“Chirpa is my Lhasa Apso who just turned 16. He was recently diagnosed with an eye condition that caused granule deposits in his corneas. It is very painful and can only be corrected surgically. He had to have bilateral cornea grafts, and he almost didn't make it through the procedure. Chirpa spent the weekend in the emergency clinic but pulled through and is now fully recovered! Thanks to Chirpa’s ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan, I was reimbursed for a large portion of the cost. I am so thankful because I get to come home every day to Chirpa’s smiling face!” -Tiffany H., Palo Alto, CA

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Customer Stories

“Our beautiful dog Annie has just made a full recovery from a recent stroke at the age of 14. Her ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan has helped us immensely through this difficult time. We tell all of our friends how great the service has been, and how it was there for us when we truly needed it. Annie is the love of our lives, and she will always be the best friend we could ever wish for in life.” –Sandy C., Hollywood, FL

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Customer Stories

hound dog on floor

"My dog Molly was a year old when I came home to find a chewed up container on the floor. It used to contain five fishing flies, but I only found two. I immediately called my awesome vet.

I told him what happened, and he said bring her in for X-rays. And there they were, three flies in her belly. He gave me a mixture to feed her and after a week, the flies had passed.

Thanks to my ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for making this emergency manageable!” -David H., Boulder, CO

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Customer Stories

"Our dog Flower was diagnosed with diabetes, and it cost quite a bit to regulate her blood sugar levels. Now she is a happy dog and doing great! Our ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan has been the best thing that has ever happened to us, and we plan to insure all of our future pets right away. Pets are just like people and deserve to have health insurance too." -Vivian R., Freeport, NY

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“After the passing of a beloved pet, I went to the shelter to adopt another pet who needed a home. There was a little brown dog who would not take her eyes off of me. I had been told that the dog could bite, and no one had adopted her for that reason. I could not leave the shelter without trying some interaction with the pup. I was left in a room alone with Ursula and almost immediately she was on my lap, kissing me. I took her home and that was just about year ago.

At first I didn't think I needed pet insurance because Ursula was happy. But I cannot say enough good things about our ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. Ursula became very ill after having a reaction to inoculations, and her pet insurance plan helped me afford the care she needed. Today, she is a healthy little girl although she will have to have intravenous shots of Benadryl before she can receive her scheduled rabies vaccine or heartworm medication. I hope that a million people sign up for pet insurance for their adopted pets!” -Stacey M., Waterbury, CT

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Customer Stories

dog outside in grass

"I rescued Gizmo when he was 5 months old. A young woman owned him, but she could no longer care for him in her small apartment. German Shorthair Pointers, like Gizmo, require a lot of exercise. I'm a trainer, so I’ve made sure to provide him with plenty of opportunities to stretch his legs, as well as give him the consistent training he requires. He is still a puppy, however, and he gets into everything. His puppy antics have caused him quite a few injuries and illness.

I have sent in 3 claims within a short period of time, and I'm totally and absolutely impressed with ASPCA Pet Health Insurance! They have been prompt and efficient. This tells me they know puppies, and I really appreciate that. I am very thankful that Gizmo has an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan." -Ella W., Santa Clara, CA

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Customer Stories

mixed breed yorkie

"I am Princess's third owner, after she spent years being unwanted, mistreated and unloved. I found her while searching online for new dog. I had lost my previous pup and felt a space in my life. Princess has a fear of men, and it took a long time for her to come around to me.

She has since been diagnosed with granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis (GME), an inflammatory disease that acts in many ways like cancer. She has inflammation of the spinal column, and it had paralyzed her. But thanks to expert veterinary care and the help of her ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan, Princess is now able to walk again without pain. She does have some trouble with bladder control, but I can deal with that. I take her into the veterinarian’s office each day for a pill that she will not let me give her. The insurance has been wonderful in helping me keep her alive, and I am deeply grateful." -Kyle A., West Nyack, NY

 

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Customer Stories

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Notoriously independent, cats may hide or mask symptoms of injury or illness, but these clues can help detect a health problem with your kitty.

Clue #1: Weight change
Unexplained weight loss or weight gain can be an indicator that something isn't right with your cat.

Clue #2: Messy coat
Cats may stop taking care of their fur if they're unwell. Over-grooming can also be a cause for concern.

Clue #3: Eye and ear issues
Check ears for inflammation or discoloration, and peek at the eyes. Pupils should be the same size with no cloudy film.

Clue #4: Mouth trouble
Cat breath may not be sweet, but it shouldn't smell terrible. Discolored gums can also be a sign of sickness.

Clue #5: Behavioral problems
Changes in behavior, like sudden irritability or litter box problems, can mean an illness is bothering your furry friend.

Of course, if you have any suspicion your cat isn't feeling right, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

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pet parents

Dog photo after cancer

“Nora is an adorable, bright and engaging girl. She had surgery for the removal of two masses, and seeing her whimpering and in pain was horrible, but a few days later it only got worse. Nora had cancer, and the prognosis was grim--most dogs die from this form of cancer within five to six months.  Still, I wasn't ready to give up on her, and we followed up with a veterinary oncologist.

It is 13 months since Nora had her surgery and was given only six months to live. She's showing no signs of slowing down. I'm beyond grateful to ASPCA Pet Health Insurance because throughout the process I've been able to make decisions based on what's best for Nora rather than what I can afford, and that's allowed me to focus on her.”


— Ellie T., Ann Arbor, MI

Pet 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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Customer Stories

Pet photo - Kid’s Best Friend

We know that pets can be a child's best friend, but did you know dogs and cats can also have health benefits for young children? A new study finds that children exposed to dogs or cats during infancy may actually have less risk of respiratory illnesses during their first year of life.

 

To learn more about these fascinating findings, read the full story here.

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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.