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Petplan Australasia Pty Ltd

Petplan is the world's largest pet insurer and is Australasia’s market leader in Pet Insurance and Specialty Animal Industry Insurance. 

Top 10 Things to Know About Pet Cancer | Petplan Blog
  1. Cancer is not one disease The word cancer (meaning 'crab' to describe how it reaches out into the tissues it grows in) describes an abnormal growth with the capacity to grow and kill. Cancers that grow (in different people or animals) from the same cell type in the body tend to behave in a similar way so they are grouped together.
Deadly Heartworm Disease

When it comes to the potentially deadly heartworm disease, prevention is better than treatment. It is important that vets and dog owners discuss preventative care options. Recently, an expert panel in Australia has developed the first heartworm prevention guidelines to remind people of the real risk of the disease.

Toxic Easter Eggs

With Easter just around the corner pet owners will have a lot more chocolate around the house, and veterinary clinics will be seeing a lot more chocolate ingestion by dogs. Chocolate is a wonderful treat for humans, but it is toxic to dogs. Your dog does not need to eat a lot of chocolate to be affected.

DIY Easter Treats for Dogs

Treat your pooch to a healthy treat this Easter long weekend. It's quick, easy and inexpensive. You can even have children make these fun treats for their pet as a great Easter project. Be sure to check with your veterinarian to find out if your dog or cat has any special dietary requirements or restrictions.

Fido Facts | Komondor

Appearance A mop on four legs? The Bob Marley dog? The Whoopie Goldberg dog? The Komondor has been given a few silly nicknames over the years. Whether you refer to this breed with a nickname or as the Komondor it is clear that it is truly one of the most visually intriguing dogs around.

Feline Parvovirus

What is Feline Parvovirus? Feline parvovirus is a virus that can cause severe disease and even death in cats, particularly kittens. The disease is also known as feline infectious enteritis (FIE) and feline panleukopenia. The virus is extremely resilient and can survive in the environment for long periods of time.

Fido Facts | Old English Sheepdog

Appearance The Old English Sheepdog (OES) is most often recognized by it's shaggy, double coat. The OES's coat is long with a textured outer coat and a soft, waterproof undercoat. These dogs' coats come in a variety of colours and colour combinations including gray, grizzle, blue, blue gray, blue merle, gray with white markings or white with gray markings.

Fido Facts | Australian Shepherd

Appearance The Australian Shepherd is often noted for it's medium lenght wavy coat that has a thick undercoat and comes in a range of colours. Australian Shepherds or "Aussies" cab be blue merle, red merle, solid black and solid red, and variations with white and a copper trim.

Breed Specific Legislation | Petplan Blog

At Petplan we are pet lovers, too. Our team at Petplan HQ love all cats and dogs regardless of breed. The following details have been provided for your information only and it is important to note that Petplan Australasia Pty Ltd is not responsible for and has no influence on the legislation which has restricted, or in some cases banned, the ownership of certain dog breeds nor do we support Breed Specific Legislation.

Fido Facts | German Shepherd

Appearance The German Shepherd's coat is generally a mixture of black, fawn and gold. Dogs may also have pure black or pure white coats but the true colour of a German Shepherd is not known until the puppy coat is shed and the full adult coat has grown.

Fido Facts: The Pomeranian

The Pomeranian, also known as a Pom or Pom Pom, is part of the Spitz family of dog breeds. A sturdy and healthy breed known for their companionship tendencies and pleasant demeanour (as well as being a cute ball of fluff), Pomeranians have become one of the most popular toy breeds in Australia and around the world.

Sticking to One Vet | Petplan Blog

Many Pet owners use multiple vets for the care of their precious pets; however, this practice could be detrimental to your pet's health and well-being in the case of an illness. At Petplan we are on a campaign to get pet owners to stick to one or two regular vets or vet clinics for their pet's veterinary needs.

Top 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

We all know dogs are man's best friend but in some cases canine companionship doesn't come cheap. So how much are people paying for a pricey pooch? 10. Irish Wolfhound | $1,500 - $2,000 9. Akita | $1,500 - $4,500 8. Saluki | $2,500 - $5,000 7.

Pet Cancer True Stories: Remembering Ra

At Petplan we offer our clients peace of mind knowing that they will be able to provide their pet with the best treatment possible should they fall unexpectedly ill or get injured in an accident. More often than not our clients' pets do require treatment with individual claims ranging from around $100 to nearly $20,000.

Pet Cancer Prevention

It's far better to avoid cancer than it to have to treat it. Pets are just as likely to get cancer as we are, so what can do to improve the odds? Its not a big deal for cats, but for dogs there are some breeds with much higher risks of certain cancers.

Veterinarians & Social Media Marketing

More and more vet practices are using social media as part of their standard portfolio of marketing tools. Is it wise to introduce social media as a means of marketing your veterinary practice? How much time should be devoted to improving your existing social marketing strategy?

Pet Cancer & Options for Treatment

For some reason treating cancer brings so much more emotional baggage into my consult room than other equally serious diseases. Take heart failure - its routinely fatal, treatment can make huge differences to a patient's quality of life, but eventually the disease will become resistant to the treatment and euthanasia will be necessary.

Pet Cancer Symptoms

How can you identify cancer in your pets? Well, first and foremost it is important that we clarify a few of the myths that surround pet cancer. People may believe that if their pet has cancer he would be sick, show signs of pain and discomfort, and that there would be some symptom.

Pet Cancer Myth Busters

Most cancers don't make your pet 'sick' at first. The most common reason I see a pet with a poor appetite due to cancer as the first symptom is because the gut is involved (for example stomach cancer) or because a cancer of the mouth makes it hurt to eat.

Strange Vet Requests

As a profession, veterinary medicine is one in which vets are used to going to great lengths to meet the needs of the families they serve. Being asked to make a house call, visit a sick patient outside in the owner's car or stay past closing time are all quite common in a vet's line of work.

Pets & Snake Safety - Petplan Blog

Takes the steps to protect your pet Spring is in full swing and summer is almost upon us! There's nothing better than getting out in the sun with your furry better half (with adequate UV protection, of course) and spending some quality time outdoors. However, with the warmer weather can come danger - snakes!

Common Cancers in Cats & Dogs - Petplan Blog

One in three people, dogs and cats will develop a cancer over their lifetime. Some are curable, some are able to be held in remission for periods of time, and some are manageable. Knowing the most common ones that can affect your pet will help with early detection, prompt referral to an oncologist and the best possible outcome.

Working Breed List - Petplan Blog

Below is a list of working breeds, as defined by the Australian National Kennel Council Ltd. Click on the name of any working breed that shows up in blue to view the breed's Fido Facts profile. This Blog was written by the furry family at Petplan Australasia.

Working Breeds - Petplan Blog

The working breed group covers a diverse range of dogs that have been bred by humans to aid in a multitude of activities. Traditionally, working breeds have helped humans with everything from cattle work, guard duties, protection of livestock, rescue work, and carrying or hauling of loads.

Petplan's Pup Quiz - Petplan Blog

This March we're giving our Facebook Fans a Pup Quiz and a chance to win some great prizes! Please read our Working Breed Pup Quiz Terms & Conditions and then get on Facebook and Get Social. Staying true to Petplan's Working Breed Month the highlight of our prize is 'Working Dogs' by Andrew Chapman and Melanie Faith Dove.