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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.

can cats eat basil
  Ahh, basil: a must-have topping for pizzas, an essential ingredient in tomato sauce and one of those flavors that seems to be able to make anything taste better (and don’t even get us started on…
Dr. Kim Smyth
There are few things more awe-inspiring to me than watching a dog with a job. Whether the task at hand is herding livestock, assisting a disabled person, or searching rubble for signs of life,…
*/ Over the past decade, science has shown that dogs and cats tend to relax when listening to certain music. Classical music, especially Mozart compositions, has been the primary focus of these…
Dr. Kelly Diehl
  Would you know what to do if your dog had a seizure? For pet owners, seizures caused by epilepsy or other medical conditions can be a frightening problem. Demystifying seizures can not only…
Got an itchy dog? You need to read this! | Petplan
Got a pup with an itch that can't be scratched? Great news: a novel, non-pharmaceutical pruritus treatment called Cytopoint has been approved in the U.S., promising to relieve itching in millions of…
Veterinarians and human health officials got a scare late in 2016 when a new disease showed up in cats (and people!). In New York City shelters, cats started becoming sick with H7N2, a strain of…
If you think you’re the only one who goes a little stir crazy during the winter, think again! It can also be tough on your dog. But never fear; you can beat the winter blues together. Here’s how:…
“You care more about my money than my pet!” “I wish you could be my doctor.” In my 25 years of veterinary practice, I’ve heard those words on countless occasions, sometimes from the same client.…
Bisphenol A (also known as BPA) is a synthetic compound used to make some plastics, and it gets a bad rap because it’s disruptive to our endocrine system. When BPA-containing plastic touches food, it…
Anxious dogs may suffer premature graying, much like American Presidents and stressed-out fathers of teenage daughters. Okay, maybe I made that last example up, but there’s no denying my beard is…