June 2011

Vaccinations are an important tool in keeping your pet healthy and safe from various diseases. You should consult with your veterinarian about vaccinating your particular pet, but here are some important points to keep in mind.

Vaccinations & Your Pet  

Why should you vaccinate your pet?

Vaccines contain agents that resemble disease-causing microorganisms. They mildly stimulate your pet’s immunity system, so it can more easily recognize and fight off diseases in the future. In addition to providing valuable protection for your pet, vaccines benefit humans by controlling the spread of dangerous diseases, like rabies, that can be transmitted to people.

Do vaccines have side effects?

It’s important to remember that vaccines don’t cause the diseases they’re designed to prevent. However, they can cause minor reactions such as fever, lethargy or soreness at the injection site. In less common cases, pets may experience more serious problems like immune response disorders. Ask your veterinarian about potential issues when you vaccinate your pet.

Which vaccines are covered?

Our Level 3 and 4 plans include wellness care protection, which covers a range of vaccines. Specifically, Level 3 covers vaccines for coronavirus, canine or feline distemper, and rabies. Level 4 covers these vaccines, as well as those for Lyme disease, Bordatella, feline leukemia, and feline infectious peritonitis. In addition to vaccinations, Levels 3 and 4 cover spaying or neutering, an annual exam, and more.

If you’d like to know more about our wellness care coverage, call our Customer Satisfaction team at 1-866-204-6764. You can also view your plan online at the Member Center.

Read more about the importance of vaccines and which ones may be necessary for your pet at our blog, and in the Pet Care section (for dogs or for cats) of the ASPCA's website.

Pet Tips

Pet Vaccination Tip

It’s a good idea to schedule vaccinations for a time when you can keep an eye on your pet afterwards. If your pet seems to be having a negative reaction or you have any concerns, contact your veterinarian right away.

Cat Walking Tip

June is a great time to take your cat for a walk with a leash or a harness. This may sound silly if you’ve never done it before, but most cats can be trained to do it. Make sure you use a harness designed for felines, and take some time to get your cat used to it first. For instance, leave the harness and leash by your kitty’s food bowl or favorite napping spot for a day or two.

Read more cat walking tips at the ASPCA’s website.

Dog Walking Tip

June is a great time to take your dog for a walk, but what should you do if your pup keeps pulling? If your canine pulls to chase after wildlife, you might try avoiding walks at dusk and dawn when other critters are more likely to be out. You can also try walking at a quick pace, so your dog will have less of a chance to pick up interesting scents and stop to check them out.

Read more dog walking tips at the ASPCA’s website.

June Pet Events

June brings two special events that promote pet adoption. Here are some ways to join in both.

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month

The ASPCA® estimates that seven out of 10 shelter cats are euthanized simply because no one adopts them. Even if you can’t adopt a kitty, you can help in other ways during the ASPCA’s Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month in June and throughout the year.

  • Spread the word — Promote Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month online with posts on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog.

  • Volunteer at a shelter — Ask a local shelter about volunteer opportunities like playing with kittens or fostering cats to get them ready for their forever home.

  • Organize an event — Throw a party, yard sale, or car wash and collect money or pet supplies to donate to a shelter.

Discover more ideas to support Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month at the ASPCA’s website.

Take Your Dog to Work Day

June 24 marks Take Your Dog to Work Day when many companies open their doors to employees’ furry friends to encourage pet adoption. Keep these pointers in mind if you bring your dog to work.

  • Dog-proof your space — Tidy things up so your dog can’t get into trouble. For instance, tape up loose cords and put toxic markers away.

  • Bring supplies — Pack a doggie bag of useful items like food, bowls, paper towels, and a favorite chew toy.

  • Do a health check — Make sure your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations. Also, if your pup seems ill, consider giving him or her the day off.

Read more suggestions from the ASPCA for doggie office etiquette.

Our friends at the ASPCA® have brought thousands of animals to safety in the wake of the devastating storms and flooding in the Southeast.

Our friends at the ASPCA® have brought thousands of animals to safety in the wake of the devastating storms and flooding in the Southeast. To continue these efforts, the ASPCA has established a dedicated donation website. Find out how you can help the ASPCA. Read more about the ASPCA’s relief efforts on our blog.

Pet Speak: A Customer’s Story*  

It was love at first sight when I met Sonny at my local shelter, and I knew I had to get him the best pet insurance out there. After talking to my veterinarian, ASPCA Pet Health Insurance became the obvious choice.

Your pet insurance allows me to choose the best treatment for Sonny without worrying about how to afford the bills. I can get him routine care, such as vaccines and physical exams, without financial worries. As Sonny grows older, I have the comfort and ability to give him a longer and healthier life — and more time with me!

— Marie C., Cincinnati, OH

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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.