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Chocolate and batteries and raisins — oh my! These common household items, and more, can be hazardous to your pet, especially when they’re in abundance around the holidays, including Halloween.

Know which items are toxic to your pets and how to keep your furbabies safe during the festivals and frolics.

For a more complete list of common household hazards for pets, Contact Us to request a brochure.


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And if the worst should occur, call the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680 and be sure you know which veterinary emergency hospital is closest to your home.

Infographic courtesy of Midwest Veterinary Supply and Pet Poison Helpline.

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Nation’s Largest Pet Insurer Offers Pet Friendly Guidance for Summer Trips

Brea, Calif. (May 18,  2015) – Each year millions of pets accompany their families on vacation, and with summer approaching, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, reminds pet lovers that the key to a safe vacation for our furry family members is preparation. To spread awareness about the potential dangers pets face during a trip, VPI sorted through its database of more than 525,000 insured pets to determine the most common travel-related pet injuries. Below are the results:  

Injury/Illness Travel Related Incident Average Cost for Treatment
Vomiting or Diarrhea Motion Sickness $226
Heat Stroke Pet Left in Car $575
Bruising or Contusion Sudden Car Stop $226
Sprain Jumping out of Car $185
Nasal Cavity Foreign Object Inhaling Debris while Head Out of Window $406
Laceration Hit with Debris while Head Out of Window $329

  VPI encourages people to plan ahead with these travel tips to ensure that their furry friends are safe during summer excursions:

  1. If traveling by car, secure your pet with a safety harness or well ventilated carrier to restrain them in case of a sudden stop or accident. 
  2. Never allow your pet hang out the window. Opening the window just a few inches will allow your pet to safely enjoy the breeze without the risk of inhaling debris or being struck by any objects. This will also prevent any temptation your pet may have of jumping out of the car.
  3. Feed your pet a smaller meal before your trip to prevent an upset stomach. Also remember to carry plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
  4. Bring your pets’ toys to accompany them during travel. The familiar smells can help comfort your pet and keep them occupied during the trip.
  5. Never leave your pet in a car unattended. Even with the windows cracked, temperatures in a car can increase drastically.
  6. Make sure your pet is wearing identification at all times in case she becomes separated or lost. Verify that your pet’s ID tag is up-to-date, durable, and includes your mobile phone number.
  7. Pack a recent photo of your pet along with current vaccination records. If your pet becomes lost, having a current photograph will make the search easier.
  8. Book a pet-friendly hotel. With more than 25,000 hotels in the U.S. allowing pets, there are plenty of properties from which to choose. Don’t assume all pets will be allowed, though: Some hotels place limits on the size of the dogs they allow. Call to check that your dog will be welcomed.
  9. Look up details about a veterinary hospital near your destination (phone number, hours, driving distance).  If your pet has a medical emergency you’ll be prepared and know where to go.

“Traveling with our pets can be fun, but it’s important to take the correct steps to ensure they are safe and comfortable,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “I recommend scheduling a pre-trip appointment with your veterinarian to confirm that your pet is in good health, and that your pet’s vaccinations are current. If your itinerary includes air travel, ask your veterinarian for a formal pet health certificate, which is required by most commercial airlines. Always consider your pet’s personality and determine if she or he can handle traveling, or if a change in surroundings may be too far outside the comfort zone for your pet.”

About Veterinary Pet Insurance

With more than 525,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI), a Nationwide company, is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, VPI has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

VPI plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Wellness coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit.

Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2013); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2014). Veterinary Pet Insurance, VPI and the cat/dog logo are service marks of Veterinary Pet Insurance Company. Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, and Nationwide Is On Your Side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2015 Veterinary Pet Insurance Company and Nationwide. Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit


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Take the time to properly introduce your pet to its new housemate. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Take the time to properly introduce your pet to its new housemate. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.    

     Will you be introducing a new pet into your household this year?  If you have a pet already, you’ll want the transition to go well.  Our pets can be territorial and possessive of us; competition for affection, as well as sleeping space and food, is not always welcome.

     Here are some steps you can take to ease the introduction of a new pet:

  1. Choose a neutral space (like a park) to let the pets meet each other.
  2. Place the new pet in a pet carrier, if it is small enough.  This allows the pets to see and smell each other, but prevents one from doing harm to the other.  Also, you can separate pets in the home with gates that allow the pets to see, hear, and smell each other, but not allow full access.
  3. Rub your pets’ coats with a clean, scent-free towel, and alternate between them.  This is a safe way to introduce the pets to each other’s scent, so it becomes familiar to them.
  4. Feed them at separate times or even in separate rooms, since dogs can be aggressive at mealtime.  This may also be the best way to keep an adult pet from eating puppy or kitten food, which would not be healthy.
  5. Supervise their interaction until you are certain they get along, if you do not trust one or both pets.
  6. Ignore them until they calm down, if your pets aggressively seek your attention.  Dogs, especially, should be trained to understand they will receive your affection equally, but only when they behave.
  7. Re-home one of the pets if aggression is unresolvable. Pets may try to assert dominance; even newcomers will do this.  Some “wrestling” is normal, but pets injuring each other is not acceptable.*  In cases where pets do not adjust to each other, a behaviorist may need to intervene.  In more serious cases, the owner may need to make the difficult decision to give up one of the pets.

     *Pet owners are at risk of being bitten or scratched when attempting to break up a fight between pets.  Try yelling “No!” in a loud voice.

     Some sources recommend distracting the animals by throwing a large blanket over one of them and then picking him up, but the owner still risks injury when attempting to remove an animal using this technique.  Using a loud noise to distract the pets may be safest. 

Original image can be found here on Wikimedia Commons.

This article was originally posted on May 6, 2011.

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     Need something new around the house?  Check out these ideas:

Critter Cord – Discourage cord-chewers and protect them against electric shock.

Guard against electric shock due to cord chewing.

Eat Slower Pet Dishes – Reduce the risk of bloat due to gulping food.

The divided dish design slows your pet's eating to reduce the risk of bloat.

Pet Peek – The window for your fence.

Give your pet a new outlook on life.

Skamper-Ramp – Protect pets and wildlife from drowning.

Give animals a leg-up to get them out of the water.

Spotlight Pet Locator – It’s like Lojack for your pet.

GPS-assisted pet tracking device - a must for pets with wanderlust.

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