Camaron and Lucas

Friday's Furry Friend is a weekly feature that showcases pet photos we receive from our customers and Facebook fans. Email us a photo of your pet with the subject, "My Furry Friend."

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Taco and Rosie cuddling in the office

A picture is worth a thousand words already, so why add more?

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Meet Colonel Rock III! He’s the mascot for Western Illinois University and, we’re proud to say, covered by ASPCA Pet Health Insurance.

Colonel Rock III of Western Illinois University

Full Name: Colonel Rock III
Nickname: Rocky
Birthday: 3/3/2010
Pet Parent: Joe R.
Occupation: Western Illinois University mascot
Basic Job Duties: Attending Western Illinois University events, meeting new people, posing for pictures and being a great live mascot for WIU.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
Meeting new people and spreading school spirit.

How did you meet your pet parent?
I was donated to the University by the Seiss Bulldog Ranch located in Seneca, Kan. After a campus-wide search and numerous interviews, my dad was selected to be my caretaker. They brought me to campus, and there he was.

What’s your idea of a perfect day off?
I first like to start off the day laying out back on the deck in the sun, followed by some breakfast, play time, plenty of naps and a big dinner before heading off to bed.

What’s your favorite treat?
I love popcorn!

Who’s your best friend?
My best friend is Lambeau, a 2-year-old Yellow Labrador.

What’s your favorite season and why?
My favorite season is fall because the weather is perfect for an English Bulldog like me. Also, students are coming back to school, and football season is underway!

Do you have a favorite sports team?
The Western Illinois University Leathernecks, of course!

If I could be any other animal for a day, I would be a ______, because ______.
I would be a pig because I would get to roll around in mud all day to stay cool, eat as much as I want, and I already snort.  

You can follow Colonel Rock III's adventures on Facebook

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Scout’s Spleen Removal

“I have had my Beagle, Scout, covered with an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for the past eight years. I recommend this insurance to anyone who has a pet, as it has been extremely helpful from the beginning. Last year, Scout became sick and needed to have his spleen removed. It was an expensive procedure, and I ended up getting reimbursed just about everything I paid. I don't have any children, but I consider Scout to be my baby. I feel better having him being covered with the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance.” –Melanie V., Cranston, RI

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Fenton

Friday's Furry Friend is a weekly feature that showcases pet photos we receive from our customers and Facebook fans. Email us a photo of your pet with the subject, "My Furry Friend."

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Shelby chewing a bone in the office

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Pam's Alley Cat Antics

“Pam, my indoor cat, and I live in an apartment with an alley in the back. Once Pam got out and ventured into the alley. Soon I heard a cat fight. I was so worried! Pam had been inside her whole life, and I didn’t know if she would be able to defend herself.

I rushed out into the alley, and I saw Pam hissing and pushing away a huge male cat. Luckily, I got Pam inside, but she kept licking her paw, and I could see it was bleeding. We went to the vet right away, and I was told Pam needed minor surgery.

I was very nervous about how much it would cost. I’d had an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for Pam, but I hadn’t used it so far. Thank goodness for that policy!

After I paid the deductible, my pet insurance plan paid about 80% of the remainder. I would have been out several hundred dollars without it, and I don’t have that kind of money.

Pam has been lucky since then, but there is nothing like the reassurance I feel because she is covered. I will never have to choose between her health and money.” –Calista M., Calabasas, CA

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Boomer

Friday's Furry Friend is a weekly feature that showcases pet photos we receive from our customers and Facebook fans. Email us a photo of your pet with the subject, "My Furry Friend."

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Sammi in the office

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How to Give Your Pet a Pill

Many pets will eat anything—except their medications. Our friends at the ASPCA® have some tips for what to try if all else fails. Here are some tricks to try first.

How to give your pet a pill:

Get Chewable- If possible, get your pet’s medications in flavored, chewable form.
Mix It Up- If your pet is an energetic eater, try mixing the meds in with his or her kibble.
Try a Disguise- Hide the pill in a soft treat, chunk of hot dog or cheese cube and offer it to your pet.
Use Bait-and-Switch- If your pet chews her treats instead of swallowing them whole, give her a few non-medicated treats first, then give one with a pill followed by one last pill-free snack.

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WELCOME,
PET PARENTS!

As we’re dedicated to making a difference for pets, we want to keep you informed about pet health topics and your ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. Our blog will provide you with fresh, interesting and informative topics—from pet health tips and customer stories, to the latest industry news and a Pet Parent Q&A column. Most of all, we encourage you to share comments and join the discussion!

Meet the Author

Julia H.

Social Media Coordinator

Pet Parent to:

Lucy, a 7-year-old rescued Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix

Blog Guidelines

While we’ll strive to present all viewpoints on this blog, comments will be reviewed before posting. Offensive or inappropriate language, off-topic remarks and comments containing personal policy information will not be featured.

Also, conditions discussed in this blog aren’t necessarily covered by every ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. For full coverage terms, conditions and exclusions, please refer to your plan.

As always, if you have a question about your plan, call us at 1-866-204-6764.

*Note: While these testimonials may include examples of recent claims payouts, reimbursement is subject to the terms and conditions of your plan. Identifying information has been changed.