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Help prevent cancer and avoid unexpected vet bills with this expert advice!

Quick Fix - Worried about your puppy or kitten going under the knife for spay or neuter surgery? Get the skinny on the big snip and see how spaying or neutering pets can help avoid hormone-driven behaviors, control the pet population and even eliminate risks of deadly infections like pyometra. Learn more here!

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

Combating Cancer - May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a sad fact, but one in four dogs and one in five cats will develop cancer in their lifetimes. Thankfully, a new weapon in the fight against cancer may soon help vets save more best friends battling mammary tumors and squamous cell carcinomas. Has cancer impacted your pet family? Share your story with us on Facebook to help raise awareness.

Bonus Tip: Here are five things you can do to prevent cancer in pets, starting today!

Biting the Hand that Feeds - Visit our Vets for Pets blog to find out why dogs bite and how to prevent an accidental bite from happening.

Vets for Pets

(expert blogs to boost your pet prowess!)

All Dogs Go To Heaven - A 5-year-old girl asked her veterinarian if her dying dog would go to heaven. His response will leave you speechless. Don’t miss this truly inspiring read from Dr. Ernie Ward.

Body of Evidence - What is your dog’s body language really saying? Unlock the secret language your pet is speaking and see which signals say it's time to end your day at the dog park.

Something Fishy - Some pet health conditions can cause a stink – literally! Discover five common causes of funk and how to get pets smelling and feeling fresh.

Tournament of Tails - While much of the country was caught up in March Madness, Petplan proudly hosted our first-ever Tournament of Tails: Sweet 16 Shelter Pet Challenge, which awarded over $8,200 in donations to 16 very deserving animal shelters, rescues and humane societies across the country. Cecille, a recently adopted senior kitty from Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), received the most votes to take home the $5,000 prize for PAWS in the cham-paw-ionship. PAWS will be able to use the donation toward the opening of an adoption center and low-cost wellness clinic in Northeast Philadelphia.

Unite To Fight - Cancer kills more pets than humans. You can help stop it. Join Morris Animal Foundation in their Unite To Fight Pet Cancer campaign by donating to make a difference, walking your dog in their virtual event on June 22 and sharing their free resources to help keep your animals cancer-free. Join the movement and unite to fight today!

Come Rain or Shine
- Don’t let a spring shower rain on your pup’s parade. Pack this poncho with a built-in travel pouch for walks when the skies turn gray.

Step Up to the Plate
- Freshen up Fido’s dinnerware with these FDA-approved, 100% ceramic, bright and colorful gingham dog bowls.

Fluttering Fun - Keep kitty fit and trim this spring by engaging her during playtime with this catnip-filled butterfly crinkle toy.

Sit, Stay, Good Boy! - Not all pets are fit for travel. If you’re hitting the road without your pet this spring and plan to hire a pet sitter, follow these 13 tips to help your furry family member sit easy while you’re away. Don’t forget to print out a copy of our Pet Poison Reference Guide to have on paw for two-legged caretakers, just in case!

Keep your pets safe in the event of a fire. Create and download a customizable pet rescue alert to help firefighters find your pets faster in the event of a fire. Get started today!

Attacking Parasites, Protecting Pets - As the weather gets warmer and you spend more time outside, your pets are more likely to be exposed to sometimes-serious infections and parasites. Just as bad, many of these diseases can be transmitted to people in the very same way our pets get them.

fetch! magazine and Pet Health Network – a veterinarian-recommended, free educational resource for pet parents – are joining forces with other pet health leaders this summer to help you protect your whole family from parasites. Make sure your four-legged friends (and your family!) are protected. Visit PetHealthNetwork.com/BewareTheBug to find out what parasites are in your area, get tips from veterinarians for avoiding the most common parasitic threats and more.

Pet Tech - Move over smartphones – smart collars are the latest and greatest new gadget to come from the pet world. Learn how monitors like the Tagg™ GPS Pet Tracker are helping pets live more active, healthier lifestyles in this Huffington Post blog from Petplan Co-Founder Natasha Ashton.

This spring, skip the sugar-laden commercial snacks and whip up a batch of homemade biscuits from Dr. Ernie Ward – paw-fect for your pup's health and packed with nutrients straight from Mother Earth.

Earth Biscuits

You'll need:
2 cups garbanzo bean flour (easily made by grinding dried chick peas, an excellent source of protein)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/4 cup frozen peas (thawed)
1/2 cup packed spinach
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon each turmeric, dried basil and oregano
1/8 - 1/4 cup water

To make this recipe:
Preheat oven to 350°. Purée the carrots, peas, turmeric, spinach, tomato paste and water in a food processor. Add the flour, baking powder, basil and oregano, and pulse until blended. Coat an 8-by-10-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray, and then lightly dust it with flour. Place the dough in the pan, spread it out evenly and score into about 60 square pieces. Bake 30 minutes. Makes five dozen treats (11 calories per treat).

Remember to keep treats to less than 10% of your pet's daily caloric intake to maintain a healthy diet.

Recipe from 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, visit our homemade pet food recipes board on Pinterest.

The Dog is Good #DOGMOM of the Year Award, presented by Petplan

“Love is a Four Legged Word,” “Caring for You is a Privilege” and “I Get to Watch my Heart Run Around In Front of Me” – these are all sentiments felt by Dog Moms every day. This May, Dog Is Good, a dog lifestyle company that creates and markets gifts and apparel for dog lovers, will be focused on an oft-overlooked segment of motherhood: Dog Moms!

As part of the month-long celebration, Dog Is Good is partnering with Petplan pet insurance and many other pet industry participants to hold the first annual #DOGMOM of the Year Award.

From now through May 15, nominations can be submitted by clicking here or by visiting the Dog is Good Facebook page: www.facebook.com/dogisgood

On May 19, the Top 10 Finalists will be selected, and voting will be open through May 30. The mom with the most votes will be crowned this year’s #DOGMOM of the Year on May 31!

All entrants will receive great offers and prizes from Dog is Good, Petplan and many other pet products and services. Nominate your favorite #DOGMOM today!

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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