending species, as…
Young girl brushing puppy's teeth at home
One of the most common conditions to plague our cats and dogs (often requiring costly tooth extractions) is periodontal disease — but the good news is that it’s preventable! Just like humans, pets…
Black and white dog with toothbrush in mouth | Periodontal disease in pets
Woof! Do you smell that? Bad breath (halitosis) from your pet could signal a major problem. Don’t just hold your nose — that smelly odor may be the first and only hint that your cat or dog is…
Veterinarian examining cat
Did you know? Many diseases can be spread to people from pets. Your veterinary healthcare team is trained in how to keep pets from contracting diseases in their hospital. Here are a few ways you can…
5 reasons why cats wag their tails | Petplan
Cats are some of the most complex, curious and compassionate critters I know. Deciphering cat behavior is far more complicated and challenging than most other animals. Too often, we mistakenly apply…
Dog wearing Elizabethan collar
Nothing strikes fear into a pet parent’s eyes quicker than the sight of a veterinarian or technician approaching with the dreaded E-collar in hand. It may look a little funny, but can the Elizabethan…
Dislocated hips in pets: Signs causes and treatments
Updated February 21, 2019 Though nearly perfect in design, the hip joint is not without its weaknesses – especially in dogs predisposed to hip dysplasia and those with shallow sockets. Even the…
dog getting examined by a veterinarian | pet insurance plan basics | Petplan
Scratching your head over pet insurance? You’re not alone. Even after researching pet health insurance, many pet parents still find themselves with questions. Here’s a primer on some common pet…