Water Hazard - Despite popular opinion, not all dogs can swim, and breeds with broad chests and short legs, like Pugs or Corgis, can easily exhaust themselves with the effort. Before you bring your pooch poolside, test out her swimming abilities in shallow water and never, ever let a pet swim unattended.
Where the Chips Fall - Bringing your buddy to the beach? Snacking on treats that land in the sand can lead to intestinal blockages, especially in smaller breeds. Petplan recently paid a $1,822 claim to the family of Clara, a Rat Terrier who ingested sand at the beach. Limit treats at the beach or keep your pet’s lunch on a blanket to be safe.
Up in Smoke - Over 500,000 pets are affected in home fires each year. Help firefighters and rescue personnel find your pet faster in the event of a fire with a free, customizable Pet Rescue Alert. Create yours here today.
Vets for Pets
(June blogs to boost your pet prowess!)
Proper Petiquette - Trips to the vet can be a daunting task – for both pet parents and the clinic. Follow these top 10 tips for proper vet visit etiquette from our Vets for Pets blog to avoid drama at the doc’s office.
On the Prowl - Prey drive is an instinct for cats – and one that needs to be exercised to avoid inappropriate behaviors. Click here to get tips for keeping kitty engaged in play from Petplan staff veterinarian Kim Smyth.
At First Sight - X-ray vision isn’t just for superheroes, anymore. Learn how interventional radiology is helping vets fix pets (no red capes required).
Pressing Forward - As a recognized leader in pet health and thought leadership, Petplan’s expert advice is often sought to give pet parents and business owners a leg up on the issues heating up the headlines. To help lend a paw this past month, VP of Veterinary Services Dr. Jules Benson talked to MarketWatch about the 10 things cats won’t tell you, discussed confronting the euthanasia issue for Petside.com, offered tips for avoiding summertime hazards for pets and had suggestions for the best pets for kids with allergies.
Petplan pet insurance co-CEOs and co-Founders Chris and Natasha Ashton also made news: They took home a top prize at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala, winning the Greater Philadelphia region‘s Retail & Consumer Products category. They will go on to compete for the national prize in Palm Springs in November. Additionally, Chris authored columns for ExpertBeacon.com on choosing the best pet insurance policy and budgeting for the lifetime costs of owning a pet, and Natasha offered advice for finding a business mentor on MSN’s Business on Main.
Family Ties - Petplan’s recent press appearances haven’t been exclusive to our team of experts – our family members have been joining in the fun, too! San Diego State University’s JMS Reports spoke to Michelle Francescotti on how Petplan pet insurance has made a difference in the lives of her cats William and Penny, while another policyholder talked to TheWeek.com about how Petplan helps her Pug, Angel, with arthritis and eye issues.
Put your paws together for our fetch! Snip/Tuck issue contest winners - Winners of a bottle of Dogtails shampoo: Christine Corl, Kristen Crotzer, Milda Harris, Nancy Sundberg and Kimberly Wu. Winners of a Scaredy Cut® home pet grooming kit: Traci Doddy, Matti Knight, Deb Lester, Carin Wantula and Sally Wirtel. Want more chances to win? Brush up on your pet’s dental health and enter to win a gift pack of Greenies® and a bottle of MAXI/GUARD OraZn today!
Scratching the Spotlight - Seasonal allergies can cause affected best friends to itch up a storm. To lend a paw, Petplan’s VP of Veterinary Services Dr. Jules Benson stopped by Good Day Philadelphia’s Fox Fursday with adoptable friends from the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to share seasonal allergy prevention tips and wag tails with a television audience.
Under the Sea - Help your best friend make waves at the beach with this Green Sea Turtle toy and 2% of the sale will be donated to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
Insect Antswer - Plagued by pests? This elevated 2-in-1 food and water bowl with moat design keeps food contained and away from pesky intruders.
Ruffing It - Keep your canine pal comfortable during camping trips with a Mountainsmith K-9 bed, which packs into its own stuff-sack for dogs on the run.
Helpful Hurricane Prep - More than 35 million people, many of them pet owners, live in areas threatened by Atlantic hurricanes. With Atlantic hurricane season lasting from June 1 to November 30, The Humane Society of the United States urges pet parents to include pets in their disaster plans. Click here to learn how you can help protect your pet during stormy weather.