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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 on our website

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"I rescued Gizmo when he was 5 months old. A young woman owned him, but she could no longer care for him in her small apartment. German Shorthair Pointers, like Gizmo, require a lot of exercise. I'm a trainer, so I’ve made sure to provide him with plenty of opportunities to stretch his legs, as well as give him the consistent training he requires. He is still a puppy, however, and he gets into everything. His puppy antics have caused him quite a few injuries and illness.

I have sent in 3 claims within a short period of time, and I'm totally and absolutely impressed with ASPCA Pet Health Insurance! They have been prompt and efficient. This tells me they know puppies, and I really appreciate that. I am very thankful that Gizmo has an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan." -Ella W., Santa Clara, CA

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Photo Friday is a weekly column that showcases photos we receive from loving ASPCA Pet Health Insurance customers of their pets. If you want to see your pet featured, please email me!

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In honor of National Animal Safety and Prevention Month, we offered pointers for dealing with a found pet in our October Pet Matters newsletter. But what if you’ve gotten the pet safely into your home or at a shelter, but the pet parents can’t be found?

Here are a few suggestions to get the word out:

• Paper the town. Hang up flyers at nearby businesses, like grocery stores and pharmacies. Be sure to ask permission from the owners first. 

• Cast a social net. Post a photo and description of the pet on Facebook and Twitter, and ask your friends to spread the word. 

• Place an ad. Put an ad in your local print or online newspapers. Some publications may run the ad at no cost to you.

If you still can’t find the pet parents and are interested in keeping the pet, talk to your local shelter or humane association for information on the laws and process in your area.

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"I am Princess's third owner, after she spent years being unwanted, mistreated and unloved. I found her while searching online for new dog. I had lost my previous pup and felt a space in my life. Princess has a fear of men, and it took a long time for her to come around to me.

She has since been diagnosed with granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis (GME), an inflammatory disease that acts in many ways like cancer. She has inflammation of the spinal column, and it had paralyzed her. But thanks to expert veterinary care and the help of her ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan, Princess is now able to walk again without pain. She does have some trouble with bladder control, but I can deal with that. I take her into the veterinarian’s office each day for a pill that she will not let me give her. The insurance has been wonderful in helping me keep her alive, and I am deeply grateful." -Kyle A., West Nyack, NY

 

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Notoriously independent, cats may hide or mask symptoms of injury or illness, but these clues can help detect a health problem with your kitty.

Clue #1: Weight change
Unexplained weight loss or weight gain can be an indicator that something isn't right with your cat.

Clue #2: Messy coat
Cats may stop taking care of their fur if they're unwell. Over-grooming can also be a cause for concern.

Clue #3: Eye and ear issues
Check ears for inflammation or discoloration, and peek at the eyes. Pupils should be the same size with no cloudy film.

Clue #4: Mouth trouble
Cat breath may not be sweet, but it shouldn't smell terrible. Discolored gums can also be a sign of sickness.

Clue #5: Behavioral problems
Changes in behavior, like sudden irritability or litter box problems, can mean an illness is bothering your furry friend.

Of course, if you have any suspicion your cat isn't feeling right, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

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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.

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