Pet Insurance Blog

Wednesday March 4, 2015

5 Tips to Handle a Pet Poison Emergency

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In our March customer newsletter, we listed three common pet toxins for Poison Prevention Awareness Month. While you can’t always prevent a poison accident, these tips can help you manage the situation.

  1. Avoid the urge to panic. Your pet needs you to think clearly and act smartly. Plus, if you’re calm, it can help your pet stay calm.
  2. Be careful handling a sick pet. Even the sweetest cats or dogs can react in an unpredictable manner when they are in pain, scared or upset.
  3. Seek medical help. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435) right away. Poison Control may charge a $65 consultation fee, but a portion of that may be covered if your pet is enrolled with ASPCA Pet Health Insurance.
  4. Have useful information handy. When you call the ASPCA APCC, you may be asked to provide your pet’s breed, age and weight as well as details about the incident.
  5. Don’t try to treat your pet yourself. It’s best to consult a professional first. If you try to treat your pet on your own, you could get hurt or cause further harm to your four-legged friend.

If your pet is exposed to a toxic substance, ASPCA Pet Health Insurance can help cover the costs of treatment. Need coverage? Start with a free quote now. Already covered? Visit the Member Center to see your plan details.


Sunday March 1, 2015

Customer Story: Surgery Required for Thumbtack Removal

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“Buckley, our young Bichon, saw a piece of paper dangling from the wall and grabbed it before anyone could stop him. He then swallowed the thumbtack that fell with the paper. We rushed Buckley to the veterinarian for X-rays. He had to have surgery to remove the thumbtack and spent several days at the vet before returning home. As a result, we no longer keep anything close to the floor!” –Abby W., Staten Island, NY

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Tuesday February 24, 2015

Veg Out with Your Pet

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Vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables can be a healthy way to supplement your pet’s regular canned or dry food diet. Just make sure they’re pet-safe, and always consult your vet before introducing new foods.


Monday February 23, 2015

How to Brush Your Pet's Teeth

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Brushing your dog or cat’s teeth might seem like a daunting task at first, but you'll both get used to it with a little time and patience. These tips can help:

  1. Pick a time when your pet is calm, for instance, after a long walk or an energetic game. It would be a good idea to get your pet accustomed to having his muzzle and mouth handled gradually before leaping into a full teeth cleaning.
  2. Go slow and stop if your pet starts to get upset, even if you haven’t finished brushing. You want to make sure your pet is comfortable during the whole session. You may want to contact a qualified professional if your pet shows signs of fear or aggression at any time during the brushing.
  3. Choose a quiet area and speak in a calm, soothing voice as you brush to help your pet relax and enjoy the experience. If you want to leash your pet during the session to limit his movement, keep the leash short (about 3 ft.) Also, make sure there’s enough slack so that your pet can sit or lie down easily.

Don’t forget to give your pet treats throughout the process and maybe even a new pet-safe dental chew toy at the end! Rewards will help your dog or cat associate good things with getting his teeth brushed.


Monday February 23, 2015

3 Pet Dental Health Myths Debunked

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In honor of National Pet Dental Health Month, we’re debunking 3 common myths about pets and their pearly whites.

Myth 1: Pets are supposed to have bad breath.
While most dogs and cats don't have pleasant breath, very foul breath can indicate a health issue like digestive problems or a gum condition such as gingivitis. If you spot any sign of gum inflammation, a visit to the veterinarian is recommended.

Myth 2: You can use human toothpaste for pets.
People paste usually contains fluoride, which can be toxic for pets. Only use paste made for pets. Pet toothpaste even comes in a variety of flavors, like liver, mint, chicken and peanut butter, so you can experiment with a few flavors to find out which one your pet prefers!

Myth 3: Real bones are good for your pet's teeth.
Real bones can fracture teeth or splinter and cause injuries. Stick to hard kibble and pet-safe dental chew toys to help prevent the build-up of harmful plaque. Don’t forget to supervise your pet while he’s playing and immediately see your veterinarian if your pet consumes part of an inedible chew toy.

Many veterinarians advise annual dental cleanings to keep your dog or cat’s teeth healthy. Regular brushing can also help. Learn more about how to brush your pet’s teeth here.


Sunday February 22, 2015

Customer Story: Denver Learns Not to Tangle with Cords

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“A bungee cord was lying on the table, and there was some exposed wire between the cover and the hook. All of a sudden, our cat Denver cried out and began running in circles and then under the couch. Evidently, he had chewed the cord and scratched the inside of his mouth. We took Denver to the veterinarian’s office so they could sedate him and examine his mouth. Luckily, it was only a scratch, and he was given antibiotics. It took 3 days for Denver to return to normal. We are very happy to have pet insurance!” –Sarah I., Greenwich, CT

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Sunday February 15, 2015

Customer Story: Otis’s Dumpster-Diving Debacle

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“Otis got out of the house without our knowledge and got into a neighbor’s trash can that had been tipped over by the wind. His sides were bulging when my wife found him. She took Otis immediately to the emergency veterinary clinic. They had to induce vomiting multiple times, but he had no after effects, thankfully. We’ve never had pet insurance before, but we’re glad we do now!” –Norman H., Medford, MA

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Wednesday February 11, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Henry

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Henry’s favorite activity is wrestling with his brother Chewy. Otherwise, he isn’t much for sporting activities, unless playfully chasing his kitty siblings, Marmalade and Marmaduke, can be considered a sport.


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

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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.