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Feeling green? Help plant seeds of pet health knowledge as far as your garden grows with these May pet health tips!

Nipped in the Bud - May 19-25 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Best friends may bite for several reasons, including fear, pain and poor socialization. Follow these simple tips to prevent accidental dog bites from family pets or dog park buddies.

Heart(worm) of the Matter - Warmer months mean more time outdoors, and therefore a greater risk of heartworm, a potentially fatal disease spread by mosquitos. But what about pets who stay inside? Only 4 percent of cat parents protect their feline family members with heartworm preventatives, yet roughly 25 percent of heartworm-positive cats are considered “indoor only.” To be safe, talk to your veterinarian about protecting your entire four-legged family with a monthly heartworm preventive.

Scratching at the Surface - April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring a host of problems for pets who suffer from spring allergies. Pets prone to inhaled allergies (called atopy) are sensitive to common spring substances like pollen, which can lead to itchy skin, watery eyes and sneezing. Luckily, there are several options for treating allergies in pets, ranging from antihistamines to oral medications and topical therapies, all of which are eligible for coverage with a dog insurance or cat insurance policy from Petplan. If you notice your pet feeling scratchy this season, schedule a trip to the vet for a check-up!


Vets for Pets

(April blogs to boost your pet prowess!)


In Case of Emergency - When unexpected accidents or injuries strike, don’t fall to pieces in front of your furry family members. Assess the situation and react appropriately with these pet first aid tips from Petplan pet insurance staff veterinarian Rebecca Jackson.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie - For some, sharing the covers with a canine or kitty family member can mean lost sleep, but for others, the companionship and security are priceless. Petplan pet insurance staff veterinarian Kim Smyth explains in this blog post on pets in the bed.

A Frog in the Throat - Before you let your pets tangle with outdoor toads, learn why it could lead to toxic trouble at the Vets for Pets blog.
Press to Impress - Petplan 2013 Vet Awards Practice Manager of the Year, Suzanne Cross, recently spoke to Buffalo Business First about her award and why Brighton-Eggert Animal Clinic recommends veterinary pet insurance from Petplan for their furry clients. Petplan was also praised in the Placer Herald by Ginger Nickerson, who answers the question “Pet insurance: A good idea?” by sharing her personal experience with Petplan.

Best Friend Benefits - Not only is pet insurance highly praised by veterinarians, breeders, shelters and pet parents alike, but it’s also one of the fastest-growing employee benefits. Petplan pet insurance co-Founder and co-CEO Chris Ashton explains why pet health insurance is the perfect addition to your benefits package at BenefitsPro.com.

News You Can Use - Being prepared for pet emergencies can make all the difference for your best friends when disaster strikes. In recognition of April as Pet First Aid Awareness Month, Petplan released lifesaving first aid tips for dogs and cats to help pet parents brush up on emergency basics, which were also shared in News-Record.com. Unfortunately, accidents often occur when pets wander away from home or overindulge on things they shouldn’t, like cicadas (it happens more often than you’d imagine!). Petplan VP of Veterinary Services, Dr. Jules Benson, discusses the importance of keeping your pets’ identification up to date at Pet360.com and the danger of pets going out for lunch during cicada season for The Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch.

Next Stop: New Mexico - Next time you’re planning a road trip with your furry family members in tow, be sure to include Albuquerque, NM, on the list, which took the top spot in Priceline.com’s recent list of pet-friendly cities for travelers.




Kitty Cat-ture - Keep your feline friends warm during walks on the leash or in air-conditioned offices with a light and bright Devon hoodie.

Leader of the Pack - May 8 is Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. Make sure your family is protected against emergencies with a Save Your Pet Pack™, a grab-and-go kit featuring lifesaving essentials for cats or dogs.




Bohemian Rhapsody - This hand-crafted Orpine dog collar, made from materials sourced in California, adds free-spirited flair to Fido’s eco-friendly attitude.



Fighting for Life - As passionate advocates against illegal animal fighting, The Humane Society of the United States recently helped bring down four suspected dogfighters and rescue 18 dogs during a large-scale raid in California. Read more about the recent raid and how you can help take a stand against dogfighting.



Tell your friends and family about the peace of mind you have with Petplan! For every friend you refer that enrolls, you can earn rewards. Log-into your account to get started today!



Program not available in all states. See GoPetplan.com/petplan-rewards for more information.


Dog Days Are Over - Television is going to the dogs — literally! Satellite television provider DirectTV recently announced plans to begin airing DogTV, a premium channel designed to keep dogs stimulated while their parents are away during the day.





Socially Aware - This past month, pet parents who followed us on social media were alerted to recalls regarding both a popular pet food (Natura) and a chewable heartworm preventive (Iverhart Plus) as soon as they hit the headlines. To stay on top of the latest pet health news and recalls, follow Petplan pet insurance on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.



Blind Ambition - Researchers from four universities have discovered a key factor that may help in the fight against inherited disorders that cause blindness in pets. Although the research focused on furry family members, there is hope the treatment may one day help restore vision in pet parents as well.




Before you head outdoors for spring’s first barbeque, whip up a batch of these meaty treats from Dr. Karen Halligan to include your pets in the fun!

Meaty Mutt Meatballs

You'll need:
1/2 pound ground beef or sirloin
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup oats
1 egg
3 tablespoons low-sodium tomato paste

To make this recipe:
Preheat oven to 350 F. Beat egg in separate bowl. Combine all ingredients, including egg, in a bowl. Roll into small meatballs. Place meatballs on well-greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool before serving.

Recipe from Dr. Karen Halligan’s website, DocHalligan.com. Veterinarian Karen Halligan is the author of “Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know” (Collins, 2007). Check with your veterinarian before trying a new recipe for your pet, to ensure your efforts – and your furry friends! – are appropriately rewarded. For more inspiring ideas, visit our homemade pet food recipes board on Pinterest.






This May, in honor of Pet Cancer Awareness Month, we’re inviting you to tell us how cancer has touched the lives of your furry family members – in remembrance of a pet who left you too soon, in support of a best friend fighting back, or in admiration of a pet who licked disease and is cancer-free today. If your story is chosen, we’ll send you a copy of Dr. Nancy Kay’s book, Speaking for Spot, which includes, among other helpful tips, advice for pets parents on coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis.

April story contest winner
(Tell us your favorite pet adventure to win a free ThunderLeash)
“Maya, our 7-year-old black Labrador, clearly is not a dainty Southern city girl. Her greatest joy is going to our acreage in northeast Louisiana. Just mention the phrase ‘go to the country’ and she starts a dance, reminiscent of the jitter bug, until she leaps into the car ready to go! Once we arrive, she bounds out of the car and proceeds — like an Olympic sprinter — to run as fast as she can, searching the areas she has done so many times before.” – Curt K., Covington, LA

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 (2012).

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