If you are planning a trip with your pet north across the border, AAA has some tips to help make your crossing a bit smoother.  

Also, don’t forget you can visit any licensed veterinarian in Canada as well as in the US with your ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan!

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In our November Customer Newsletter, we addressed some issues that can come up when you bring your pet along on holiday visits. But what if you can’t decide whether to take your pet or not? Here are a few factors to consider. 

Your pet: If your pet is the type that acts out when you’re away, consider bringing your furry friend with you. If your pet doesn’t adjust easily to or behave well in new environments, it may be best to leave him or her behind with a pet sitter.

Your host: Make sure your host is OK with a fuzzy guest. Ask if anyone has allergies or is uncomfortable around dogs or cats, and see if there’s anything you can do to help those situations. Also, find out if there are any other pets in the home, and determine the best way to make introductions.

And let’s not forget you: If you’ll be nervous leaving your pet in the care of others, you may want your pal as a travel companion. On the flip side, if taking your pet will heighten your anxiety, leaving him or her with a friend, a pet sitter or at a kennel may be best.

Whatever you decide, remember to take a moment during the hectic holiday season to appreciate the bond you share together. Happy holidays!

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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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The holidays are a special time to spend with loved ones—including your family pets. And with a few extra preparations, you can help your pets safely join the festivities no matter where you travel.

One of the most important steps is to make sure your pet is covered by pet insurance before you head out the door. If any unexpected accidents or illnesses happen along the way, ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans cover visits to any licensed veterinarian in the U.S. or Canada, including emergency clinics and specialists.

Additionally, with new travel assistance services available with ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans, pet parents have even more help when they’re traveling with their pets. Our plans are the first and only ones to come with travel assistance services for pets.

Read more here about the new travel assistance services, as well as tips for traveling with your pet.

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Boarding Your Pet

The holidays can be a time for travelling to visit with family and friends, but it’s not always possible or practical to bring your pet with you. If you’re considering boarding your pet, here are a few tips to help.

• Be sure to visit and carefully inspect any potential boarding facilities, even if you have a good reference.
• Ask them about diet provisions, exercise routines, affiliations with veterinarians, and staff qualifications.
• Check references from other clients and consider asking local veterinarians about the facility’s reputation.

If you bring your pet along on your travels, remember you can use any licensed veterinarian in the US or Canada with our plans. This way, you can be covered even if your pet needs care on the road. View your plan for details.

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The holidays can be a confusing time for companion animals. The house is filled with smells of food they are not allowed to taste, a tree they are not allowed to climb and a collection of brightly wrapped boxes they are not allowed to chew. It’s enough to put even the best-behaved pet onto the naughty list!

While there are things you should watch out for to keep your pets safe during the holidays—such as tinsel and sweets—you can also include your feline and canine loved ones in pet-friendly variations of the season’s most time-honored traditions.

Here are 3 tips from our friends at the ASPCA® about how to include your pets in the holiday fun.

Tip #1: Deck the halls with chew toys and catnip.
With all the presents being exchanged, it only makes sense that your dog or cat receives a gift of their own. Get creative this year and make a homemade present to keep them busy! Follow these DIY instructions from the ASPCA to make a catnip toy for your cat. For dogs, you can make biscuits they’re sure to love. If you’re not the DIY type, some safe holiday options include puzzle toys stuffed with healthy foods for pooches and interactive cat dancers and stuffed catnip toys for kitties. Read more holiday safety tips from the ASPCA.

Tip #2: Include the party animals!
If you’re having a seasonal soirée, let your pets mix and mingle with your guests. While you’re busy with hosting duties, designate a close family member or friend to keep track of your pets to ensure they are getting the attention they need and avoiding any trouble spots like the tree. If your pets are not social butterflies, give them a spot of their own to relax in that is away from all the commotion. Stock the area with food, water, familiar toys, a litter box for cats and a comfortable place to sleep.

Tip #3: Bring your pets along for the ride.
They say home is where the heart is, but in the case of your loyal feline or canine companions, home is where you are! Consider bringing your pets along with you on your holiday visits, rather than boarding them. Follow these car travel trips from the ASPCA® experts:

•  Bring along a piece of home, like your pet’s favorite floor cushion or toy, to make the trip more comfortable.

•  Three to four hours before hitting the road, serve your pet a light meal to hold them over until you arrive at your final destination.

•  Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and an ID tag with your usual contact information. Also, consider adding a temporary travel tag to their collar that includes your cell phone, destination phone number or any other relevant details.

•  Take plenty of bottled or tap water from home for your pet as drinking water they are not used to could result in an upset stomach.

•  Make sure your cat is in a safely secured carrier. Dogs will need to be in a crate or secured with a safety harness if they’re riding in a seat.

Traveling by air? Check out these tips for safe air travel with your pet.

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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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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.