Pet Health Tip - Is your pet overweight?

It's the holiday season and that mean all sorts of goodies to eat! While you may be focused on your weight, don't forget about your pet. Your veterinarian is the best judge of your pet’s weight, but you should be able to feel the backbone and ribs without pressing. Your pet should also have a distinct “waist” between the back of the rib cage and hips viewed from the top. If you have any concerns, talk to your veterinarian.

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Boarding Your Pet

The holidays can be a time for travelling to visit with family and friends, but it’s not always possible or practical to bring your pet with you. If you’re considering boarding your pet, here are a few tips to help.

• Be sure to visit and carefully inspect any potential boarding facilities, even if you have a good reference.
• Ask them about diet provisions, exercise routines, affiliations with veterinarians, and staff qualifications.
• Check references from other clients and consider asking local veterinarians about the facility’s reputation.

If you bring your pet along on your travels, remember you can use any licensed veterinarian in the US or Canada with our plans. This way, you can be covered even if your pet needs care on the road. View your plan for details.

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Nutrition and Your Pet

Essential H20
Did you know that water is the number one nutrient for your pet – even more important than protein? Water makes up 60 to 70% of an adult pet’s body weight. Although your pet gets some hydration from wet and even dry food, make sure there’s always plenty of fresh water in reach.

Two a Days
You should talk to your veterinarian about how often and what kinds of food to feed your pet, but the ASPCA suggests pets get two square meals a day. Offering portioned servings at specific times, rather than letting your pet graze freely can help prevent weight gain.

Holiday No-no’s
Holiday cookies are a tasty treat for us, but can harm your pet, especially if they have chocolate, raisins, or nuts in them. You should also avoid feeding your pet fatty or spicy foods, which can cause tummy upset. And never offer real bones, since they can splinter and hurt your pet.

If your pet does gobble something down they shouldn’t, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center can help at 1-888-426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may apply, 80% of which is covered by ASPCA Pet Health Insurance.

Learn more about pet nutrition, including special considerations for young and senior pets at our blog. The ASPCA also has lots of information about harmful foods and feeding tips in the Pet Care section of their website.

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More Pet Nutrition Tips for the Holidays

In our November newsletter, we turned our thoughts to food in honor of the holidays, specifically what pets should or shouldn’t eat. You should consult with your veterinarian about the best diet for your pet, but here are a few more tips on proper pet nutrition.

Feeding a Senior Pet
As pets get older, they may slow down and start gaining weight even if their diet hasn’t changed. Senior pets can benefit from a diet that’s lower in calories, but not lower in protein, which helps them maintain muscle mass. Your veterinarian may also recommend higher levels of antioxidants, like vitamin E and beta-carotene.

Puppy and Kitty Eats
Puppies and kittens need up to twice the energy intake of adult pets. 25 or 30% of that energy should come from protein. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a pet food especially formulated for your young pet. You can also offer your pet an occasional treat, but use moderation to avoid weight gain.

Pet Obesity
Weight gain is a common problem for pets, and can cause health problems from minor joint aches and pains to diabetes. Fortunately, obesity and the issues it can cause are preventable if you watch what your pet eats. A regular wellness exam can also help track your pet’s weight and keep the pounds from creeping on.

If you have our Level 3 or 4 plan, a yearly exam to check your pet’s weight and overall health is covered. View your plan for details. If you’re not a customer, you can see the coverage available for your pet by starting a quick and easy quote now.

 

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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!

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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.

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