health tips

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

beyond bad breath
You may think your pet’s foul breath just interferes with your time together (no kisses, thank you!), but it can also be a killer. Dental disease starts when bacteria accumulate at the gum line…
crack a smile
You’d think that if your pet broke a tooth, you’d know it right away, but that’s not always the case. Many pets carry on eating and playing, even if the soft pulp of the tooth is exposed and they…
debunking declawing
For cats, scratching is an instinctual activity. It helps them sharpen and condition their claws, as well as mark their territory. But when the surfaces that your cat chooses to mark are your carpet…
check out rehab (therapy!)
If you’ve had orthopedic surgery, you know how important postoperative rehabilitation is. But did you know that the same goes for our canine and feline friends? In addition to shortening recovery…
simple cut care - dog
Seeing your pet hurt is upsetting, so mastering basic first aid for your furry friends’ cuts and scrapes may help you feel more at ease when injuries happen. Before you begin, the first rule in…
take a complement
Holistic or “alternative” veterinary medicine focuses on four-legged patients as a whole, and generally involves minimally-invasive procedures. Holistic methods are often used alongside traditional…
After a surgical procedure, four-legged friends often need plenty of TLC. Although cuddles and kisses will certainly go a long way, the primary way to ensure your pet’s recuperation is…
Children and pets seem to go hand in paw, but some pet parents worry that having pets around children may be unhygienic. In general, it shouldn’t be a cause for serious concern — in fact…
dog
A small dog’s bark is often bigger than his bite – but the little mouth it comes from can be the source of some giant problems. Small dogs in particular often end up down in the mouth due to dental…
Does your dog ever sound like she’s turning into a goose? An intermittent honking cough may mean that she has a condition common among small and toy breed dogs: tracheal collapse. The trachea,…

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