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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.

Yellow Labrador playing football with man in yard | Game day party foods that are dangerous for pets
The big game is nearly upon us! While you plan your football party menu, keep your four-legged fans in mind. Many of the foods (and drinks!) that are synonymous with the big game could spell trouble…
could there be hope for pets infected with rabies?
Rabies is a scary disease—once affected animals (humans included) start showing signs of disease, it is invariably fatal. But all of that might be changing, thanks to some cunning researchers.…
Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis in pets | Petplan
It is not uncommon for dogs to have bloody stools when they have diarrhea. Generally, this is not a serious problem – dogs tend to recover on their own with little intervention. However, there is one…
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We pawed through our database and discovered HUNDREDS of insured pets named for “Star Wars” characters. That got us thinking about feline friends who lived a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
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  Follicular dysplasia is an inherited condition in which there is abnormal hair growth. Affected pets may have hair that is prone to breakage, color change, abnormal retention, or decreased growth…
dog in apple orchard | Can dogs eat apples? Here's what the experts say | Petplan
Will an apple a day keep the veterinarian away? As you enjoy autumn apple picking, cider drinking, and (of course) pies, you may want to know if your dog can get in on the action. Can dogs eat apples…
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      Dogs and cats aren’t always all wiggles and wags – they can occasionally show behavioral issues, sometimes due to a change in the household or recent trauma. If your pet has developed any…
Dogs may remember more than we thought, at least according to a recent Hungarian study. Comparative psychologist Claudia Fugazza used an umbrella and a crowd of canines to determine if dogs could “…
Clicker training is an animal training method based on behavioral psychology, where you mark and reward a desirable behavior. In clicker training, your dog has the freedom to make decisions. You…
Is birdseed safe for dogs? | Petplan
You ask, we answer! From time to time we get policyholder questions submitted to our Ask our Experts inbox, and we are always happy to answer them. This week’s question comes from a policyholder…