fetch! blog

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

Dr. Kim Smyth
The old adage about laying down with dogs has a negative connotation. But today, so many pets are considered to be true members of the family that it would seem strange NOT to cuddle up with them…
Nicole Larocco-Skeehan, CPDT-KA
A recent study about the most effective tone to use when speaking to your new puppy found (perhaps unsurprisingly) that the pups were most responsive to something that the researchers called Dog…
Dog standing in flood waters | Hurricane Harvey pet relief
On August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast, leaving a path of devastation and life-threatening flooding in its wake that caused unprecedented damage to Texas communities.…
Older black dog wagging tail | Why do dogs wag their tails?
Nothing says “Welcome Home!” like the wag of a dog’s tail. Tail wagging is synonymous with friendliness and love, contentment and delight. But is this long-standing association myth or fact? Leave…
*/ You’ve probably heard the adage, “You are what you eat.” Now, science has suggested a slight tweak on that saying: “You are what you feed your gut bacteria.” Our body’s largest immune organ is…
*/ Warmer weather means longer walks, outdoor play, and inevitably, messy mutts. But there’s no need to let bath time stress bubble over. Whether your pet is part dogfish or fights tooth and…
dog at campfire trying to eat a marshmallow
If you take your dog camping (or maybe you’re just a fan of the backyard fire pit), chances are you’ve been stared at longingly while toasting that perfect marshmallow. While you may prefer your…
Cat licking paw
Broken glass. Sharkskin. A cat’s tongue. These are things that are sharp and rough. If you’re reading this, chances are one of them is in your house right now, maybe even your lap. It’s probably not…
According to a recent survey, dogs “make their people better.” Setting aside my initial reaction of, “WHAT ABOUT CATS!!??”, I’ll go along with this blatantly biased survey from BarkBox, purveyors of…
When you’re trying to go on a peaceful stroll (and especially when sidewalks are slippery or footing becomes treacherous), the last thing you want to worry about is your dog pulling on the leash.…