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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Pet Health Insurance Headlines

Human medications rank No. 1 among pet toxins as the most common cause for calls to the ASPCA®’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) for the third consecutive year, according to a list published by the ASPCA.

The APCC received more than 167,000 calls in 2010 concerning pets exposed to potentially hazardous substances. About 25% of those calls were for pets who accidentally consumed human medications. The biggest culprits in this category include ibuprofen, aspirin, acetaminophen, antidepressants and ADHD medications. Often, mishaps like this occur when pets grab an interesting looking bottle off a counter or eat pills dropped on the floor.

Insecticides, rodenticides, people food that’s unsafe for pets and veterinary medications were also top causes for calls to the APCC last year. For the complete list of top pet toxins, visit the ASPCA website.

Remember, if your pet ingests something hazardous, the ASPCA’s 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. If you have any questions about your coverage, you can view your plan at the Member Center or call 1-866-204-6764.

Later this month, we’ll share tips to keep your pets safe in honor of National Poison Prevention Week, March 20 to 26.

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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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Lucy, a 7-year-old rescued Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix

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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.

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.