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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.

Jack Russell Terrier waiting for a bite of cheese | Can dogs eat cheese? | Petplan
Say cheese! While there may not be anything better than gooey calorie gold dripping off of a slice of pizza or a bite of nachos, is it recommended to share this delicacy with your dog? Is cheese…
Dr. Ernie Ward
  I love English Bulldogs. Yet I’ve never shared my home with a Bulldog and doubt I ever will. As a veterinarian, I’ve simply seen too many medical issues with my beloved sourmugs to take that leap…
two small dogs eating an ice cream cone | Can dogs eat ice cream? | Petplan
Sometimes to beat the heat, we load up the old dog and head to the ice cream stand! The question of whether or not owners can feed their dogs ice cream comes up a lot. And since, in this family at…
Little white dog dragging butt on the carpet | Why do dogs scoot? | 8 medical reasons for butt dragging | Petplan
Butt-dragging. Carpet-surfing. Tail-scooting. These colorful terms all describe one of our canine companions’ more common unusual actions: dogs rubbing their bum along the floor. But why do dogs…
what one study is doing for pets with tummy troubles
Chronic gastrointestinal issues are troublesome (and messy!) for dogs and owners alike. Researchers from the veterinary school at The University of Pennsylvania (Penn Vet) are trying to find a…
Good news doting dog owners: new research proves you’re more than a treat dispenser to your pooch. Given the choice, chances are your dog would prefer your praise over food. This surprisingly…
Though most of us associate allergy flare-ups with the birds, bees, flowers and trees of springtime, autumn can also trigger an itch in our dogs and cats. When humans suffer from allergies, we get…
Black pug with tongue hanging out looking at a bowl of strawberries | Can dogs eat strawberries? | Petplan
One of the hallmarks of summertime is the unmistakably sweet fragrance of one of my favorite fruits: strawberries. Bursting with flavor and packed with powerful nutrients, I’m often asked if dogs can…
Dr. Kim Smyth
  Curious cats and some dogs enjoy chasing and even eating bugs around the home. These insectivorous actions have a lot of pet parents wondering if it’s safe for their furry friends to devour these…
The offensive skunk smell is legendary. Blinding, headache-inducing, with a lingering effect that can last for weeks, the notorious skunk spray is respected – and avoided – by predators throughout…