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Fido Facts: Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Active & Loyal – Good things come from small packages<p>The Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) is <b>classified as a Pastoral Dog.</b> An intelligent, bold and affectionate …

Fido Facts: Siberian Husky

<b>Beautiful & Exuberant – But more than meets the eye</b><p>The Siberian Husky is classified as a Working Dog. <b>An elegant, graceful, crafty and loyal breed</b> …

Exercising your dog in the Winter months

Want to keep your dog happy and healthy this Winter? Check out this great guest blog from our friends at Both Ends Of The Lead.<p>So much of our …

Travelling With Pets – Quick Guide & Checklist

<b>Going travelling with your pet?</b><p><b>Check out our quick guide & checklist to make sure you’re prepared for holiday life with your pet</b><p>Taking a pet on …

Pet Insurance and Pre-existing Conditions

One issue we deal with every day at Petplan is to help people to understand how pre-existing conditions work on a <b>pet insurance policy</b>. Reassuring …

All About The Breed – PUG

<b>Country of Origin</b>: China <b><br>Dog Group</b>: Toy<p><b>Origin</b><p>Originally bred in China, over a thousand years ago, the Pug was brought to Europe by the Dutch East …

Do pets really have emotions?

<b>It’s hard to tell how our pets are feeling. Do they feel emotions as complex as ours? Or are we overly attentive to how they feel?</b><p>‘My cat, George, …

Nine foods that are bad for pets

<b>Many human foods are unsuitable for animals and can cause health problems if eaten, so think twice before giving your pet a titbit or treat. Here are</b> …

Why is My Cat’s Tongue like Sandpaper?

<b>Have you ever wondered why getting licked by a cat feels like you are being brushed with sandpaper?</b><p>It is because cats have little hooked papillae, …

How to help a child cope with pet bereavement ?

<b>Although distressing, saying goodbye to a childhood pet can be an important part of growing up. Vet and dad-of-two Mark Pinches says honesty with</b> …

I Think My pet just ate his/her ball!

If you think your dog has eaten or swallowed something that it really should not have like its ball or one of your kids toys should you worry?<p>First …

What to do if your dog is overweight?

<b>Do you have a chubby Collie? Is your Puli looking a little roly-poly? You’re not alone: canine obesity is a common problem. Here are the tell-tale</b> …

THE TICK SEASON IS COMING «

At <b>Petplan</b>, we come across dozens of cases of tick-bites in pets every year. Even with all the precautions taken by the owners, we still had over 150 …

Could owning a pet make you live longer?

<b>You already know that being greeted by your pet at the end of a hard day brings a smile to your face. But owning a pet has other long-term health</b> …

Do I need Horse Insurance?

Anyone who has ever owned a horse, or been around horses, would surely agree on how expensive and high-maintenance horses can be. It is not just that …

Tales told by Tails

<b>What tales does your pet’s tail tell you?</b><p>Cats and dogs use their tails, in combination with body, ear and eye signals, for communication. So if you …

How to make a tasty Christmas dinner for your pet

<b>With the Christmas season just around the corner, here is a very special recipe for your dog from writer Elaine Everest, author of hit book Canine</b> …

Why do cats purr?

<b>There’s more to that evocative, soothing sound than you might think.</b><p>Cats always keep you guessing. Are they happy to see you? Cross with the world? …

Renting with Pets: Quick Tips

<b>Anyone considering renting with a pet in Australia or New Zealand could be in for a big surprise – It would appear that even though we are supposed</b> …

Great games to play with your dog

Playing regularly with your dog will keep him stimulated, teach you about his personality and strengthen the bond between you.<p>All dogs enjoy …

Holiday Hazards For Pets

Christmas is that wonderful time of the year filled with celebration. It is natural for owners to want to share the excitement and joy with their …

Brushing your pet’s teeth – what to remember

<b>Good dental health contributes to the long-term wellbeing of your dog, cat or rabbit. Vet Alison Logan explains what to bear in mind when brushing</b> …

What to do about pet toileting problems

<b>You never know when your pet might become a toilet rebel. But what’s behind it, and what can you do? Deirdre Vine investigates.</b><p>‘Inappropriate …

Weight gain and upset tummies – What to do?

<b>Eating unusual foods or too many treats can be harmful to your pet. Vet and w</b><b>riter Alison Logan explains what to do if your companion has gained</b> …

How to keep your pet content in old age

<b>We all want our animal companions to live long and happy lives, so how can we ensure they stay in optimum health during their advancing years?</b> …

Where did the Easter Bunny come from? «

<b>As you look forward to a long weekend, spare a thought for the Easter Bunny. The poor soul will be flat-out by Easter Monday, having dispatched</b> …

The History of Pets, part 2: Dogs

<b>Ever wondered how dogs moved out of the cold and into our homes and hearts? Writer and pet-lover Julian Hall examines the evidence in this second</b> …

The history of pets, part 1: Cats

<b>Ever wondered how cats and dogs came to share our homes and gardens? In the first of a two-part series for Petplan, writer and pet-lover Julian Hall</b> …

How To Keep Your Pets Warm This Winter?

<b>Brr! The weather is cooling down out there and it won’t be long before you need to pull on your winter woollies, cook some soup and cuddle up next to</b> …

Exercising your dog in tough weather conditions

If you find it hard to drag yourself out of bed to walk your dog on cold, wet and windy mornings, you are not alone. With temperatures hovering just …