A Bedlington Terrier with a history of hair-raising accidents probably would be happy to a be a landlubber after being pitched from a boat earlier this year.

Bred as hunters, Bedlington Terriers look like sheep, but they are known for having the hearts of lions. That’s a good thing because one Bedlington in particular has had to get himself out of a couple of scrapes.

ASPCA Pet Health Insurance customer Becky C. tells us her dog, Carl, was tossed from the boat in which he was riding after the vessel hit a log. The dog was hit by the boat’s motor when he landed in the water. Carl suffered a few cuts that needed stitches, and he aspirated some water.

Luckily Carl’s OK now!

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Customer Stories

Photo Friday: On the Mend

“My 8-year-old cat, Meeko, started throwing up. Within days, she was not eating or drinking, just vomiting and sleeping. Various tests and a three-day stay at a specialty veterinary clinic cost over $3,000, but they found she had pancreatitis. Now Meeko's better and back to her old self!”

—Submitted by: An ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Pet Parent*

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One dog unwrapped some trouble when she found corn cobs in a bag in the kitchen of her pet parents’ home in New England.

Ruined husks littering the dog’s bed gave her pet parent, Nancy K.,* all the clues she needed when she discovered her dog in severe pain one Sunday afternoon. Nancy took the dog to an emergency clinic, where the Greyhound was treated for her corn binge.

ASPCA Pet Health Insurance reimbursed the dog’s pet parents more than $260 for this accidental ingestion, and luckily the dog was OK.

Have you recently submitted an interesting ASPCA Pet Health Insurance claim? Tell us about it!

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Photo Friday: Longtime Customer

“I have had ASPCA Pet Health Insurance for three years, and I recommend it to any pet parent. Whenever I call ASPCA Pet Health Insurance on any matter, the representatives are always courteous, friendly and professional. They have been amazing to work with!”

—Submitted by: An ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Pet Parent*

*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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Photo Friday: Stray Kitten Settles into Healthy Future with Family

“My cat just happened to be at the right place at the right time. As a stray kitten, she found her way to my employer’s family and after one look, we all knew she was meant for me. After I adopted her, I got ASPCA Pet Health Insurance so I could take care of her if she ever gets sick. With ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, I’m thankful to have the chance to secure a healthy future for my kitty! She is so sweet.”

—Submitted by: An ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Pet Parent*

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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Photo Friday: Relieved Pet Parents

“My first Boxer was 4 months old, fragile and malnourished when I adopted her. She was our baby for the next 12 years, but she had many medical problems throughout her life that cost us thousands of dollars. So when we got our new Boxer puppy, the first thing we did was sign up for ASPCA Pet Health Insurance. We don't have to worry about how to pay for her visits to the veterinarian since she's covered. We submit our claims online and receive our reimbursement within a few weeks. What a relief!”

—Submitted by: An ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Pet Parent*

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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“We adopted our boys from a cat shelter in Tucson more than a year ago. They probably lived as feral cats for some time before that. Because they had bonded so well together in the shelter, we adopted both of them, which was a good choice as they love to play with each other. The Lynx Point Siamese sometimes acts more like a devoted dog, while the Russian Blue wants to be petted on his own terms. They certainly are welcome family members now, and we try to give them the best care.”

—Submitted by: An ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Pet Parent*
 

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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Photo Friday: Pet Insurance Helped through Difficult Diagnosis

“Our 6-year-old Maltese suddenly started shaking, so we rushed him to the veterinarian. After numerous tests, our veterinarian diagnosed him with Cushing's disease. Today, we’re able to regulate his condition with medication.

"A year before this incident, I had purchased ASPCA Pet Health Insurance after I saw a brochure for it in my veterinarian’s office. I’m so thankful I did! It cost us thousands of dollars to save his life. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance relieved the financial impact this diagnosis had on us, and we still have our dog with us. Thank you, ASPCA Pet Health Insurance!”

—Submitted by: An ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Pet Parent*

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Cat Photo: Black & White Love Bug

“I recently adopted a 12-year-old cat who is so sweet and cuddly. He just wants to be loved!”

—Submitted by: An ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Pet Parent*

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Prevent Pet Disease by Vaccinating

Vaccines are recommended to help dogs and cats stay healthy.

In a previous blog post and our June Pet Health Matters newsletter, we discussed the benefits of vaccinating your pet. Here are a few more key points you should know about vaccinations:

When should pets be vaccinated?

Puppies and kittens are often vaccinated starting at 6 to 8 weeks of age and given a series of vaccines in 3-  to 4-week intervals until they’re 16 weeks old. Adult dogs and cats might need to be revaccinated annually or every 3 years. Talk to your veterinarian about when and how often your pet should be vaccinated.

Which vaccines are necessary?

Pet health specialists recommend that all pets receive the core vaccines that protect against easily transmittable diseases found across North America. For dogs, these are distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, and rabies. For cats, they are distemper (panleukopenia), feline calicivirus, feline herpes virus type 1 (rhinotracheitis), and rabies. You should also know that the rabies vaccine is required by law in most states.

Are any vaccines are optional?

Depending on factors like age, breed environment and lifestyle, your pet may not need some of the non-core vaccines. You should ask your veterinarian which non-core vaccines are right for your pet. For dogs, there are non-core vaccines for kennel cough, Lyme disease, and leptospirosis. For cats, they can include vaccines for feline leukemia virus, Bordatella, Chlamydophila felis, and feline immunodeficiency virus.

Levels 3 and 4 of our pet insurance plans offer coverage for a range of standard and advanced vaccines. To learn more, explore our plans or see the options available for your pet now.

If you’re a customer and have questions, you can view your plan at the Member Center or contact our Customer Satisfaction team at 1-866-204-6764.

 

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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!

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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.