Pet Insurance Blog

Sunday February 8, 2015

Customer Story: Belle’s Recovery from Mouth Cancer

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“Belle was recently diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in her mouth and had to have all but two teeth extracted. I have submitted four claims so far for Belle and have received my reimbursements within two weeks. I've spoken with representatives a couple times with questions and each time they were courteous and knowledgeable, and they voiced compassion and concern for Belle. My girl is on the road to recovery, and there has been no recurrence of the tumor so far. The small monthly fee is well worth it as I could never have afforded the surgery and aftercare necessary to keep her alive and well. Thank you to the caring folks at the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance program!” –Charlotte S., Potsdam, NY

We'd love to hear if we've helped your pet. Share your story and it may be featured on our blog.


Wednesday February 4, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Jasper

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Jasper loves to hike in any weather. When it snows, he loves to play outside for as long as he is allowed. Jasper is very attached to his stuffed animals, and he sleeps with his teddy bear every night.


Sunday February 1, 2015

Customer Story: Coverage for All Stages of Life

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“I have had an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for three years now, and I cannot say one bad thing about it. I have used it over and over for my 10-year-old cat and my two 2-year-old cat. I adopted my 10-year-old when he was 8 and added him to the insurance without any issues, which is great because I had no idea of his previous medical history. I have recommended ASPCA Pet Health Insurance to many people and will continue to do so. Thank you for helping me provide my boys with the best medical care possible!” –Damien M., York, PA

We'd love to hear if we've helped your pet. Share your story and it may be featured on our blog.


Monday January 26, 2015

Pets & Cancer

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According to the Animal Cancer Foundation, roughly 6 million dogs and a similar number of cats are diagnosed with cancer each year. Cancer is a scary word, but new treatments and preventative tactics are helping us win the fight against the disease.

Early detection is key and knowing the symptoms can make all the difference. Be sure to keep an eye out for:

  • • Lumps
  • • Swelling
  • • Persistent sores
  • • Abnormal discharge from any part of the body
  • • Bad breath
  • • Listlessness/lethargy
  • • Rapid, often unexplained, weight loss
  • • Sudden lameness
  • • Black, tarry stools
  • • Decreased or loss of appetite
  • • Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating

For more information about cancer in pets, visit our friends at the ASPCA®.


Sunday January 25, 2015

Customer Story: Sully’s Sudden Illness

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“We lost our beloved Welsh Corgi 6 months ago. He became very ill very quickly and had to undergo multiple tests over a number of days. X-rays and blood tests revealed nothing unusual, but an ultrasound showed an abscess in his liver that was probably masking a tumor. Because of his age and overall physical condition, we determined that euthanasia was the best option. I did not even consider the cost of any of the tests or treatments at the time. We just wanted to do what was best for our dog. I was pleased we had an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan after the credit card bill arrived with all of the veterinary charges. The loss of our beloved Sully was hard enough. At least the bills were manageable thanks to our pet insurance plan.” –Yolanda K., Eureka, CA

We'd love to hear if we've helped your pet. Share your story and it may be featured on our blog.


Wednesday January 21, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Angel

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Angel loves people, especially her grandpa. She also adores her Kong squeaky ball, which she carries everywhere. The first thing she does in the morning is venture with it through the house, squeaking all the way!


Sunday January 18, 2015

Customer Story: Focusing on What’s Important

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“I am very glad I have an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. When Carolina became ill, I was able to focus on what was truly important, her medical care and our time together, not the cost of the care. Carolina has since passed away, and now my elder cat Seneca is facing the typical challenges many older cats experience. Again, I can focus on providing her quality care and our time together. I depend on our ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan.” –Sheryl B., Roanoke, VA

We'd love to hear if we've helped your pet. Share your story and it may be featured on our blog.


Monday January 12, 2015

How to Train Your Cat to Come When Called

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Does your cat come running when called? If you chuckled and answered no, you may want to spend some time teaching your cat this important trick. It comes in handy when you want to summon kitty for a mealtime, but can also be a lifesaver if your cat gets out of the house unexpectedly.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Stand a foot away from your cat and say, “Come, Whiskers!”
  2. Offer a favorite treat when your cat moves in your direction.
  3. Walk a few steps away and repeat the process.

It may take some time to get your cat to respond reliably, but practice makes perfect. Try to work with your cat once or twice a day for 5 minutes or less. Any longer, and you’ll likely lose your feline’s attention. Switch up the treats to help keep your kitty motivated.


Monday January 12, 2015

Impulse Control Games for Your Dog

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Dogs are naturally impulsive, but games like these can help them learn how to control their natural instincts and comply with cues and commands.

Wait then Fetch

This game of fetch with a challenging twist is a great way to reinforce impulse control. Here’s how it works:

  • • With your dog leashed, drop a favorite toy a couple of feet away and say, “Wait.”
  • • If your dog waits a second or two, say, “Get it!” and allow him to go after the toy.
  • • If your dog struggles, hold the leash securely. The moment your dog calms down, give the command “Get it!” and release him to fetch the prize.

After your dog brings the toy back, do it over again. As your dog gets the hang of it, gradually increase the time your four-legged friend has to wait.

Watch

This game helps train your dog to look at you first before following his impulse to grab something, like food or a toy.

  • • Show your dog a treat or toy and say, “Watch.”
  • • Hold the treat or toy still until your dog looks at you.
  • • Say, “Yes!” and give your dog the toy or treat.

In the beginning, you should reward your dog the instant he looks at you, even just a quick glance. As you continue to play this game, extend the length of time your dog needs to hold your gaze before being rewarded.


Monday January 5, 2015

Bath Time Tips

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Bath time doesn’t have to be a battle. Use these tips to make the cleansing process more fun for both you and your furry friend!

  • Temperature- Just like Goldilocks, you’ll want to find a lukewarm temperature that’s just right for your pet.
  • Toys- Rubber duckies aren’t just for children! Bath toys can help keep your dog entertained while you concentrate on the task at hand.
  • Treats- Hand out a small snack before, during and after a good scrubbing to help your pet associate tub time with fun time.

Want more? Check out our friends at the ASPCA® for further information about bathing your dog and cat.


Monday December 29, 2014

Top 10 Dog Names

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We’ve got the 10 most popular names for our best canine friends.+ Did your dog’s name make the list?

  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Buddy
  4. Lucy
  5. Bailey
  6. Molly
  7. Daisy
  8. Charlie
  9. Maggie
  10. Chloe

We also cover close to 200 Gizmos, nearly 160 Oreos and one Sir Scruffy McDoodle!

Are you planning to adopt a dog this month? Save 10% on each additional pet! Get a free quote to learn more.

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Monday December 22, 2014

5 Boredom Busting Winter Activities

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If your pet is showing signs of cabin fever, try these fun activities to brighten the day.

  1. Offer a treat-filled puzzle toy
  2. Arrange a pet play date
  3. Play fetch or chase inside
  4. Set up a treat hunt around the house
  5. Go on an outing to a pet store

Check out even more fun ideas here!


Saturday December 20, 2014

Beat the Winter Doldrums with Indoor Fun

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The snow and cold have arrived. If you are looking for fun winter activities for you and your pet, these ideas will chase Old Man Winter away:

  • • Create a pet playground with discarded gift boxes and wrapping paper.
    • Play hide and seek with your pet by hiding treats around the house.
    • Practice a new trick, like speaking, shaking hands, or rolling over.
    • Give your pet a treat dispensing toy to knock around the house.
    • Throw a small ball across the room for a good old fashioned game of fetch.

And don’t forget one of the best ways to warm up on a cold day – a good, long cuddle with your furry friend.