A Bone to Pick - Let’s talk turkey: Cooked bones are dangerous for pets. Animal bones can splinter, causing intestinal perforation or obstructions in your pet’s digestive system, and can lead to other serious injuries, such as broken teeth or oral lacerations. Play it safe and offer your pet a Veterinary Oral Health Council-accepted product instead.
Recipe for Disaster - According to Petplan claims data, incidents of unexpected food-related illnesses in American pets spike over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend. Since a feast of turkey, fat-laden gravy and all the trimmings can cause stomach upset and lead to pancreatitis, skip the leftovers and feed your best friend one of these pet-friendly recipes from Dr. Ernie Ward.
Trouble Brewing - Don’t let a traditional toast squash your holiday celebration. From rum-soaked fruitcake to spilled drinks, gatherings that include alcohol put pets at risk. Not only can ingestion of alcohol lead to respiratory failure in four-legged party pals, but spent hops from home brewing are toxic and can lead to a veterinary emergency if consumed.
Vets for Pets
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Dodging Diabetes - November is Pet Diabetes Month. Discover four signs that your cat may be suffering from diabetes and how to lower your pet’s risk by staying trim at our Vets for Pets blog.
Tricks of the Trade - Do you know the two most important commands to teach your dog? Certified professional dog trainer Nicole Larocco does, and she’s dishing her tips in this two-part series on how to teach your pet to “Leave It” and “Come.”
A Home for the Holidays - Senior pets make excellent additions to the family (and can be insured at any age with Petplan!), but before you open your heart and home, visit our Vets for Pets blog to check out the best products for senior pets, get the meat and potatoes on senior pet nutrition and read Dr. Ernie Ward’s “7 Rules for the Over 7 Set” to give your new best friend a leg up during his golden years.
Help Us Lick Cancer! - This November, in honor of National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, for every new “like” the Petplan pet insurance Facebook page receives from now until Nov. 30, Petplan will donate $1 to Morris Animal Foundation (up to $1,000) to help support their fight against pet cancer and their Canine Lifetime Health Project. Visit us on Facebook and like us to help lick cancer today!
Last Chance to Nominate! - Nominations for the 2014 Petplan Veterinary Awards close on November 15, so if you haven’t yet, now is the time to nominate a deserving veterinary professional for an award and be entered to win a $100 PetSmart gift card in our weekly drawing! Don’t wait – nominate your veterinary heroes today!
Hungry to Help - At Petplan pet insurance, team members are encouraged to give thanks by participating in two Petplan-sponsored charity events each year – sometimes alongside our furry friends! Recently, team members put paws to the pavement to volunteer in The Monster Milers' inaugural Rescue Run 5K. We also sent a few of our aces to lend a paw at the Roaring Twenties Casino Night benefitting New Leash™ on Life USA! Learn more about Petplan’s commitment to community and corporate philanthropy in this feature at Forbes.com.
Healthy Press - FOX Business recently featured Petplan pet insurance in their small business spotlight and spoke to Petplan co-Founders and co-CEOs Chris and Natasha Ashton about their best business advice. In addition, our September move to Newtown Square, PA, was profiled at Philly.com, and not long after, the Philadelphia Business Journal stopped by and declared our new space to be the cat’s meow! Visit us on Facebook to take a tour and see if you agree!
Harvest the Love - Want to do more to help animals? Volunteer or intern with The Humane Society of the United States to help animals at care centers, serve with a rescue and response team, organize events, or outreach and more! Visit The HSUS website to search for volunteer opportunities by state or area of interest today.
Clean Sweep - Guests will be grateful when you keep dirt and leaves at bay with this absorbent dog mat that soaks up to five times its weight in water and mud.
No Place Like Home - Couture-minded cats will put on a show for the holiday season with a designer collar that sparkles like Dorothy’s ruby slippers.
Turn Heads - Whether on the catwalk or at the dog park, your pet’s fall fashion will be a huge hoot with this owl-themed Oscar Newman dog sweater and toy set.