Pet Insurance Blog

Monday November 10, 2014

Tips for Photographing Black Cats & Dogs

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It can be challenging to take good photos of pets with black fur, but there is no such thing as an un-photogenic pet. These tips will help you capture your raven-haired beauty’s best side. 

Staged Setting- Choose light colored background, avoiding stark white and dark backdrops.
Soft Lighting- Bright lights wash your cat out, and they’ll only disappear in the dark.
Tight Focus- Your cat’s expression should be the focal point, not the surrounding clutter.
Creative Approach- Try out different colors, lighting and angles to find the rest combination.

Bonus Tip: Use photo editing software to brighten and sharpen photos.

Check out our Top 3 Pet Photography Tips infographic for more help coaxing out your pet’s inner supermodel!


Saturday November 8, 2014

Pets Are Bold: Ashley's Story

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We cover bold because we know how adventurous pets can be. Ashley’s dog is one such little daredevil.

“She loves the boat, especially jumping off to go play at the sandbar." –Ashley F.

See more bold pets and share your courageous companion’s story with us here


Friday November 7, 2014

Fiona's Mushroom Misfortune

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“I came home from training classes with two of my German Shepherds and another, Fiona, was laying in the hallway. I noticed Fiona didn’t get up as she usually would when we passed. She was lethargic and glassy-eyed with a very high heart rate. Apparently, Fiona had gotten into some mushroom residue left from when the lawn was mowed earlier in the day. I rushed her to the emergency veterinary hospital immediately.  She ended up vomiting a tremendous amount of grass and mushroom clumps, and her liver enzymes were very high. She returned to her normal self after a couple of days of IV therapy and medication.” –Deacon W., Bakersfield, CA

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


Monday November 3, 2014

Lend a Helping Hand

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Of course, the best way to help a shelter pet is adoption. But if that’s not possible, you can still lend a hand in other meaningful ways.

Volunteer – Give some of your time to help a shelter organize events or care for animals.
Fundraise – Organize a fundraiser, like a bake sale, and donate the proceeds to a shelter.
Donate – Ask a local shelter what supplies they need and gather donations from friends.

If you have kids, you can also get them involved and give them a great lesson in caring for animals.

Want do more? Check out this list of the “Top Ten Ways to Help Your Local Shelter” from our friends at the ASPCA®.


Friday October 31, 2014

Customer Story: Rhys Snacked on Joint Supplements

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“We left the house, and our dog Rhys got hold of a brand new, 200-count tub of joint supplements. He ripped off the outer plastic cover, opened the lid, dragged it through the doggie door and devoured it in the yard. Luckily, we returned in time to stop him from consuming all of it. We went straight to our veterinarian’s office, where they called poison control. They also performed two liver profiles and induced vomiting.. We now make sure to doggie-proof the house when we leave.” – Madeline D., Fort Collins, CO

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


Monday October 27, 2014

Top 3 Halloween Safety Tips

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These tips can help your pet have a happy Halloween without a scary accident:

1. Spooky Lighting– Make jack-o’-lanterns glow with battery lights, not candles, to prevent accidents.
2. No Quick Tricks– Watch that your pet doesn’t scoot out the door when you open it for trick-or-treaters.
3. Ghoulish Treats– Keep chocolate, candy with Xylitol and other toxic foods out of paw’s reach.

Learn more about why chocolate is so dangerous for your pet.


Friday October 24, 2014

Customer Story: Big Reimbursements for Sick Kitties

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“I am very grateful to have ASPCA Pet Health Insurance for three of my cats. It is a relief to know that if and when my cats get sick, the costs will be more manageable. Knowing they have insurance makes treatment decisions much easier. My kitties have gotten sick in the past—luckily nothing too serious—and a big portion of the claims were covered. Thank you!” –Josie C., Frederick, MD

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


Monday October 20, 2014

Pets Are Fearless: Kai's Story

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We cover fearless because we know how daring pets can be. Kai is one such brave buddy.

“Kai was the most terrified little dog when we adopted her. She wouldn't do anything but sit in the corner and shake. She wouldn't take food from you, look at you and she definitely wouldn't let you touch her. When we first met her at the adoption event, she not only peed on my husband when the lady took her out of her crate and handed her to him, but on herself as well. 3 years later, she is doing amazing. She is so sweet, smart, fun and excitable. She'll do just about anything. This photo is us paddleboarding for the first time!" –Christie C.

See more fearless pets and share your courageous companion’s story with us here


Friday October 17, 2014

Customer Story: Quick Reimbursement in an Emergency

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“I recently needed to file a claim for our dog Jasper because he had an accident and was hospitalized for four days. Jasper is now recovering very nicely at home. I cannot say enough about the consistent and excellent service that I received from the people at the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance program while our claim was being processed. Being a claims adjuster myself, I am very familiar with the process, and I could not have been in better hands! I am very grateful for the quick reimbursement.  Thank you so very, very much.” –Gretchen R., Fresno, CA

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


Monday October 13, 2014

Pet First-Aid Prep

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Do you know what to do if your pet has an accident? These tips can help you be better prepared.

Set a plan – Ask your vet about an emergency protocol, especially if your clinic isn’t available 24/7.
Make a kit – Have a pet first-aid kit ready with gauze, non-stick bandage pads and tape, saline eye flush and other useful items.
Be careful – Handle an injured pet with caution. Even the sweetest dog or cat can act out when hurt. And try to stay calm, so you can think clearly and avoid upsetting your pet even more.

For more advice on what to do in an emergency, visit 101 Things You Didn’t Know Could Harm Your Pet.


Sunday October 12, 2014

Customer Story: Queenie Improving After Surgery

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“I want to thank the folks at the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance program. They are a credit to the insurance profession. I have been grateful to have a pet insurance plan during these hard times with my dog, Queenie. She recently had surgery and is starting to improve. My veterinarian also thinks highly of ASPCA Pet Health Insurance!” –Celia G., Scranton, PA

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