Spring Fever: Petplan Pet Insurance Helps Hinder Pet Health Hazards When Heeding the Call of the Great Outdoors

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America’s No. 1 pet insurance provider offers tips to keep furry friends with a spring in their steps safe.

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We may think of the garden as a place of relaxation and beauty, but for pets, it can harbor plenty of hidden health hazards

With the longer, warmer days of spring just around the corner, many pet parents and furry friends are scratching at the doors to enjoy the sunshine. But before indulging in outdoor amusements, No. 1-rated Petplan pet insurance offers a few precautions pet parents can take to keep four-legged family members safe from springtime perils.

Often, the first signs of spring are the shoots emerging from the ground – but those blossoms and blooms could be dangerous, if not deadly, for pets. Crocuses, gladiola and hyacinths can cause severe gastrointestinal upset, while daffodil and tulip bulbs can lead to seizures or cardiac problems. Most lilies can cause kidney failure, and foxglove, belladonna and larkspur can have toxic effects on pets’ hearts and circulation.

“We may think of the garden as a place of relaxation and beauty, but for pets, it can harbor plenty of hidden health hazards,” says Dr. Jules Benson, VP of veterinary services for Petplan. “Before planting your garden, consult the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s list of toxic plants, and if you suspect your pet has been poisoned, bring them to your vet immediately.”

The impact of such an episode on the family budget can be traumatic, too. According to Petplan claims data, the average cost of veterinary treatment for poisonous plant ingestion is $620, and one pet’s leafy snack cost his pet parents $2,560. If your pets have a tendency to chew on the nearest leafy plant, it’s best to have them watch from the windows.

Even if your pets ignore the flora and fauna, Petplan offers the following tips to help the whole family keep a spring in their steps:

  •     Buzz About Bees: Those little stingers can cause swelling in most pets, but if your pet is allergic to bee venom, they can cause anaphylactic shock, which can quickly turn deadly without immediate treatment. Since time is of the essence, get your pet to the vet as soon as possible if you suspect they’ve been stung.
  •     Get Ticked Off: 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 when you come inside, and keep pets up-to-date on veterinarian-recommended tick preventatives.
  •     Watery Worries: While it might seem harmless to let exploring pets grab a drink from a pond or creek, those depths could hide bacteria that would be less than refreshing to your pet. Leptospirosis can lead to fever, lethargy, joint pain and even organ failure, while giardia can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Bring a travel bowl and some bottled water to keep furry friends safely hydrated on your next excursion.
  •     Tread Lightly: If your dog has spent the winter packing on some extra padding, beware of springing into action too quickly, which could result in muscle tears, broken bones or other injuries. Start off slowly with short walks and play sessions, and then progress to longer jogs or agility trials. By the time summer arrives, you’ll both be in tip-top shape.

To learn more about protecting pets both indoors and out all year round, visit GoPetplan.com.

Top-rated pet insurance provider, Petplan, is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America. Petplan’s fully customizable dog insurance and cat insurance policies provide coverage for all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet as standard, and meet the coverage requirements and budget for pets of all/any age. Petplan pet insurance policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company in the U.S. and by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company in Canada. The Allianz Group is rated A+ by A.M. Best (2011). For information, about Petplan pet insurance, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com, read the Petplan “Vets for Pets” Blog, or call 1-866-467-3875.

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