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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.

*/ /*-->*/ 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…
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…
can dogs eat pineapple?
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 (or in…
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…
dr ernie ward
*/ /*-->*/   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…
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…
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:…