fetch! blog

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

*/ You’ve probably heard the adage, “You are what you eat.” Now, science has suggested a slight tweak on that saying: “You are what you feed your gut bacteria.” Our body’s largest immune organ is…
*/ Warmer weather means longer walks, outdoor play, and inevitably, messy mutts. But there’s no need to let bath time stress bubble over. Whether your pet is part dogfish or fights tooth and…
dog at campfire trying to eat a marshmallow
If you take your dog camping (or maybe you’re just a fan of the backyard fire pit), chances are you’ve been stared at longingly while toasting that perfect marshmallow. While you may prefer your…
Cat licking paw
Broken glass. Sharkskin. A cat’s tongue. These are things that are sharp and rough. If you’re reading this, chances are one of them is in your house right now, maybe even your lap. It’s probably not…
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…