health tips

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

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,…
Keeping your pint-sized pooch in shape is no small task. Toy breed dogs can pack on ounces just like their larger cousins can pack on pounds, so setting up a proper diet is especially key for your…
When it comes to choosing toys for your furry friends, think quality over quantity. You may think a particular plaything looks appealing, but it could be harboring hidden hazards. When selecting pet…
If your dog or cat just can’t seem to stop scratching, the culprit could be in an unlikely place — her food bowl. Pets with food allergies are often very uncomfortable. Dogs can…
Should you be adding fish oil to your pet’s food? To begin, let’s take a step back and examine why it’s good for cats and dogs (and us). Fish oil contains essential fatty acids…
Giving cats milk seems as natural as feeding hay to a horse, thanks in part to movies and other media, but you may be surprised to learn that in some cases, cats and milk do not mix. That’s…
Lately, corn has been getting a bad rap — but is it justified? When it comes to corn as an ingredient in pet food, the answer is complicated. Corn is an inexpensive source of amino acids, so…
There is a lot of hype these days about raw food diets for our pets. Advocates say that feeding a raw diet increases general and oral health, promoting longevity. They also cite resolution of disease…
Most pet parents don’t pay much attention to their cats’ bathroom habits. Until they start noticing dramatic changes, that is. Kitties who are straining to urinate, vocalizing upon…
A friend called me the other day about her housebroken young dog, Belle, who had urinated in the house four times that morning (four times!). As she told me more about Belle’s behavior, I…

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