Fright Night - Black cats are lucky after all! Not only are they considered symbols of luck in Great Britain and Japan, but as everyone knows, black goes with anything (especially a loving home). Still, Halloween can be a scary time for cats of any color, with ghoulish guests, open doors and shiny wrappers scattered around. Keep your feline friend at peace by setting up a safe, quiet space where scaredy-cats can retreat.
Don’t Sugar Coat It - Keep the kids’ candy out of paws' reach: As little as 8 ounces of milk chocolate or 1 ounce of Baker’s chocolate can put a 50-lb. pet in perilous danger, and sugar-free candy containing xylitol is equally as hair raising – just ask the pet parents of Dixie, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon who needed emergency treatment ($1,600+ of which was reimbursed by Petplan) after eating 40 pieces of sugar-free gum!
Out for a Bite - An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year, nearly 50% of which involve children under 12 years old. Bites can spike on Halloween, when canine pals are exposed to strange children and scary costumes. Follow these tips to prevent an accident and consider keeping pets at home for trick-or-treating.
Vets for Pets
(September blogs to boost your pet prowess!)
Fang-tastic Tips - Can’t brush your pet’s teeth every day? Try these daily brushing alternatives to keep your pet’s pearly whites shining bright!
Deadly Connection - Feline coronavirus is very common in cats; in fact, 80 to 90 percent of cats in multi-cat households are infected. Sadly, it can sometimes morph into a terminal disease called feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). Read more about this virus and how to keep your clowder protected.
Music to Pets' Ears - Music may well be considered the universal language, but did you know that it can boost your pet’s immune system as well? Learn how music therapy puts your pet’s health back in tune in this blog from Petplan veterinarian Dr. Kim Smyth.
We’ve moved! - Petplan recently moved into a new, larger headquarters in Newtown Square, PA, to meet the growing demand for pet health insurance! Visit us on Pinterest to catch a sneak peek behind the scenes of our new doghouse and contact us at our new address.
Pet Health Pointers - Petplan VP of Veterinary Services Dr. Jules Benson cast a wide net of pet health advice over the past month, covering topics ranging from fish-based diets for dogs to tips for helping your pet deal with separation anxiety. Visit our Petplan in the News page to catch up on the latest pet health headlines to keep your best friend safe all season long.
Save the Day - A frequently asked question is whether it is smarter to invest in pet insurance or a pet savings account. But as Petplan co-Founder and co-CEO Chris Ashton explains, the best choice may be to do both!
Pick of the Patch - Scare up some seasonal fun for feline friends with a M.A.X. Vogue 2-in-1 Pumpkin Scratcher that doubles as a lounger.
Man’s Best Friend of Steel - It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a DC Comics Superman Pet Costume for your four-legged superhero (flying ability not included).
Count Cuddles - Best friends will go batty for this cuddly KONG® toy made for squeaking and snuggling fun.