May 2012


Yes, pets can have allergies too.

Just like in people, allergies in pets happen when their immune systems identify substances as harmful and try to fight them off. This month, we've got some tips for pets with allergies – and managing your allergies to pets.

Over 20% of pets may suffer from some sort of allergy, according to the ASPCA®.+ Allergies typically develop when pets are young, but adult onset allergies can also occur.

What are pets allergic to?

Pets can be allergic to environmental substances like pollen, mold, or dust mites. They can also be allergic to flea bites or ingredients in their diets.

What are the symptoms?

If your pet has recurring ear or skin infections, allergies could be an issue. Other common signs can include increased scratching, licking, chewing, or face-wiping.

What should you do?

Visit your veterinarian who can help identify the source and recommend treatment. You can also help by reducing your pet's exposure to allergens in your home. Check our blog for tips.

Our illness coverage can help cover treatment costs related to allergies that aren't pre-existing to your plan. Sign into the Member Center to see your plan details.

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Pet Speak: A Customer's Story*

"I have two poodles from the same litter, but they're as different as night and day. Nikki has food allergies and I'm constantly changing her diet and at the veterinarian for medications. Noah has very sensitive ears that tend to get infected as well as a thyroid issue.

Thank goodness for ASPCA Pet Health Insurance! The company is prompt and fair, and what's best is that I know they'll be there should there be a major illness or accident."

— Susan C., Westport, CT

Allergic to your pet?

If you're sneezing and wheezing around your pet, you don't have to give up your furry friend. The ASPCA has some suggestions to help:

  • Keep your pet out of your bedroom. That way, you'll be free of allergens for a good chunk of time while you sleep.

  • Eliminate household fabrics. Rugs and drapes can collect allergens, so remove them if possible or clean them regularly.

  • Dust and vacuum often. Wipe down shelves, and vacuum with a HEPA filter or a disposable electrostatic bag frequently.

Get more tips for dealing with pet allergies at the ASPCA's website.

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*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.