Now Ear This - Is your pet up to his ears in pain? Look out for signs of sensitive or itchy ears, which could be caused by an ear infection or mites. Download our NEW April Health Tip sheet today to get the scratch on ear mites and discover the causes, signs and symptoms of ear infections in pets – and how to treat them.
Bonus Tip: 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.
Save the Day - April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month. From simple cut care to what to do if your pet is choking, there are many ways to help your pet during an emergency. You can even get training on how to perform pet CPR!
Dealing with vomiting and dehydration instead? Mix up a HomeAid Electrolyte Replacement Fluid from Dr. Ernie Ward to help: To start, mix 4 cups water with 1 tsp sugar and 1 tsp sea salt. Give 2-3 tablespoons of room temperature solution per hour to replenish fluid loss. Freeze unused portions in ice trays for future use, or store in the refrigerator for up to three days. Seek veterinary attention for any pet that is experiencing repetitive, unrelenting vomiting.
Bonus Tip: What to pack in your pet’s first aid kit
A Matter of Lyme - May is the peak month for ticks, but that doesn’t mean you should wait to protect your pets. Ticks can carry a host of diseases that are harmful to pets and people alike, including Lyme disease. Even indoor-only pets can be exposed if a tick hitches a ride inside, so be diligent about checking the whole family for ticks regularly, and keep pets up-to-date on veterinarian-recommended tick preventatives.
Bonus Tip: How to remove a tick
Vets for Pets
(expert blogs to boost your pet prowess!)
Smoke Alarm - Think switching to e-cigarettes will eliminate risk for your pets? Think again. If you thought secondhand smoke was dangerous, wait until you hear about the hazards of e-cigs from Dr. Ernie Ward.
Sibling Squabbles - Wondering why your furry housemates just can’t get along? Learn what is – and isn’t – normal when it comes to dueling dogs, and how to cope with conflict, at the Vets for Pets Blog.
On The Cat Walk - Leash training isn’t just for pups anymore. Discover how to leash train your cat so she can enjoy the health benefits of exercising in the great outdoors.
The Final Fur - In March, Petplan proudly launched our first Tournament of Tails: Sweet 16 Shelter Pet Challenge, a March Madness-inspired bracket of adoptable pets from animal rescues, shelters and humane societies all across the United States who are playing to win donations from Petplan. Each move up the bracket nets a larger donation – ranging from $100 for Sweet 16 teams to $5,000 for the championship player! Check out the latest bracket on Facebook.com/Petplan to see which adoptable friends made “The Final Fur,” and vote for your favorite to win $5,000 to help their shelter!
Wear and Care - Every day, some 9,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in America's shelters because they don't have a safe place to call home. Now you can make a difference in the lives of shelter pets – and look great doing it – with a T-shirt that supports a great cause. Purchase a “Save Them All” tee from Wag.com, and 50% of the proceeds will go directly to Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare organization working to end the killing in America’s shelters.
Whistle While You Work - The Whistle Activity Monitor collects data on your dog 24/7, sending updates to your phone that provide key insights into your dog’s activity, rest periods and overall health and wellness.
What Does The Fox Say? - Furry friends will woof in delight for this stuffing-free fox toy made from boiled wool and colored with Earth-friendly non-toxic dyes.
You Name It - Spruce up your pet’s collar and say goodbye to clinking metal with these easy to clean, laser cut acrylic pet tags.