health tips

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

If the word “laser” conjures images of sci-fi ray guns and the like, you’re living in the past. Veterinarians have increasingly been using therapeutic lasers to treat a variety of ailments in our…
While you may think your pet has special super powers (“Super Sloppy Kisses Pup” or “The Marvelous Midnight Pouncer Kitty,” anyone?), the power of concentration is likely to…
Your cat may seem perfectly domesticated, but she still possesses many of her natural instincts. Pouncing on your feet in the middle of the night, for example, is a throwback to the nights her…
Lick granulomas (or acral lick granulomas) are chronic skin lesions in dogs caused by — you guessed it — incessant licking. What makes them frustrating for pet parents and veterinarians alike is that…
Our furry friends have so many endearing qualities, especially the way they love us unconditionally. But some pets have another, less lovable trait: the ability to clear a room with their gas.…
A hot spot is a rapidly progressing skin lesion that dogs actually inflict upon themselves. These occur when something irritates the skin, causing the dog to scratch, lick or chew one area until it…
You know how certain scents can trigger feelings and memories? When I smell freshly cut grass, for instance, I remember the joyful, carefree summer evenings of my childhood. Aromatherapy plays on…
Your dog may not be a working or sporting breed, but he can still play with the big dogs! Activities like Schutzhund, agility, tracking and flyball are growing in popularity, and many breeds can…
Going to work can be a chore for pet parents, but your dog might disagree. In fact, four-legged friends who aren't suitably occupied may take it upon themselves to get a job — like rearranging…
Play builds healthy bodies and minds. But whether your pet is chasing a Frisbee® or a laser beam, supervision is essential to ensure playtime stays safe.   take charge of toytime No toy is…

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