health tips

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

Over the course of your pet’s lifetime, you’ll rack up hours of fun and frolic, which helps both of you bond and relax. But when your pet grows tired of her favorite pastimes, try adding…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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