December 2012

Pet Health Matters - Monthly Pet News from ASPCA Pet Health Insurance

Happy howl-idays
to you and your pet!

The holidays are upon us, and so are the cold winter months. We want to wish you and your pet a happy holiday season, plus offer some cold weather tips for your furry friend.

Cold Weather Pet Tips

It's cold outside, but these tips can help keep your pet healthy and safe in spite of the chill.

For cats:
  • Keep your cat inside if possible, since felines can freeze, get lost, or suffer injuries outdoors in the cold.

  • Antifreeze has a sweet taste cats tend to like. Help avoid an accidental poisoning by cleaning spills or leaks.

  • Cats love sleeping in warm places. Prevent burns by protecting your cat from fireplaces, stoves and heaters.

For dogs:
  • Wipe off your dog after being outdoors to remove salt and other chemicals that can be harmful if licked and ingested. Also consider using pet-safe de-icing salt.

  • Trim longhaired dogs to avoid ice and salt clinging to them, but don't go too short or they might get chilly.

  • Consider a coat or sweater, especially for shorthaired pups, to help retain body heat and prevent dry skin.

Also, be sure to offer a nutritious diet with plenty of protein to help make sure your furry friend's coat and health are in top shape. For more tips, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our pet safety website.

Does your pet have a sweet holiday sweater? Post a photo of your pet showing off his or her wooly best on our Facebook wall.

Recently Fetched

In last month's newsletter, we asked "What are pets thankful for?" We got great answers on our Facebook wall, including homemade treats, a good neck scratching, and this fun one:

“My Scottie, Brianna, gives thanks that we will take the time to toss her favorites, a plush hamburger and plush carrot, so she can play catch!”

— Barbara B.

Pet Speak: A Customer's Story*

“It was during the holiday season that we decided to open our home to a shelter dog. The volunteer brought in a Lab mix, and there was an instant connection that was truly special. In reality, Coco picked us!

Coco changed our lives, and we changed hers. We planned on giving her coverage and turned to ASPCA Pet Health Insurance. They genuinely care for our four-legged family member.”

— Frank D., Green Bay, WI

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Let your pet in on holiday fun!

Holidays are for all of your family members to enjoy — even the furry ones. Here are a few suggestions to include your pet:

  • Put your pet on your gift list. Maybe an interactive toy for kitty? Or a special treat for pup? See more ideas below.

  • Give your pet a safe and yummy holiday feast, like small bits of white turkey and plain cooked sweet potatoes.

  • If you're planning a holiday family portrait, get your pet in the shot, too. (In a holiday sweater perhaps?)

You can find more ways to celebrate the holidays safely with your pet on our "Howlidays are here again" Pinterest board.

Pet Wish List

You've already given your pet the gift of protection, now how about some other great gifts from the ASPCA® online store?

  1. Warm up your pup with an
    I Heart ASPCA tee.
  2. Entertain your kitty with a Kitty Lure Caster.
  3. Test your dog's smarts with the I Qube II.
  4. Let your cat rock out with a DJ Cat Scratching pad.
  5. Treat your pet to some Doggy Donuts.

The best part is that your purchases support our friends at the ASPCA!

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Multiple Pet Discount

If you're adding a pet to your family, call 1-866-204-6764 to learn about our 10% multiple pet discount.

Photo Friday

We bet your pet is cute. Send us a photo and it could be featured on our blog and Facebook for Photo Friday.

Share Your Story

We love hearing stories about how we helped our customers and their pets. Share your story.

Tell a Friend

Do your friends have protection for their pets? Tell them about ASPCA Pet Health Insurance now.

Conditions discussed in this e-newsletter are not necessarily covered by every ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. Please review your individual policy for specifics by visiting the Member Center online at or call our customer service line at 1-866-204-6764.

This newsletter is not intended to provide advice on individual pet health or behavioral matters or to substitute for consultation with a veterinary doctor.

*While the above testimonial may include examples of recent claim payouts, reimbursement is subject to the terms and conditions of your plan. Identifying information has been changed.

This is not a complete description of all coverage terms, conditions, and limitations; see your plan for a full description. Issuance of coverage is subject to underwriting. Discounts are subject to eligibility requirements.  Specific products, features, and discounts may vary and may not be available in all states. Rates and coverage subject to change.

ASPCA Pet Health Insurance is underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company and administered by Petsmarketing Agency, Inc., a subsidiary of the Hartville Group, Inc. ASPCA does not offer insurance. Through a strategic licensing agreement, in exchange for use of ASPCA trademarks, the ASPCA is paid a royalty fee of up to 10% of the purchase price, with a minimum of $1.95 million to be recognized over at least three years.

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