March 2013

Pet Health Matters - Monthly Pet News from ASPCA Pet Health Insurance
March 23 is National Puppy Day!

It's all about puppy love this month, and what's not to love about those precious little faces and sweet wet kisses? As cute as they are, those curious and energetic fuzz balls can seemingly get into everything, but the tips below can help — and they're useful for grown-up pets, too.

Baby of Mine

To celebrate the holiday, we're asking you to post a 'baby' photo of your furry friend to our Facebook page! We'll be collecting the photos for an album commemorating our pets' younger years.

Practice smart pet-proofing. Make sure your home is safe for your puppy and any other pets in your family. For instance, tape down loose cords, store household chemicals securely and remove potentially poisonous plants.

Provide pet-safe toys. Chewing is normal for puppies as well as older dogs. Put away anything you don't want chomped on or that could pose a choking threat. Offer chew toys designed for dogs to help satisfy their urge to gnaw.

Be commanding. Start teaching your pup basic commands as early as possible. These include "Sit," "Stay," "Come," "Down," "Heel," "Off" and "Leave it." Use bits of food and lots of praise to reward your pet for complying.

Online Pet Safety Guide

Don't miss our 101 Things You Didn't Know Could Harm Your Pet website. It's a great resource for learning about what could harm pets of any age. Share it with your pet-loving friends! See the Guide.

A Sweet Treat for Your Pup

Treat your puppy or dog to this tasty and easy to make snack.

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. flour

  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter

  • 12 oz. of yogurt
    (with no artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to dogs)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine ingredients and let set for five minutes. Form small balls and place in a muffin pan. Bake for around 20 minutes. Let cool, then share with your pup!

Recently Fetched

We heard some great love stories about how other pet parents met their pets last month. Kathy M. shared this adorable photo of her two cats and praised the special relationship they share. Brenda W. told our Facebook fans the remarkable story about her Miniature Pinscher, who saved a starving week-old kitten from the cold. Now a year old, the little kitten is a happy member of the family.

Pet Speak: A Customer's Story*

“My Pomeranian puppy, Ginger, crawled under the bed at bedtime. Just before I turned the light off, she bit into the electrical cord. The light flickered and she was upside down with paws in the air. I pulled the cord out of the wall, and she went limp.

I drove Ginger to the veterinary hospital not sure if she would make it. They kept her overnight and by the next day she was doing better. My ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan was quick to reimburse me, and a representative even called to see how my baby was doing!”

— Lynne C., San Diego, CA

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Can you train a cat?

Absolutely! It can take a lot of patience and perseverance, but you can teach even an old cat new tricks, like sitting or waving. Here are a few tips to help:

  • Offer tasty rewards.
    Pick a treat your cat can't resist, such as pieces of cooked chicken or tuna. Let your feline sniff it then guide him or her through the trick.

  • Try a clicker.
    Use a clicker or end of a pen to make a clicking noise the instant your cat succeeds. This can help your kitty catch on quicker.

  • Never punish.
    Persuasion is the key to training a cat. Punishment will only drive your kitty away. Be patient and keep at it.

You can even train a cat to walk on a leash with a harness designed for felines. Learn how with this guide from our friends at the ASPCA®.

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Member Center

Check on your claims, update information or see plan details at the Member Center.

Multiple Pet Discount

New pet? Find out about our multiple pet discount by calling us at 1-866-204-6764.

Photo Friday

Send us a photo of your pet showing off and it might show up on our blog and Facebook for Photo Friday!

Share Your Story

We'd love to hear if we've helped your pet. Share your story and it may be featured on Facebook.

Tell a Friend

Let your friends know how we can help them care for their pets. Tell them now.


Conditions discussed in this e-newsletter are not necessarily covered by every ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. Please review your individual policy for specifics by visiting the Member Center online at www.aspcapetinsurance.com or call our customer service line at 1-866-204-6764.

This newsletter is not intended to provide advice on individual pet health or behavioral matters or to substitute for consultation with a veterinary doctor.

*While the above testimonial may include examples of recent claim payouts, reimbursement is subject to the terms and conditions of your plan. Identifying information has been changed.

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