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Say hello to summer and goodbye to vet bills with these seasonal tips to protect your pets!

The Scratch on Parasites - They creep. They crawl. They make our pets miserable. Let’s face it: parasites suck – literally! When you consider that heartworm treatment can cost more than 15 times the cost of a year’s worth of preventive, it makes sense (and dollars) to protect your pet. Download our Ruff Guide to Pesky Parasites to prevent fleas, ticks and mosquitoes from biting into your summer fun.

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

Beware the Bug - As the weather warms up and families spend more time enjoying the great outdoors, pets and people alike face increased risks of infection from a variety of parasites (Eeek!). That’s why Petplan is working with Pet Health Network and DogsandTicks.com to offer pet parents a host of resources to protect best friends and family members from parasitic diseases. Visit PetHealthNetwork.com/BewaretheBug to get quick prevention tips and facts to keep your furry friends safe.

Summer Bummer - Hold onto your Whopper®: Petplan claims data shows that onion toxicity in pets occurs 80% more often in summer months – a good reason to keep paws away from the burger fixings! But pup-ular toppings and trimmings aren’t the only food items that can pose a risk to feasting four-leggers. See what other summer snacks could harm furry picnic pals in this Fox & Friends interview with Petplan’s Dr. Jules Benson.

Vets for Pets

(expert blogs to boost your pet prowess!)

The Heat Is On - Between the sand, sun and fun, what could pawsibly go wrong in summer? Everything, if pests, peaks (in temperatures!) or prowlers get in the way. See why Dr. Ernie Ward loves and dreads warmer weather – and why you should, too!

Rubbing Elbows - Pup Quiz: Can you name the most common cause of front limb lameness in dogs? If you guessed elbow dysplasia, you’re correct. See if your pet is one of these eight breeds commonly affected by this painful condition at the Vets for Pets blog.

Pride and Groom - The benefits of having your pet professionally groomed can go far beyond having a perfectly preened pooch or kitty. But before you book a brush date, call ahead and ask these four questions to find a groomer who’s cut out to comb your furry family member.

Safe and Hound - June is Pet Preparedness Month. During a natural disaster, the last thing you want to worry about is booking a pet-friendly hotel or packing pet supplies for a ride to your relatives. Plan ahead now by putting together this five-part pet evacuation plan so that if cat-astrophe strikes, you’re prepared.

Celebrate the Bond - Dogs are amazing. They wag their tails when they greet you. They give you kisses when you need affection. They lend an unjudging ear when you need a confidant. There’s something special about the bond people have with their pets. That’s why Canine Assistants, a non-profit organization, trains and provides service dogs for people with physical disabilities or other special needs. Learn more about Canine Assistants and discover stories about the special bonds people have with their pets. Help celebrate the physical, social and emotional support that dogs provide to all of us. Visit CelebrateTheBond.com.

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Diamond in the Ruff
- Everyone knows diamond plate is a dog’s best friend – which makes these durable, bouncy and buoyant Diamond Plate Balls perfect for a play date at the park for even the toughest chewers.

Purr-fect Storm
- A huge obstacle to getting cats to the vet is stress. Help kitty keep her wellness visits on track with the ThunderShirt for cats, which applies a gentle, constant pressure to calm anxious feline friends during stressful trips or stormy nights.

Bowl’d Statement - Keep your pup from noshing noms at warp speed with a Slo-Bowl® feeder. It not only promotes natural eating habits with its maze-like structure, but also may reduce the risk of bloat and regurgitation.

Help us get to know our Canadian pet pals by sharing a picture of your best friend with our fellow family members on Facebook! We’ll randomly select one of the pictures posted this month to receive a furrific pet product package featuring some of our favorite paw-picked products.

To the Rescue - Shelter pets aren’t necessarily “broken” or harder to train, but those are two of the top myths that still persist about them. Share these five truths to help make a change and visit us on Facebook to tell us your rescue story.

As Good as It Gets - The human-animal bond is nothing if not reciprocal, but what we give to pets is as important as what we get. Discover three simple ways you can give to pets in need in this Huffington Post column from Petplan Co-Founder Natasha Ashton.

Pawsitive Press - Petplan is honored to announce that we have been selected to receive the Outstanding Corporate Sponsor Award from North Shore Animal League America at its annual Lewyt Humane Awards Luncheon, being held June 18 in Great Neck, NY, on Long Island. Purchase your tickets to join the Petplan team at the luncheon, which benefits the Animal League’s feline adoption and wellness center expansion.

In addition, we are delighted to announce that Petplan has been named a finalist in the 2014 American Business Awards for fetch! magazine in both the print and electronic categories for Best House Organization Publication. Petplan will ultimately be a Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie® Award winner – we’ll find out which at the awards ceremony in Chicago on June 13!

Doggone Good TV - For many years, leading animal organizations such as the Humane Society of The United States and the ASPCA have recommended leaving some form of media entertainment on for dogs when you leave the house to help reduce stress levels caused by outside noises and provide pups with some stimulation and a feeling of presence when home alone. Just in time for the summer, DOGTV is the perfect treat for any dog and dog lover – and we’ve got a special offer just for you! Watch one free month of DOGTV Online when you enter the code “PETPLAN” upon checkout at dogtv.com/petplan.

Quinoa is a highly nutritious seed and a good source of fiber and protein. Easily add it into your dog’s dinner menu with this tasty summer snack from Dr. Ernie Ward. NOTE: Kale, spinach and broccoli should be avoided in dogs with kidney disease or certain types of bladder stones.

OH-Mega Salmon

You'll need:
1 - 14 1/2 oz can or 3 1/2 cups cooked salmon
1 cup chopped kale
1/2 cup chopped green beans
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 Tbsp kelp powder

To make this recipe:
Place the kale and beans in a blender or food processor and blend until minced or puréed. In a bowl, combine vegetable mixture, salmon, quinoa and kelp powder and mix thoroughly. Divide into portions appropriate for your pet’s caloric intake. Makes 6 cups. 237 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.

2015 Veterinary Awards - Say thanks to those who give their all. Petplan is searching for North America’s veterinary heroes, and you can help! Nominate your pet’s hero today and we’ll enter you into a drawing for a $50 PetSmart gift card – with a new winner drawn every week!

This year’s categories include: Practice of the Year; Veterinarian of the Year; Veterinary Technician of the Year and Practice Manager of the Year – and, new for 2015, we’ve added awards for Veterinary Receptionist of the Year and Pet Parent of the Year!

Submit your nominations at www.gopetplan.com/VetAwards.

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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