pet health insurance month

The North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) organizes National Pet Health Insurance Month every September. 

It is a good time to reflect on how important it is to protect our family pets. We’re reminded every day of the special place pets hold in our lives, and it’s our mission to help you care for their health. 

That is why we are asking pet parents like you to enter our Unbreakable Bond Sweepstakes on Facebook for a chance to win a unique gift basket for your dog or cat!

To enter, like us on Facebook and fill out our short entry form.

Prize (value $49.95) courtesy of the ASPCA Pet Health Insurance program. Sweepstakes ends Sept. 29, 2013. No purchase necessary. See official rules.

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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.

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healthy senior dog

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! 

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A dog’s nose can detect many things: when a person is about to have a seizure, the latest news at the fire hydrant down the street, and even your emotions. However, that nifty sniffer can also get you and your pup into some embarrassing situations. If your dog has ever gotten a bit too up-close and personal with a visitor, you know what we mean.

Can you deter inappropriate sniffing? Yes! One way is to give your dog plenty of appropriate smells to savor—like hiding kibble-filled toys for them to find and taking leisurely walks around the neighborhood. If that doesn’t do the trick, we recommend checking out WebVet’s list of "7 Ways To Stop Inappropriate Dog-Sniffing” to help lessen those awkward smelling incidents.

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Did you know that cats should start on a senior diet at 7 years old? Or that older cats have been known to progressively gain weight in spite of eating fewer calories? Cats begin to display age-related changes at between 7 to 12 years old and some of these changes can be controlled with diet.

Check out this article from our friends at the ASPCA© to learn more about feeding an older cat!

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dog breath

Our dogs have some of the biggest, happiest grins we’ve ever seen, but sometimes their breath just about knocks us off our feet! Dental care may help prevent “doggy breath” and this article in DogTime features advice from the American Animal Hospital Association on how to care for your dog’s teeth.

Also, did you know that annual dental cleanings are covered by the Advanced Wellness option available with select ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans? Learn more.

Cat at the veterinarian

Are you looking for a veterinarian for your feline friend? The article, “6 Tips for Choosing the Right Veterinarian for Your Cat,” from Catster offers some good advice about what to look for in a veterinarian for your cat.

You can also check out our Veterinary Locator to find some veterinary practices in your area.

Remember, with ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, you’re free to visit any licensed veterinarian in the US or Canada—even emergency clinics and specialists.

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If you've moved, gotten a new pet, or have a pet that needs specialized treatment, you may need to find a veterinarian. These tips can help:

-Make an office visit. Visit the practice without your pet to see if it's clean, modern, and well-organized

-Talk to the veterinarian. Ask questions and make sure you can communicate well with the veterinarian and staff.

-Check on training. Find out about the veterinarian's training and if the practice is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Our online veterinary locator can help you get started by locating practices in your area. You can also get more tips on finding a veterinarian for dogs or for cats at the ASPCA®'s website. And remember, you can use any licensed veterinarian in the US or Canada with our plans.

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Pet photo - Kid’s Best Friend

We know that pets can be a child's best friend, but did you know dogs and cats can also have health benefits for young children? A new study finds that children exposed to dogs or cats during infancy may actually have less risk of respiratory illnesses during their first year of life.


To learn more about these fascinating findings, read the full story here.

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Pet Speak: Thank You for Protecting My Girl

“My dog Miley is 6 and would love to be a star someday! She's been covered by ASPCA Pet Health Insurance for about 3 years, and for what I pay a month, it has more than paid for itself. Everyone is always nice and helpful. I tell everyone about it. Thank you for protecting my beautiful girl!”

— Lydia K., Nyack, N.Y.

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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!

Meet the Author

Julia H.

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Lucy, a 7-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.