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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.

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 medical…
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…
*/ If you or someone in your home is being treated with topical medications for skin cancer, you’ll want to pay very close attention: The FDA has issued a statement warning pet owners about the…
Dr. Ernie Ward
Viper was an outstanding police dog. Trained to track and take down the most dangerous criminals, Viper was prepared to handle danger and risk. What he and his handler couldn’t anticipate was a…
*/ Pineapples are a popular pick for those looking for a sweet yet healthy snack, but are these fruits safe for dogs to eat? Yes! But before I explain why, let's revisit the growing issue at hand (…
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…