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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.

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…
Dachshund in blanket looking out window in winter | Tips for beating winter cabin fever with your pet
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…
Old black Labrador resting near fireplace | Is stress making your pet go gray?
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…
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…