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There’s nothing like the bright eyes of a cat to catch your attention. But what if your cat’s eyes become crusty or cloudy? Our friends at the ASPCA® have some great tips to keep your cat’s eyes healthy.

These symptoms may indicate something is amiss:

• Discharge
• Watering
• Red or white eyelid linings
• Crusty gunk in the corners of the eye
• Tear-stained fur
• Closed eye(s)
• Cloudiness or change in eye color
• Visible third eyelid

As always, check in with your veterinarian for any questions about your feline’s eye health.


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“Chirpa is my Lhasa Apso who just turned 16. He was recently diagnosed with an eye condition that caused granule deposits in his corneas. It is very painful and can only be corrected surgically. He had to have bilateral cornea grafts, and he almost didn't make it through the procedure. Chirpa spent the weekend in the emergency clinic but pulled through and is now fully recovered! Thanks to Chirpa’s ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan, I was reimbursed for a large portion of the cost. I am so thankful because I get to come home every day to Chirpa’s smiling face!” -Tiffany H., Palo Alto, CA

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

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The holidays bring family, friends and full bellies all around! As you’re celebrating this wonderful time of year, don’t forget to take some extra safety measures to make sure your pet has a healthy and happy holiday, too. 

• No Bones About It
The aftermath of a delicious holiday meal leaves many bones. Don’t give in to your dog’s begging or let your cat’s curiosity cause trouble. A ham or turkey bone can splinter and damage your pet’s mouth or get stuck in the throat or stomach. If you want to include your pet in the feast, offer safe foods like bits of cooked turkey or plain mashed potato. Learn more

• Our Door Is Always Open
With holiday guests coming and going, your door may be open more often and longer than usual. For an adventurous dog or speedy cat, this can be the perfect opportunity to flee. You may not even notice your fur ball sneak by. To prevent an unwanted escape, put your pet in a quiet room while family and friends flood the foyer. Learn more

• Keep Your Paws Off The Decor
Decorations are a great way to get into the holiday spirit. But keep on eye on your pet around those lights and baubles, particularly breakable ornaments, exposed electrical cords and lit candles. You should also be aware of holiday plants (like holly, mistletoe, poinsettias and pine needles) that can make your pet sick, if nibbled on. Learn more

Remember, if your pet has a poison emergency, the ASPCA® Animal Poison Control Center can help at 1-888-426-4435. They’re available 24/7, including holidays! For more safety tips, check out our website.


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“We adopted our beautiful Hedwig in Spain and brought him home with us to New York over a year ago. Hedwig is now living with us and Chuck, a Manchester Terrier, in a house with a big garden where they are having the time of their lives running around together. I think it's great how they get along so well, as they were both fully grown when they met. I love them dearly!” –Maria N., White Plains, NY

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If you are planning a trip with your pet north across the border, AAA has some tips to help make your crossing a bit smoother.  

Also, don’t forget you can visit any licensed veterinarian in Canada as well as in the US with your ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan!

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Dog on a cushion

"Our Chihuahua, Sophie Marie, was frantically looking for the stool she uses to get on and off on the bed, and I leaned over to show her were it was. We bumped heads, and Sophie Marie fell backward. She first hit the stool and then the floor. The next morning she showed signs of lameness, and I took her to her veterinarian. Our collision caused a sprain that kept Sophie Marie from her regular activity for 4 to 5 weeks. It was hard to keep her still for that long, but Sophie Marie is now back to normal." -Linda D., Medford, NJ

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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.