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101 Things You Didn't Know Could Harm Your Pet

101 Things
You Didn't Know Could Harm Your Pet

Trouble Areas

Pets can be more likely to get hurt in or around these areas of your home, so try to keep them away or watch them closely when they’re near them.

62. Doors and windows

When you open your door for visitors, make sure your pet doesn’t scoot out and get lost or hurt. You should also make sure any open windows have secure screens. Cats especially can sneak out of narrow window openings or push open loose screens and suffer serious injuries in a fall. Veterinarians and the ASPCA refer to this as “High-Rise Syndrome,” which occurs too often during warmer months.

  • 63. Balconies
  • 64. Bathtubs and sinks

65. Toilets

Remember to put the toilet lid down to help keep smaller pets from falling in, and any-sized pets from taking a drink. Dogs in particular may be tempted to quench their thirst from this unhealthy source. Toilets can contain germs and bacteria as well as toxic chemicals, like hydrochloric acid or bleach, from the products used to clean them.

  • 66. Washer and dryer
  • 67. Fireplaces

Home Hazards

Real Story+

“My cat Bubbles had cracked toes, so the vet put a cast on and prescribed strict house stay. Easy for her to say! After a week, he ripped a screen and leaped out. He was OK, but later ripped his cast off. I spent about $1,000 on his mishaps!

I’m thrilled to have insurance on this endearing, but absolutely nutty, accident-prone cat. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance is hassle-free (unlike Bubbles!) and priced reasonably. I need it to ease my mind!”

— Maureen C., Richmond, VA

Did You Know?

81% of ASPCA Pet Health Insurance claims are due to an unexpected accident or illness, according to our claims data. Find out how we can help you prepare for the unexpected with plans customized for your needs and budget. Learn more.

*Sources: ASPCA.org and internal claims data. For details or a copy, contact jennifer.s@hartvillegroup.com.

+Customer stories are examples of recent claim payouts. Reimbursement is subject to the terms and conditions of your plan. Identifying information has been changed.

This is not a complete description of all coverage terms, conditions, and limitations; see your plan for a full description. Issuance of coverage is subject to underwriting. Discounts are subject to eligibility requirements. Specific products, features, and discounts may vary and may not be available in all states. Rates and coverage subject to change. Additional deductible and co-insurance options may be available.

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