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Share these tips for healthy pets to protect your furry valentines all February long!

NEW IN 2014! Downloadable Tip Sheets - Want help keeping your best friend healthy in 2014? Bookmark this page for a monthly tip sheet full of advice and information for keeping furry friends fit. From ear care to hot weather hazards, we'll cover it all! This month's tip is all about periodontal disease — causes, costs and tips for healthier teeth that will make you smile. Check it out!

Kiss and Tell - February is Pet Dental Health Month. Did you know dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, affecting 91% of dogs and 85% of cats over the age of 3? Learn how to brush your pet’s teeth to avoid dental disease and don’t skip routine dental visits with your vet – they could save your pet’s life. Can’t brush your pet’s teeth? Try these alternatives from Dr. Ernie Ward instead. [tweet this tip]

Call Fur Action - Every dog has his day, but cats get a whole month! Celebrate Cat Health Month in February by bringing your kitty in for a wellness exam. Cats are masters at hiding illness, and are prone to a special kind of dental problem called feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions, which occur in about 50% of cats. Your veterinarian can detect them – but only if you go! [tweet this tip]

Spay and Save - Not only does spaying help control the pet population, but it may also benefit your pet’s health. According to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, mammary tumors are more common in female dogs that are either not spayed or were spayed after 2 years of age. Spaying also helps reduce the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer, as well as pyometra – a sometimes life-threatening uterine infection.



Vets for Pets

(expert blogs to boost your pet prowess!)

Pure Luck? - Which is healthier, mixed breed or purebred dogs? Dr. Ernie Ward delves into the dilemma – and his answer may surprise you.

Role Play - Did you know that February is Responsible Pet Owner Month? Check out our top 10 ways to be a more responsible pet owner at our Vets for Pets blog.

Have You Heard? - Training a deaf pet may seem like a difficult task, but it’s easier than it sounds. Read these seven tips from certified professional dog trainer Nicole Larocco to get you started.

 

Go West - Join Petplan February 16-20 at the 2014 Western Veterinary Conference, held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Learn who took home top prizes in our 2014 Petplan Veterinary Awards in the Practice of the Year, Veterinarian of the Year, Practice Manager of the Year and Veterinary Technician of the Year categories. We’ll also have an exclusive giveaway at our booth you can’t miss! Can’t make the trip? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for live coverage and results!

All Paws on Deck - Wish you could bring pets to work? Discover the unique factors that make the office environment at Petplan fun and productive for employees – and their pets! – in this Pet Business magazine interview with Petplan Co-Founder Natasha Ashton.

Walk the Walk - Resolved to make 2014 your pet’s happiest, healthiest year yet? Studies show people who exercise with their pets tend to lose more weight themselves and stay with a program longer. Here are four tips from Petplan VP of Veterinary Services Dr. Jules Benson to help you put paws to pavement and get started today!





Heart of Gold - More than 60% of Golden Retrievers die of cancer, but Morris Animal Foundation is working to change that – and they need your help! Is your dog ready to make a difference? Morris Animal Foundation's Golden Retriever Lifetime Study will observe 3,000 Goldens for life to gather insights that can help prevent and treat cancer in Goldens—and ultimately, all dog breeds. Join today at http://www.caninelifetimehealth.org.


Come In Handy
- Take your walks around the block to the next level with Stride™, a revolutionary 3-in-1 waste bag dispenser, hand sanitizer and pedometer.


Pounce To It
- Keep kitty engaged and entertained while you are away at work with this durable wooden toy box game that stimulates your cat’s desire to hunt and play.






Take a Bow - Give your dapper dog a sweet style upgrade with this red velvet bowtie, sure to turn heads at the dog park.







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Sobering Stats - Despite our nation’s love for pets, the AVMA reports vet visits for dogs have decreased 21% since 2001 – and 30% for cats. Meanwhile, emergency visits have increased. What’s behind the decline? Click here to find out and see how pet insurance from Petplan can help.





Look Who’s Talking - A new device currently in development aims to translate dog brainwaves into human speech through a collar-like gadget. If your pets could talk, what would they say? Tell us on Facebook!



Don’t let doggie breath ruin your relationship with your pooch. Whip up a batch of these no-bake treats from Dr. Ernie Ward featuring spirulina, a protein-packed blue-green algae that contains an incredible concentration of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Because it is a great source of chlorophyll, it can also help freshen your pet’s breath and keep him healthy all year long.

Spirulina Kisses

You'll need:
1 ripe mashed banana
1 1/2 Tablespoons spirulina
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon coconut oil – extra virgin unrefined
2 Tablespoons freshly ground flax seeds
1 Tablespoon ground sesame or pumpkin seeds

To make this recipe:
Combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Roll out a teaspoon of the dough into a ball and shape like a “kiss.” (If your dog prefers a crunchy treat, bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.) Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Makes up to 24 healthy kisses. 25 calories per serving (1 treat).

Remember to keep treats to less than 10% of your pet's daily caloric intake to maintain a healthy diet.
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, click here.

No Love Lost - Consider upgrading your pet's protection before the busy spring and summer travel seasons start. Statistics from HomeAgain show that one in three pets go missing during their lifetime, and without proper ID, 90% of them never return home. Protect your pet with a microchip and GPS unit to help bring her home if trouble strikes – and don’t forget to update her tag info, too.



Win a FREE Tagg Tracker & 2 months of service! Our friends at Tagg the Pet Tracker are giving away a free Tagg Tracker (valued at $99.95) with two months of service included! With Tagg, you can harness the power of GPS technology to monitor, track and find your pet from a computer or smartphone. Tagg alerts you if your pet gets out so you can quickly locate them and bring them home safe. For a chance to win, e-mail us at socialmedia@gopetplan.com and tell us what steps you’ve taken to protect your pet from getting lost. Ends February 28 at 11:59 pm EST!

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 (2013).

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