April 2013

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

Join us in celebrating with our friends at the ASPCA,® which is celebrating its 147th anniversary this month. Submit a photo on Facebook of your pet sporting the ASPCA's signature color for your chance to win a $100 gift certificate!

Our honorary office dog Lincoln shows off his orange for the ASPCA.

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Sweepstakes ends April 29, 2013. No purchase necessary. See official rules.

Vet Visits and Your Pet

World Veterinary Day is April 27, and we'd like to thank veterinarians for all their hard work. Unfortunately, veterinary visits have been declining during tougher economic times, and not all pets are getting the care they need. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to the vet and your pet.

1. Avoid putting off a call or visit. Veterinarians report seeing pets when they're three days sicker these days.+ That waiting time can make a pet's condition more difficult to treat.

2. Don't rely on "Dr. Google." The Internet can be useful, but it shouldn't be a substitute for your vet. An exam by a doctor who knows your pet's history can mean more accurate treatment and a better prognosis.

3. Have a backup plan. Know where to go in case your pet gets hurt or sick after regular clinic hours. Our Veterinary Locator tool can help you find emergency clinics in your area.

Remember, your plan covers visits to any licensed veterinarian in the US or Canada, including emergency clinics as well as specialists.

Recently Fetched

Congratulations to Jessica F. for wining our Love Story Sweepstakes with touching words that many of us can relate to:

“We got Tito during a very hard time in my life, and I like to think that he saved me. And there is no other love than a dog's to pull you through even the darkest days.”

Pet Speak: A Customer's Story*

“My wife and I have 5 beautiful cats! We're committed to maintaining their health, so we take them to the vet frequently for necessary care. We also carry your pet insurance, so we can rest easy knowing that if a major illness or accident were to occur, our cats would be able to receive needed treatment — without financial worry.

We've already benefited financially, not to mention mentally and emotionally, from ASPCA Pet Health Insurance. Thank you!”

— Jason C., Hopewell, NJ

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Ease Your Next Vet Visit

Vet visits can be stressful for cats, especially if they're not used to leaving the comforts of home. These tips can help make the next visit easier for your kitty.

  • Get your cat used to the carrier by leaving it open in your house.

  • Take your cat for rides in the carrier to other places besides the vet.

  • Bring along your cat's favorite treats, toys and blanket.

  • Reward good behavior at the vet with praise, treats and petting.

  • Stay calm during the exam to encourage the same from your cat.

If your cat (or dog) has an extreme dislike of veterinary visits, talk to your vet about techniques that might make future visits more relaxing.

Like us on Facebook and check out our blog for more useful tips like these.

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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.

*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.

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