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In addition to keeping your pet away from harmful treats, like chocolate and candy containing xylitol, here are a few more safety tips from our friends at the ASPCA®:

• Be careful your pet doesn't scoot out when you answer the door for trick-or-treaters. You may want to keep him or her in a separate room during peak hours.
• Consider using battery powered "candles" to light up your jack-o-lanterns. Curious pets can get burned or knock real candles over and start a fire.
• Pumpkins are considered non-toxic, but they can still cause tummy upset if your pet takes a bite. Keep them safely out of pet's reach.

Read more safety tips on our website

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In honor of National Animal Safety and Prevention Month, we offered pointers for dealing with a found pet in our October Pet Matters newsletter. But what if you’ve gotten the pet safely into your home or at a shelter, but the pet parents can’t be found?

Here are a few suggestions to get the word out:

• Paper the town. Hang up flyers at nearby businesses, like grocery stores and pharmacies. Be sure to ask permission from the owners first. 

• Cast a social net. Post a photo and description of the pet on Facebook and Twitter, and ask your friends to spread the word. 

• Place an ad. Put an ad in your local print or online newspapers. Some publications may run the ad at no cost to you.

If you still can’t find the pet parents and are interested in keeping the pet, talk to your local shelter or humane association for information on the laws and process in your area.

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Vet visits can be stressful for cats, especially if they're not used to leaving the comforts of home. These tips can help make the next visit easier for your kitty.

Get your cat used to the carrier by leaving it open in your house.
Take your cat for rides in the carrier to other places besides the vet.
Bring along your cat's favorite treats, toys and blanket.
Reward good behavior at the vet with praise, treats and petting.
Stay calm during the exam to encourage the same from your cat.

If your cat (or dog) has an extreme dislike of veterinary visits, talk to your vet about techniques that might make future visits more relaxing.

 

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We just can't get enough of adorable pet pictures - but who can?

Taking photos of our furry friends can be just as fun as looking at them, and these tips can help you snap a perfect moment in time.

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Some dogs get the treat of a car ride most days, while others may only ride along for special trips to the veterinarian or park. Regardless of how often your pup gets to ride shotgun, Dog Care Journey has some important tips you should read before hitting the road.

If you’re planning an extended journey with your dog, our friends at the ASPCA® have a great checklist available with all sorts of travel tips. They also have information available if your furry friend is afraid of riding in cars.

Safe travels!

 

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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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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, an 8-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.