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As pets can experience more health complications as they age, parents of senior pets can face the potential of hefty veterinary expenses.

When Nicole D. from Chicago* was told that her senior dog needed surgery, her pet health insurance helped ease some of this strain.

Here is her story:

“We took our 9-year-old dog, Lou, to the veterinary hospital for intensive surgery as he needed stones removed from his stomach, as well as a mass on his spine. Because of his age, there was only a 50-50 chance he would make it through the operation. To our relief, he survived and is here with us today to celebrate his 11th birthday! We want to thank ASPCA Pet Health Insurance not only for reimbursing us a good part of our bill, but for also making a traumatic time a little less stressful.”

Keep in mind, once your pet is enrolled with ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, we will never cancel your pet’s coverage because of age or health.

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While older pets still have plenty of love to give, they are often overlooked at shelters in favor of puppies or kittens.

Recently, Jan S. from Cortland, New York*, told us about her decision to adopt a senior cat.

“My neighbor who works at a local animal shelter told me about a cat named Norma who really needed a home. She’s an older kitty and had been at the shelter for 8 months.

I was definitely reluctant at first. Not only do I suffer from allergies, but my Siamese cat had just passed away and I was still grieving. But I eventually gave in, and it turned out to be the best decision I ever made.

Norma is my buddy, my constant companion and the love of my life. Having ASPCA Pet Health Insurance has been such a comfort because, I will do anything to keep her happy and healthy!”

Remember, ASPCA Pet Health Insurance offers coverage for older pets! For initial enrollment in Levels 2, 3 and 4, we accept dogs age 12 and under and cats age 14 and under. That only applies to initial enrollment—we’ll never cancel your pet’s coverage because of age. All pets at least 8 weeks old are eligible for Level 1 accident-only coverage.

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November is the ASPCA’s Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month!

If you’re thinking about adding a furry member to your family, consider a senior dog or cat. Here are a few (of the many!) reasons why, from our friends at the ASPCA:

Reason #1: Match personalities.
Dogs and cats in their golden years have fully developed personalities, which makes it easy to determine whether they’ll mesh with your household’s current inhabitants.

Reason #2: Skip stressful housetraining.
Unlike kittens that sleep or play in their litter boxes, older cats only use it for its intended purpose and are more fastidious about grooming afterward. Likewise, older dogs often know how to ask to be let outside and are less likely to have an accident.

Reason #3: Keep household items protected.
Senior pets have calmer temperaments and are less destructive around the house. They’ve been around long enough to learn the difference between what is, and what isn’t, acceptable to chew, shred or bury in the backyard.

Reason #4: Gain an instant cuddle buddy.
While a young dog or cat’s high energy levels demand lots of activity and exercise, senior pets often prefer cuddling with their pet parents. Although playtime is still a must, the best part of the day is naptime, and they're often more than willing to share the experience.

Reason #5: Save a life!
While older dogs and cats still have plenty of love to give, they are often overlooked in favor of puppies or kittens. Check with your local shelter as many waive adoption fees for pets in their golden years.

Additionally, ASPCA Pet Health Insurance wants to help keep your new senior companion healthy and happy. That is why we offer coverage for older pets.

For initial enrollment in Levels 2, 3 and 4, we accept dogs age 12 and under and cats age 14 and under. That only applies to initial enrollment—we’ll never cancel your pet’s coverage because of age.  All pets at least 8 weeks old are eligible for Level 1 accident-only coverage.

For more information about our coverage, please call 1-866-861-9092.

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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!

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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.