Pet Insurance Blog

Wednesday August 19, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Raven

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Raven is the true definition of a Velcro dog, as she follows her pet parents everywhere. Her favorite game is keep away, and her favorite toy is anything she shouldn’t have. She’s bright and friendly and loves treats.


Friday August 14, 2015

Get the Facts on Behavioral Conditions and Coverage

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Just like people, pets can get stressed out when their routines change. It’s not always easy for our four-legged friends to adjust to a new home, the arrival of a noisy baby, or shifting schedules during back-to-school time.

Pet’s who are anxious can start showing unwanted or compulsive behaviors such as:

 • Destructive chewing
 • Excessive licking
 • Harmful scratching
 • Nonstop barking
 • Pacing back and forth
 • Spinning in circles
 • Tail chasing
 • Going outside the litter box

What should you do?

If your pet has a behavioral condition, set up an appointment with your veterinarian. The doctor can check to see if there are any underlying medical or physical issues, like an allergy, parasite, or infection, which might be causing the behavior.

Once these are ruled out, your veterinarian can recommend ways to help stop the behavior. It might be as simple as giving your pet time to adjust to the new situation or medication to reduce anxiety. Increasing the amount of mental and physical stimulation you’re pet is getting can also be helpful.

Can behavioral issues be covered?

Behavioral conditions can be harmful to pets and disruptive to families. That’s why we include behavioral coverage with Level 3. It can reimburse you for consultations, exams, lab testing, and medications to diagnose and treat these conditions—and help get your pet back to his or her happy-go-lucky self!

 


Wednesday August 12, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Ace

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Ace has a great sense of location, especially on trips to grandma’s house. He’ll perform almost any trick for a treat, but if you don’t have one, you can forget about it. Ace loves to burrow under legs when people are sitting down, and he licks himself clean like a cat.


Wednesday August 5, 2015

How to ‘Work Like a Dog’

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Work Like a Dog Day (8/5) exists to recognize the hardest work among us. For us, many of these individuals are literally dogs.

Lucy (Golden Retriever/Chow Chow) and Melo (Newfoundland) are two such ‘working dogs’ that put their snouts to the grindstone as members of our Department of Cuteness. Here is a typical day-in-the-life of these dedicated employees.

• 8 a.m.

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Lucy always starts the day off right with a healthy breakfast.

• 9 a.m.

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Melo gets a jumpstart on the morning by returning a few phone calls and emails.

• 10 a.m.

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A mid-morning constitutional always helps to get the blood flowing!

• 11 a.m.

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Time for a team meeting!

• 12 p.m.

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A nutritious lunch gives Lucy the energy she needs to keep working hard.

• 1 p.m.

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Melo finds an afternoon power nap helps restore her mental alertness.

• 2 p.m.

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Lucy has put together a standout presentation for the higher-ups.

• 3 p.m.

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A tasty snack helps Melo avoid the infamous 3 p.m. slump.

• 4 p.m.

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Entertaining visitors is a top priority for the Department of Cuteness.

• 5 p.m.

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It’s important always to be home in time for dinner with the family!


Wednesday July 8, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Odessa

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Odessa, a.k.a. Dessi or Doodles, loves to wrestle with her older brother Trouser. Odessa won’t eat until Trouser has finished his dinner. And, she enjoys carrying her food bowl upstairs to her pet parents’ bed to eat her food, dropping a food trail the whole way up the stairs.


Wednesday June 24, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Kirra

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Kirra loves people as much as treats. She especially likes carrots and swimming, and she is the kind of best friend everyone dreams of--fun, loyal and smart.


Wednesday June 10, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Jake

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Jake's full name is “J&S Faithful Jake”, and he is the son of a famous competition Super Retriever Series Champion. He is daddy’s best friend, and a bed hog, taking everyone’s covers.


Wednesday May 20, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Major

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When he’s not napping, Major is a champion ice cube chaser. He spends his breaks at work outside playing with Sammie, a fellow office dog and German Shepherd. Major enjoys being around children, munching on carrots and riding in the car.


Wednesday May 6, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Zyra

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Zyra got her name from the "League of Legends" video game. Her favorite spot in the house is on her pet mom's bed, and she "has more energy than the Energizer Bunny". She must have lost a sock in the dryer because she only ever wears three. Kidding! She has three white paws and one black one.


Wednesday April 29, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Lucy

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Lucy, a Golden Retriever/Chow mix, is always sporting an ear-to-ear grin, sometimes even when she's napping. She is happiest exploring hiking trails or winning a great game of tug-of-war. Lucy loves to snack on Brussels sprouts, green beans and bits of banana.


Wednesday April 15, 2015

Office Pet of the Week: Lincoln

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Though now he is just the "boring old man" around the office, Lincoln used to do a variety of tricks from shake to speak and roll over in addition to going for daily runs.  He is everyone's best friend, especially if you're a child or have treats! Want to make Lincoln grin from ear to ear? Offer him a taste of your popcorn or oranges.