Nutrition and Your Pet

Essential H20
Did you know that water is the number one nutrient for your pet – even more important than protein? Water makes up 60 to 70% of an adult pet’s body weight. Although your pet gets some hydration from wet and even dry food, make sure there’s always plenty of fresh water in reach.

Two a Days
You should talk to your veterinarian about how often and what kinds of food to feed your pet, but the ASPCA suggests pets get two square meals a day. Offering portioned servings at specific times, rather than letting your pet graze freely can help prevent weight gain.

Holiday No-no’s
Holiday cookies are a tasty treat for us, but can harm your pet, especially if they have chocolate, raisins, or nuts in them. You should also avoid feeding your pet fatty or spicy foods, which can cause tummy upset. And never offer real bones, since they can splinter and hurt your pet.

If your pet does gobble something down they shouldn’t, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center can help at 1-888-426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may apply, 80% of which is covered by ASPCA Pet Health Insurance.

Learn more about pet nutrition, including special considerations for young and senior pets at our blog. The ASPCA also has lots of information about harmful foods and feeding tips in the Pet Care section of their website.

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After an indulgent holiday season, many of us are eager to hit the gym and drop a few pounds. Now some dogs can join their parents in this annual ritual.

Opened in 2010 in Scottsdale, Ariz., Arizona Dog Sports is a 5,500-sq.-ft. indoor workout facility designed especially for dogs. The gym has tunnels, jumps and hoops for dogs to race through by themselves or with a play group.

The gym’s founder, Layne Kizler, formerly managed a retail store catering to active pets and their parents. According to the Arizona Republic, she came up with the idea for a dog-centric indoor workout facility after hearing a number of trainers talk about the need for one, especially during the scorching summer months.

In addition to the indoor gym, Arizona Dog Sports offers a variety of specialized programs such as obedience training, Puppy Kindergarten, Biggest Shedders Weight-Loss Program and even Doga (yoga for dogs).

Recently, the gym has been attracting a lot of first-time pet parents who are interested in manner classes, with lessons such as teaching a dog to stay quiet when the doorbell rings. These sessions are aimed at keeping the new dog and the pet parent together for the long-term.

For more information on Arizona Dog Sports, visit

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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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