Pet Insurance Blog

Wednesday July 1, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Tanner

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Tanner is extremely loving. He hash a huge heart and is very cuddly with both his pet parents and his feline siblings. Tanner is a little uncoordinated and has extra long tufts coming out of his paws. It is quite entertaining to watch him try to run and slide around on the wood floors! 

Tanner also has a very strange interest in sneaking nuts. He, unfortunately, got on top of the fridge and ate almonds a few years ago which made him very sick. We have to continually make sure that all nuts and nut products are put away or he manages to always find them.


Wednesday June 17, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Otis

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Otis LOVES playing in water, whether it's in the water dish, shower or sink. He is also a champion cuddler, typically laying on his pet parents' faces, chests or heads. He is always climbing on or into things and is a good swimmer as a result, as he always falls in the bathtub!


Monday June 15, 2015

5 Clues to Detect Cat Illnesses

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It can be hard to tell if a cat is sick since our notoriously independent friends may mask or hide their symptoms. These clues can help you tell if you should take your cat to the veterinarian.

Clue #1

Messy Coat Some cats stop grooming when they don’t feel well and may have a dull or oily coat. Over-grooming can also be a sign of anxiety or illness causing bald patches and red, irritated skin.

Clue #2:

Weight Change Cats who start turning their nose up at their food bowls may be sick. Sudden weight gain can also be a sign that something is up. What looks like extra pounds could actually be abdominal swelling. 

Clue #3

Eye and Ear Issues A cat’s eyes and ears can reveal a health issue. The eyes should be bright and clear with no cloudy film, and the ears shouldn’t show any signs of discharge or inflammation.

Clue #4

Mouth Trouble Do you cringe at your cat’s breath? That could be a sign of a problem. Very stinky breath or discolored gums can be a symptom of gingivitis or tooth decay, which can lead to infection.

Clue #5

Behavioral Problems If your typically social kitty has suddenly become shy and irritable, you may have a sick feline on your hands. Litter box issues can also point to a problem, like a bladder infection or blockage.

If you detect any signs of sickness in your cat, be sure to call your veterinarian. Need to find a veterinarian for your cat? Our Vet Clinic Finder can help you locate one in your area. Also, if your cat isn’t covered, you can learn more about our plans.


Wednesday May 27, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Milo

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Milo loves to wrestle with his twin brother Otis and chase his two older feline siblings too. He plays with his fishing pool so incessantly that he ends up panting like a dog. His favorite places to nap are on clean laundry and in laundry baskets. Milo is also quite the notorious cuddle monster and curls up next to everyone in the house, including the dogs!


Wednesday April 22, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Spanky

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Spanky's favorite thing is to jump from the floor to the top of the doors and balance while screaming erratically. He also likes to bring his pet parent his very worn and tattered pink mouse as a gift of his ongoing love and appreciation. In Spanky's mind, he may be partially bird. He would love to be carried around on his pet parent's shoulder every day if possible.


Sunday March 8, 2015

Customer Story: A Frightful Tale of Ingested Plastic

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“I was scared when my cat swallowed a bit of plastic, and we took him to the veterinarian. It wasn't just the anesthesia, X-rays and other procedures that scared me, it was the price tag as well. Our ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan covered a lot of the claim, and everyone there was truly concerned about my cat's health. They asked about his health every time they called to go over the claim. It was really sweet, and they made it so much easier to deal with such a scary experience. Thank you!” –Jeni R., Dublin, OH

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


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

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


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 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.