Gum Up - 2011 statistics from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center show that xylitol poisoning in pets is on the rise, with a 73% increase in xylitol-poisoning related calls since 2007. With March being Poison Prevention Awareness Month, it is a great time to remind your family members of the household items that are poisonous to your pets, such as xylitol (common in sugar-free gum and candy), raisins, chocolate, human medications, pesticides, onions and more.
Itching for Spring - If your pets are anything like Petplan Dog-in-Chief Wellington, spring gives you a reason to scratch; with the warmer temperatures and greener grass come pollen and other potential allergies. Seasonal allergies, otherwise known as atopy, are often accompanied by bacterial or fungal infections, so getting an early paw on your pet's seasonal scratch can help avoid more troublesome (and costly) complications down the road. If your pet is showing signs of atopy, schedule a visit with your veterinarian.
Puppy Love - St. Patrick's Day isn't the only festive day worth celebrating in March - there's also a day devoted exclusively to puppies! March 23 is National Puppy Day. If you're interested in adding a new four-legged friend to the family, do your research! Knowing the breed characteristics and potential health problems of the puppy you are interested in can help you decide if they are a good fit for your home. And in honor of those roly-poly, fuzzy cuddle machines, check out our top 10 tips for new pet parents!
Vets for Pets
(February blogs to boost your pet prowess!)
Someone Special - While most veterinarians are generalists, veterinary specialists take your pet's care a step further by becoming experts in a particular field, such as neurology or internal medicine. Learn about the different types of specialists available to assist in your pet's care at the Petplan blog.
No Butts About It - Two-leggers aren't the only species harmed by smoking and secondhand smoke. In this blog post, Petplan veterinarian Dr. Kim Smyth clears the air on how smoking negatively affects the health of your best friend as well.
Brush with Fate - Helping your pet maintain good dental health starts at home with a toothbrush (and patience!). Learn how brushing your pet's pearly whites can help provide health benefits far beyond the gumline in this post from the Petplan blog.
And the Petplan Vet of the Year Award goes to... Congratulations to Dr. Alan Stewart, our Petplan 2012 Vet of the Year! Dr. Stewart, of San Francisco Veterinary Specialists in San Francisco, CA, was chosen for his impact on veterinary medicine, his commitment to providing exceptional care to pets and his exemplary customer service to "wow" pet parents.
Petplan received over 3,000 votes from colleagues, clients, friends and family in support of our 10 semi-finalists, and from that list, the Petplan Vet Awards judging panel selected three finalists, including Dr. Stewart, Dr. Corinne Majeska of Companion Pet Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and Dr. Richard Palmquist of Centinela Animal Hospital in Inglewood, CA. Dr. Stewart (and a guest) will be in attendance at the 2012 World Veterinary Congress in the U.K. in April to accept his award, so stay tuned for the coverage! To learn more about Dr. Stewart and the other finalists selected, visit our 2012 Vet Awards Finalists page.
Open Wide and Say AAHA - Heading to the AAHA Conference in Denver, CO, March 15? Drop by the Petplan booth (#1119) and bark hello to some of our team!
Suds McKenzie - Keep mud and grime away with this handmade vegan, organic cold-processed soap available in a variety of pup-pleasing scents.
Lucky Dog - Help Fido rock the shamrock this St. Patrick's Day with this dirt-dodging Dublin dog collar.
Room with a View - Hepper Pod cat bed offers kitty a cozy, cave-like sanctuary that's high in style and function.
BARC for best friends - In an effort to better inform potential pet parents, the HSUS recently formed a new Dog Breeders Advisory and Resource Council (BARC), with the aim to help consumers recognize the differences between responsible breeders and puppy mills. In partnership with breeders from across the country, The HSUS BARC will work to promote pet adoption and responsible breeding and to educate the public on the ways inhumane puppy mills exploit America's love for furry friends at the expense of unprotected animals. To learn more about BARC, visit The HSUS website.