fetch! blog

From the clinic to the dog park and beyond, Petplan's vet experts break pet health advice down into byte-sized bites.

According to a recent survey, dogs “make their people better.” Setting aside my initial reaction of, “WHAT ABOUT CATS!!??”, I’ll go along with this blatantly biased survey from BarkBox, purveyors of…
When you’re trying to go on a peaceful stroll (and especially when sidewalks are slippery or footing becomes treacherous), the last thing you want to worry about is your dog pulling on the leash.…
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…
Petplan pet insurance
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 are your cat's whiskers telling you?
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…