health tips

Expert pet health tips purr-fect for any walk of life from Petplan’s team of veterinary experts.

When old Jack Frost comes to town, he brings new concerns regarding your pet’s safety. Avoid an unplanned trip to the veterinary clinic by keeping these winter hazards in mind:   • Ice: Take…
We think of summer as peak flea season, but fall brings with it a surge in pest populations. For pet owners who live in warm, humid climates, every season is flea season! Fleas are a scourge. They…
It is the kidney’s job to filter toxins from the blood, and each kidney contains thousands of microscopic filtration units called nephrons. Like all cells, nephrons have a finite lifespan. They…
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, our furry friends have access to superior diagnostic techniques and treatment options. But sometimes, despite our very best efforts, pets are diagnosed with…
Your pet may seem young at heart, but his age may tell a different story. While U.S. pet parents are technically considered senior citizens at 65, senior status in pets isn’t absolute. Whether…
Do you remember that woozy feeling you had as a kid after you just stepped off of a fast merry-go-round, or how dizzy you felt when you spun around with your forehead on a baseball bat and then tried…
Whether you’re helping your pet recover from an accident or severe illness, or providing long-term care for a permanently disabled pet, you need to be on the lookout for pressure sores.…
Dogs who dig in the dirt often don’t do it to drive you daft. Your furry friend may dig for a variety of reasons: seeking a cool place to lounge on a hot day, trying to escape (think digging under…
For many pets, grooming is as simple as a bath, blow-dry and nail trim, but some breeds need a bit more than “wash, rinse, repeat” to maintain their coats. Without the help of a groomer (…
Post-operative rehabilitation and physical therapy go together just swimmingly — literally! Pet parents may think of hydrotherapy as something pets need only after major orthopedic surgery, but…

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