health tips

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

dog
Whether heading off to work or out to play, pet parents love bringing four-legged family members along for the ride. While putting on our own seatbelts may be second nature, we sometimes forget to…
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Back-to-school season is an exciting time for the family, but it can be disruptive, distressing and even dangerous for pets. The number one danger during this time of transition is pets eating school…
how to clean pet ears instructions
At-home ear cleaning is not only vital to the successful treatment of ear infections, but it can also help ward off infections in pets who are prone to them. Some breeds — such as Spaniels and…
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Your pet’s ears may be your favorite place to pat — but if you notice any swelling, stop stroking and listen up. It could be a hematoma, a collection of blood outside of a blood vessel that can occur…
White cat with deafness issues
Pets with white coats and blue eyes can be striking, but praising such pets on their pretty looks might fall on deaf ears — literally. The association between blue eyes, white coats and deafness has…
ear mites in pets
You notice your pet ceaselessly scratching his ear, and you immediately think, “ear infection.” You could be right, but if you spot anything resembling coffee grounds in his ear, the sinister source…
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Over many thousands of years, our pets’ super senses, like sight and smell, evolved to help them locate prey and avoid danger. Dogs may win out in the sniffing department, but when it comes to…
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Mosquitos, ticks and fleas — oh my! These creepy crawlers may be small, but they’re a big nuisance to our pets. Not only do they cause discomfort by way of itchy bites (especially pets with flea or…
dog chewing on toy
According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, half of whom are children under age 12. All dog bites carry a risk of infection, but nearly 1…
kitty cavities
Our feline friends are prone to a unique dental condition called feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions, otherwise known as FORLs, or neck lesions. FORLs affect a cat’s teeth at the gum line and…

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