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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.

Dr. Kim Smyth
There are a lot of old wives’ tales in the pet world. Take, for instance, the saying that “cats always land on their feet.” That’s just not true. They are really good at landing on their feet…
Golden Retriever bored with toy
Growing up, I treasured birthdays and holidays because they brought excitement wrapped in shiny bows. Science tells us our canine companions may feel the same. New studies validate the notion that…
The skin is our body’s largest organ, and the same is true for our furry friends! It’s the first line of defense against harm, and protects the other tissues of the body. But skin can also act as a…
Dog sitting on couch with man on laptop | Are dog dna tests worth the money?
The science behind doggie DNA is progressing rapidly beyond most pet parents’ imaginations. The question is: Should you have your dog’s DNA tested? What can these tests tell you, and how accurate are…
What’s a placebo, you ask? A placebo is a treatment that has no physiological benefit. It’s like a “blank” pill, and it’s often used in drug studies to test the potential effects of a medication in…
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Darlene Cook wasn’t expecting a cancer diagnosis when her 10-year-old Golden Retriever Liberty (Libby) began limping. But MRIs of Libby’s chest, abdomen and bones revealed a localized bone cancer…
What Your Cat's Whiskers Are Trying To Tell You | Petplan
If eyes are windows into the soul, then cats’ whiskers are a telescope into their mind. If you learn to translate the subtle twitches and tucks of cat whiskers, you’ll be one step closer to…
Imagine how hard it’d be to follow the rules if the signs kept changing. If one day a stop sign meant “Stop,” and the next day it meant “Go,” you’d be pretty confused about what to do. The same goes…
Dog licking woman's face | Is it safe to let your dog kiss you?
When dogs lick your face, they’re not actually giving you kisses as an expression of love. I mean, they do love you, but licking is their way of submitting to you and showing you the respect you…
Siberian Husky puppy chewing on toy | How to stop your puppy from chewing on everything
What do your shoes, your furniture and your remote control have in common? Chances are, if you have a puppy at home, the answer is: “things that I’ve pulled out of my puppy’s mouth this week!” Chew…