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Have Pet, Will Travel - January 2 was National Pet Travel Safety Day. Statistics show 91% of pet parents planned to travel with their pets in 2011, and there's no reason not to expect that trend to continue well into the New Year. If you're planning to take your pet along for the ride, check out the helpful resources at PetTravel.com, the worldwide travel resource for pets, before you go. And don't forget your pet health certificate!
Bitter Freeze - A new Maryland law went into effect on January 1 to help decrease the number of pets who suffer from antifreeze poisoning each year. The new law requires a bitter-tasting additive be incorporated to deter pets from ingesting the usually sweet-tasting toxin. There are 17 states that have enacted such laws, including: Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. To learn how antifreeze can affect your pet, read Dr. Kim Smyth's blog on common household toxins, here.
Blood Will Tell - A blood test developed for dogs may one day assist in treating infections in their two-legged counterparts, as well. A veterinarian at the University of Missouri has identified a blood biomarker that is a good indication of the presence of infection. The test can help diagnose pet infections in about a third of the time it usually takes, leading to quicker diagnosis and treatment for our furry friends. And because our body systems are so similar, the test may eventually help everyone in the family!
Treat Smarter in 2012 - One of the easiest ways to help your pets stick to their New Year's resolution to drop the pounds is to treat them smarter. Below are just a few of the natural, healthy snacks you can swap out in place of sugar-filled commercial snacks to help your pet battle the bulge:
||2-3 calories per carrot
|Stringless sugar snap peas
||2 calories per pea
||1 calorie per ¼" slice
||3-5 calories per spear
||6 calories per 7-8" stalk
||31 calories per cup
For more healthy snack ideas, recipes and nutrition advice for furry friends, check out Dr. Ernie Ward's "Chow Down" feature in every issue of fetch! magazine.
Recipe from Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs are Getting Fatter - a Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives (2010 HCI).
Rescue Rewind - The HSUS cared for more than 57,000 animals in the first three quarters of 2011 alone, and recently helped rescue more than 100 dogs from a Mississippi hoarder who was keeping them in deplorable conditions. The HSUS was aided by efforts from the Starkville Police Department Animal Control, Waveland Animal Shelter, Rankin County Sheriff's Department, and the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Shelter Medicine Program, who all chipped in to help these best friends. Even PetSmart Charities® donated food and sheltering supplies to the rescue efforts! Learn more about the recent rescue and all of the work done by The HSUS at their website.
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The information contained in this website is for illustrative purposes only and coverage under any pet insurance policy is expressly subject to the conditions, restrictions, limitations, exclusions and terms of the policy documentation issued by the insurer. Availability of this program is subject to each state's approval and coverage may vary by state. Pet insurance policies are issued by AGCS Marine Insurance Company and administered by Fetch Insurance Services, LLC (Fetch Insurance Agency, LLC in Michigan) d/b/a Petplan (Petplan Insurance Agency, LLC in California. AGCS Marine Insurance Company, a member of the Allianz Group, is rated A+ by A.M. Best (2010).