The holiday season can be a dangerous time for pets. In fact, we’ve found that claims for chocolate and candy ingestions spike around this time of year. Check out this handy, printable pet-proofing infographic to help keep your pets safe during this hectic time of year.

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In their six years or so, my cats have moved at least four times, all while the snow was flying. According to the US Census Bureau, most movers save themselves a little trouble by moving in the spring and summer. But whenever the move happens, the change can be stressful for pets.

Moving company websites are a great source of advice if you’re planning to box up your belongings. Here are some tips:

• Visit the veterinarian before you go, and be sure to collect copies of your pet’s medical records. To find a veterinarian in your new neighborhood, visit the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Veterinary Locator. With ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, you can visit any licensed veterinarian in the US or Canada.

• Take pictures of your pet, or consider getting him or her microchipped, in case you become separated during the move.

• Keep your pet in one cleared-out room of your old home while you’re moving your things, and identify one room of your new home to be a temporary sanctuary for your pet. Keep your pet supplies handy, and plan on moving them only after everything else is packed.

• Bring water from home to help ease the adjustment. Bring along enough to last several days. Be sure to take along extra food, too, in case you can’t find a store that carries your pet’s usual brand in your new neighborhood.

• Don’t pack the pet carrier–put it to use. Keep your pet in a carrier as you travel.

Because they’re stressed, your pets might initially behave poorly in their new surroundings. Give them time, and console them with plenty of attention and some of their favorite, familiar toys. They’ll be glad that though their surroundings have changed, their family has not.

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In the News: More Pet Parents Using In-Home Veterinary Services—Even Euthanasia

The decision alone to euthanize a pet is profoundly difficult—but can you imagine having it done in your own home?

Some pet parents choose to euthanize their pets at home, especially when their pet is too sick to be transported to a veterinary practice or when the family simply wants the privacy and comfort of their own home.

In fact, there’s been enough demand for at least one veterinarian to start a business catering to exactly this preference. Dr. Lori Gibson started Compassionate Care, an in-home mobile pet euthanasia and aftercare service, two years ago.

And, according to The Oregonian, a growing number of veterinarians offer other types of in-home care across the US.

We recently told you about Dr. Rebecca Saria of Gold Coast Mobile Veterinary Service, who started her mobile practice to examine pets in a relaxed home setting and to diagnose problems more effectively.

“Pets can be terrified to leave the comfort of their surroundings. With Gold Coast, I’m able to go into the home and personally connect with animals as a part of the family,” Dr. Saria says.

Dr. Saria is not alone. Many veterinarians who make house calls focus on general practice care, which is especially convenient for parents of multiple pet households and families with finicky felines or large dogs. Services can include everything you would find in a traditional office, with the possible exception of a few procedures, such as X-rays, sedation and anesthesia.

But there are some drawbacks. For instance, the cost of an in-home veterinary visit can start at $65, while traditional veterinary practices charge around $40 for a general check-up, depending on the practice’s location. Also, a lack of proper lighting in a house can be an issue, so many in-home veterinarians bring their own lighting equipment.

Remember, with ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, you can use any licensed veterinarian in the US or Canada. This includes in-home veterinary services when the treatment provided is covered under your plan. If you have questions about your plan, please call our Customer Satisfaction team at 1-866-204-6764.

Have you ever scheduled in-home veterinary care for your pet? What was your experience like?


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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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.

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