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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.

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…
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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…
Which heat-related conditions do you treat most frequently in your practice? The most common conditions I treat are blistered paw pads, heat stroke and trouble breathing. Pets with existing…
when tail wagging can be a bad thing
Dog tails do a lot. Not only are they an important source of communication (both among dogs and between dogs and their humans), but they also serve as balancing tools, rudders while swimming and,…
Sad Rottweiler puppy laying on ground | Histiocytic sarcoma in dogs | Petplan
Histiocytes are a type of white blood cell, and they’re responsible for fighting off foreign invaders. Their function as part of the immune system of mammals is key in staying healthy, but as in…