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Is your Dog Overweight?

Monday, December 10th, 2018
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 signs of an overweight dog and some tips for getting your pet in shape.
The tick season is coming


Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
At Petplan, 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 claims for cases of tick bites totalling more than $120,000! Tick-bite
28 Aug 12 - I Think My Dog Just  Ate his Ball

I Think my Pet Just Ate their Ball!

Monday, August 27th, 2012
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? First you need to keep a careful watch on him and provided your dog is eating

How to help a child cope with pet bereavement ?

Monday, August 20th, 2012
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 your child is the best policy when your family pet passes away. Australia

Why is My Cat’s Tongue like Sandpaper?

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
Have you ever wondered why getting licked by a cat feels like you are being brushed with sandpaper? It is because cats have little hooked papillae, barb-like “hairs” pointing toward the back of their mouths that cove

Nine foods that are bad for pets

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
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 some bad-uns… HAM, FATTY MEATS OR RAW MEAT Can lead to an inflamed p

Do pets really have emotions?

Friday, July 27th, 2012
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? ‘My cat, George, went missing recently,’ says his owner, Daisy Jones. ‘When I men

All About The Breed – PUG

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
Country of Origin: China Dog Group: Toy Origin Originally bred in China, over a thousand years ago, the Pug was brought to Europe by the Dutch East India Company. In Europe they became the dog of aristocrats and royalty

Pet Insurance and Pre-existing Conditions

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
One issue we deal with every day at Petplan is to help people to understand how pre-existing conditions work on a pet insurance policy. Reassuring them that even if their pet has a pre-existing condition there’s a