It can be a challenge to tell if your furry friend requires an unplanned visit to the vet since cats and dogs can often hide their pain and discomfort.
Here’s a handy list from Vet Depot of five common, subtle symptoms of illness in pets. As always, check with your veterinarian if you have any questions about your pet.
To celebrate October as Pet Wellness Care Month, we put together a fun quiz about wellness care earlier. Take the rest of the quiz now and see how you do:
4. What should you ask your veterinarian about at a wellness visit?
a) Proper diet and weight
b) Any concerns about your pet
c) Both a and b
d) Nothing – your veterinarian is busy with the exam
c) A wellness visit is a great time to ask questions, especially since your veterinarian can check out problems firsthand. Jot questions down before the visit, so you don’t forget them.
5. Are wellness care visits painful?
c) Your pet may not like going to the veterinarian or being examined, but these check-ups shouldn’t be painful other than a quick vaccination prick or blood draw.
6. Spaying or neutering is part of good wellness care.
a) Spaying or neutering your pet doesn’t only help with overpopulation, it can also improve the health of your pet!
Our friends at the ASPCA recommend at least one wellness visit a year for pets. Plus, ASPCA Pet Health Insurance has two options that can help you afford yearly check-ups as well as vaccines, spaying or neutering, and more.
Start a free quote to learn about coverage available for your pet. If you’re already a customer, you can view your plan online at the Member Center.
A Pet Parent Asks:
I am thinking about upgrading my policy from a Level 3 to a Level 4. What additional benefits can I expect?
ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Answers:
Similar to Level 3, Level 4 covers treatments for accidents, illness and essential wellness care, such as:
• Prescription medications
• Diagnostic procedures
• Lab tests
• Spaying / neutering
• Annual physical exam
• Coronavirus vaccine
• Rabies vaccine
• Canine and feline distemper combo vaccine
• Fecal test
• Heartworm test
Level 4 then adds deluxe wellness care, which covers many more preventive treatments. Some of the additional items include:
• Boosters for puppies and kittens
• Lyme and Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines
• Feline infectious peritonitis vaccine
• Feline Leukemia vaccines and test
• Flea and heartworm preventive medication
Another big benefit of Level 4 is coverage for an annual dental cleaning. This is really helpful because preventive dental care is so important. In fact, the American Veterinary Dental Society estimates that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3.
Learn more about all of our levels.
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