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Want help keeping your best friend healthy in March? Don't miss these tips!

Pawsitive Care - Stressed about your pet facing surgery and the at-home aftercare? Helping pets mend afterward doesn’t have to be difficult. Learn how to best prepare your pet for his procedure, what to expect the day of and get expert advice for helping your pet get back on his paws: Download our NEW March Tip Sheet today!

Bonus Tip! Want help keeping your best friend healthy through all of 2014? Bookmark this page for a monthly tip sheet full of advice and information for keeping furry friends fit.

Itching for Relief - Many people suffer from seasonal allergies, but did you know your pet is susceptible, too? Discover four signs your pet may have allergies and see if your dog is one of the 10 breeds prone to developing atopy. Got an itch to scratch or a bothersome bump? Follow these tips to soothe scratchy skin and hot spots.

Spring into Action - Snow long winter weather, hello spring health hazards! From pesky parasites to dangerous blossoms and bushes, don’t miss our top 10 tips for spring pet safety.

Vets for Pets

(expert blogs to boost your pet prowess!)

Against the Grain - Are grain-free diets good for pets? Get the answer from Dr. Ernie Ward at our Vets for Pets blog.

Critical Mass - Finding an unexpected growth on a pet can make any caring parent worry. Before you fret, read Dr. Rebecca Jackson’s blog explaining when to call the vet about lumps, bumps or masses on your pet.

Pick of the Litter - Tired of your kitty litter options? Wishing there was a “greener” option to clay litter? Corn byproduct litter could be the answer. Visit our Vets for Pets Blog to learn why and tell us on Facebook what type of kitty litter you recommend.

2014 Vet Awards - Petplan is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Petplan Veterinary Awards! Let’s hear a round of ap-paws for these dedicated and talented professionals:

Practice of the Year: Animal Hospital of North Asheville, Asheville, NC; Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Kim Slensky, Hope Veterinary Specialists, Malvern, PA; Practice Manager of the Year: Kristen Hoffman, Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Clinic (VSEC), Levittown, PA; Veterinary Technician of the Year: Megan Brashear, DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, Portland, OR.

After pawing through more than 3,100 nominations from pet parents across the country, Petplan turned to our independent Judging Panel, comprised of 12 prominent pet health professionals and veterinarians, to select the winners of these prestigious awards. We appreciate all of them volunteering their time and expertise!

Stemming the Tide - According to veterinarians, more than than 80% of dogs showed an improved quality of life after stem cell therapy – a treatment that’s been covered by Petplan since 2010. Learn how we’re working together with the leading Regenerative Veterinary Medicine company, Vet-Stem, Inc., to bring stem cell therapy and other regenerative cell therapies to pets nationwide.

Did you know that North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, also provides a high level of care to every animal that they rescue? At an average cost of almost $1,250 to rescue, nurture and ready a pet for adoption, the expenses quickly add up. That’s why Petplan partners with the Animal League to offer 30 days of complimentary pet insurance to help pets adopted from the organization get a healthy start on life -- and why support from animal lovers like you is critical to helping rescued pets get the care they need. Lend a paw today!

Buying Time
- If your pup loves to chew, try engaging their curiosity with a calming ThunderToy, which can be stuffed with ThunderTreats to occupy dogs for up to an hour.

Purr-fect Design
- Handmade in California, these modern, limited edition, dishwasher-safe cat food bowls are sure to make your fancy felines purr in delight at dinnertime.

Get Lucky - Make dog park pals green with envy for this 100% waterproof St. Patrick’s Day-themed dog collar.

Did you know Petplan has an active pet health community on Google+? Circle us today to get daily advice from our veterinary experts and engage with like-minded fans!

Down to the Wire - A Wire Fox Terrier named Sky took home top dog honors at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show in February – the 14th time a Wire Fox Terrier has won the Best in Show ribbon. Discover 12 surprising facts about this athletic and heralded breed here.

Recall Alert - Recently, PMI Nutrition and Pro-Pet voluntarily recalled select dog and cat food products due to possible salmonella contamination. Salmonella is a dangerous and common cause of pet food recalls. See 10 other common causes of pet poisoning at our Vets for Pets blog.

Flax seed is a great source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids to fight inflammation. Harness the health benefits of freshly ground flax seeds (which are more nutritious and more easily digested than pre-ground flax seeds) to get the most benefit for you and your pet in this recipe from Dr. Ernie Ward:

Mini Me Apple Tarts

You'll need:
1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons water
1/2 chopped apple
1 tablespoon freshly ground flax seed
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

To make this recipe:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons of warm water. Stir well and let sit for 15 minutes. Combine flour with ΒΌ cup water and mix. Take approximately 1 teaspoon of dough and press with your fingers into the bottom and slightly up the sides of a greased miniature muffin pan. Mix flax meal, apples and cinnamon and distribute evenly over the dough. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow tart to cool before serving. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Makes up to 12 tarts. 24 calories per tart.

Remember to keep treats to less than 10 percent 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.

When the Fur Flies - Globetrotting with your best friend this spring? We’ve got good news! Southwest® Airlines now allows small, vaccinated domestic cats and dogs 8 weeks and older to travel with you in the cabin (under the seat in front of you) on domestic flights for $95 each way. But before you book your flight, make sure you have an airplane-approved carrier for in-cabin travel, like the Sleepypod® Air.

“A Lucky Tail”
In honor of St. Paw-trick’s Day, tell us your pet's luckiest “tail” for a chance to win a $25 AMEX gift card! Include a picture so we can share on Facebook! Enter today at gopetplan.ca/FetchAPrize.

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 approval and coverage may vary by state. Pet insurance policies are issued by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company and administered by Fetch Insurance Services, d/b/a Petplan. Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company, a member of the Allianz Group, is rated A+ by A.M. Best (2013). For more information, visit GoPetplan.ca.

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