October 2012

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

Pets can be fun, loving and inspiring!

As we get ready to sponsor the 2012 ASPCA® Humane Awards for the fifth consecutive year, we wanted to celebrate inspirational pets with a remarkable story and give you a chance to win by sharing your own.

The awards ceremony, held Nov. 8 in New York City, recognizes animals who have demonstrated astonishing efforts to help human companions, as well as individuals who have made a major impact on the lives of animals during the past year.

Read the inspiring story about Gracie below and submit your own story for a chance to win!

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A Story of Strength and Survival

Gracie had been abused as a puppy, but the pet parent who adopted her had no idea to what extent.* In an exam to determine the source of a limp, the veterinarian discovered a BB pellet in Gracie's leg. Her pet parent told us she broke down in tears at the news.

She was so upset that someone would shoot a puppy but also relieved that Gracie had been brave enough to survive. “On our first meeting, Gracie came up to me and put her paws on my legs,” her pet parent said. “Of course, one look into those baby browns was all I needed!”

Gracie now enjoys a loving home and the protection of ASPCA Pet Health Insurance to help her get the medical care she needs. She's also the unofficial mascot of a dance company where she gets plenty of attention!

Check out our "Pets Who Inspire Us" board on Pinterest for more remarkable pets.

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Recently Fetched

Our Facebook friends shared the zaniest reasons they had to visit the vet. One that had us wincing was about a pup whose tooth got stuck in her lip. Her pet parent had an amusing take on the incident:

“Guess she really wanted a lip piercing! Ever since that incident, she's not allowed to watch the show 'Taboo' when they show extreme body piercings.”

— Veronica V.

Pet Speak: A Customer's Story*

“Mandy, my Golden Retriever, began her life as a diamond in the rough. From a neglected pup to a well-trained Professional Assistance Dog, her story is one of inspiration! ASPCA Pet Health Insurance has allowed me to care for my amazing furry daughter, best friend and diabetes alert dog the way she deserves.”

— Donna K. Buffalo, NY

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Join our Halloween party!

We're throwing a virtual Halloween party and your pet's invited! Post a photo of your pet in costume and we'll add it to our Facebook album. Check back to see who will win titles for "Spookiest," "Cutest" and "Most Outlandish."

Please make sure your pet's costume is safe and comfortable with no small pieces that could be chewed off and swallowed.

Halloween Pet Safety

In addition to keeping your pet away from harmful treats, like chocolate and candy containing xylitol, here are a few more safety tips from our friends at the ASPCA®:

  • Be careful your pet doesn't scoot out when you answer the door for trick-or-treaters. You may want to keep him or her in a separate room during peak hours.

  • Consider using battery powered "candles" to light up your jack-o-lanterns. Curious pets can get burned or knock real candles over and start a fire.

  • Pumpkins are considered non-toxic, but they can still cause tummy upset if your pet takes a bite. Keep them safely out of pet's reach.

Read more safety tips at www.aspcapetinsurance.com/101. And remember, if your pet does have a mishap this holiday, your plan can reimburse you for covered treatments, including calls to the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center.

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Multiple Pet Discount

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Photo Friday

Email a photo of your furry friend and it could be featured on our blog and Facebook for Photo Friday.

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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 www.aspcapetinsurance.com 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.

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 Insurance.com 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.