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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.

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 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…
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…
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…