Thanksgiving Safety

As you plan your family’s Thanksgiving menu, keep in mind what to leave off your pet’s plate. Here are 5 expensive examples of commonly swallowed objects.+

Swallowed Object Approx. Claim Amount
Turkey Bones $2,600
Cornhusk $4,500
Plastic Baggie $4,800
Ribbon $4,270
Almonds $4,570


We’re thankful we could help these pets get the care they needed. Visit 101 Things You Didn’t Know Could Harm Your Pet for more holiday safety tips.

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Tips for Photographing Black Cats & Dogs

It can be challenging to take good photos of pets with black fur, but there is no such thing as an un-photogenic pet. These tips will help you capture your raven-haired beauty’s best side. 

Staged Setting- Choose light colored background, avoiding stark white and dark backdrops.
Soft Lighting- Bright lights wash your cat out, and they’ll only disappear in the dark.
Tight Focus- Your cat’s expression should be the focal point, not the surrounding clutter.
Creative Approach- Try out different colors, lighting and angles to find the rest combination.

Bonus Tip: Use photo editing software to brighten and sharpen photos.

Check out our Top 3 Pet Photography Tips infographic for more help coaxing out your pet’s inner supermodel!

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Pets Are Bold: Ashley’s Story

We cover bold because we know how adventurous pets can be. Ashley’s dog is one such little daredevil.

“She loves the boat, especially jumping off to go play at the sandbar." –Ashley F.

See more bold pets and share your courageous companion’s story with us here

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Maverick and Odessa

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

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Lend a Helping Hand

Of course, the best way to help a shelter pet is adoption. But if that’s not possible, you can still lend a hand in other meaningful ways.

Volunteer – Give some of your time to help a shelter organize events or care for animals.
Fundraise – Organize a fundraiser, like a bake sale, and donate the proceeds to a shelter.
Donate – Ask a local shelter what supplies they need and gather donations from friends.

If you have kids, you can also get them involved and give them a great lesson in caring for animals.

Want do more? Check out this list of the “Top Ten Ways to Help Your Local Shelter” from our friends at the ASPCA®.

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Top 3 Halloween Safety Tips

These tips can help your pet have a happy Halloween without a scary accident:

1. Spooky Lighting– Make jack-o’-lanterns glow with battery lights, not candles, to prevent accidents.
2. No Quick Tricks– Watch that your pet doesn’t scoot out the door when you open it for trick-or-treaters.
3. Ghoulish Treats– Keep chocolate, candy with Xylitol and other toxic foods out of paw’s reach.

Learn more about why chocolate is so dangerous for your pet.

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Pets Are Fearless: Kai’s Story

We cover fearless because we know how daring pets can be. Kai is one such brave buddy.

“Kai was the most terrified little dog when we adopted her. She wouldn't do anything but sit in the corner and shake. She wouldn't take food from you, look at you and she definitely wouldn't let you touch her. When we first met her at the adoption event, she not only peed on my husband when the lady took her out of her crate and handed her to him, but on herself as well. 3 years later, she is doing amazing. She is so sweet, smart, fun and excitable. She'll do just about anything. This photo is us paddleboarding for the first time!" –Christie C.

See more fearless pets and share your courageous companion’s story with us here

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Pet First-Aid Prep

Do you know what to do if your pet has an accident? These tips can help you be better prepared.

Set a plan – Ask your vet about an emergency protocol, especially if your clinic isn’t available 24/7.
Make a kit – Have a pet first-aid kit ready with gauze, non-stick bandage pads and tape, saline eye flush and other useful items.
Be careful – Handle an injured pet with caution. Even the sweetest dog or cat can act out when hurt. And try to stay calm, so you can think clearly and avoid upsetting your pet even more.

For more advice on what to do in an emergency, visit 101 Things You Didn’t Know Could Harm Your Pet.

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Fire Safety Advice

Are you prepared for a fire emergency? Here are a few tips to help get you ready.

Watch those flames – Always keep an eye on your pet around open flames, like candles, fireplace and fire pits.
Pet proof your home – Address issues, like unsecured electrical wires, that can sometimes cause pets to inadvertently start a fire.
Have an exit plan – Hang a collar and leash near both the front and back doors in case you need to evacuate quickly.

You should also affix a pet rescue alert sticker where it can be seen by emergency responders, so they’ll be aware of any pets in your home.

Get one free through the ASPCA®’s website.

For more pet safety tips, visit 101 Things You Didn’t Know Could Harm Your Pet.

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Apple & Carrot Dog Treats

Want to make a special treat for your dog? Whip up some Apple + Carrot Treats. They’re simple to make and healthy for your best friend.

Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup grated carrots
1 egg
½ cup unsweetened applesauce

Instructions
1. Mix it all together and roll dough into small balls.
2. Press down gently to make treats about ¼-inch thick.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.

Let them cool down and then let your pup have at ‘em! If you have a tasty recipe your dog or cat laps up, share it with us on Facebook.

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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, an 8-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.