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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.

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…
dog spay incision post-operative care
Updated February 21, 2019 When it’s time to pick up your four-legged family member from the animal hospital after a surgery like spaying or neutering, pet parents will get specific instructions for…
Weimaraner in grassy field of leaves | Immunodeficiency disease in Weimaraner dogs
Weimaraners are great dogs. From their striking ghost-like appearance to their spirited attitudes, these large, strong dogs are easy to love. However, this breed can be affected by a condition called…
Dr. Kim Smyth
    When more than 50 percent of our dogs are overweight or obese, I think it’s safe to say that we have an epidemic on our hands. That’s what is happening in this country – 52 percent of dogs and…
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You know them as the security-guarding, livestock-protecting, life-saving, sled-pulling group that includes lovable breeds like the Boxer, Great Dane, Siberian Husky, St. Bernard and Rottweiler.…
Dr. Kim Smyth
  Once we grow out of our childhood years, we tend to outgrow the chances of getting an inner ear infection. As children, our anatomy makes us more prone to painful inner ear infections because of…