Garden Variety - If your pet loves to chew on garden greens, be
careful that your freshly planted patch isn't full of hidden hazards. Onions, rhubarb
and members of the nightshade family - tomatoes, eggplants and potatoes - can all
send your pet on an unexpected spring trip to the hospital. Protect your pet by
fencing off potentially dangerous plants or choosing less-toxic
Furr-st Response - April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month.
You can't plan for unexpected accidents, but you can be prepared to deal with them
when they arise. To stay ahead of emergencies, take a pet first aid and CPR class,
keep a pet first aid kit at home and in your car (like one of these from Wag'N Enterprises), and protect
your best friend with
Petplan pet insurance.
Green is Good - Providing for your pet doesn't have to tax Mother
Earth. Keep your pets happy and healthy while reducing their environmental impact
by feeding natural, organic food, using biodegradable pet waste bags or litter and
purchasing pet products made from recycled or sustainable materials. Keep a lookout
for even more eco-friendly pet tips in our upcoming Green issue of fetch! magazine, due out in June.
Vets for Pets
(March blogs to boost your pet prowess!)
Thumbs Up! - To dew, or not to dew? That is the question that Kim
Smyth, DVM discusses in this blog post on the debatable subject of dew claw removal.
Learn how dogs and cats use these "thumbs" - and why removing them isn't always
the best idea.
Aye, Chihuahua - There are few breeds as popular to celebrity starlets
and families alike as the Chihuahua. Learn more about this proud Mexican dog breed
and the medical issues Chihuahuas may face on the Petplan pet insurance blog.
Prescription for Disaster - Before you pop your
pet his pills, check the expiration date. Giving your pets expired medications can
lead to inadequate results. See which types of medication Dr. Smyth advises you
keep an eye on in her blog post.
Vernon Hill - Wharton Interview - Petplan Chairman and Wharton
alumnus Vernon Hill was recently interviewed for the Wharton Entrepreneurial Program
about his experience in the banking industry, the keys to success and how he connected
with Petplan CEOs and fellow Wharton alumni Chris and Natasha Ashton. Watch the
Fat Cats - Heavyset pets waddled into the spotlight when
the Wall Street Journal recently spoke to Petplan Veterinary Advisory Board
member and author of Chow Hounds, Dr. Ernie Ward, about pet obesity. Missed
the morning newspaper? Check out the digital version of the article here.
fetch! some prizes - If you didn’t catch the News + Contests in the recent issue of fetch! magazine (Survival issue), we’re
giving away two great gifts to lucky readers. The first is a Travel Safety Kit from
Pet Portables™, which provides an all-in-one solution for your pet travel
needs (and your peace of mind). The kit contains a collar/leash combo, collapsible
bowl, scoop bags, ID card, basic first aid kit and more – all in a sturdy
bag with a luggage tag. For a chance to win this handy travel companion, tell us how you keep your pets safe when you're
on the go. The other prize we're giving away is Dr. Nancy Kay's book, Speaking
for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life.
us how your pet would express himself in words and you could be one of the
five lucky readers to get a free copy!
Eye of the Tiger - Let kitty go wild with the 100% recyclable Tiger Cat Scratcher. Made from 30% recycled material,
this convo-inspiring cat scratcher provides kitty with a fun place to claw and play.
Honestly Good - Looking for a sustainably delicious pet food? The
Honest Kitchen uses only natural, human-grade ingredients in all of their food,
treats and supplements. In addition, all of the company's products are packaged
in a 100% recycled box printed with vegetable-based inks. Try their Keen Dog Food, which uses hormone-free, cage-free
USDA turkey and healthy ingredients like potatoes and organic flax. You can enter
to win a 4-pound box of Keen in the April Story Contest.
Snooze Don't Lose - Going green is fashionable (and more comfortable than riding in a purse) thanks to this
Eco-Friendly Pet Tote
from Snoozer. Designed for small breeds up to 10 pounds and made of recycled burlap for a secure yet comfy ride.
March Poll Results
What's your pet's favorite spring time activity?
Enjoying the new green scenery on walks: 39%
Getting down and dirty in mud puddles: 36%
Tearing up my newly planted flowerbeds: 25%