Happy Anniversary to the ASPCA!

Our friends at the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) this month are celebrating 148 years of fighting animal cruelty and promoting animal welfare. As the oldest animal welfare organization in North America, the ASPCA has been a champion of animals across the country, beginning in 1866 in New York City.

All of us at the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance program want to recognize the important work our friends at the ASPCA do every day. Join us by adding your name to our anniversary e-card

Learn more about the history of the ASPCA® here. Also read more about our relationship with the ASPCA®. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance is brought to you by the Hartville Group, one of the oldest and largest pet insurance providers in the US and the only strategic partner for pet insurance with the ASPCA®.

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It’s difficult to think about, but who would take care of your pet if something happened to you?

Choosing to leave funds for the care of your pet after you pass is a personal decision. You can put your pet in your will or set funds aside for the person you have chosen to care for your furry companion.
Our friends at the ASPCA® have some helpful advice you should keep in mind when making your decision. 

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April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and each year our friends at the ASPCA® urge supporters across the country to support their efforts and Go Orange for Animals to mark the signing of the ASPCA's charter in 1866.

In honor of the ASPCA’s 147 years of helping animals, we’re awarding one lucky entrant a $100 gift certificate. Plus, we’ll have a photo album on Facebook of pets showing their support of the ASPCA’s mission! 

To enter, like us on Facebook, fill out our short entry form and upload a picture of your pet sporting some orange. Or tweet a picture to @ASPCAPetIns with the hashtag #Pets4ASPCA! 

The winner will be randomly selected. See the full official rules here.

If you are looking for inspiration, the ASPCA offers some tips how to “Go Orange.”

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The holidays are a special time to spend with loved ones—including your family pets. And with a few extra preparations, you can help your pets safely join the festivities no matter where you travel.

One of the most important steps is to make sure your pet is covered by pet insurance before you head out the door. If any unexpected accidents or illnesses happen along the way, ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans cover visits to any licensed veterinarian in the U.S. or Canada, including emergency clinics and specialists.

Additionally, with new travel assistance services available with ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans, pet parents have even more help when they’re traveling with their pets. Our plans are the first and only ones to come with travel assistance services for pets.

Read more here about the new travel assistance services, as well as tips for traveling with your pet.

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The arrival of fall brings cooler weather and changing foliage, along with its own set of potential pet dangers. From rodent poisons to toxic mushrooms, we have some great tips to keep your furry pal safe this season.

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Ever wonder what your cat is trying to tell you with purrs, meows, hisses and whines?  Our friends at the ASPCA® can help! They delve into the meaning of different cat sounds and what our feline friends are trying to communicate. 

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Dog Paws Nail Care Tips

Is your pet ready for a manicure?

The ASPCA® recommends that dogs have their nails trimmed when their nails are long enough to touch the ground, and cats should get a clipping every couple of weeks.

If you cut your pet’s nails at home, go slow and be careful not to cut the quick, which is the pink area that contains blood vessels and nerves.

For dogs, the best time for their nail-trimming session is when they’re tired from vigorous exercise. For cats, try it when they’re relaxed and sleepy.

If you’re shy about clipping, visit your veterinarian or a professional groomer.

Read more nail tips for cats and advice for dogs from our friends at the ASPCA.

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Allergic to your pet? These Tips May Help!

If you're sneezing and wheezing around your pet, you don't have to give up your furry friend. The ASPCA has some suggestions to help:

• Keep your pet out of your bedroom. That way, you'll be free of allergens for a good chunk of time while you sleep.

• Eliminate household fabrics. Rugs and drapes can collect allergens, so remove them if possible or clean them regularly.

• Dust and vacuum often. Wipe down shelves, and vacuum with a HEPA filter or a disposable electrostatic bag frequently.

Get more tips for dealing with pet allergies at the ASPCA's website.

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Our tails would wag if you liked us on Facebook where we have lots more to say on pet matters – from ways to keep your pet safe and healthy to fun stories and photos. Check out our team "going orange" last month to celebrate the ASPCA's Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month!

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Hartville Group’s Half-Marathon Team Raises $15,550 for the ASPCA

One of the nation’s leading pet insurance providers, the Hartville Group, Inc., together with its subsidiary Petsmarketing Insurance.com Agency, Inc., organized a team to participate in the 2011 Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half-Marathon on October 30 with Team ASPCA, raising $15,550 for the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).

To read more about Team ASPCA and how the Hartville Group is furthering ASPCA's mission, click here.

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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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Lucy, an 8-year-old rescued Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix

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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.