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If you’re looking for a healthy new treat to share with your dog, look no further than fruits!

As with any treat, be sure to consult your veterinarian first and also double-check that the type of fruit you are looking to give your pup isn’t potentially toxic. This article from DogChannel.com provides some good tips and a list of 13 dog-friendly fruits and melons.

Additionally, be sure to check out a list of harmful foods on the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance website. And, if your pet has a poison emergency, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center can help at 1-888-426-4435. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans cover calls to the Animal Poison Control Center.

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Just like with a baby, all new pet parents need to consider prepping their home when they bring home a puppy. Our friends at the ASPCA® offer some great tips on what to do before you bring your new dog home.

The No. 1 tip the ASPCA® mentions is to stock up on supplies. Luckily, PetMD has a great in-depth checklist of what to get for your new puppy. Most important, don’t forget about stocking up on cleaning supplies until your new ball of fur is housetrained!

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Have you been woken up in the middle of the night by your dog sawing wood? Or have you had to turn the TV up because your pup’s nasal symphony is drowning out the dialogue? You’re not alone. The most common causes of snoring for dogs are:

     1.   Genetics

     2.   Allergies

     3.  Nasal Obstructions

     4.  Medications

     5. Obesity

Pets Adviser offers some tips on curbing the noise so that your pet (and you!) might enjoy a more restful slumber.

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Did you know that, just like in summer, you shouldn’t leave your pet in a car when it is cold out? Even a short period of time can result in your pet freezing, as cars act like refrigerators during chilly winter months. Here are eight myths about pets and winter care that have been debunked by Carol Bryant of FIDO Friendly magazine.

We also recommend checking out these winter exercise guidelines and cold weather tips from our friends at the ASPCA®. Stay warm!

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Forget red or blue states, the real is battle is between cat and dog states! According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, Arkansas has the highest percentage of dog households and in Vermont, cat parents reign supreme.

We want to know: Do you live in a state where felines rule, or is your state keen on pups? Tell us on our Facebook page!

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Pets help us in so many ways—from acting as self-designated backyard anti-squirrel units to self-appointed table food inspectors. But did you know a number of pets hold extremely important jobs? They protect us from bombs and drugs, provide comfort to the sick, and assist individuals with disabilities.

Here’s a rundown of canine job descriptions taken from this article by Pets Adviser for you to keep on hand for reference:

-Assistance/Service Dog- Specially trained to assist humans with physical and mental disabilities, as well as medical conditions such as diabetes and epilepsy.

-Working Dog- May refer to a member of the AKC pedigree group or a canine trained to perform specific tasks or to entertain.

-Therapy Dog- Trained to provide comfort, affection and entertainment to people in nursing homes, prisons and therapeutic environments.

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dachsund puppy dressed as a bumble bee for Halloween plays with a toy flower pot

Halloween is right around the corner and do we have some scary claims to share with you! Before you start shaking in your boots, we want to let you know that all these stories have happy endings. But, it is still best to beware this All Hallows Eve so that your pet doesn’t end up in a similar sticky situation!

1. One Halloween night, a 4-year-old Labradoodle ate 20 small bags of M&Ms—wrappers and all! His pet parents rushed him to the veterinarian, where he luckily vomited the chocolate and wrapper remnants later that night without adverse effects.
2. Just last October we received a claim for a dog who ingested a clump of fall leaves. The leaves created a blockage, and the dog needed surgery to remove them. The total veterinary bill for this incident was nearly $2,800. That’s a lot of bones!

3. Last year, we received claims for pets who swallowed items like tennis balls, socks, bones, string, corn cobs, pacifiers, pillows, pieces of plastic, rocks, coins, a welcome mat, dog toys, gardening gloves and a hairbrush! We wonder if they are dressing as the Hungry Hungry Hippos this Oct. 31.
This Halloween, or any time of year, it’s good to be prepared for the unexpected with pet insurance. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance can help you afford the quality veterinary care your pet needs. After all, you have enough to worry about when your pet is hurt or sick than how you're going to pay the bills.

If your pet ingests a harmful substance, you can call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) at 1-888-426-4435. Calls can include a $65 consultation fee, 90% of which is covered by ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans.
The APCC reported that they see a 39% increase in calls involving chocolate exposures in the week surrounding Halloween, compared to the rest of the year.

They also typically see a threefold increase in calls about glow sticks and glow jewelry in the week surrounding Halloween. Luckily, these items are considered to be a low risk for toxicity!

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A dog’s nose can detect many things: when a person is about to have a seizure, the latest news at the fire hydrant down the street, and even your emotions. However, that nifty sniffer can also get you and your pup into some embarrassing situations. If your dog has ever gotten a bit too up-close and personal with a visitor, you know what we mean.

Can you deter inappropriate sniffing? Yes! One way is to give your dog plenty of appropriate smells to savor—like hiding kibble-filled toys for them to find and taking leisurely walks around the neighborhood. If that doesn’t do the trick, we recommend checking out WebVet’s list of "7 Ways To Stop Inappropriate Dog-Sniffing” to help lessen those awkward smelling incidents.

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