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Feast on these fall health tips to protect your pets during family events!

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

(October blogs to boost your pet prowess!)

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!

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.

For every new “like” our Facebook page receives in November
, Petplan will donate $1 to the Morris Animal Foundation (up to $1,000) to fight pet cancer. Like us to help beat pet cancer today!

Humane Nature - Research may be close to proving what pet parents have always known; dogs are people, too, or at the very least, seem to have emotions just like us. Good thing a love like theirs can have the best pet health insurance available!

Petting Peeves - Could stroking your cat stress her out? A new study suggests that felines who tolerate petting may be more stressed by physical contact than those who readily seek affection. What does your cat prefer? Tweet us on Twitter to let us know!

Ready, Pet, Go! - According to AAA statistics, over 43 million people historically travel during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, many of them with their furry adventurers! Visit our Pinterest page (recently named to SayDaily.com’s list of 10 brands doing cool stuff on Pinterest) to read our latest pet travel tips to make sure you’re ready for the holiday rush.

Skip the table scraps and serve your best friend this healthy holiday meal from Dr. Ernie Ward, which is sure to please any pup’s palate.

Turkey Pie

You'll need:
3 1/2 cups cooked (unseasoned) chopped white meat turkey
1 cup chopped raw broccoli
1/2 cup chopped apple
1 1/2 cups cooked millet
1 Tbsp kelp powder

To make this recipe:
Combine broccoli and apples in blender or food processor and blend until minced. In bowl, combine vegetable mix with cooled turkey meat, millet and kelp powder. Mix thoroughly. Divide into portions appropriate for your pet’s caloric intake. Makes 6 1/2 cups (163.5 calories per cup). Remember to keep treats to less than 10 percent of your pet's daily caloric intake to maintain a healthy diet.

Recipe from Dr. Ernie Ward’s Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs are Getting Fatter - a Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives (2010 HCI). 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.

This November, rock star and pet parent Bret Michaels is combining two of his passions – ending pet homelessness and spreading diabetes awareness – just in time for Pet Diabetes Month. For every one of Bret’s Chance plush toys sold at PetSmart, 10% of the purchase price will go to PetSmart Charities to help save homeless pets. To show your gratitude for best friends and help a good cause – and be entered to win your own Chance plush toy! – tell us what you are most thankful for as a pet parent.

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