What is your pet's One Wish sweepstakes

If your pet had one wish for the New Year, what would it be? Tell us and you could win a pack full of prizes from the ASPCA® Online Store courtesy of the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance program!

To enter our “One Wish” sweepstakes, like us on Facebook and fill out our short entry form.

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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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Enter for a chance to win a prize for your pet!

Enter our “Paws to Give Thanks” sweepstakes for your chance to win a prize from the ASPCA store – a K9 Treats Party Pack for your dog or a Fling-ama-String for your cat! What better way to show your pets how much you appreciate them this holiday season than to shower them with love, affection and TREATS?

To enter our “Paws to Give Thanks” sweepstakes, visit our Facebook page.

Sweepstakes ends December 5, 2012. No purchase necessary.

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dachsund puppy dressed as a bumble bee for Halloween plays with a toy flower pot

Halloween is right around the corner and do we have some scary claims to share with you! Before you start shaking in your boots, we want to let you know that all these stories have happy endings. But, it is still best to beware this All Hallows Eve so that your pet doesn’t end up in a similar sticky situation!

1. One Halloween night, a 4-year-old Labradoodle ate 20 small bags of M&Ms—wrappers and all! His pet parents rushed him to the veterinarian, where he luckily vomited the chocolate and wrapper remnants later that night without adverse effects.
 
2. Just last October we received a claim for a dog who ingested a clump of fall leaves. The leaves created a blockage, and the dog needed surgery to remove them. The total veterinary bill for this incident was nearly $2,800. That’s a lot of bones!

3. Last year, we received claims for pets who swallowed items like tennis balls, socks, bones, string, corn cobs, pacifiers, pillows, pieces of plastic, rocks, coins, a welcome mat, dog toys, gardening gloves and a hairbrush! We wonder if they are dressing as the Hungry Hungry Hippos this Oct. 31.
 
This Halloween, or any time of year, it’s good to be prepared for the unexpected with pet insurance. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance can help you afford the quality veterinary care your pet needs. After all, you have enough to worry about when your pet is hurt or sick than how you're going to pay the bills.

If your pet ingests a harmful substance, you can call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) at 1-888-426-4435. Calls can include a $65 consultation fee, 90% of which is covered by ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans.
 
The APCC reported that they see a 39% increase in calls involving chocolate exposures in the week surrounding Halloween, compared to the rest of the year.

They also typically see a threefold increase in calls about glow sticks and glow jewelry in the week surrounding Halloween. Luckily, these items are considered to be a low risk for toxicity!

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In honor of National Pet Health Insurance month, we are awarding one lucky winner a first aid kit for their pet from our friends at the ASPCA®! Visit our Facebook page to learn more and enter for your chance to win.

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Congratulations goes out to Jan H. of Iowa! Jan was the winner of a $25 gift certificate in our Fan Appreciation Sweepstakes!

Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more contests, fun pet pictures, and more!

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We want to show our fans how much we appreciate all of you, so we’re awarding one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate! Visit our Facebook page to learn more and enter for your chance to win.

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The Hartville Group, Inc., which with its subsidiary Petsmarketing Insurance.com Agency, Inc. is one of the largest and oldest pet insurance providers in the US, has announced new plans that will expand coverage in the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance program to include 90% reimbursement of eligible veterinary expenses, treatments for hereditary and congenital conditions, and higher per-incident limits, among other new benefits.

To learn more about the new plans and to read the entire press release, please click here.

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In our December newsletter, we had some fun gift ideas for your pet from the ASPCA Online Store. The best part is that 40% of the purchase price goes to support the ASPCA’s lifesaving work! Here are some more to keep in mind as you finish off your holiday shopping.

Dog Toy Stocking
Hang a stocking filled with toys by the fire for your favorite pup.
http://www.aspcaonlinestore.com/products/101562-dog-toy-stocking

Funkitty Egg-cersizer
Give your kitty some exercise with a treat filled toy.
http://www.aspcaonlinestore.com/products/99051-funkitty-egg-cersizer

Busy Buddy Chuckle
Perk up playtime for your pup with a funky treat dispenser.
http://www.aspcaonlinestore.com/products/99001-chuckle
 
Nobbly Wobbly
Give your dog something to chew on with a tough rubber toy.
http://www.aspcaonlinestore.com/products/99251-nobbly-wobbly

FroliCat Bolt
Enjoy playtime with your cat with this innovative laser toy.
http://www.aspcaonlinestore.com/products/99041-frolicat-bolt

But remember, the best gift you can give your pet, and yourself, is the gift of protection! Our pet insurance can help you prepare financially for your pet’s health care costs in 2012 and beyond. Start now with a free quote.

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Make Halloween less spooky with these safety tips

Help make sure Halloween isn’t a scary time for your pet by keeping these tips in mind.

 Candy – Treats are everywhere this time of year, and many can be toxic to pets. Keep bowls of candy out of reach.
• Costumes – Don’t dress your pet up if he or she dislikes it. If your pet doesn’t mind, be sure the costume is comfortable and safe.
• Candles – Avoid using candles as decorations or in jack-o-lanterns. Pets can knock them over, get burned, or start a fire.
 Collar – Be careful your pet doesn’t get out when you open the door, but if he or she does, a collar with ID tag and/or microchip can be very helpful.

Read more Halloween safety tips at the ASPCA’s website.

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ASPCA Happenings | Hartville Group News & Info

WELCOME,
PET PARENTS!

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!

Meet the Author

Julia H.

Social Media Coordinator

Pet Parent to:

Lucy, an 8-year-old rescued Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix

Blog Guidelines

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.