Scottish Terrier sitting on deck

“Roddy, my 13-year-old Scottish Terrier, has played on the beach since he was a puppy. He especially loves to chase soccer balls with children. One day a group of men were playing bocce and, having no idea that bocce balls are extremely heavy, Roddy swooped in, grabbed one and took off down the beach. In doing so, he broke a big molar. The broken tooth was removed under general anesthesia by breaking it into pieces and surgically removing them. Roddy came through the procedure fine, but the veterinary bills were in the hundreds of dollars. Roddy’s ordeal was a lot less painful for me with his ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan covering most of the bill!” –Brooke R., Gloucester, MA

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Min Pin sitting

“My daughter was visiting, and we were about to go for a walk. Typically, Vinnie will sit at the door waiting for a leash to be a clipped before he would go, but this time the door was slightly opened. He darted straight out after a cat across the street. In a blink, he had crossed the street, chasing the cat into the path of an oncoming vehicle with him just behind. The cat made it, but the vehicle clipped Vinnie. We scooped him up and took him to the emergency veterinary hospital. Luckily, there were no broken bones, just road rash in several places and a bleeding nail bed. I was so glad I had taken the time to invest in an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for Vinnie.” –Audrey P., San Jose, CA

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Dog running on grass

“I set a box of canned cat food inside the door, and I came back to find two cans mutilated and empty. Charlie, my dog, had lacerated his palate chewing the cans open. He then vomited for a day or two after that, but was luckily able to pass the metal remnants. We watched him carefully for any other signs of damage, and he is doing well today. It is such a help having an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan, and I preach its benefits to others.” –Sam G., Carson City, NV

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Chihuahua laying on a pillow

“I was changing the batteries in the smoke alarm, and it triggered all the other alarms to beep. Louis was so scared that he jumped off the second floor balcony. I found him limping outside. He was a very lucky dog and only suffered a sprain. We had gotten an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for such emergencies, and we were glad to have it. An extra fence has been put up on the balcony to help prevent this from ever happening again.” -Chloe B., Woodstock, VT

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German Wirehaired Pointer smiling

“Mercury is 8 years old, but he still gets hungry for the unusual. I had a sequined blouse hanging on a hanger on a doorknob, and he devoured the front half of the shirt. We rushed him to our veterinarian. They took an X-ray and found that he would need surgery to remove the blouse. During the surgery, our veterinarian found a tumor on Mercury’s kidney and removed it right away. It was good that we an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for Mercury! He is now happy and healthy again.” -Melanie R., Willows, CA

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Golden Retriever laying with a tennis ball

“Otis jumped out of an open window to chase a group of wild turkeys that often go through our yard. Otis landed on his behind and froze. I picked him up and took him straight to the veterinary emergency clinic. I noticed that he was bleeding while we were in the waiting room. The deep puncture probably came from landing on a rock. There was also quite a bit of swelling that had to come down before X-rays could be done. 

After a long recovery, Otis is wagging and chasing his tail again. I am happy to have an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for Otis, especially for the unexpected.” -Avery N., Morris, CT

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French Bulldog laying on a blanket

“I was over at a friend’s house, and we were playing a little game of kick ball gently in the living room using a yoga ball. The ball went directly into the face of Sally, my French Bulldog, and her eye turned red and puffy. Our veterinarian discovered that the accident had caused a corneal ulcer. It took a week for Sally to recover, and we are much more careful around balls.

Our ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan has helped out a lot, and I wish that I had gotten it sooner. I could have used it for usual puppy things and the time Sally stepped on a bee.” -Cara P., Bridgeville, CA

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“My daughter was visiting, and we were about to go out. Typically, Vinnie will sit at the door waiting for a leash to be a clipped before he would go, but this time the door was slightly opened. He darted straight out after a cat across the street. In a blink, he had crossed the street, chasing the cat into the path of an oncoming vehicle with him just behind. The cat made it, but the vehicle clipped Vinnie. We scooped him up and took him to the emergency veterinary clinic. Luckily, there were no broken bones, just road rash in several places and a bleeding nail bed. I was so glad I had taken the time to invest in an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for Vinnie.” -Audrey P., San Jose, CA

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Dog on a cushion

"Our Chihuahua, Sophie Marie, was frantically looking for the stool she uses to get on and off on the bed, and I leaned over to show her were it was. We bumped heads, and Sophie Marie fell backward. She first hit the stool and then the floor. The next morning she showed signs of lameness, and I took her to her veterinarian. Our collision caused a sprain that kept Sophie Marie from her regular activity for 4 to 5 weeks. It was hard to keep her still for that long, but Sophie Marie is now back to normal." -Linda D., Medford, NJ

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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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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

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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.