Pet Insurance Blog

Sunday May 18, 2014

Customer Story: Pet Insurance Recommended by Morgan's Pet Mom

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“My dog, Morgan, has been covered by an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for several years. He was 9 when we signed on, and he was covered all along until he passed away at 14. I felt everyone behind my ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan has bent backwards to help with claims and payments, and customer service was always thoughtful and helpful. I recommend ASPCA Pet Health Insurance to anyone looking to buy pet insurance.” -Emma W., Soledad, CA

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Sunday May 11, 2014

Customer Story: Pet Parent Saddened by Reeves Sudden Passing

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“My beloved Reeves passed away unexpectedly from a stroke. He was a 9-year-old Springer Spaniel and my sole companion for the first 8 years of his life. I have had an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for a big portion of his life, and it provided added assistance in helping me make sure he always received the best of medical care. For instance, he had to have his ACL replaced, and he almost died when his stomach flipped. Reeves took a big piece of my heart when he passed away.” -Viktor R., Napa, CA

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Sunday May 4, 2014

Customer Story: Fall from Deck Injures Chihuahua

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"We took our dogs with us to a lakefront cottage. One of our Chihuahuas jumped off the edge of the deck and seriously fractured her leg. After surgery, she spent 9 weeks in a cast, but she is now fine.

People are shocked when I tell them the cost of the entire treatment. We're thankful we had ASPCA Pet Health Insurance to help!" -Gary L, Bridgeport, CT

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Monday April 28, 2014

Disaster Planning with Your Pet in Mind

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Calamity can strike at any time. Whether it is a flood, tornado, blizzard or heat wave, it is important to keep our pets in mind when making disaster preparedness plans. Our friends at the ASPCA® offer some great advice on how to prepare for a disaster.

It is especially important to keep in mind these top tips:

•   Plan Ahead for Evacuation - Know your exits and keep emergency kits and leashes handy.
•   Find a Safe Haven- Research pet-friendly shelters or emergency animal shelters in your area ahead of time.
•   Update Identification- Be sure to include your telephone number and any urgent medical needs on your pet’s ID tag.


Sunday April 27, 2014

Customer Story: Woodrow Beat Bloat

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"My dog, Woodrow, is a 6-year-old Golden Retriever who is our baby! One night, the sound of Woodrow vomiting awakened me. This happened a couple times, and he looked white and pale. I immediately called our 24-hour animal hospital and took Woodrow in. He had to have surgery for gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), which is a life-threatening condition where the stomach becomes distended with gas and twists on itself, kinking important blood vessels in the abdomen that leads to shock. His stomach was rotated back and then tacked to the abdominal wall to prevent this from happening in the future. It took Woodrow a month or more to get back to his regular self. All the stars must have lined up for Woodrow that night! Thank goodness he sleeps upstairs with us and that the hospital had a surgeon on-call. And, finally, thanks to Woodrow’s ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan that reimbursed much of our costs!” –Johnny H., Muttontown, NY

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Monday April 21, 2014

Q&A: Why does my dog roll around in stuff that smells?

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Our pets can do some quirky things, but even the strangest behaviors may have reasons behind them. Here are explanations of some common pet behaviors. Does your furry friend have any of these habits? Tell us about it in the comments!

Q: Why does my dog roll around in stuff that smells?

A: A popular theory is that your rolling dog is trying to get rid of other scents. Canines have a more sensitive sense of smell than humans, and a strong fragrance may drive your poor pooch crazy. To cover up the troublesome odor, your dog might dive into your dirty clothes or garbage. If you find your dog rolling in feces, it could signal a behavioral issue that you should discuss with your veterinarian. Learn more

Note: Please consult your veterinarian if you have any questions about your pet’s specific behavior. Your veterinarian can give you advice about your individual pet's needs and rule out any potential medical issue.


Sunday April 20, 2014

Customer Story: Tony Hurt His Eye Answering the Door

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“Tony was barking at the delivery man, and Tony ran into my knee on his way to the door. Later, he started pawing at his right eye, and he continued to be bothered by it through the night and into the next morning. We took him to the veterinarian to make sure he wasn’t doing any damage to his eye with his paw. After treatment, including eye drops, Tony is OK. We are glad to have an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for Tony because he is a very active dog. A previous dewclaw accident, which resulted in surgery, prompted us to get it.” -Joe C., Winooski, VT

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Monday April 14, 2014

Q&A: Why does my dog want to eat gross stuff when he's on a walk?

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Our pets can do some quirky things, but even the strangest behaviors may have reasons behind them. Here are explanations of some common pet behaviors. Does your furry friend have any of these habits? Tell us about it in the comments!

Q: Why does my dog want to eat gross stuff when he’s on a walk?

A: To us, garbage lying on the ground is nasty. To your pet, it’s a tasty investigation. There’s a whole mess of reasons why this might occur. If your pet is overly anxious, bored or just plain curious, a piece of trash might appear to be a snack. Another reason might have to do with a lack of nutrients, primarily vitamin B1. Learn more about coprophagia (eating feces) and pica (eating things that aren't food) from our friends at the ASPCA®.

Note: Please consult your veterinarian if you have any questions about your pet’s specific behavior. Your veterinarian can give you advice about your individual pet's needs and rule out any potential medical issue.


Sunday April 13, 2014

Customer Story: Roddy Broke a Tooth at the Beach

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“Roddy, my 13-year-old Scottish Terrier, has played on the beach since he was a puppy. He especially loves to chase soccer balls with children. One day a group of men were playing bocce and, having no idea that bocce balls are extremely heavy, Roddy swooped in, grabbed one and took off down the beach. In doing so, he broke a big molar. The broken tooth was removed under general anesthesia by breaking it into pieces and surgically removing them. Roddy came through the procedure fine, but the veterinary bills were in the hundreds of dollars. Roddy’s ordeal was a lot less painful for me with his ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan covering most of the bill!” –Brooke R., Gloucester, MA

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