Outta Site, Outta Mind - You may not like to leave the litter box in plain sight, but it's important to keep an eye on the action that takes place there. Cats are excellent at hiding ailments, but their litter boxes don't lie and can provide early clues to kitty health problems. Increased volumes of urine or increased size in urine clumps could indicate renal problems, especially if accompanied by increased thirst. Likewise, changes in stool could indicate parasites, dietary problems or even disease. If you notice anything odd, consult your veterinarian.
The Buzz Around Town - Some parts of the country are reporting higher mosquito populations than normal this summer, especially those areas hard-hit by flooding or storms. Mosquitoes spell trouble for pets because they can spread heartworm, a deadly disease in best friends. Make sure your pets are protected against heartworm with a monthly preventative and avoid exposing your pet to swampy areas plagued by biting insects for added safety.
Hard Cold Truth - Ice is a popular and low-cost summer treat for pets, but it comes with a chilly warning: hard ice cubes can chip or crack sensitive teeth, or even cause painful cuts in the gums. A cool solution? Homemade “hospital ice.” If your pet enjoys icy treats, play it safe and crush the ice into tiny, mouth-safe pieces first, or set your fridge’s ice maker on “shaved ice” and fill up a bowl with a frosty treat.
Vets for Pets
(July blogs to boost your pet prowess!)
Brand New Blog - Getting your paws wet with the latest pet health news has never been easier thanks to the new and improved Petplan blog. From expert profiles to expanded commenting and sharing features, our brand new blog helps keeps you - and your pet's health - in the conversation at the dog park.
The Road Less Traveled - Summer vacations are always more fun when they incorporate the whole family (four-leggers included), but traveling with pets comes with unique challenges. Before your next adventure, check out Dr. Nina Mantione's latest tips to make your next family trip a success.
Welcome to the Club - The American Kennel Club recently welcomed three new dog breeds to its list of registered dog breeds: The American English Coonhound, the Finnish Lapphund and the Cesky Terrier. Learn more about these newly registered breeds before you see them at Westminster in this post by Dr. Smyth for the Petplan pet insurance blog.
Pet Lovers Wanted - Our family is growing! Due to our unprecedented growth, Petplan, America's #1 rated pet insurance provider, is looking to add two web developers and a Happiness Manager to join our rapidly growing team in our Philadelphia Headquarters. If you've got a love for technology or customer service that is only rivaled by your love for pets, we want to hear from you!
.NET Software Engineer - This selected candidate will be responsible for developing new web-based applications and implementing software improvements to the systems, including the development and enhancement of the company's existing platforms and other applications, in addition to other responsibilities. Minimum of a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science or related field and three or more years of experience in web application development required. Learn more about this position.
Front End Web Developer - The Web Developer will interact with content authors, editors, project managers, and technology staff in designing, developing and maintaining high quality electronic products such as websites, e-mail newsletters, e-mail marketing messages and other digital media, in addition to other responsibilities. Bachelor's Degree in Web Development, Interactive Media, Graphic Design or related field and three years related experience required. Learn more about this position.
Happiness Manager - As a Happiness Manager, you'll bark with pet parents to provide information in response to inquiries about products and services, as well as handle customer service inquiries, ranging from billing issues to claims. If you're a passionate pet lover with a willingness to get your paws wet in the animal health market, a diverse experience (and your own personal candy jar) awaits you at Petplan! Interested candidates should have excellent communication skills, a relentless attention to detail and be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. A Bachelor's degree and two years of experience in a call center is preferred, but not required (a sense of humor, however, is non-negotiable). Learn more about this position.
Man's Best Friend Overboard - If your hound is water-bound, pack this fun, floating doggie life preserver toy, perfect for a fetching good time at the pool or lake.
Soft Shell Crab - Even summer nights at the beach can get cool. Keep your pet comfortably “crabby” and warm with this terry crab hoodie from Martha Stewart Pets™ (bonus: doubles as a Halloween outfit!)
Give a Dog a Bone - Or better yet, a bone pool! This 85-gallon bone-shaped pool keeps Fido cool and makes a great display for doggie lawn paw-ties.