dog with quills in nose

"During a hike, Autumn took off barking towards the base of a tree. She quickly returned with a full face of quills from a porcupine. We were an hour away from the car, and by the time we arrived at the emergency vet clinic, the waiting room was full. So I decided to go home and call our mobile veterinarian. Autumn was anesthetized, and they used pliers to take out each quill. The veterinarian prescribed antibiotics, and Autumn looked like herself again by the next day. These accidents can happen, and I was glad I had ASPCA Pet Health Insurance!" -Mindy H., Brattleboro, VT

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“We were giving our dogs a bath, when Violet put her foot over the drain and her toenails went through the holes. When Violet tried to get out of the tub, several of her nails snapped off. She was bleeding pretty badly, so we rushed her to the emergency veterinary hospital. She was sedated, given antibiotics and her foot was sterilized and wrapped. I was thankful for Violet’s ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan!” –Elaine K., Scranton, PA

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"I live in an apartment complex with my two Toy Poodles, Paris and Milan. I was taking them out for their last potty break of the evening when Milan sniffed a small fertilizer pellet. Milan started making a noise like a reverse sneeze, almost like she was gasping for air. I looked up her nose and spied the pellet. We immediately went to the emergency animal clinic. They used an instrument much like a pair of tweezers to pull out the pellet and then flushed her nose. I have always been very happy with my ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. I never want to think about cost when it comes to the care of my pets." -Angela C., Flagstaff, AZ

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photo of dog that ate wood

“I left Zeke alone, and he apparently heard something on the other side of the bedroom door. So he tried chewing through that door! He's 10 years old, and he has never done something like this before. It was not a solid wood door. When I got home, I found the first side had a large hole, and Zeke was working his way through to the other. He had wood chips and splinters on his head, in the skin of his muzzle, and on his mouth, tongue and feet. I was afraid that he had swallowed a large wood piece so I rushed him to the veterinarian. The vet removed all of the splinters and gave him some medication for the pain. I’m definitely a firm advocate of pet insurance, and I recommend ASPCA Pet Health Insurance to others.” – Tessa K., Charleston, WV

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“I took Alfalfa outside, and he jetted away to the same spot I thought I had seen a raccoon the day before. I rushed over to pull Alfalfa away, and he briefly got caught in a thorn bush and suffered a big scrape and cut. I took him to the emergency room, where he received treatment and antibiotics. Alfalfa is fine and doesn’t have a scar like I thought he would. He is my child, and I am so glad to have ASPCA Pet Health Insurance for him!” – Rochelle D., Worcester, MA

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“My dog, Queenie, was bitten twice by a rattlesnake last year. She almost did not make it. Through the grace of God and help from my ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan, she is still with me and still my one true love. Thank you ASPCA Pet Health Insurance!"

Kara C., Santa Fe, N.M.

 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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"I love exploring the outdoors, and my dog Sophie goes everywhere with me. I had a feeling that giving her freedom to explore might increase her chances of injury or sickness. Signing up for ASPCA Pet Health Insurance was the best thing I've ever done. Multiple times we've needed your service to help cover veterinary costs. Sophie is naturally healthy, but as I anticipated, her high energy and accidental encounters have meant a few costly trips to the vet. I am very grateful for the reimbursements!"

— Anna H., Santa Cruz, CA

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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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.

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This stroll was far from leisurely for this customer and his dog.

A 4-year-old Labrador retriever was on a walk with his pet parent when he was suddenly attacked by a swarm of bees.

He was stung more than 30 times while rolling on the ground, trying to get them off. The dog suffered an allergic reaction, which can be fatal.

Luckily, he was rushed to the veterinarian where he got injections to combat the reaction.

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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.