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February 2013

Pet Health Matters - Monthly Pet News from ASPCA Pet Health Insurance
Love is in the air this month...

We're big fans of a good love story, and we want to hear how you fell for your pet. Share your story in our sweepstakes on Facebook for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. Was it love at first sight? Or did it take a while for your pet to sweep you off your feet?

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Sweepstakes ends Feb. 28, 2013. No purchase necessary. See official rules.

Pet Meet Pet

Are you adding a furry friend to the family? Maybe you've met your human love match and need to combine pet households. It can take time and patience, but even cats and dogs have been known to live happily ever after. Here a few tips to help:

Dog plus dog — Keep initial interactions short and supervised. Watch for signs of aggression and separate them if you sense trouble. Praise and reward them when they get along well.

Cat plus cat — Take a staged approach and keep them in separate rooms at first. Once they get used to hearing and smelling each other, let them spend time together under your supervision.

Cat plus dog — Make the introduction as stress-free as possible. For instance, consider keeping an energetic dog on a leash. Let the cat set the pace, and never force interaction.

Don't hesitate to ask your veterinarian or an animal behaviorist for advice on your specific situation. You can also find more suggestions from our friends at the ASPCA® on bringing together dogs and dogs, cats and cats or cats and dogs.

If you have any advice or interesting stories about getting two pets to get along, share them with other ASPCA Pet Health Insurance pet parents on Facebook.

Recently Fetched

We're very happy we are able to help Briggs pet parent get him the care he needs to treat his Addison's disease. And, Briggs looks mighty happy to have such a loving pet parent!

Meredith U. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance

At the end of May my dog, Briggs, began having what we thought were gastrointestinal issues. Several weeks and several vet visits later, he was tested for Addison's disease, known commonly as the 'Great Pretender.' Thanks to our ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan, much of the diagnostic costs were covered. The diagnosis saved his life, as he had gone into an Addisonian crisis, where his body started to shutdown from not being able to deal with stress. I am so thankful for our vets and their knowledge, but also for our ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for continuing to make our journey with Addison's as painless financially as possible! Thank you!

Pet Speak: A Customer's Story*

“Your pets become your children, and you would do and pay anything to get them well! So when our dogs Jimmy and Dane came into our lives, we knew we wanted ASPCA Pet Health Insurance for them.

When Jimmy was about 8 months old, we noticed he didn't seem well. The vet discovered he had a blockage in his belly. Jimmy had to have surgery to remove part of a toy he must have swallowed.

Our plan really helped out, and it keeps helping not just with emergencies, but with regular wellness care too. I tell everyone I know who gets a new pet to look into ASPCA Pet Health Insurance.”

— Jane S., Ann Arbor, MI

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Are kids and pets a match?

Having a pet in the family is a personal choice, of course, but children can benefit from pets in many ways. In addition to being lots of fun, pets can also:

  • Provide a source of emotional and physical comfort

  • Help boost a child's confidence and self-esteem

  • Support a connection to nature and a respect for living things

  • Promote exercise with walks outside or interactive games

  • Teach responsibility, especially to older kids who can help care for a pet

Browse the ASPCA® Guide to Kids and Pets at the ASPCA's website for more information.

Indoor Pet Fun

Stuck inside? That doesn't mean you can't have fun with your pet! Hide treats around the house and prompt your pet to find them. If you have kids, you can get them involved with either the hiding or the finding.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

In addition to brushing your pet's teeth regularly and scheduling dental exams, you should take care to prevent tooth fractures in your pet. Tooth fractures are one of the most common accident claims we see for pets. Be sure to ask your veterinarian for dental advice for your pet.

Get a Form

Download claim forms easily at the Member Center.

Member Center

Wondering about the status of a claim? Need to update information? Visit the Member Center.

Multiple Pet Discount

Learn about our multiple pet discount to protect all the pets in your family. Call 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

Did we help you and your pet last year? Share your story and it may be featured on Facebook.

Tell a Friend

Make sure your friends know how we can help them manage their vet bills in 2013. Tell them now.

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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 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.

This is not a complete description of all coverage terms, conditions, and limitations; see your plan for a full description. Issuance of coverage is subject to underwriting. Discounts are subject to eligibility requirements. Specific products, features, and discounts may vary and may not be available in all states. Rates and coverage subject to change.

ASPCA Pet Health Insurance is underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company and administered by Petsmarketing Agency, Inc., a subsidiary of the Hartville Group, Inc. ASPCA does not offer insurance. Through a strategic licensing agreement, in exchange for use of ASPCA trademarks, the ASPCA is paid a royalty fee of up to 10% of the purchase price, with a minimum of $1.95 million to be recognized over at least three years.

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