"Ninja is our 7-year-old, good natured, gentle, very friendly and intelligent Shar Pei. He is a treasured member of our family who has had several medical issues. In addition to health problems, including mast cell cancer, he has been bitten severely by unleashed dogs we have encountered on our walks over the years. The most recent health scare was a severe bacterial infection that nearly cost him his life. He had to be hospitalized and was critically ill for several weeks. At this time he is on the road to recovery, and I'm thankful for my ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for the rapid and helpful payment on our claim. I am always telling friends and family that it is an excellent pet insurance plan. Thank you, ASPCA Pet Health Insurance!" - Cheryl S., Miami, FL
“I left Zeke alone, and he apparently heard something on the other side of the bedroom door. So he tried chewing through that door! He's 10 years old, and he has never done something like this before. It was not a solid wood door. When I got home, I found the first side had a large hole, and Zeke was working his way through to the other. He had wood chips and splinters on his head, in the skin of his muzzle, and on his mouth, tongue and feet. I was afraid that he had swallowed a large wood piece so I rushed him to the veterinarian. The vet removed all of the splinters and gave him some medication for the pain. I’m definitely a firm advocate of pet insurance, and I recommend ASPCA Pet Health Insurance to others.” – Tessa K., Charleston, WV
“I took Alfalfa outside, and he jetted away to the same spot I thought I had seen a raccoon the day before. I rushed over to pull Alfalfa away, and he briefly got caught in a thorn bush and suffered a big scrape and cut. I took him to the emergency room, where he received treatment and antibiotics. Alfalfa is fine and doesn’t have a scar like I thought he would. He is my child, and I am so glad to have ASPCA Pet Health Insurance for him!” – Rochelle D., Worcester, MA
"My dog, Archie, managed to open a package of 15 individually-wrapped cleaning wipes and ate all of them. After speaking with our veterinarian and animal poison control, we determined that the wipes were not poisonous. We took him to the veterinarian for an X-ray, though, to make sure there wasn’t a blockage. Previously, Archie had destroyed the packaging of three bottles of super glue. We now have our veterinarian and poison control on speed dial! I have always been so pleased with my ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan and have had it for Archie since 2008." - Mary R., Hagerstown, MD
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.
“My dog began bleeding from the nose during the night and I had to rush her to the emergency clinic to save her life. The cost of the emergency treatment was high, but Gizmo's ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan paid a large chunk of the cost. It is very reassuring to know that no matter what time of day my pet needs emergency care, my ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan can help defray the costs.”
- Jodi P., Dallas, TX
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Lose weight. Eat more broccoli. Clean the basement. Every year, we make resolutions that we often don’t keep. This year, why not try something different and make a resolution to keep your pet happy and healthy with these tips from Pet 360? Some of the tips include:
• Schedule Regular Veterinary Visits – Annual checkups are important to keep on top of your pet’s health needs as they grow and age. Make sure you get your pet the wellness care your veterinarian recommends.
• Watch Your Pet’s Weight – When kept at their ideal body weight, pets live longer, healthier lives. They are also at a lower risk for various conditions associated with being overweight.
• Keep An Eye Out For Potential Hazards – It is important to pet-proof your home, as pets can get into all types of accidents indoors. Keep poisons, medications and other unsafe items out of your pet’s reach.
“My dog Scooter had always been healthy and active and never shown any signs of aches or pains. He also hadn’t shown any signs of pain before he suddenly started passing blood. The veterinarian said it was a case of kidney stones, and Scooter had to have emergency surgery. If the operation hadn’t been done right away, they said Scooter could have died. The operation was a success, and Scooter is back to his frisky self. The bill for his treatment was $1,300 and my ASCPA Pet Health Insurance plan paid a large portion, for which Scooter and I are very happy.”
-Allen D., Mesa, AZ
“Jack was only a few weeks old when I bought ASPCA Pet Health insurance for him. As a puppy, he got into everything, and I would get so worried. My husband lost his job, and costly vet bills would have been devastating. I know that if Jack ever needs to go to the veterinarian, my ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan will help me get the care he needs. The representatives are wonderful and so informative, I know they care about each animal. I highly recommend this insurance to everyone. You have insurance for yourself as a safety net, your beloved furry family member should have it, too.”
- Cameron S., Lancaster, PA
We brought you information on feeding a senior cat, now this blog is going to the dogs! Dogs can begin to experience age-related changes such as obesity and arthritis as young as 7 years old. Bone up on feeding tips with this article from our friends at the ASPCA® and learn more about feeding an aging dog!