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World Veterinary Day is this Saturday, April 27, and we'd like to thank veterinarians for all their hard work. Unfortunately, veterinary visits have been declining during tougher economic times, and not all pets are getting the care they need. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to the vet and your pet.

1. Avoid putting off a call or visit.
Veterinarians report seeing pets when they're three days sicker these days.+ That waiting time can make a pet's condition more difficult to treat.

2. Don't rely on "Dr. Google."
The Internet can be useful, but it shouldn't be a substitute for your vet. An exam by a doctor who knows your pet's history can mean more accurate treatment and a better prognosis.

3. Have a backup plan.
Know where to go in case your pet gets hurt or sick after regular clinic hours. Our Veterinary Locator tool can help you find emergency clinics in your area.

Remember, your plan covers visits to any licensed veterinarian in the US or Canada, including emergency clinics as well as specialists.


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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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