Pet Insurance 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.


Monday October 6, 2014

Fire Safety Advice

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Are you prepared for a fire emergency? Here are a few tips to help get you ready.

Watch those flames – Always keep an eye on your pet around open flames, like candles, fireplace and fire pits.
Pet proof your home – Address issues, like unsecured electrical wires, that can sometimes cause pets to inadvertently start a fire.
Have an exit plan – Hang a collar and leash near both the front and back doors in case you need to evacuate quickly.

You should also affix a pet rescue alert sticker where it can be seen by emergency responders, so they’ll be aware of any pets in your home.

Get one free through the ASPCA®’s website.

For more pet safety tips, visit 101 Things You Didn’t Know Could Harm Your Pet.


Sunday October 5, 2014

Customer Story: Compassion for Ellie

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“I have had an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for my dog, Ellie, for over a year. The customer service representatives have been extremely helpful and compassionate to our pet family. I currently have accident coverage for Ellie, and, thankfully, we have not had to use it that often. The claim forms are accessible online, and there are detailed instructions about how to complete and submit them. This makes the process very simple. Overall, I am highly satisfied and plan to upgrade my plan as soon as possible.” –Nancy S., Phoenix, AZ

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


Monday September 29, 2014

Apple + Carrot Dog Treats

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Want to make a special treat for your dog? Whip up some Apple + Carrot Treats. They’re simple to make and healthy for your best friend.

Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup grated carrots
1 egg
½ cup unsweetened applesauce

Instructions
1. Mix it all together and roll dough into small balls.
2. Press down gently to make treats about ¼-inch thick.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.

Let them cool down and then let your pup have at ‘em! If you have a tasty recipe your dog or cat laps up, share it with us on Facebook.


Friday September 26, 2014

Customer Story: Grateful for Compassionate Calls

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“I just wanted to express my appreciation for everything the folks at the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance program have done. I just added a new pet to my policy, which I previously purchased for my dog, Bucky, who passed away a few months ago. My claims were handled very fairly, and I was very appreciative when I received calls to see how Bucky was doing after surgery. I even received a sympathy call when he passed away. I didn’t expect that from an insurance company!” –Florence M., Pittsburgh, PA

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


Friday September 19, 2014

Customer Story: Jack Survives House Fire

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“I was out of town when my house caught fire, and my neighbor had to break down the door to rescue my dog, Jack. My poor dog ran out of the house with smoke billowing behind him and buried his nose in the snow. 

Jack spent a week in the hospital followed by two months of oxygen therapy, but he is doing better. Something like this really helps you appreciate ASPCA Pet Health Insurance! My plan has been vital to helping us manage the medical bills.” –Patrick L., Brunswick, ME

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


Friday September 12, 2014

Customer Story: Arturo Ingested Gopher Bait

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“My husband buried gopher bait out in the backyard. Later on, he noticed that one of our dogs had been digging around where he buried the bait. We figured by the size of the hole that it had to have been Arturo, our Miniature Australian Shepherd, rather than our Lab. I took Arturo straight to our veterinarian's office, knowing he had an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. If I had waited, I would not have seen any symptoms for 72 hours and by then it would have been too late. The veterinarian induced vomiting and found a glow to it, meaning that Arturo had definitely ingested the gopher bait. The veterinarian administered charcoal to Arturo several times over a 24-hour period, and my dog is now back to his rambunctious self.” Clarissa D., Red Bluff, CA

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


Friday September 5, 2014

Customer Story: Support for Malcolm's Maladies

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“Our beloved Malcolm was blind and had diabetes, which required much care. We had help each step of the way thanks to his ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. The customer service folks went above and beyond my expectations. It means the world to people like me who consider our pets part of the family.” –Lynne V., Bolingbrook, IL

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


Tuesday September 2, 2014

How's your dog's hearing?

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With Dog Deaf Awareness Week this month (9/21-27) , it’s a great time to check on your dog’s hearing. Signs of hearing loss can include:

1. Turning the wrong way when called
2. Not responding to commands
3. Excessive barking or head shaking
4. Discharge from the ears
5. Pawing at the ears

If you suspect your dog is having problems hearing, contact your veterinarian. And don’t miss these tips to prevent and treat dog deafness.