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Lend your best friend a paw during the dog days of summer with these expert tips for healthy pets

Grey Expectations - Growing up doesn’t mean having to grow old. Get our top tips to help your senior pet glitter through their golden years. Click here to find the fountain of youth today! For more sage advice, bookmark this page to get a monthly tip sheet full of info for keeping furry friends fit at any age.

Ice, Ice, Baby - We're all in favor of using social media petworks to share health tips and advice with fellow pet parents, but sometimes the woof on the street simply isn't true. Dr. Ernie Ward reveals the facts behind the litter of Facebook posts on "Ice cubes and ice water kills dogs" that have been appearing on your newsfeed. The takeaway? It's a myth!

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Dogs usually snap up most of the headlines when it comes to heat stroke in pets, but our feline friends can suffer in summer, too. While heat stroke in cats is rare, pet purr-ents still need to be extra vigilant in hot weather. Get the lowdown on feline hyperthermia — and why you have to keep a close eye on your dryer — here.



Vets for Pets

(expert blogs to boost your pet prowess!)

Curb Your Enthusiasm - …for retractable leashes! They may seem like your pup's dream come true, but they're one of your vet’s most hated pet products. Dr. Kim Smyth reveals why here.

Bon(e) Voyage - Kenneling your canine can cause stress, anxiety and guilt — and that's just in the pet parent! Fear not, because Dr. Ernie Ward has good news for you this month. A new study has found that dogs may actually enjoy the change of scenery, so you can set sail knowing your furry friend is on vacation, too.

In Hot Water - Plenty of pooches love getting their paws wet in the hot summer months, so pet parents need to be on “Baywatch” alert! Dr. Kim Smyth helps you bone up on the dangers of dry drowning here.






Hot Under The Collar - Thinking of flying with your four-legged friend this summer? Make sure to sniff out your airline's seasonal restrictions! Some airlines won't carry pets when temperatures hit 84°F, while others have strict paws-on-the-ground policies during the summer months. For more on summer air travel restrictions, take off to PetTravel.com.


Turn Around, Lie Down, Chill Out
- The comfy, cozy Chill Pad is the perfect place for your pooch to rest his paws after a hard day's exploring. Plus, it fits most pet crates and is packed with eco-friendly filler.


Water Off a Dog's Back
- If your pooch loves diving in with both paws, he needs a Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat™ . This life-jacket is fitted out with a strong handle, reflective trim and cell foam panels to keep your best friend afloat.


Meow Kasa, Su Casa - Save the life of a shelter cat — and save your furniture from kitty's claws — when you buy the Kitty Kasa Gym. Your furball will think the scratching post and hidey holes are the cat's pajamas!





Petplan is Driven to Bark - Every year, countless dogs die in cars due to extreme temperatures. Despite this, only 15 states have statutes that specifically prohibit leaving an animal in a confined vehicle. Petplan pet insurance believes this is a national issue — and that animals need a stronger voice and stronger protection. That’s why we're petitioning the Obama Administration to encourage all states to enact laws prohibiting animals from being left unattended in cars, potentially exposing them to dangerously hot or cold temperatures. U.S. dogs need YOU! To get your paws on the pet-ition and help us save pets' lives, click here.



Know a paw-sse of pet parents who’d like to protect their best friend? Refer a friend and earn $25 for every pet they enroll. There’s no limit to the number of rewards you can earn so start spreading the word today!



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Cutting-Edge Cancer Care - One in three canines will develop cancer in their lifetime, a figure likely to raise the fur on the back of any pet parent’s neck. But thanks to super scientists in Austria, dogs will have a better chance of beating the “Big C” in the future. They've developed — for the very first time — antibodies to treat cancer in dogs.





Tagg, You're It - More than 90 lost dogs were brought to the Franklin County, OH, dog shelter after the Fourth of July weekend this year. A week later, around 60 of these pooches were still waiting for their humans to reclaim them.

This sad tail shows the importance of microchipping your pet, but a microchip won't help if no one picks up your pup. That's why we recommend Tagg, a GPS tracker that shows you exactly where your pet is on a map, and alerts you if he wanders outside his home zone.







Bark About Pet Health Heroes - Time is running out to nominate outstanding vet professionals and pet parents for Petplan’s 2015 Veterinary Awards! These awards honor the dedicated and exceptional pet health heroes who make purr-fect care their daily mission, and provide paw-sitively outstanding customer service to furry friends and their families. As an added bonus, everyone who submits a nomination will be entered into a weekly drawing to win a $50 PetSmart gift card – that's a lot of kibble! Point your paws here to help us sniff out your furry friend’s favorites.




August 1 is DOGust, the universal birthday for rescued dogs. Help the lucky pup in your life celebrate in style with Dr. Ernie Ward's pawsitively yummy pup-cakes!

Grain-Free Birthday Pup-Cakes

You'll need:
1 cup of peanut butter
3 eggs
2 mashed bananas
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup plain yogurt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp honey

Peanut Butter Icing
6 oz of light cream cheese
4 oz of creamy all natural peanut butter

To make this recipe:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pan with paper muffin cups. Mix peanut butter, eggs, bananas and honey. Add coconut flour and baking soda. Mix well. Fill muffin cups 3/4 of the way. Bake for 20-25 minutes. To make the icing, blend the cream cheese and peanut butter until creamy. Refrigerate the icing for 20 minutes. Let pup-cakes cool then ice.

Makes approximately 12 pup-cakes. 200 calories each.

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.





August is Adopt a Homeless Pet Month! Animal shelters care for 6-8 million dogs and cats every year in the U.S., according to Asilomar Accords. Was your pet one of them before he found his furever home?

Visit us on Facebook
and tell us your pet's adoption story for a chance to win a $25 AMEX gift card, and have another $25 donated to your favorite rescue, shelter or humane society. Pawesome!

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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