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What’s the first thing you should do before petting a dog you don’t know? If you answered, “Ask the pet parent for permission,” then you are correct! 

While some dogs seem to want to jump straight into your arms, not all pups are that sociable. PawNation offer these tips about petting a dog you don’t know, which can help keep both you and the dog safe.

Also, if you have a dog who seems timid or afraid of people, our friends at the ASPCA® have some great information about what might cause this behavior and how to treat it. 

 

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Following up our post about dogs and snoring, we thought we’d discuss cats who saw logs in their sleep.

According to VetInfo, cats sometimes snore as they experience different levels of sleep just like humans. But some causes of snoring may signal another health problem and require veterinary care.

If you have questions about your feline’s snoring, it’s best to check with your veterinarian to make sure everything’s OK.

Some common causes of cat snoring, according to Pets4Home, include:

Allergies to spores, pollen or other triggers of sensitivity
Normal coughs, colds and snuffles
An upper respiratory tract infection
A foreign body lodged in the back of the throat, such as a blade of grass, a polyp or tumor growing within the nasal passages or throat
Feline asthma, or a narrowing of the airways of the lungs that can cause snoring and other respiratory symptoms
Feline obesity, leading to a partial obstruction of the airways when your cat is asleep 

 

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It’s difficult to think about, but who would take care of your pet if something happened to you?

Choosing to leave funds for the care of your pet after you pass is a personal decision. You can put your pet in your will or set funds aside for the person you have chosen to care for your furry companion.
 
Our friends at the ASPCA® have some helpful advice you should keep in mind when making your decision. 

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We listed the fruits that are safe for your dog in an earlier blog post, now it’s time to talk veggies!

There are plenty of dog-safe vegetables out there and plenty of ways to prepare them.  If you’re looking to give your pooch a healthy snack, Dog Channel has a great list of which vegetables are safe for dogs.

Also, check out our list of harmful foods. If your pet has a poison emergency, the ASPCA® Animal Poison Control Center can help at 1-888-426-4435. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans cover calls to the Animal Poison Control Center.

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One of the biggest behavioral issues pet parents report about  cats is when they don’t keep their business in the litterbox. This reluctance to adhere to the boundaries may be the result of a medical condition, stress or litterbox unhappiness.

If you and your veterinarian rule out a medical condition as a reason for your cat’s misbehavior, these tips from Vetstreet may help you make your cat’s litterbox experience more enjoyable.

Or, if your cat is picky about what fills his/her litterbox, you may also want to check this helpful information from our friends at the ASPCA® about choosing cat litter.

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Have you been woken up in the middle of the night by your dog sawing wood? Or have you had to turn the TV up because your pup’s nasal symphony is drowning out the dialogue? You’re not alone. The most common causes of snoring for dogs are:

     1.   Genetics

     2.   Allergies

     3.  Nasal Obstructions

     4.  Medications

     5. Obesity

Pets Adviser offers some tips on curbing the noise so that your pet (and you!) might enjoy a more restful slumber.

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Babies can baffle our pets, so it is best for you to be well informed before you bring home your new bundle of joy to meet your furry companions. Our friends at the ASPCA® offer some helpful tips on introducing your baby to both your dog and cat.

Additionally, you might want to check out these 5 myths about dogs and babies provided by Petside. One common misconception the article counters is that training begins when your baby comes home. Instead, you should start teaching your dog commands and mixing up your pup’s routine when you find out a baby is on the way to ensure an easier transition for all involved.

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Accidents can happen to our feline friends in the blink of an eye. When emergencies do occur, pet parents may find it difficult to make rational decisions. That’s why it’s so important to have a plan in place before emergencies occur. 

To get started, ask your veterinarian’s advice on creating a plan. Be sure to find the closest animal hospital that provides emergency care and make sure you have your veterinarian’s phone number handy.

Another number to keep close is ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at (888)426-4435. They are available24/7 if you suspect your pet has ingested something hazardous.

Check out this article from our friends at the ASPCA® to learn more about emergency care for your feline friend, such as first aid tips and signs that your cat needs emergency help. 

Remember, ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans cover visits to any licensed veterinarian in the U.S. and Canada, including emergency clinics.

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Keep your pet safe this Valentine’s Day!

Our friends at the ASPCA® have a full list of Valentine’s Day goodiespet parents should watch out for this holiday. For instance, make sure hazardous food, flowers and other holiday items are kept out of paw’s reach.

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winter cat snuggled up by the warm fire place

Did you know that, just like in summer, you shouldn’t leave your pet in a car when it is cold out? Even a short period of time can result in your pet freezing, as cars act like refrigerators during chilly winter months. Here are eight myths about pets and winter care that have been debunked by Carol Bryant of FIDO Friendly magazine.

We also recommend checking out these winter exercise guidelines and cold weather tips from our friends at the ASPCA®. Stay warm!

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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.

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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.