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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.

Siamese cat on bench outside | a difficult diagnosis: feline infectious peritonitis | Petplan
Unlike a discussion about diabetes or feline leukemia, FIP (feline infectious peritonitis) can be difficult to explain. As a veterinary community, there is a lot we know about the disease,…
Dr. Ernie Ward
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard pet parents say, “Dogs and cats only see in black and white.” So what’s the scoop? Can dogs and cats see colors and, on a similar note, can they watch your…
Dr. Kim Smyth
Every dog has his day – and our canine* companions’ birthdays are the most special of all. So why not go all out? Nothing says “Happy Woofday!” like a party (or should I say paw-ty?), so read on to…
Halloween can be a fun time to enjoy with family, friends and the kids. But ever wonder how your dog can get into the fun? After all, dogs love tricks. . . and adore treats! Here are some tips for…
In the wild, cats spend up to 30% of their day searching for food, eating small meals nine to sixteen times a day, on average. Outdoor cats are stealthy, cunning hunters — foraging for food exercises…
Do dogs stick to instructions? Not if they don’t have to, according to new research from the Yale University Canine Cognition Center. In other words, our brilliant best friends can learn to cut…
What to do if there's water in your dog's ear | Petplan
It’s no biggie when we get water in our ears — we tilt our heads, hop on one foot and (usually) the water trickles out. But for our canine friends, it’s not so simple. And when water’s trapped in…
Dr. Kim Smyth
Hair loss (or alopecia) in dogs can be more than just an unsightly nuisance — it could signal an underlying issue. From contagious conditions to hormone imbalances, illnesses that cause hair loss can…
“It’s not only what you say, it’s how you say it” is true for both humans and dogs, according to howling new research. Hungarian scientists have proven something most dog lovers take for granted:…
Dr. Kim Smyth
Lungworms are one of those things vets learn about in parasitology. But cases are pretty rare, so the info was stored way back in the hidden files of my brain when I had a curious case of a cat who…