March 2012

Test Your New Pet Smarts

Spring is a popular time to add a pet to the family, so what's the best way to get ready for a new furry friend? Take our quiz to see how much you know and check out safety tips for National Poison Prevention Week.

Test your new pet smarts with our quick quiz.

1. What should you have ready for a new pet?

a) Safe pet toys

b) Collar and ID tag

c) Both a and b

c) Chew toys can keep pups from chewing things they shouldn't, and interactive toys can help dogs and cats burn energy. A collar and ID are important even for indoor pets in case they slip out.

2. When should you bring a new pet to the vet?

a) As soon as possible

b) At 1 year old

c) Only if he or she gets hurt or sick

a) The ASPCA® recommends a check-up during the first week home. Our wellness options cover an annual exam as well as other wellness treatments like vaccines and spaying or neutering.

3. How should a new pet be introduced to other pets?

a) Right away

b) Gradually with supervision

c) After a month

b) Give your new pet some time to get used to his or her new environment first, and then make introductions slowly. Don't force interactions and watch to make sure there are no issues.

How many did you get right? We've got a few more questions for you at our blog.

Pet Speak: A Customer's Story*

"Theo, our beloved Puggle (Beagle/Pug mix), decided to chew on a bottle of allergy medication when he was 8 months old. We weren't sure how many pills he ingested (none were left in the bottle), but it was probably 20 to 30.

We took him to the veterinarian who consulted with the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center. Their instructions were to induce vomiting, administer charcoal, and monitor Theo — all of which added up to a big bill. I'm glad we decided to get pet insurance from the get-go!"

— Mike L., Durham, NC

Poison Prevention Week

March 18 to 24 is National Poison Prevention Week. Here are a few tips to keep your pet safe:

  • Be aware of harmful foods like avocados, raisins, chocolate, and coffee.

  • Store human medications safely — not on low night tables or counters.

  • Make sure toxic plants like tulips, lilies, and azaleas are out of reach.

If your pet ingests something poisonous, the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) can help at 1-888-426-4435. A $65 consulting fee may apply, but a portion of that charge is covered by your plan.

Learn more about the APCC and get a free pet safety pack at the ASPCA's website.

Animal Poison Control Center

Save on New Pets

Add a new pet to your plan and save 10% with our multiple pet discount.
Just call 1-866-204-6764.

Member Center

Curious about the status of a claim? Need to update your information? Visit the Member Center.

Spread the Word

Tell your friends how they can get help managing the rising costs of veterinary care.

Share Your Story

If we helped your pet get healthy, send us your story and it could be featured in our newsletter.

Photo Friday

How cute is your pet? Submit a photo of your furry pal and you might see it on our blog for Photo Friday.

*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.

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.