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PetFirst Pet Insurance is dedicated to providing pet parents with cat and dog health blog articles, interesting pet health insurance facts, pet DIY projects, and much more! 

Thanksgiving Do's & Don'ts for Pets

11/1/2017

During the holiday season when food and holiday decor is plentiful, it’s important to be conscious of the potential health risks that could arise if proper precautions are ignored.

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Why are my dog's eyes cloudy?

11/1/2017

Those adorable puppy eyes get anything they want, don’t they? But over time, they may start to look kind of blue-ish or cloudy. Should you be concerned?

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5 Myths (and Truths) About Pitbulls

10/25/2017

How did pit bulls get such a bad rap? Let’s look at some of the myths about pibbles and destroy them with the facts.

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4 Ways to Fight Pet Obesity

10/18/2017

54% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. As with many chronic conditions, prevention is the ideal solution for pet obesity, but there are many ways you can reverse weight pro

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Tips for Throwing a Puptastic Halloween Bash for Dog Owners

10/13/2017

Be the hit at your next Halloween party by using these tips for throwing the perfect pet-friendly Halloween bash!

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How to Keep Your Cat Safe This Halloween

10/13/2017

From candy to noisy trick-or-treaters, there are plenty of factors that can threaten cat health and well being during Halloween festivities.

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Trap, Neuter, Return: How to help feral cats in your neighborhood

10/11/2017

Thousands of stray cats are euthanized every year. But you may not know that there's a way you can help them.

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Halloween Pet Costume Ideas

10/6/2017

Halloween is coming up soon! Get prepared with this awesome assortment of pet costumes that will really make your furry friends stand out!

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What You Need to Hear About Your Pet's Ears

10/4/2017

Your pet's ears are adorable, and they're also one of the most common sources of illness, as well. Fortunately, some basic maintenance should keep your pet's ears healthy & nuzzleable for years to com

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Animal Shelter Hurricane Update

9/28/2017

Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma are two recent natural disasters that have affected us in many ways. Across the affected areas and beyond, many animals have been separated from their forever home

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Pet Adoption Tips

9/27/2017

Just looking into adopting a pet? Getting ready to go now? No matter where you're at in the process, these pet adoption tips can help you out

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Animal Shelter Wish List

9/26/2017

There are tons of ways you can help your local animal shelter, even if you don't have room to bring home a new pet. Check out these ideas!

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Black Cats and Halloween

9/26/2017

Learn all about the legends and myths behind black cats and the superstitious and supernatural - perfect spooky reading for Halloween!

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Pet-Proofing Your Holiday

9/25/2017

You never know what sort of mischief your pet might get up to - especially during the holidays! Make sure festivities are as safe as they are fun!

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Mange - what causes it and how do you treat it?

9/25/2017

Know what symptoms to look for to tell if your dog has mange, a skin disease caused by several species of mites.

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Homemade Doggy Pumpkin Treats

9/25/2017

Homemade Pumpkin Treats for your Pupkin

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Dos And Don'ts Of Pet Health Emergencies

9/25/2017

When your pet is having an emergency, the first step you should take is getting to an animal hospital. Follow these steps to help keep your pet safe.

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​Top 20 Disney-Inspired Pet Names

9/25/2017

From male to female, and feline to canine, we've pinpointed 20 of the most popular, Disney-inspired pet names from our policyholders.

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Halloween Dangers

9/24/2017

This Hallow's Eve, be on the lookout for these 13 spooky pet dangers!

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Why You Should Adopt a Senior Dog

9/24/2017

There are many reasons why you should consider adopting senior pets, especially dogs! Don't believe us? Check out this piece and see what you think!

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Cataracts in Dogs

9/21/2017

Learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of cataracts in your canine companions so you can get them the help and treatment they need.

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Pet Health Problems Can Start Even at the Best Places

9/21/2017

A pet health story of a dog, Walter, and how he ended up getting sick at the least likely place - the veterinarian office... while he was boarded there.

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Cat Arthritis 101: Symptoms & Treatment Options

9/20/2017

Like humans, cats can develop arthritis which can lead to numerous difficulties down the road. Learn how to identify the symptoms and get treatment.

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New Pet Essential Supplies

9/20/2017

Are you fully prepared to take care of a new dog or cat? Make sure you are with these PetFirst Pet Insurance new pet essentials!

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When Your Cat Won't Use the Litter Box

9/19/2017

Is your feline friend missing the litter box? It could be a behavioral issue, or it could be a health concern. Learn how to find out which.

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Retinal Detachment in Dogs

9/18/2017

Learn how to identify and treat the symptoms of retinal detachment in dogs.

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What Is Syringomyelia?

9/17/2017

Syringomyelia is a condition that occurs mainly in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Brussels Griffons, amongst others. Find out about it here.

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Did Your Pet Raid the Candy Stash?

9/17/2017

Several primary ingredients in candy and chocolate can be dangerous - even fatal - to animals. Learn what to do if your pets get a hold of the candy.

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How to Cope With the Loss of a Pet

9/16/2017

Dealing with the death of a pet is hard. But there are things that can make it a little bit easier for you and your family.

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Urinary Tract Infection in Dogs

9/15/2017

UTI is a very serious complication that can lead to trouble if not handled quickly and effectively. Figure out how to identify the signs.

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September is National Happy, Healthy Cat Month!

9/14/2017

Did you know September is National Cat Month? Seriously! It exists, and it's time to celebrate! Find out all about it here!

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What I Wish I Knew About Owning A Dog - Guest Blogger: Danielle Salice

9/13/2017

After finding and keeping my first dog, everything seemed so simple. Over time, I learned that it wasn't.

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Evacuating With Animals: What You Need to Know When Disaster Strikes

9/13/2017

As people were starting to recover from Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma approached. It’s not just people who are impacted, it’s animals too.

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Trick Question: Pet Insurance or Savings Account?

9/13/2017

Many pet parents dip into their savings accounts to pay exorbitant vet bills, believing it to be cheaper than pet insurance in the long run. But that’s not necessarily the case.

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Common Feelings After Deciding To Euthanize A Pet

9/12/2017

When a pet parent has to make the decision to put their cherished pet to sleep, it's never easy. But know that there are ways to help cope.

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Receiving a bad prognosis from the vet: Guest Blogger, Danielle Salice's story

9/11/2017

Getting a bad prognosis from your veterinarian is rarely easy, if ever. Here is some first-hand advice on how to deal with the news.

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What Drove Me to Look for Pet Insurance? Guest Blogger: Danielle Salice

9/10/2017

Many people have pet insurance, but the reasons for getting it don't always have to be the same. Guest Blogger Danielle Salice explains.

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Tips for those wanting to volunteer at an animal shelter: Guest Blogger, Danielle Salice

9/9/2017

Volunteering somewhere to help some animals in need? Awesome! Get ready to do the most good with these tips from Guest Blogger Danielle Salice!

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Meet the PetFirst Pet Insurance Team: Samantha Weldon, Account Executive

9/8/2017

Get to know PetFirst Pet Insurance's awesome Account Executive, Samantha Weldon!

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Breed Health Spotlight: Chihuahua

9/7/2017

Chihuahuas are one of the longest-living dog breeds, but just like every other breed, they have their own unique set of common health problems.

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Mixed breeds or purebred dogs: Which is healthier? Guest Blogger: Amber Drake

9/6/2017

When asking a prospective dog parent which type of dog they would rather have, may say purebred instead of mixed. Which is healthier, though?

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Sick As A Dog: Puppy Health Problems To Watch For

9/6/2017

Taking a new puppy home is exciting, but it's important to worry about their health! Learn to recognize common puppy ailments to keep them healthy!

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Inside the Life of a Working Dog

9/4/2017

In observance of Labor Day, we spoke with Michael Sarvich, founder of the Midwest Search Dogs organization in Indianapolis, Indiana to learn more about modern day working dogs.

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Yikes! My Pet Has Fleas! What Do I Do?

9/3/2017

Here's everything you need to know about getting your pet's flea infestation under control!

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List of Veterinary Specialist Practices and What They Do

9/2/2017

A veterinary specialist is a vet who has completed specific additional training in a particular area of medicine. Check out this comprehensive list!

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Breed Health Spotlight: Shih Tzu

9/1/2017

The shih tzu has wiggled its way into the hearts of thousands. Still, this breed has unique health issues that it's most at risk for. Find out here!

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Cat & Dog Tick Bites- What it Means for your Pet’s Health

8/31/2017

Find out what ticks can do to your cats and dogs if they're not removed quickly enough. Also, find out the best ways to actually remove the pests!

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Snickers - The Ice Cream Boat Dog

8/30/2017

Learn the story of Snickers, the "Ice Cream Boat Dog" who made our family vacation even more awesome than it already was!

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Stop Itchy Paws in Their Tracks

8/30/2017

Itchy paws can be maddening for your dog and you. Your dog just wants relief; you just want your best friend to feel better.

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15 Most Common 'Game of Thrones' Pet Names

8/30/2017

See if your favorite character made the list for the most common 'Game of Thrones' character pet names.

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What's in Your Disaster Kit?

8/30/2017

The destruction left by Hurricane Harvey and the many pets displaced in the disaster remind us how important it is to have a plan in place for your family and pets in case of an emergency.

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Is Clicker Training Right for You and Your Dog?

8/28/2017

You might have heard how clicker training can be a fun and effective way to teach your furry friend some important commands tricks. Guess what? It is!

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Easy Ways to Improve Pet Health

8/26/2017

Our furry friends are part of the family and they require regular healthcare. Here are some easy things you can do to help keep them in great shape.

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Meet the PetFirst Pet Insurance Team: Tamzin Bennett, Customer Service Representative

8/25/2017

Get to know Tamzin Bennett, PetFirst Pet Insurance's Customer Services Representative!

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Basic Pet Health Care Timelines

8/25/2017

From dental cleaning to nail cleaning, make sure your pet stays in tiptop shape with these basic pet health care timelines from PetFirst.

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Day in the Life of Franklin : PetFirst's Chief Wagging Officer

8/24/2017

We recently sat down with Franklin and followed him around to see what a typical day was like for our four-legged friend.

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Cat Owners, Do You Know These Common Feline Health Problems?

8/24/2017

From spotting illnesses to knowing when to seek medical attention, your cat's wellness is dependent on your awareness of common ailments.

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Rescue Him Again: CPR for Your Pets

8/23/2017

What will you do if your pet needs CPR? Here are some tips to keep your best friend breathing and pumping blood until you reach veterinary help.

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Not spaying your female dog? Here’s what you need to know about dog periods.

8/23/2017

Here's everything that PetFirst Pet Insurance thinks you need to know about the estrus cycle, the health benefits of spaying your dog and more.

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The Common Traits of a Bad Pet Bed

8/22/2017

Fiinding the perfect pet bed can be tricky, but comfortable sleep is important for your pet’s health. Here's how to know if you're doing it wrong.

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Dog Breed Health Spotlight: Yorkshire Terrier

8/21/2017

One of the most popular breeds in America, Yorkshire Terriers have a unique set of health issues they’re most prone to.

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The Cat & I Didn’t Want A New Dog, But I Caved In & Brought One Home… Here’s the story

8/20/2017

Bringing home new pets can be a difficult discussion in some households, as you'll see in this account from one PetFirst Pet Insurance employee!

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Balto, a Rescue Dog, Helps Students of His New Mom With Reading & Spelling Words

8/19/2017

Rescued Balto fills Suzanne with love and helps students with reading and spelling. Find out why this dog mom chooses PetFirst for her pet insurance.

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Various Herbs used by Holistic Care Veterinarians

8/18/2017

Homeopathic and alternative treatments are becoming more common in human healthcare. Now, it's spilling over into the animal healthcare field as well.

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Xylitol and Your Dog: What You Need to Know

8/17/2017

Xylitol can cause serious illness and even death if ingested by your dog. The effects set in rapidly, with vomiting appearing within half an hour.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Your Senior Pet

8/16/2017

Pets are living longer than ever, and that means we've learned a lot about taking care of our pets during their golden years.

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Meet the PetFirst Pet Insurance Team - Jodi Austin, Claims Coordinator

8/15/2017

Meet PetFirst Pet Insurance Jodi Austin, our awesome Claims Coordinator!

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The Benefits of Microchipping Your Dog or Cat

8/14/2017

Millions of pet owners lose their furry family members each year. Without proper identification, 90% of those pets will never make it back home.

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It Pays to be Picky: Choosing a Vet

8/13/2017

Many pet owners consider their pets a part of the family. That means findings a good vet is just as important as finding a good doctor.

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Why Your Veterinarian Is Worth Every Penny

8/12/2017

There are many questions that run through pet owners' minds when it's time to go to the vet. Visits may be expensive, but we rarely stop to ask why.

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PetFirst Pet Insurance Moving Headquarters to Accommodate Rapid Growth

8/11/2017

Due to the continued growth in revenue and personnel, PetFirst Pet Insurance is moving its headquarters in August to Water Tower Square in Jeffersonville, IN.

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5 Ways to Cope with the Loss of a Pet

8/10/2017

Everyone copes with loss differently, and the same is true for the loss of a pet. Here are five ways to help cope during those tough times.

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Pet Insurance Analysis: Most Insured Dog & Cat Breeds

8/9/2017

It's almost uncommon not to have a pet. By analyzing 2015 pet insurance policyholder data, PetFirst was able to determine the most insured breeds.

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Tips for Moving with a Pet- Across Country or Around the Corner

8/9/2017

Here are some tips for moving with a pet to make the process as safe and comfortable for your dogs, cats and other domestic animals as possible.

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Dog Breed Health Spotlight: Labrador Retrievers

8/8/2017

In this breed spotlight, we're listing the most common pet insurance claims we get for America's favorite dog breed, the Labrador Retriever!

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Kids and Pets: 4 Essential Ground Rules for Bringing Home a New Pet

8/8/2017

Bringing a new pet home to a house with children can be a delicate situation. Make sure you handle it correctly so everyone can have fun and be safe!

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My Pet Is Sick. I Can’t Afford The Veterinary Care They Need.

8/7/2017

It's hard for some pet owners to afford the vet care they need. But, as you'll see from this huge list, there are tons of places to turn to for help.

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What First Time Puppy Owners Should Ask Their Vet

8/7/2017

Congrats on your new puppy! Here's everything you need to know to make sure your new dog is getting the proper vet treatment.

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How to Keep Your Dog Out of Your Garden

8/7/2017

Everyone knows cats are curious, but dogs have a habit of getting into places they don't belong, too. Here's how to keep them out of your garden.

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7 Household Items That Can Make Your Dog Sick

8/6/2017

All pet parents want to keep their beloved fur babies safe and healthy. Here are some common household items to keep out of reach.

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Changing Your Dog’s Food: Not as easy and just buying and filling the bowl

8/5/2017

There are times when it's necessary to change your dog's food due to health issues or other reasons. Make sure you the transition is safe and smooth!

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Meet the PetFirst Pet Insurance Team: Taryn Pearson, Director of Human Resources

8/4/2017

Learn all about Taryn Pearson, PetFirst Pet Insurance's director of human resources!

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5 Things Your Cat Wishes You Knew

8/3/2017

As we develop bonds with our feline companions, we sometimes (or most the time) wish there wasn't a language barrier. But they're still saying plenty!

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5 Tips to Stay Safe at the Dog Park

8/3/2017

Dog parks are great for dogs learning to socialize, but there are a few rules that you should follow to ensure a safe and happy experience.

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Debunking Common Pet Myths

8/2/2017

An old dog can’t learn new tricks. Cats have nine lives. There are plenty of adages and myths about our favorite furry friends, and sometimes common misconceptions can impact their lives and health.

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How to Give Pets Medication

8/1/2017

You may experience varying degrees of difficulty trying to give your pet its medication. Regardless, it has to be done. Here are some tips to help.

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Mitral Valve Disease in Dogs

7/31/2017

Mitral valve disease is responsible for 3/4 of all canine heart diseases. Find out all you need to know about this potentially fatal heart condition.

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Can you Write Off Pet Surgery?

7/30/2017

Many pet parents are surprised to learn that there are certain ways to save on expensive pet surgeries during tax time. Find out more about it here!

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6 Fruits for Dogs That Are Delicious and Healthy

7/29/2017

A lot of people aren't aware that there are actually a few fruits out there that dogs enjoy - that are also good for them! Find out all about it here!

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Hidden Hazards for Your Indoor Cat

7/28/2017

Just because you have an indoor cat (or just a cat indoors) doesn't always mean he or she is 100% safe. Be familiar with these hidden indoor hazards!

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Canine Influenza Outbreak - An Animal Shelter's Story

7/28/2017

Orlando Shelter Manager, Rachel Grow, of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando shares the story of how the recent dog flu outbreak closed their shelter.

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Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

7/27/2017

Hip dysplasia can seriously harm the hip joints of certain dogs, so find out what breeds are most at risk, as well as what symptoms to look out for!

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5 Common Pet Myths Debunked

7/26/2017

Do cats really always land on their feet? Are dogs' mouths really cleaner than the mouths of us humans? It's time to separate fact from fiction!

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Luxating Patella? What to know about loose knees?

7/25/2017

Patellar luxation can cause serious damage to your dog's kneecap and thigh bones, and it's one of the most prevalent knee joint problems for canines.

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Dog Flu Outbreak Areas & Symptoms

7/25/2017

​Canine influenza (also known as dog flu) is respiratory disease that is highly contagious and is currently spreading rapidly through many Midwest and Southeast states. Learn more about the dog flu.

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How To Properly Bandage A Paw

7/24/2017

Professional Canine Behaviorist and guest blogger Amber L. Drake will walk you through everything you need to know about bandaging your dog's paw.

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6 Things Your Cat Is Trying to Tell You

7/23/2017

If only cats could talk, right? Unfortunately, we're not quite there yet, but they sure do have a lot to say - if you know how to interpret it!

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Planning a dog play date

7/22/2017

Learn how to make your next doggy play date fun for everyone - dogs and dog parents alike!

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Dog Arthritis 101: Symptoms & Treatment Options

7/21/2017

Just like humans, many dogs may have to deal with complications from arthritis later in life. But it's not at all hopeless with the right treatment!

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Lyme Disease in Dogs: Protection, Prevention & Treatment

7/20/2017

Outdoor ticks pose just as much of a threat for pets as they do for us, and one of the biggest threats of all is Lyme disease.

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How to Ask Your Employer for Pet Insurance

7/19/2017

Pet insurance is one of the fasted-growing benefits employers offer as part of a benefits package. Find out the best way to go about requesting it!

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Service Dogs in Hotels

7/19/2017

Service dogs are dogs with specially and carefully selected characteristics and temperament to suit their job, helping people. Pet policies do not pertain to service animals.

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PetFirst Pet Insurance vs. Veterinary Discount Plans: What You Must Understand

7/18/2017

There is a pronounced difference between the type of pet insurance PetFirst offers and what's offered by veterinary discount plans. Find out here!

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How often should I give my cat a bath?

7/17/2017

Giving a cat a bath is a dreaded task. But, for the sake of cleansilness and health, it simply has to be done! But how often?

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What is Pet Insurance and Why Should You Get It? Guest Blogger: Luke Brown

7/16/2017

There are all sorts of benefits to having a good pet insurance plan. Retired attorney, blogger and all-around animal lover Luke Brown explains.

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Top 8 Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds

7/15/2017

Pet allergies are very common in humans - especially cat allergies. Fortunately, hypoallergenic cats do exist, and there are many to choose from!

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Antifreeze Poisoning in Pets

7/14/2017

Antifreeze poisoning in pets is a very real danger, but fortunately, it's also very preventable! Stay on top of things with these tips from PetFirst!

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Finding the Right Pet-Sitter For Your Dog

7/14/2017

You know exactly what makes your dog special. Don’t you want a pet-sitter who feels the same way you do about each tail wag and wet-nosed snuggle?

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Von Willebrand Disease in Dogs

7/13/2017

Learn how to safely and efficiently identify symptoms of the dangerous bleeding disorder known as Von Willebrand disease in dogs.

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Top 4 Elective Procedures - Are They Humane?

7/12/2017

Elective procedures are controversial and the subject of much debate amongst pet owners. Are they humane or not?

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"How often should my dog pee?"

7/12/2017

Your dog should be given the opportunity to urinate a minimum of three times daily. Holding urine for long periods of time can lead to many health problems.

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DIY Dog Toy - Recycled T-shirt Tug Toy

7/11/2017

Learn how to make awesome toys out of old t-shirts with this creative advice from PetFirst Pet Insurance!

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6 Best Dog Breeds For Children

7/10/2017

Dogs are good for everyone, but some breeds are just naturally better with children and toddlers.

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My Dog Got Caught Pooping In A 'No Dog Zone'

7/9/2017

What happens when one pet owner's dog decided it was a good idea to poop in front of a neighbor's sign saying "No Dog Zone"? Read on to find out!

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Hip Dysplasia: What you need to know

7/9/2017

Learn all about the signs, symptoms, and causes of canine hip dysplasia, as well as the various treatment options available.

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Pool Safety for Cats and Dogs

7/8/2017

Summer fun is here again, but don't go unprepared - especially around the pool! Learn how to keep your pets safe while beating the heat poolside!

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Acupuncture for Dogs

7/7/2017

Find out all about the potential pros (and potential cons) of acupuncture for dogs from PetFirst Pet Insurance!

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Depression and Pets: What You Need to Know

7/6/2017

Many experts agree that animals probably feel depression in much the same way that we do. Learn how to recognize the signs so you can help.

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5 Reasons Why Dogs Are Our Best Friends

7/6/2017

Take a look at all the reasons why our canine companions have become our most loyal friends!

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3 Reasons to Go Grain-Free

7/5/2017

Switching to a grain-free food may have positive effects for dogs who suffer from food allergies. There are many reasons to go grain-free, but here are just a few.

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Why Every Pet Owner Should Have Pet Insurance - Guest Blogger: Danielle Salice

7/5/2017

Find out why guest blogger Danielle Salice has become such a huge advocate of pet insurance.

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PetFirst Breed Health Spotlight: German Shepherd

7/4/2017

The German Shepherd is one of the most beloved dogs for families around the world, but like every other breed, it has its own set of health issues.

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Pet Therapy and Its Connection to Pet Insurance: Guest Blogger, Luke Brown

7/3/2017

Find out all about the connection between pet therapy and pet insurance with guest blogger and retired attorney, Luke Brown.

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Pet Vaccinations and Why They Are Each Important

7/3/2017

Do you know what shots your dog and cat needs? Do you know the difference between core vaccines and non-core vaccines? Find out everything here!

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6 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

7/2/2017

Summer fun is here, but make sure that it's safe fun, as well! Keep your dog cool with these six easy tips.

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The Dangers of Heartworm: Guest Blogger - Amber Drake

7/1/2017

Heartworm is a common and potentially very serious disease. Learn about the dangers and symptoms so you can keep your dog safe and healthy.

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DIY Cat Scratching Post Ideas

6/30/2017

Is your furry feline friend tearing up all your furniture? Here are some great DIY ideas for making a cat scratching post out of things in your house!

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5 Popular Dog Breeds And Their Common Health Problems

6/30/2017

Bulldogs, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, boxers and cocker spaniels are popular breeds, but they all have unique health issues to watch for.

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5 Ways to Fight the Fireworks Fear

6/30/2017

Help your furry friends stay calm this Fourth of July with a few precautionary measures.

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5 Tips For Helping Your Dog Beat The Heat This Summer

6/29/2017

Summer is a time for outdoor fun, but it's never good to go unprepared. Learn how to keep your furry friends safe during the hot upcoming months.

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What to Do if You See a Dog in a Hot Car

6/29/2017

Leaving a dog locked in a hot car is irresponsible and very dangerous. So, what should you do if you come across a dog in such a predicament?

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The Dangers of Kennel Cough: Guest Blogger, Amber Drake

6/28/2017

Kennel cough is a very real thing, but fortunately, it's very treatable if you know how to spot it. Learn how right now!

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Picking The Perfect Name For Your New Pet

6/28/2017

Picking a name for a new dog or cat is one of the most exciting yet difficult parts of pet ownership. Here are some great ideas to get you started!

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What Drove Me To Buy Pet Insurance - Guest Blogger: Danielle Salice

6/27/2017

After racking up debt due to veterinary expenses, she knew she wanted to be more financially prepared next time around.

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July Fourth Safety Tips for Your Dog

6/27/2017

Did you know more dogs go missing on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year? Unfortunately, it's true. Here's how to make sure your pup stays safe.

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Five simple reasons I love to bring my dog to work: Katie Grant Blakeley, CEO of PetFirst

6/26/2017

There are tons of perks and benefits that come with bringing your pets to work. Find out why PetFirst CEO Katie Blakeley loves bringing along her dog, Franklin!

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The Zoomies: The Truth Behind the Blur of Fur

6/25/2017

What are the zoomies? They're those late-at-night, completely unexpected bursts of energy that dogs and cats (mainly cats) all experience. But why, exactly?

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The Best Apps for Dog Owners

6/24/2017

There are all sorts of awesome apps out there that can help you have even more fun with your canine companions! Check out the coolest ones right here!

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Pet Calming Sprays: Do They Work?

6/23/2017

Pets get stressed out too! Fortunately, there are many ways to help calm them down, but how effective are they?

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Cherry Eye in Dogs- Guest Blogger: Amber Drake

6/22/2017

Dogs have a third eyelid in the corner of each eye. When this third eye prolapses, it's called "cherry eye". Learn how to spot and treat this troublesome worry.

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The Benefits of Walking Dogs for an Animal Rescue Group - Guest Blogger: Danielle Salice

6/21/2017

There are all sorts of ways to get involved and help local animal rescue groups. Walking dogs is one of the easiest, healthiest, and most enjoyable of all!

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Help! My cat won't stop meowing!

6/21/2017

If your kitten companion melows a lot, there could be a number of reasons, including illness and general anxiety.

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The Best Apps for Cat Owners

6/20/2017

With the current state of technology and the internet's ongoing love affair with all things cat, it was only a matter of time before "cat apps" became a thing!

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Autoimmune Disease in Dogs- Guest Blogger: Amber Drake

6/19/2017

Many people are surprised to learn that dogs are capable of getting autoimmune diseases, but unfortunately, it's true. Learn what to look out for.

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Bee Stings for Dogs and Cats- What You Need To Know

6/19/2017

Spring has sprung and Mother Nature has released all of her creepy crawlies. Be prepared for potential bee things with this PetFirst advice!

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5 Celebrity Tough Guys Who Love Cats

6/18/2017

It doesn't matter who you are—the appeal of cats is universal. Even the toughest guys in Hollywood agree!

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Importance of Exercise for Pets- Guest Blogger: Amber Drake

6/17/2017

Exercise is the key to a long, healthy and happy life for your dogs. No matter what age or breed, there are many exciting ways to stay active.

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Pet Sitter Checklist

6/16/2017

There's nothing like a well-deserved getaway, but no one wants to leave town without knowing that their pets will be well taken care of. Make sure they are!

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Hypoallergenic Dogs – Breeds Good for People With Allergies

6/15/2017

Many people suffer from pet allergies. Fortunately, dogs come in a huge amount of varieties, meaning there are breeds for even the most allergenic owners!

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5 Ways to Save Money at the Vet

6/14/2017

Vet bills can add up quickly. Slow down the cost with these tips from PetFirst Pet Insurance.

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Basic Care to Keep Your Pet Healthy

6/14/2017

These easy-to-follow practices will help keep pets healthy for years!

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What Does It Mean to be a Responsible Pet Owner?

6/12/2017

Learn how to be the best pet owner you can be with these tips and advice from PetFirst!

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Finding Separation Anxiety Triggers For Your Pet

6/11/2017

Keep separation anxiety to a minimum with these tips to help identify and address it.

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5 Reasons to Date Guys With Cats

6/10/2017

Besides for the fact that they HAVE a cat, there are tons of other great perks to dating feline-owning guys. Check them out!

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Is Pet Insurance Better Than A Savings Account?

6/10/2017

Here is a comparison between your cost with a pet insurance plan and your friend’s cost with a savings account.

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The Dangers of Retractable Leashes

6/9/2017

Before buying your next leash, take a moment to consider the possible dangers of retractable ones. It might just change your opinion!

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How to Stop Your Puppy From Biting (It's Easier Than You Think!)

6/7/2017

The only thing puppies love more than playing...is biting! Of course they don't mean any harm, but it's still a good habit to break early as possible.

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Helping Your Dog Lose Weight

6/5/2017

There's nothing more important for your dog's health than keeping its weight at a healthy level. Learn the best ways to do this with tips and advice.

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Preparing a Pet Safety Plan

6/4/2017

You're not prepared for spring and summer fun unless you've prepared a proper pet safety plan! Get ready, then go have fun!

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When To Take Your Senior Dog To The Vet

6/3/2017

If your senior dog has trouble moving, has suddenly stopped eating, or is exhibiting any of these other symptoms, schedule a checkup with your vet.

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Do You Suspect Your Pet Has Food Allergies? Let’s Discuss…

6/2/2017

Do you suspect that your pet is suffering from food allergies? Find out how you can know for sure!

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Thunderstorm Anxiety and Storm Stress in Our Pets

5/31/2017

Learn effective ways to help your pets stay calm and relaxed, even during the most frightening storms!

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Your Pet is Lost. Hope is Not.

5/31/2017

When a pet goes missing, it's hard not to panic - but it's important not to. Here's what you can do to make sure your pet makes it back home.

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Your Pet's New Vet Visit: 5 Questions to Ask

5/30/2017

Always be prepared! Know what questions to ask your new vet on your first visit so that you (and your pet) can get the most out of your trip.

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Reimbursement Formula - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

5/28/2017

Look for loopholes in your pet insurance plan which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Reimbursement Formula

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Dog Aging Project - Can You Increase Your Dog's Life?

5/27/2017

Scientists at Washington University recently made a breakthrough discovery regarding the longevity of our dog’s lives.

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Symptoms of Cancer in Your Pets

5/26/2017

It's Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Learn how to recognize the signs of this dangerous disease so your pets can get fast, effective treatment.

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Summer Pet Parasites to Look Out For

5/26/2017

To keep summer safe and fun, you have to know how to deal with ticks, lice, worms, and more!

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More Common Health Conditions Faced By Senior Dogs

5/26/2017

With over 46 million dog-owning households across the country, pet owners see their furry companions exhibit signs of aging every day. As your dog enters its golden years, it's important to try and ch

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National Pet Month: Celebrate with a Happy, Healthy Pet

5/25/2017

National Pet Month is a pet to celebrate our pets, their companionship, and the irreplaceable bond we share with them!

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Medical Prescriptions - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

5/24/2017

Look for loopholes in your pet insurance plan which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Medical Prescriptions

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Over-Insuring Your Pet - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

5/20/2017

Look for loopholes in your pet insurance plan which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Over-Insuring Your Pet

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The Most Common & Expensive Pet Illnesses for Cats & Dogs

5/18/2017

Cats and dogs have their own unique health concerns. Here are the most common illnesses based on claims submitted by PetFirst policyholders in 2016.

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Did you Hear? Pet Ear Care is Essential.

5/18/2017

If your pet's ears are dirty, they can potentially lead to all sorts of medical complications. Find out all you need to know here.

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Injuries Caused by Housemates - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

5/16/2017

Look for loopholes in your pet insurance plan which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Injuries Caused by Housemates

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Aging Ear & Eye Conditions - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

5/16/2017

Look for loopholes in your pet insurance plan which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Aging Ear & Eye Conditions

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Dermatological Conditions - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

5/13/2017

Look for loopholes in your pet insurance plan which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Dermatological Conditions

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Periodontal Disease - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

5/10/2017

Look for loopholes in your pet insurance plan which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Periodontal Disease

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Can you Spot a Puppy Mill Puppy?

5/10/2017

Learn how to spot a puppy mill so you can take proper action.

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Extended Wait On Orthopedic Conditions - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

5/8/2017

Look for loopholes in your pet insurance plan which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Extended Wait On Orthopedic Conditions

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5 Care Mistakes Every Pet Owner Should Avoid

5/8/2017

As a pet owner, make sure you are avoiding these common animal care mistakes.

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PetFirst Pet Insurance Partners With Atlanta Humane Society

5/8/2017

The Atlanta Humane Society is now including PetFirst Pet Insurance with every one of their nearly 10,000 annual dog and cat adoptions.

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Corneal Ulcers in Cats

5/6/2017

Learn the signs and treatment options of feline corneal ulcers so you can find help.

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Vaccinatable Diseases - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

5/5/2017

Look for loopholes in your pet insurance plan which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Vaccinatable Diseases for Dogs and Cats

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Spotting Poisonous Plants to Cats and Dogs

5/4/2017

There are plenty of ways to keep your pets safe from toxic plants, and it all starts with knowing some of the more common threats that are out there.

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5 Things that Make a Healthy Pet

5/4/2017

Regular veterinary checkups are essential for your pet's well-being! Here are five things to be conscious of.

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3 Commands Could Save Your Dog's Life

5/3/2017

These three simple commands keep your dog safe or even save its life in certain situations!

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5 Reasons Your New Kitten Needs Pet Insurance

5/3/2017

Everyone knows how curious cats can be—just imagine their kitten counterparts! Find out how kitten insurance can really help keep down those expenses.

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Feeding Your Felines: Dietary Health Tips & Cat Food Guidance

5/2/2017

Check out this list of cat food do’s and don’ts to help ensure that your feline friend goes from kitten to senior in the healthiest way possible.

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5 Reasons Your Puppy Needs Pet Insurance

5/1/2017

Puppies can be expensive to care for, and that's why pet insurance is such a big help for pet owners.

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Bile Duct Obstruction in Your Cat

5/1/2017

Learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of feline bile duct obstruction, which prevents the cat's intestinal bile from flowing correctly.

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Holistic/Alternative Therapies - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

4/30/2017

Look for loopholes in your pet insurance plan which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Holistic & Alternative Therapies

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Bilateral Conditions - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

4/28/2017

Look for loopholes in your pet insurance plan which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Bilateral Conditions

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Bump or Lump on Cat? Cat abscess, feline acne, tumors... we break it down

4/27/2017

Does your pet have a bump or lump? We help decipher if it is a cat abscess, feline acne, bee sting or cancer.

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Including Pets in Your Bug-out Plan

4/26/2017

Learn how to keep your pets safe during extreme weather conditions and other dangerous scenarios.

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Exam Fee Coverage - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

4/26/2017

Look for loopholes in your pet insurance plan which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Exam Fee Coverage

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How to Get Your Dog Involved in Dog Coursing

4/24/2017

Interested in getting your dog started in dog coursing events? Find out all about it here!

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5 Ways to Be a Responsible Pet Owner

4/19/2017

Here are five ways to make sure you're being the best pet owner you can possibly be!

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How To Include Your Dog In Your Wedding

4/15/2017

Get tips and ideas for including your four-legged friends on your big wedding day!

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Recognize (and Prevent) Cancer in Your Pets

4/13/2017

Recognizing symptoms of cancer can aid in early detection and treatment.

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Enrollment by Specific Age for Hip Dysplasia Coverage - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

4/13/2017

Look for loopholes in your pet insurance plan which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Enrollment by Specific Age for Hip Dysplasia Coverage

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Anemia in Cats

4/11/2017

Learn everything you need to know about identifying and treating feline anemia.

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Spay/Neuter Clauses - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

4/10/2017

We are educating customers on loopholes in their pet insurance plans which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Spay/Neuter Clauses

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Annual Care Requirements - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

4/7/2017

We are educating customers on loopholes in their pet insurance plans which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Annual Care Requirement

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6 Tips for Caring for Your Pet Post-Surgery

4/5/2017

Be prepared to help your furry friend post-surgery with these simple pet care tips.

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PetFirst Pet Insurance Now Included with SmartTag Memberships

4/4/2017

SmartTag has added PetFirst Pet Insurance as a new benefit for SmartTag members.

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Top 4 Dog Behavior Questions

4/4/2017

These are the top four dog behavior questions asked to dog trainers and pet behavior specialists!

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Easter Hazards for Dogs and Cats

4/4/2017

Learn the three biggest Easter hazards for cats and dogs - including some you probably didn't even think of!

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April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month!

4/2/2017

April 1st marked the beginning of Pet First Aid Awareness Month. Make sure you're prepared to help in the case of emergencies with this checklist.

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Exam or Records Required for Enrollment - Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Plan Matters

4/1/2017

We are educating customers on loopholes in their pet insurance plans which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line. Today's topic: Exam or Records Required for Enrollment

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Why The Fine Print In Your Pet Insurance Policy Matters

3/31/2017

As you are looking at dog insurance or cat insurance options for your pet, be sure to keep an eye out for the following loopholes, which could cause you disappointment in your coverage down the line.

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Have a New Kitten? A Guide to Your Pet's Care

3/30/2017

From planning their litter box training to purchasing their cat health insurance, follow these basic pet care tips to keep your kitten as healthy as possible.

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There's No Such Thing as Flea Season

3/29/2017

Did you know? Year-round flea and tick prevention is essential for your pet's health!

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4 Tips for Surviving Shedding Season

3/22/2017

When your dog or cat starts shedding his winter coat, these four handy tips can keep things from getting too hairy.

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The Alpha through Omega, and Back – A Story of Dogs: Rose, Stella and Victor

3/22/2017

Luke Brown shares a story of the Alpha and Omega dogs in his life, and how they have better him by just knowing them.

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4 Dog-Friendly Spring Break Destinations

3/15/2017

These four places have everything your pup needs for a fun, safe Spring Break!

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How Do I Get My Cat Down From Somewhere I Can't Reach?

3/10/2017

Everyone knows the old cliche of a cat getting stuck in a tree, but what should you do when it actually happens?

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Dos and Don’ts of Dog Dental Care

3/3/2017

There has never been a better time to think about what may be harming your dog’s teeth.

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First Time Pet Owner's Guide to Training Your New Puppy

3/2/2017

Adding a pet to your family is sure to add lots of love and joy to your household. However, it can also be a lot of work if you don't know what to expect.

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6 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Pet Sitter

3/1/2017

For many pet owners, hiring a pet owner could be a great decision! Find out all you need to know about this increasingly popular option!

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Periodontal Disease in Dogs

2/18/2017

Learn the signs, symptoms and stages of periodontal disease, and see what type of treatment options are available.

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Treats That Clean your Pet's Mouth

2/17/2017

To celebrate Pet Dental Month, we've compiled a handy list of the best pet dental treats out there! Find the perfect one for your furry friend!

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Senior Dogs Need Extra Special Care

2/15/2017

While many beloved pets may be puppies, others are older dogs that need extra special care as they age.

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A Short List of the Most Expensive Pooches to Insure

2/13/2017

It's no secret that quality pet care and pet insurance is important to any animal's health, but did you know that some dogs are more expensive to insure than others?

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Puppy Care 101: Best Practices to Help You Care for Your New Pooch

2/8/2017

A new puppy is always a cute and fluffy surprise, but it takes a little bit more than cuddling your new four-legged friend to make sure they live a happy and healthy life.

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Winter Hiking With Your Dog

2/4/2017

Check out PetFirst's tips to make sure everyone stays safe during your next winter hike!

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​Caring for Senior Dogs 101: A Few Tips to Help Your Old Friend Live a Happy Life

2/3/2017

Dogs take commitment, and when it comes to caring for senior dogs you may need a little bit of help. Here are a few tips that will make caring for senior dogs seem like a piece of cake.

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Happy National Pet Dental Health Month!

2/2/2017

It's National Pet Dental Health Month. Have you had your pet's teeth cleaned recently?

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Tips for Leaving your Cat at Home While Away

2/1/2017

Cats require less constant care than canines, but that doesn't mean they don't get lonely when they're alone!

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4 Reasons Investing in Pet Insurance is an Essential Part of Caring For Your Furry Friends

2/1/2017

Whether you have a dog, a cat, a parrot, or a horde of lizards, insurance for pets is an important part of properly caring for them.

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8 Cold Weather Dog Breeds

1/21/2017

These 8 cold weather dog breeds are naturally resilient to chillier temperatures and winter conditions.

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5 Basic Commands Your Dog Should Know

1/20/2017

Learn all the tips and tricks you need to teach your dog his or her own tricks!

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5 Ways To Spoil Your Dog

1/19/2017

Get some great ideas on spoiling your pooch from pet lover and guest blogger Danielle Salice! They deserve it, after all!

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Puppy, It's Cold Outside! Keeping your Pets Warm During Winter

1/18/2017

Learn how to keep your beloved fur friends warm and comfy all winter long with these super easy-to-follow cold weather tips.

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Tips for Giving Your Pet Medicine

1/18/2017

Want to make the chore of giving your cat or dogs it medicine just a little bit easier? Check out our tips!

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Prevention Tips for Heartworm Disease in Pets

1/18/2017

Heartworm is a serious health condition that can lead to death if untreated. Learn how to stop instances of heartworm from ever occurring.

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Healthy Homemade Dog Treat Recipe

1/17/2017

Who said treats have to be unhealthy? PetFirst has the info you need to make homemade dog treats that are both appetizing and nutritious!

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Is your pet's illness an isolated incident or a chronic condition?

1/16/2017

Sometimes, it's hard to read the signs, but it's important to know differences between isolated incidents and chronic conditions. Find out!

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Why Does My Cat Bring Me Dead Animals?

1/16/2017

Ever wonder why your cat seems to get so much joy out of gifting you with dead birds, rabbits, and the like?

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How To Trim Your Pet's Nails

1/15/2017

Trimming your pet's nails is a necessary evil. No one enjoys it, but it has to be done. Here are some tips for making the process easier.

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Emergency Preparedness Tips for You and Your Pet

1/14/2017

Be prepared to protect yourself, your family, and your pets when disaster strikes with these potentially life-saving tips from PetFirst Pet Insurance.

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10 Strange Behaviors of Cats and Dogs

1/13/2017

Ever wonder why our pets do the strange things they do? Wonder no more! PetFirst Pet Insurance explains the causes of the oddest pet behaviors.

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Tips for Adopting a Pet

1/12/2017

Before adopting a new cat or dog, make sure you're prepared with these helpful pointers from PetFirst!

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Are Dogs Really Color-blind?

1/11/2017

Many people are surprised to find out that dogs aren't actually color blind in the way we commonly think they are. Find out all about it here!

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Five Health Benefits of Teaching Your Dog New Tricks

1/11/2017

Besides being a fun way to show off to our friends and family, there are all sorts of health benefits to teaching our dogs tricks. Find out here!

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To Declaw or Not to Declaw

1/10/2017

Twenty years ago, most pet owners thought it was perfectly fine to have their cats declawed, but should it be considered humane these days?

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How Do I Prepare My Dog For A New Baby?

1/10/2017

Prepare to ease the transition of welcoming a new baby into your family and household. You never know how your dog will react!

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Pet Cancer Signs & Symptoms

1/9/2017

PetFirst Pet Insurance breaks down everything you need to know about pet cancer, from symptoms to prevention to treatment options.

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How to Control Aggression in Dogs

1/8/2017

Learn all about the causes of aggression in dogs and how to best handle the many situations where it may occur.

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Dog Fever - Does My Dog Have A Fever?

1/8/2017

Do you suspect that your dog has a fever, but you're not sure how to go about taking it? Wonder no more - PetFirst Pet Insurance had you covered!

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The Harsh (and Wonderful) Realities of Adopting a Puppy

1/6/2017

There are many pros to adopting puppies - but there are also cons, too. See both sides of the argument from this writer's first-hand experience.

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Are you and your pets moving?

1/4/2017

PetFirst Pet Insurance has all the tips you need to ensure your move to a new home is as smooth and comfortable for you and your pets as possible.

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Best Ways to Exercise With Your Pet

1/3/2017

A furry workout partner is always a great way to stay motivated with our exercise programs. Here's how to get your pet involved!

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Tips For Caring For Your Pet In The Cold Weather

1/1/2017

Keep your pets safe, happy, and warm during these cold winter months with these helpful tips from PetFirst.

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Five Healthy Resolutions For You And Your Pet

12/30/2016

There are tons of creative ways to get our pets involved in our health-based New Year's resolutions. Here are some great, simple ideas!

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4 New Year's Resolutions for Pet Owners

12/29/2016

There's no reason our pets can't get in on our New Year's traditions! This year, make some New Year's resolutions for both you and your pets.

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New Year's Resolutions for Your Pets

12/28/2016

Why should us humans get to make all the New Year's resolutions? This year, get your pets involved, too!

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How to Care for Different Types of Cats During the Winter Months

12/20/2016

If you're wondering just how to take care of your felines this winter, here are a few tips to help you care for different types of cats.

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Winter Weather Pet Care Tips

12/19/2016

Winter is here again! Make sure your pets stay safe and warm with these helpful tips.

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Quickly Finding Your Pet When They Are Lost or Missing is Critical

12/18/2016

When your cat or dog goes missing, finding him or her quickly is the single most important thing. Here's how to make sure that happens.

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Popular Holiday Gifts For Pets

12/16/2016

Check out this list of some of the coolest and most affordable holiday pet presents!

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PetFirst Testimonial of the Month - December Member Story

12/14/2016

PetFirst Pet Insurance spotlights Mojo the dog, our December Testimonial of the Month winner! Check out his story here!

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4 Ways to Help Pets During the Holidays

12/13/2016

Get involved and help out local animals everywhere this holiday season with these holiday tips from PetFirst Pet Insurance.

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Re-Homing a Pet

12/12/2016

Re-homing a pet is a difficult task for everybody, owners and animals alike. Here are some tips for making the transition as smooth as possible.

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Pet-Friendly Businesses

12/11/2016

Stores that support our pets deserve our support! From Starbucks to Macy's to Dairy Queen, find out which popular establishments are pet friendly!

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You Can Say YES to These Table Scraps!

12/10/2016

Not all table scraps are harmful for your dog! Learn what holiday leftovers are enjoyable AND safe for your furry friends this season!

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Cat-Proofing Your Christmas Tree

12/9/2016

Cats love getting into all sorts of crazy hijinks, and the annual holiday Christmas tree is a just big, shiny invite for adorable mischief!

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Pet Gadgets and Gift Ideas

12/8/2016

This Christmas, go all out with some awesome and innovative PetFirst Pet Insurance pet gift suggestions.

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Helping Shelters and Rescues During the Holidays

12/7/2016

From spaying and neutering your pets to volunteering at your local animal shelter, there are all sorts of ways to get involved and help out animals!

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3 Ways to Give Pets as Gifts

12/6/2016

Many people think that giving puppies or kittens as Christmas gifts is a great idea - and it can be! Just make sure you do it right...and safely!

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5 Tips For Keeping Your Pup Healthy This Winter

12/6/2016

Even though your dog is covered in fur and may seem to delight in the snow, there are still several measures you must take for your furry friend this coming winter in order to ensure their health, com

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6 Tips for Training Your Dog in the Winter

12/4/2016

You don't have to stop your dog's training routine just because there's some snow outside! Here's some tips for beating the cold.

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Tips for Winterizing Your Dog's Paws

12/3/2016

Protect your pet's paws this winter with these tips from PetFirst Pet Insurance!

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4 Steps for Pet Holiday Safety | PetFirst Pet Insurance

12/2/2016

The holidays are almost here, and everyone's excited! But don't forget about pet safety while having fun!

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Boarding Your Pet for the Holidays

12/1/2016

Everyone loves the holidays, but no one loves temporarily saying goodbye to their pets. Here are some tips to make the pet boarding process smoother.

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Gift Giving? Give The Gift Of PetFirst Pet Insurance

11/30/2016

This holiday season, give the best gift of all - peace of mind! Find out how you can give the gift of pet insurance to your loved ones this December.

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The Coolest Winter Clothes for Dogs and Cats

11/29/2016

Cats and dogs may have fur, but that doesn't mean they couldn't use some extra insulation this winter!

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Lumps and Bumps on Your Dog

11/28/2016

PetFirst Pet Insurance breaks down the various types of lumps and bumps you might feel on your dog.

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Why it's Critical to Spay or Neuter Your Pets

11/27/2016

It is a critical part of responsible pet ownership to spay or neuter your pets.

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Top 5 Behavioral Issues in Dogs

11/26/2016

Is your dog experiencing behavioral issues? If it's any of the five listed here, guest blogger Amber L. Drake has some recommendations to help!

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Why Does My Dog Drink Toilet Water?

11/25/2016

It's easy to get grossed out when our dogs drink out of the toilet...but why do they do it? Wonder no more!

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Keeping Pets Safe During the Holidays

11/24/2016

Keep your pets safe during the festive weeks to come with these tips from PetFirst!

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Toxic Temptations for Pets

11/23/2016

The holidays bring an assortment of dangers for our pets. From Christmas tree water to leftovers, here's what can potentially make your pets ill.

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Could Your Cat’s Behavior be a Sign of Illness?

11/22/2016

Why do cats sleep all day and stay up all night? Why do they sneeze so much sometimes? Find out the answers to these questions and more!

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Acupuncture for Dogs and Cats

11/21/2016

Alternative medicine has been growing in popularity for us humans for a while now - but does it have any benefits for our furry friends?

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Cat Obesity – Signs Your Cat May be Living Too Large

11/18/2016

Cat obesity is a major health concern that can lead to serious repercussions down the road. Learn how to tell if your cat is too big.

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Cancer Diagnosis in Pets is a Growing Health Concern

11/17/2016

Learn how to identify the symptoms of cancer in your pets, plus what types of cancer are most likely to occur in what breeds.

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What does a healthy pet look like?

11/16/2016

Do you know what a healthy pet really looks like? Make sure you can identify any potential signs or symptoms that your pet might need to visit a vet!

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Tips for Boarding Your Pet

11/15/2016

Keep your holiday travel plans as stress-free for both you and your pet as possible with these helpful pet boarding tips.

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Is Peanut Butter Good for Dogs?

11/14/2016

For many dogs, peanut butter is a delectable treat - but is it really good for them? Find out for sure with this PetFirst investigation!

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How To Stop Your Dog From Begging For Food

11/13/2016

Having trouble keeping your pup from begging for scraps? Fear no more! Here's everything you need to do to stop the bad begging behaviors!

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Four Pet Health Conditions that can be Treated at Home

11/12/2016

You don't always need to call a vet right away! Learn how to treat dry skin, bee stings, constipation/diarrhea, and ear infections in pets from home!

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Common Pet Myths

11/11/2016

You've probably heard them all before but never known if they're actually true or not. PetFirst Pet Insurance debunks the most common pet myths.

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Why does my cat do that?

11/10/2016

"Mystifying" is a great word to describe cats. Who doesn't wonder why they do some of the things they do? PetFirst is here to help you understand.

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Ask These Questions When Shopping for a Pet Insurance Plan

11/9/2016

Are you prepared to ask the right questions when you're shopping for a pet insurance plan? It's the single most important thing you can do.

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Emergency Preparedness Should Include Your Pets

11/8/2016

PetFirst Pet Insurance has all the information you need to make sure that your pets are cared for in your family's emergency preparedness plans.

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Canine Arthritis: What You Need to Know

11/6/2016

PetFirst Pet Insurance has everything you need to know about canine arthritis, from symptoms to treatment options. Find out here!

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Help! I've found a lost pet!

11/3/2016

Finding a lost pet can be a confusing and potentially alarming experience. Here's what you should do to get the best results out of the situation.

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Important Do's and Don'ts of Puppy Care

11/3/2016

To help with your newest four-legged adventure, use this short list of do's and don'ts to determine how you should proceed.

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Month: Electric Shock

11/1/2016

When Gipper the dog suffered electrical shock from chewing on a cord, PetFirst was able to cover over $750 worth of medical expenses.

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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease in Cats

10/31/2016

Learn the signs, symptoms and treatment options for urinary tract disease in cats.

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Feline Leukemia in Cats (FeLV)

10/30/2016

This lifelong disease can be treated, but not cured. Learn how cats get it and how to spot the symptoms.

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4 Things to Do If You Find a Lost Pet

10/29/2016

Learn exactly what to do if you find a cat or dog that you suspect is lost.

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How To Reduce Your Cat Stress Due To Veterinary Visits

10/28/2016

Tired of the stress that comes with vet visits? Try these tips to help fight off anxiety...for both you AND your cat!

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Wag! A Dog Walking App for Your Dog and Your Smartphone

10/27/2016

Learn all you need to know about the new dog walking app called WAG!

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Xylitol: The Hidden Poison in Your Home

10/26/2016

More and more food manufacturers are using xylitol as a sweetening agent. Unfortunately, this could be deadly for dogs.

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5 Things Your Cat is Trying to Tell You

10/25/2016

Just because cats can't verbally communicate doesn't mean they don't have plenty to say!

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Thinking Of Kenneling Your Pet?

10/23/2016

Before you kennel your pet, make sure you're prepared to recognize the symptoms of kennel cough. Unfortunately, it's more common than many think!

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How to Best Nourish Your Pet

10/22/2016

Does your pet always seem to be hungry, no matter how much it's fed? There's probably a good reason, and a solution for it. Check it out!

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Heart Disease and Your Pet

10/21/2016

There are many different symptoms indicating a case of heart disease in pets. Play it safe and learn how to identify them all.

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Pet Obesity: What You Need to Know

10/20/2016

Every year, National Pet Obesity Awareness Month falls in October. Learn what you can do for your pet's health with these relevant tips and advice.

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What Your Pet’s Tail Movement Is Telling You

10/16/2016

Many people have theories on what their pets' tail movements mean - but just what is accurate and what is myth? Find out here!

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Canine Bloat - What You Need to Know!

10/15/2016

Canine bloat is a painful and potentially fatal medical condition that occurs mainly in large breed dogs. Find out how to identify its symptoms!

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15 of the Best Animal Movies for Kids!

10/14/2016

From pre-90s classics all the way up to the modern era, there are all sorts of fun family films for pet lovers of all ages to enjoy!

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It’s Freezing- Does my Dog Need a Sweater?

10/13/2016

Some dog owners absolutely refuse to believe their dog needs a sweater; however, this may be necessary in harsh weather conditions.

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Pet Obesity Awareness Day: Cats

10/12/2016

Considering that an estimated 58% of cats in the United States meet the criteria for obesity, Pet Obesity Awareness Day is more relevant than ever.

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Pet Obesity Awareness Day: Dogs

10/12/2016

With an estimated 54% of dogs meeting the criteria to be considered overweight, National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is more relevant than ever.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe This Halloween

10/12/2016

Halloween is approaching fast! Get ready for fun, safe spooks with these festive tips!

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Keep Your Dog Safe, Healthy, and Happy With These 6 Pet Care Essentials

10/11/2016

From puppyhood to old age, your dog deserves the absolute best care you can provide. Here are a few of the essentials that you should be practicing.

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DIY Homemade Soft Cat Treats

10/9/2016

This easy and delicious homemade cat treat recipe will have your cat purring and nestled up next to you in no-time.

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DIY Homemade Oatmeal Dog Shampoo

10/8/2016

This easy oatmeal dog shampoo recipe will help the precious pup in your life suffering from dry, flaky, itchy skin.

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How to Pet-Proof Your Home

10/5/2016

A pet-proof home is extremely important to keep your pet safe. Steps must be taken in each room of your home to ensure safety for dogs and cats.

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Loss of Bladder Control in Senior Pets

10/4/2016

If your senior pet is lacking bladder control, he is said to have urinary incontinence. Learn more about the loss of bladder control in senior dogs.

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Dandruff and Pets - What You Need To Know

10/3/2016

Both dogs and cats can have dandruff, also known as seborrhea. Essentially, dandruff is an indicator your dog or cat’s skin is dry. Learn more.

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5 Ways to Care for Your Senior Pet

10/2/2016

Senior pets are awesome! But they've also got some unique needs that need to be met. Learn how to take the best care of your senior pets as possible.

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Lipoma in Dogs

10/1/2016

Have you noticed a mass on your dog? It could be a lipoma, which is a fatty growth. Let us break down the breeds most prone, symptoms and more.

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Dog Food Do’s and Don’ts

9/30/2016

From puppies to adult dogs to senior dogs, learn every little thing you need to know about providing healthy, quality meals to your canine companions.

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IVDD - Intervertebral Disc Disease

9/29/2016

Learn all about IVDD, otherwise known as Intervertebral Disc Disease, which can seriously affect certain breeds of dogs and lead to major discomfort.

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Conjunctivitis - Pink eye in dogs

9/28/2016

Conjunctivitis (commonly known as pinkeye) often affects breeds of dogs with major allergies. Find out everything you need to know about this ailment.

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Inexpensive and Easy DIY Enrichment Ideas for Animal Shelters

9/19/2016

Here are some inexpensive, do-it-yourself enrichment ideas for animals shelters. Anyone can get involved - find out how!

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A Short History of Pet Insurance Around the World

9/13/2016

To get a better understanding of why pet insurance exists, here's a brief look into its long history.

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Puppy Health Insurance is a Great Idea, and Here are 5 Reasons Why

8/5/2016

Due to the importance of their health, you should consider puppy health insurance for five very important reasons.

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New Partnership: PetFirst Pet Insurance and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

7/22/2016

PetFirst Pet Insurance is pleased to announce a new partnership with Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.

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These Five Tips Are Crucial to Caring for Senior Dogs

7/20/2016

If your pooch is getting up there in years, here are five tips to help you give them the best care possible.

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The Pros and Cons of Purchasing Insurance for Your Pet

7/19/2016

If you're on the fence about pet insurance, here are some pros and cons.

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Don't Worry, Pet Insurance Is NOTHING Like Human Health Insurance

6/27/2016

There's one simple reason so few pet owners have pet insurance plans: they simply don't know how pet insurance works!

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Four Reasons You Need to Consider Investing in Cat Insurance

6/13/2016

You may think that cat insurance costs too much to be worth it, but these four reasons may just convince you otherwise.

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Why Your Pet Needs Health Insurance

5/24/2016

As far as human wellness goes, one of the best things a person can do for both their physical and emotional health is to get a pet. Whether it's a dog or a cat, animals provide companionship, comfort

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Month: May 2016 - K-Cup Ingestion for Moots & Banjo

5/20/2016

Find out how Petfirst Pet Insurance helped this dog mom of two save big on veterinary bills after they got into the garbage!

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Pet Owners: Heartworm Season is Here. Here's How You Can Protect Your Pet

5/13/2016

It doesn't matter where you live. Your dog or cat is susceptible to heartworms. Last month was Heartworm Awareness Month, and as summer sets into full swing, it's important for the 46.3 million dog-ow

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5 Ways to Celebrate National Pet Week

5/4/2016

Did you know that every first week of May is National Pet Week? It is! Here are some ways to celebrate at a moment's notice - no need to be prepared!

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Fleas, Ticks, Mosquitoes, and Pets: Can They Co-Exist?

4/22/2016

With spring in full swing and summer coming on fast, it is important to keep your pets safe from the health risks often found in the great outdoors.

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Foods Your Dogs Can't Eat

4/21/2016

Dogs are America's favorite creature. Approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States have a dog, accounting for 46.3 million families having a four-legged best friend with a wet nose. It

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Pet First Aid Awareness Month: Are You Ready?

3/31/2016

April 1st marks the beginning of Pet First Aid Awareness Month. Are you prepared to deal with pet emergencies at any time?

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5 Ways to Enjoy Spring with Your Pet

3/15/2016

Spring is in full force, and who isn't loving it? Here's how to get the most out of this awesome season after a long winter indoors!

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Month- February 2016: Feline Hepatic Lipidosis

3/15/2016

Our February 2016 PetFirst Claim of the Month goes to Kita, a Domestic Shorthair Cat who suffered from Feline Hepatic Lipidosis.

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CJ, a German Shorthaired Pointer, Wins Best in Show at Westminster: We break down the good, the not so good, and the adorableness of this breed

2/15/2016

In celebration of a German Shorthaired Pointer winning this year's Westminster, PetFirst is spotlighting this floppy-eared pup!

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National Pet Dental Health Month: What You Should Know

2/9/2016

February is Pet Dental Month! Here's how you can get involved to help keep your pet's mouths clean and healthy.

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Seasonal Allergies: Not Just for Humans

10/1/2015

Every year millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies caused by excessive pollen, flowering plants, or even high mold counts and sudden weather changes. When people think of seasonal...

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Fall Activities for Dogs

9/18/2015

Get your furry four-legged friends involved in fall fun with these great ideas from PetFirst Pet Insurance!

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September's Claim of the Month | PetFirst Pet Insurance

9/13/2015

PetFirst's September 2015 Claim of the Month goes to Sammie the dog, who survived a worrisome run-in with a copperhead snake. Find out more!

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In Honor of Working Dogs

9/11/2015

Working dogs come in all shapes, breeds, and sizes. Celebrate their service in all its forms with this Petfirst Pet Insurance spotlight.

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Honoring the Working Dog This Labor Day: Top Working Dog Breeds

9/4/2015

It's always good to take a moment to remember the dogs that live to help. Here, we spotlight some of the most loyal working dog breeds out there.

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Honoring the Working Dog: Top Breeds

9/1/2015

This Labor Day, as we honor the American laborer and workers in various industries, it’s important that we not forget about the other hard workers happily contributing to our society - the working...

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PetFirst Casting Call!

8/31/2015

PetFirst Pet Insurance is looking for the next big pet star! Send us your pet selfies and you could be featured on our homepage!

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Protecting Farm Dogs and Your Investment

7/29/2015

Dogs can be a critical part of a farm's workforce and daily operations. They provide protection and assistance with livestock movement, as well as much-needed companionship.

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Shedding Season is Upon Us!

7/9/2015

Be prepared for summertime (aka shedding season) with these helpful tips from PetFirst Pet Insurance!

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Keeping Your Pup Safe this Fourth of July

7/1/2015

Americans love the Fourth of July - but our pets? Not so much. Also, more dogs go missing on this holiday than any other day of the year.

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What To Budget For When Adopting A Cat

6/25/2015

Animal shelters often have an influx of kittens in late Spring and early Summer and many advertise for new pet parents during this time. If you are considering adopting a cat...

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June 2015 - Pet of the Month Winner - Meet Ammo

6/16/2015

Ammo the dog was adopted in December 2014. Learn how he made a big impact in the life of policyholder Brenda and her husband.

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Five Dog Breeds Most Likely To Have Foreign Body Ingestions

6/1/2015

For dog owners, it can be an all too familiar situation— you come home to find your loveable, rambunctious furry friend has again chewed up your belongings while you were away.

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Summer fun at the Dog Park!

5/21/2015

Summer is here and everyone's excited! Make sure your summer dog park fun is as safe as possible with these helpful do's and don't's from PetFirst!

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PetFirst Testimonial of the Month - May 2015

5/21/2015

Bud the beagle and his owner Jo are our PetFirst Pet Insurance May 2015 Testimonial of the Month award winners! Check out their story!

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Month - May 2015

5/20/2015

PetFirst's May 2015 Claim of the Month winner goes to the family of Toby the dog, whose family received over $1,500 in aid.

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PetFirst's May 2015 Pet of the Month Contest Winner

5/19/2015

PetFirst Pet Insurance policyholder Mark Graves tells the tale of his rescue dog Zeus and how they came to be PetFirst pet insurance members.

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Pet Cancer Awareness Month - What Pet Owners Need To Know

5/13/2015

Learn the signs, symptoms and treatment options for cancer in pets

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Prevention Tips For Keeping Your Dog From Getting Canine Influenza

4/30/2015

Learn how to protect your pet from the flu.

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PetFirst Partners With Sam's Club To Provide Pet Insurance To Members

4/28/2015

One-year pet insurance gift cards now exclusively available to Sam's Club members.

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Hairball Awareness Day - YES... There's a Day!

4/28/2015

It's Hairball Awareness Day! Learn everything you need to know about these curious kitten quirks, including how they happen and how to help.

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PetFirst's April 2015 Pet Of The Month Contest Winner

4/19/2015

Here's PetFirst's April 2015 Pet of the Month contest winner: Mya the dog! Check out her story here!

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Pet Insurance Claim Of The Month - April 2015

4/18/2015

PetFirst's April Pet Insurance Claim of the Month is a big one: We helped policyholder Maggie save over $1,300 dollars on vet bills!

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PetFirst Testimonial Of The Month - April 2015

4/17/2015

Check out the story of PetFirst Pet Insurance policyholders Rachel the human and Polly the dog! They saved big on vet bills with pet insurance!

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6 Tips For Traveling with Pets

4/8/2015

For many families around the country, spring break time is already happening or is right around the corner. Learn how to travel safely with your pets.

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Springtime Hazards for Pets

3/24/2015

Seasonal allergies, cleaning chemicals, and more! Look out for these common springtime hazards for pets!

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PetFirst Testimonial Of The Month - March 2015

3/15/2015

Check out the story of Iggy the pup and her owner Joycelyn, two proud PetFirst Pet Insurance policyholders who saved big on vet bills!

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Pet Insurance Claim Of The Month - March 2015

3/14/2015

March's PetFirst Pet Insurance Claim of the Month winner is Tiger, a 2-year old Domestic Long Hair cat who injured his paw after a daring jump.

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PetFirst's March 2015 Pet Of The Month Contest Winner

3/13/2015

Check out the story of Amy Elledge and her adorable dog Juneau, two proud PetFirst Pet Insurance policyholders!

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Top 5 Poison Prevention Tips For Pets

3/13/2015

Here are PetFirst Pet Insurance's top five pet poison prevention tips, just in time for spring!

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Month - February 2015

2/15/2015

PetFirst paid over $2,500 to the family of Onyx, a mixed breed dog from Conneticut. Find out his story here!

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PetFirst's February 2015 Pet of the Month Contest Winner

2/14/2015

Congratulations to PetFirst Pet Insurance's February 2015 Pet of the Month, Harvey the dog!

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PetFirst Testimonial of the Month - February 2015

2/13/2015

Meet Clinker the dog, PetFirst Pet Insurance's February 2015 Testimonial of the Month!

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Four Tips For Maintaining Your Pet's Dental Health

2/13/2015

Keep Fido's teeth sparkling clean! Learn how to take proper care of your doggy's dentures in celebration of Pet Dental Health Month!

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Four Valentine's Day Tips For Pets

2/13/2015

Chocolates, candies, and other Valentine's Day staples can present a danger to our cats and dogs. Make sure they stay safe this holiday!

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Month - January 2015

1/25/2015

PetFirst Pet Insurance paid $1,263.01 to the family of Boomer, a Miniature Australian Shepherd from Texas! Find out all about it here!

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PetFirst's January 2015 Pet Of The Month Contest Winner

1/24/2015

Meet Shadow the cat, the winner of PetFirst's January 2015 Pet of the Month contest!

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PetFirst Testimonial Of The Month - January 2015

1/23/2015

Find out all about Dixie, a mix breed dog diagnosed with environmental allergies. Suffering from skin infections, PetFirst was able to help out.

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Keep Your Dog Active During Cold Winter Months

1/3/2015

PetFirst offers suggestions for indoor activities to keep your dog active

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5 New Year's Resolutions That Include The Family Pet

12/20/2014

PetFirst helps you include your family pet in some healthy resolutions for 2015

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Month - December 2014

12/18/2014

PetFirst Pet Insurance's December 2014 Claim of the Month winner is Bumble, a Rottweiler whose family received nearly $1,900 in assistance!

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2015 Pet of the Month Contest for Policyholders

12/17/2014

Do you think your pet is truly spectacular? Is he or she the cat’s meow? Then send us the best photo of your pet!

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PetFirst 2015 Testimonials Contest

12/16/2014

Are you a PetFirst policyholder with a testimonial to share? If so, tell us for a chance to be featured on our website, Facebook page, or newsletter!

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PetFirst's December Pet of the Month Contest Winner

12/15/2014

Meet Beefy the Bulldog, PetFirst Pet Insurance's December Pet of the Month Contest Winner!

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PetFirst Sheds Light On Canine Degenerative Myelopathy

12/12/2014

Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for this rare but incurable condition.

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PetFirst Accepts BBB Louisville Area Torch Award

11/17/2014

The Better Business Bureau Recognizes PetFirst with Award for Marketplace Ethics

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Month - November 2014

11/16/2014

PetFirst Pet Insurance's November 2014 Claim of the Month goes to the family of Emma, an English Mastiff from Massachusetts.

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PetFirst's November Pet of the Month Contest Winner

11/15/2014

Meet Frosti, the 4-year old West Highland Terrier who is also PetFirst Pet Insurance's November Pet of the Month contest winner!

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PetFirst Testimonial of the Month - November Member Story

11/14/2014

Bianca the dog suffered some serious medical problems, but luckily she had PetFirst pet insurance to help her owners cover the costs!

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Month - October 2014

10/15/2014

Sophie the Dachshund is the winner of PetFirst Pet Insurance's October 2014 Claim of the Month! Check out her story here!

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PetFirst Testimonial of the Month - October Member Story

10/14/2014

Ladybug the dog is PetFirst Pet Insurance's October Member story! Find out about her path that led her to our office here!

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PetFirst's October Pet of the Month Contest Winner

10/13/2014

Meet Peanut the dog, the winner of PetFirst Pet Insurance's October Pet of the Month contest!

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Michael Walling Named CFO for PetFirst

9/30/2014

Finance and Accounting areas focused on supporting the growth of the organization.

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Month - September 2014

9/7/2014

PetFirst Pet Insurance's September 2014 Claim of the Month is Mickey Mouse, a dog (yes!) who had an alarming cough and needed immediate vet attention.

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PetFirst's September Pet of the Month Contest Winner

9/6/2014

Meet Pooch the cat, PetFirst Pet Insurance's September Pet of the Month contest winner!

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PetFirst Testimonial of the Month - September Member Story

9/5/2014

Meet Gunner the dog, PetFirst Pet Insurance's September 2014 Testimonial of the Month winner!

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PetFirst Testimonial of the Month - August Member Story

8/20/2014

Elise is the owner of bug, a little Yorkie who was picked up from the Los Angeles shelter. When she broke her leg, PetFirst helped out.

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Month - August 2014

8/19/2014

PetFirst paid $5,000 to the family of Pluto, a Jack Russell Terrier, after he underwent surgery for intervertebral disc disease.

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PetFirst's August Pet of the Month Contest Winner

8/18/2014

August's Pet of the Month Contest Winner is Kobe, a happy, helpful Golden Retriever who volunteers as a Pet Therapy Dog at a local hospital.

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PetFirst Pet Insurance Now Offered Though Safeway’s Priority® Total Pet Care Brand

8/14/2014

Pet health insurance for dogs and cats available for Safeway customers.

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Cost of Pet Care Continues to Rise, Pet Parents Using Pet Insurance for Reimbursement

7/24/2014

PetFirst shares top claims for costly vet bills.

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PETFIRST ANNOUNCES SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS

7/18/2014

City of Jeffersonville partners with PetFirst to provide more than $1,000 in prizes

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Month - July 2014

7/5/2014

July's Pet Insurance Claim of the Month goes to the family of Bree, a Labrador Retriever from Oregon who underwent emergency surgery.

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PetFirst Testimonial of the Month - July Member Story

7/4/2014

Ann's our Testimonial of the Month winner! Find out the story that brought her and her dog together, and then both of them to PetFirst!

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PetFirst's July Pet Of The Month Contest Winner

7/3/2014

Trouble the American Pitbull Terrier is the PetFirst Pet Insurance Pet of the Month for July. Check out his story, as told by owner Erica!

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Summer Pet Safety Tips

7/3/2014

Keep your summer fun as safe as it is enjoyable for yourself and your pets with these helpful tips from PetFirst Pet Insurance.

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Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

7/2/2014

This trademark American holiday is fun for us, but not so much our pets. Learn how to keep pets safe and comfortable during this holiday.

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Water Safety Tips For Your Dog

6/30/2014

Have safe summer fun this season with these water safety tips from PetFirst Pet Insurance.

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PetFirst Celebrates 10 Years Of Providing Pet Insurance

6/23/2014

PetFirst Reaches A Decade Of Providing Insurance Coverage For Pets Across the Nation

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The PetFirst 10th Anniversary Sweepstakes

6/18/2014

We're celebrating our 10th anniversary by giving away ten $50 PetFirst gift cards and a free year of pet insurance! Find out more here!

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Pet Insurance Claim Of The Month - June 2014

6/5/2014

PetFirst Pet Insurance paid over $2,600 to the family of Shadow, a German Short-Haired Pointer who had been battling with ACL injuries.

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PetFirst Testimonial Of The Month - June Member Story

6/4/2014

PetFirst's June Member story goes to two pets: Gigi and Skipper, a pair of adorable Miniature Pinscher dogs from the same litter.

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10 Tips For Safe Summer Pet Travel

6/4/2014

Ready to hit the open road? You might be, but you have to make sure your pets are, too! Here are ten tips to ensure your travels are safe.

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PetFirst's June Pet Of The Month Contest Winner

6/3/2014

Say hello to Maverick the German Shepherd, PetFirst Pet Insurance's June Pet of the Month contest winner!

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Show your pet some extra love during Pet Appreciation Week

5/30/2014

Show your pets even more love in celebration of National Pet Appreciation Week! Find out all the details about this awesome holiday!

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PetFirst's May Pet of the Month Contest Winner

5/9/2014

Lük the Border Collie is a rescue who was sick with pneumonia. Her owner took him to the vet to get help, and PetFirst was there to help.

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PetFirst Testimonial of the Month - May Member Story

5/8/2014

Buttercup and Pumpkin the poodles are the dual winners of PetFirst's May Testimonial Giveaway!

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Month - May 2014

5/7/2014

The PetFirst Pet Insurance Claim of the Month for May 2014 goes to Rambo, a Golden Retriever whose family received over $4,200 for bills.

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Pet First Aid Tips from PetFirst

4/15/2014

Learn the standard pet safety information that every pet owner needs to know with this insightful piece from PetFirst Pet Insurance.

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PetFirst Testimonial of the Month - April Member Story

4/9/2014

PetFirst's April member story goes to policyholder Fred and his dog Morgan, who faced a harrowing and inspiring story of survival together.

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Dog rescued from Noyac Bay makes news headlines

4/9/2014

Thanks to his microchip, Morgan the dog experienced a miraculous rescue from a body of water three miles from his family's home.

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PetFirst's April Pet of the Month Contest Winners

4/8/2014

DaisyCharles and Duke are PetFirst Pet Insurance's April 2014 Pet of the Month contest winners!

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Month - April 2014

4/7/2014

Checkers, a mixed breed dog from Florida, received $500 in veterinary bill assistance from PetFirst. Check out his story here!

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Rare Autoimmune Disease in Dog Leads to Extensive Treatment

3/28/2014

Evans Syndrome is a rare but serious autoimmune disease that effects the immune system. Find out about how it impacted Trapper the dog.

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Spring Safety Tips for Your Pet from PetFirst

3/26/2014

Learn what to do and what to look out for to make sure this spring is as fun as it is safe for your furry friends.

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Dog Treats Made at Home

3/19/2014

Learn how to make delicious, cost-efficient, and fun peanut butter treats from the comfort of your own home with this awesome recipe!

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March Pet of the Month Contest Winner

3/5/2014

Congratulations to the PetFirst Pet Insurance Pet of the Month for March 2014, Flutie the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel!

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March 2014 - Claim of the Month

3/4/2014

PetFirst paid over $4,500 to the family of Fuego, a 7-year old Rhodesian Ridgeback who battled with cancer. Read his story here.

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Tips for Traveling With Your Pet

3/4/2014

Don't hit the open road until you're prepared! PetFirst has all the tips you need to make your spring break travels fun and safe for all!

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Testimonial of the Month - March Member Story

3/3/2014

PetFirst's March Member Story winner is Ginger the dog. Check out her story here!

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Dog with Nine Lives and a Great Pet Insurance Plan has Stories to Share

2/28/2014

This beagle has seen his share of danger. Fortunately, he's always come out okay - and PetFirst Pet Insurance has been there the whole time.

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Health Scare for Chocolate Lab is Covered Thanks to Pet Insurance Plan

2/26/2014

When Delilah the chocolate lab decided to eat a banana, things got hairy. Fortunately, she came through alright. Learn what happened here.

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10 Poison Prevention Tips for Dog and Cat Owners from PetFirst

2/26/2014

March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month, an opportunity to brush up on protecting our pets from all sorts of household hazards.

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Understanding Pet Insurance

2/20/2014

If you've ever had any questions at all about pet insurance, what it is, or how it works, this is the blog for you! It's pet insurance 101!

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Checklist for Responsible Pet Owners from PetFirst

2/19/2014

Take all the steps you possibly can to ensure your cat or dog is as happy as can be with this handy checklist from PetFirst.

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Valentine safety for pets

2/12/2014

Chocolates, lilies, roses, and alcohol - all the makings of a good Valentine's Day for us, but very bad when our pets get a hold of them!

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Recall Notice on Pro-Pet LLC of Dry Dog and Cat Foods

2/6/2014

The FDA recently issued a recall notice on Pro-Pet LLC. Be safe and protect your pets - find out all the details here!

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Special PetHub Discount for friends of PetFirst Pet Insurance

2/5/2014

PetFirst Pet Insurance loves providing discounts to its furry family members. Check out this special offer from PetHub.

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Pet Insurance Testimonial of the Month - February Member Story

2/4/2014

Learn how Lloyd benefited from having a pet insurance plan on his dog, Scout. PetFirst reimbursed him from this unusual accident.

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February 2014 - Claim of the Month

2/3/2014

February's Claim of the Month is here! Check it out to see which PetFirst Pet Insurance policyholder saved big on vet expenses!

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February's Pet of the Month Contest Winner!

2/2/2014

Molly the Cockapoo is the PetFirst Pet of the Month for February! Come meet her and learn her story!

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January's Pet of the Month Contest Winner!

1/11/2014

Check out the story of Blue the dog, a real hero and the worthy recipient of PetFirst's Pet of the Month title for January.

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January 2014 - Claim of the Month

1/10/2014

January's Claim of the Month belongs to MacDuff, an Airedale Terrier who suffered several injuries after being hit by a car.

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Tips For Improving Your Pet's Weight

12/30/2013

For pet parents, pets are family. That means we'd do whatever it takes to keep them happy and healthy...and weight plays a huge role in that!

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PetFirst Offers Senior Pet Insurance Plans

12/27/2013

Have a senior pet in need of health insurance? Rest easy knowing that PetFirst Pet Insurance has plans for pets of all ages - even over age 10!

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PetFirst January 2014 Shelter Contest

12/18/2013

Start off 2014 with the chance to earn some serious cash for your organization! Find out all about PetFirst's new contest!

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Testimonial of the Month - December Member Story

12/17/2013

Margaret Auld-Louie is the winner of our December Monthly Giveaway! She received a $15 gift card for submitting her cat's testimonial!

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Join PetFirst's Monthly Giveaway!

12/16/2013

Are you a PetFirst policyholder with a story to tell? If so, enter our monthly giveaway for a chance to win our 2014 Grand Prize Drawing!

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Beefy the Bulldog is December's Pet of the Month!

12/15/2013

Beefy the bulldog is PetFirst Pet Insurance's Pet of the Month winner for December!

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PetFirst has partnered with The Dapper Dog Co. to offer a 30% discount

12/14/2013

Check out this awesome special holiday offer from the Dapper Dog Co.!

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December 2013 - Claim of the Month

12/13/2013

PetFirst's Big Claim of the Month winner is Delilah, a chocolate Labrador Retriever who took a trip to the vet for foreign body surgical removal.

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The Benefits of Adopting a Senior Pet

11/27/2013

Senior pets still have plenty of love to give! Find out all the hidden advantages of adopting an older pet in this senior pet spotlight!

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Thanksgiving Dangers For Your Pet

11/22/2013

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family, and the furry ones shouldn't be left out. Still, they shouldn't get all the goodies us humans do!

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PetFirst's Pet of the Month Contest for Policyholders

11/21/2013

Enter your fur-friend into PetFirst's Pet of the Month Contest for a chance to be featured in our PetFirst Calendar! Find out the details here!

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Cancer Detection And Treatment For Your Pet

11/20/2013

With November being Pet Cancer Awareness Month, it's a good time for pet owners everywhere to learn more about the disease's warning signs and symptoms.

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10 Safety Tips For Boating With Your Dog

7/26/2013

Be prepared for fun at the lake this summer with these tips for safe boating with your dog!

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Caring For Newborn Kittens

7/16/2013

Taking in an orphaned kitten is a kind thing to do, but it's also a lot of work. Just remember that the reward always outweighs the work!

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"National Pet Fire Safety Day" Tips to Keep Pets Safe

7/15/2013

Did you know that July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day? Mark the occasion by brushing up on some important pet fire safety tips.

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Fighting The Fur

5/31/2013

Marley is a big Saint Bernard who has always lived outdoors. When it came time for him to come indoors, however, his fur problem became a real issue!

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Keep Your Pet Safe This Summer

5/16/2013

Summer's here! Now's the perfect time to brush up on some warm weather safety tips so you and your pet can both beat the heat!

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The Importance of Pet Grooming

4/26/2013

Pet grooming is an essential part of pet ownership. It's important for owners to understand their pet's grooming needs and what options there are.

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What To Look For When Purchasing Pet Insurance

4/5/2013

Purchasing pet insurance can be a confusing process. Here, PetFirst lays out all the questions you need to ask to make sure you get what you need.

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Choosing The Best Training For Your Pet

3/22/2013

Is your puppy prepared for training? Find out what kind of training is best for your dog's unique personality and temperament!

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6 Tips For Springtime Pet Care

3/8/2013

Always make sure to your pets safe from these potential springtime hazards!

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Think You Need A Third Hand, How About 'The Fifth Paw'?

2/22/2013

PetFirst Pet Insurance recently caught wind of a product called the Fifth Paw. We were impressed! Check out our thoughts here.

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6 New Year's Resolutions You're Not Keeping!

1/24/2013

We're almost a month into 2013 and some of us might be seeing our resolutions lose stream. Here are some ideas to keep you going!

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Training Can Improve Your Pet's Focus And General Well-Being

1/15/2013

It's National Dog Month! To celebrate, we asked our team to share their favorite training stories.

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Bad Dog? It's National Train Your Dog Month!

1/7/2013

In recognizing the importance of training, the team at PetFirst has decided to share their favorite training experiences with you!

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PetFirst Is Awarded The Petfinder Seal Of Approval!

10/2/2012

PetFirst has been chosen as the pet insurance provider of choice and given the Petfinder Seal of Approval for its great pet product.

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Want An iPad? NAPHIA Is Buying

9/5/2012

Learn how to participate in the NAPHIA contest to win some great pet-related prizes!

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PetFirst's 1st Edition Of Pet Products We Love!

2/17/2012

At PetFirst, we love our pets like they love their toys! That's why we put together this list of our team's favorite dog and cat toys!

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Your Daily Cup Of Coffee Could Cover The Cost Of Pet Insurance!

1/26/2012

Pet insurance costs less than a cup of coffee per day, and many pet owners are seeing the value in pet health care coverage.

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National Pet Safety Program Endorses PetFirst Healthcare

12/16/2011

Bark Buckle UP recently endorsed PetFirst as their exclusive recommended pet insurance provider. Find out more here!

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

12/1/2011

It's a common question that many people have on their minds: Is pet insurance worth it? We've decided to confront that question with this post.

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Achieving A Balanced Dog

11/10/2011

Cesar Millan was in Louisville recently, and one member of the PetFirst team was lucky enough to attend his presentation on dog training and obtaining balance.

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A Lovely Note From A Happy PetFirst Family Member

5/5/2011

We were recently thrilled to receive a lovely thank you note from a happy customer, and we wanted to share it with you, our readers.

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Pet Safety: Be Mindful Of Your Pet's Toys

2/22/2011

We recently received a kind letter from a satisfied customer expressing their happiness with their policy. Find out what she had to say here!

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Toby's Terrible Tummyache

1/18/2011

Toby the Golden Retriever is one lucky pup after having razor blade pieces removed from his stomach! Find out all about his scary mishap and recovery!

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PetFirst Is Giving Away $25 Visa Gift Cards [Ends 6/8/10]

6/8/2010

In honor of the Summer Solstice later this month (June 21st), we have decided to hold a photo giveaway on Facebook! It's easy to enter.

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One Greyhound And His Short-Tail Tale

5/27/2010

Here's a story about the controversial cosmetic practice known as tail docking, where a dog's tail is shortened via surgery.

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Pet Cancer Awareness

5/18/2010

Did you know this May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month? And did you know that pet cancer accounts for half of all disease-related pet deaths? Learn more.

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Pet Insurance Testimonial: Nancy P., Mom To Rocky The 17-Toed Rottweiler

5/14/2010

Our pets are our family. For this family, making health care decisions for them was hard until they purchased a PetFirst policy.

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Smarty Paws! How Smart Is Your Breed?

5/7/2010

Dog breeds are as awesome as they are diverse. But with that diversity comes varying degrees of intelligence. Which breeds ranked as the smartest?

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Celebrating Family On National Kids & Pets Day

4/26/2010

Get into the spirit of National Kids & Pets Day with this new piece from PetFirst Pet Insurance!

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Homeward Bound, Thanks To HomeAgain

4/15/2010

Too many pet owners know firsthand the pain of a lost pet. It's all too familiar. Learn how HomeAgain can help.

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Return From Hiatus & One Eyebrow-Raising Claim!

4/14/2010

Bo is a bullmastiff who, at 16 weeks old, got himself into quite an interesting predicament after ingesting some of his owner's belongings.

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Spork the Vicious?

4/10/2010

Spork the dachshund is as innocent looking as can be. But, in a state of fear and anxiety, he bit a vet's face and caused quite a controversy.

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Holiday Gifts For Your Pets

11/12/2009

There are many toys to choose from, so these guidelines may help you to narrow down your list.

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Choosing The Right Veterinarian

10/28/2009

Researching your pet's veterinary options can provide significant peace of mind down the road! Find out how to choose the right vet here.

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Age Is Just A Number

8/18/2009

Since our pets are such an integral part of our families, we want to ensure an excellent quality of life for them as they age.

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June Is Adopt-A-Cat Month

6/23/2009

Around 4 million cats end up in animal shelters every year in the United States. If your family could use one more addition, consider adopting a cat.

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Common Household Dangers

6/8/2009

Please review the following list of dangerous household items and make the necessary changes in your home to keep your pets safe.

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Fighting Like Cats And Dogs

5/22/2009

Dogs and cats aren't exactly known for their civilized interactions with one another - getting these two in the same room can be a daunting task!

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Travel Tips For You And Your Pet

5/12/2009

According to a survey conducted by the American Animal Hospital Association, more than 68 percent of pet owners travel with their pets.

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Pinching Pennies For Pet Healthcare

4/4/2009

Within the past year, 35% of pet owners have cut costs on person and lifestyle items to afford their pet's healthcare.

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You Ate What?!?!

3/20/2009

From pieces of cloth to string to rubber objects, here are the top ten linear and non-linear foreign bodies ingested by pets.

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Pancreatitis Treatment for Rocky

3/18/2009

PetFirst Pet Insurance covered nearly $900 of Rocky's pancreatitis treatment! Find out how we helped owner Barbara save big!

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Spray For Bagelle

3/17/2009

PetFirst Pet Insurance reimbursed nearly all of Bagelle's vet costs from her spraying! Find out exactly how much owner Angela saved here.

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Drug Toxicity Treatment for Yukon

3/16/2009

PetFirst reimbursed Yukon's owner Gina with $130 after a veterinary drug toxicity treatment.

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Enteritis Treatment for Tasha

3/15/2009

PetFirst reimbursed Tasha's parents over $1,100 after she underwent enteritis treatment. Check out the details here!

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Periodontitis Surgery For Neo

3/14/2009

Periodontitis surgery isn't cheap. Fortunately for Neo's owner, Diana, she had PetFirst Pet Insurance to help cover some of the costs!

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Fungal Infection Treatment for Precious

3/13/2009

When Precious suffered from a fungal infection and needed treatment, PetFirst was there to help cover some of the costs. Find out how much!

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Tumor Removal For Bismark

3/12/2009

The last thing any pet parent wants to worry about during a cancer scare is vet bills. Fortunately, PetFirst helped Mary pay some of hers.

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Dermatomycosis Treatment For Clancy

3/11/2009

Find out how PetFirst Pet Insurance was able to save Clancy's owner Sarah over $400 on his dermatomycosis treatment.

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Skin Infection Treatment For Buddy

3/10/2009

When Buddy had to get skin infection treatment, PetFirst was there to help cover the costs. Find out more!

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Bone Cancer Surgery for Chloe

3/9/2009

PetFirst Pet Insurance helped Chloe's owner Susan save over $500 on her bone cancer surgery. More details here!

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Intervertebral Disc Disease Treatment For Midnight

3/8/2009

PetFirst reimbursed Midnight's owner with over $1,700 after an intervertebral disc disease treatment.

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Pneumonia Treatment For Marvin

3/7/2009

When Marvin came down with pneumonia and needed treatment, PetFirst Pet Insurance reimbursed owner Debbie with over $160.

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Bruised Shoulder Treatment For Norman

3/6/2009

PetFirst Pet Insurance helped Christine of Greenville, PA pay over $70 of Norman's vet bills after he suffered from a bruised shoulder.

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Teeth Cleaning For Choco

3/5/2009

PetFirst recently helped the family of Choco pay for a much-needed teeth cleaning. Find out how much they reimbursed!

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Foreign Body Removal For Oakley

3/4/2009

PetFirst reimbursed Jan from Ohio over $800 when Oakley underwent a foreign body removal procedure!

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Growth Removal For Thore

3/3/2009

PetFirst Pet Insurance paid over $230 for a growth removal operation for Thore. Find out the details here!

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Laceration Treatment For Jett

3/2/2009

PetFirst paid over $150 for Jett's laceration treatment! Find out the specifics here!

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Parathyroid Neoplasia Treatment For Marley

3/1/2009

Here's a big one: PetFirst paid over $1,300 for Marley's parathyroid neoplasia treatment!

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Pet Dental Claims Skyrocket

1/28/2009

Pet advocates are encouraging pet owners to focus on their dog's or cat's oral health during National Pet Dental Health Month this February.

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PetFirst Gives To Local Pet Organization Affected By Budget Cuts

12/18/2008

PetFirst marked the holiday season by contributing to an organization that keeps four-legged friends close to its heart all year long!

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PetFirst Grows By Integrating Pet Insurance Into Grocery Industry

11/11/2008

PetFirst is continuing its growth by partnering with the grocery industry to add pet insurance to more and more customer's shopping lists!

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October Is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

10/14/2008

If you're considering welcoming a new pooch into your home, this is the perfect time of the year!

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Be Ready For A Pet Poison Emergency

9/1/2008

Sometimes, even the most unassuming household items can present poison emergencies if ingested by pets. Do you know how to react?

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Remember Pets In Family Emergency Plans

8/26/2008

With September being National Preparedness Month, PetFirst Pet Insurance recommends that pets be included in families' emergency plans.

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Foods To Keep Out Of Your Pets Reach

8/13/2008

It's hard to keep your dog from licking the floor clean of any spilled food after dinner. It's also difficult to avoid their sad eyes as they beg for leftovers.

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Best Canine Breeds For Kids

7/16/2008

Check out these helpful breed suggestions and tips as you consider which dog breed will function best in your family!

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What Canine Breed Is Best?

7/15/2008

We're not suggesting that there is a supreme breed of dog. However, there is always a perfect dog breed for you!

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Travel Tips

7/14/2008

The first step in planning a vacation with your pet is to determine whether or not your dog or cat is up for the challenge!

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Greatest American Dog

5/23/2008

A new reality competition on CBS will award the title of "Greatest American Dog" this summer!

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Help Your Dog Beat The Heat

5/18/2008

Don't forget to try out new and inventive ways to help your pooch beat the heat this summer! Here are a few refreshing ideas!

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Picking The Right Pet Food

5/15/2008

No two dogs or cats are the same, so there's no such thing as an ideal canine or feline diet.

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Mutt Madness Winner Announced

4/8/2008

While we humans are getting excited over our NCAA Tournament pools, our pets have something else in mind: Mutt Madness!

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Meijer Supercenters To Offer PetFirst Insurance In Pet Aisles

3/28/2008

Meijer customers now can add PetFirst Pet Insurance coverage to their shopping carts just as easily as their groceries!

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Pets Benefit From First Aid Too

3/26/2008

April's Pet First Aid Month encourages emergency preparedness among pet owners.

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CPR For Your Pets

3/25/2008

Check out a few of the things any pet owner can do to make sure they are prepared if a pet emergency strikes.

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Shaggy Sixteen Finalists Announced

3/18/2008

Mutt Madness is underway! With everything from wrestling dogs to a boxing cat, you decide if these pets have what it takes

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Choosing The Right Pet Insurance Company

2/26/2008

Before you choose your new pet insurance provider, make sure to consider these important questions!

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Winter Fitness Is Important

2/21/2008

No matter how cold it is, it's still important for your dog to get plenty of exercise!

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Search Underway For The Ultra-Mutt Sports Pet

2/7/2008

PetFirst is seeking videos of sports-obsessed pets for our limited time Mutt Madness contest!

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PetFirst: Pet Insurance To Be More Popular In 2008

2/6/2008

Factors such as increased animal obesity across the country are predicted to double the pet insurance industry's size by 2012.

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Bulldogs Gaining In Popularity

1/28/2008

In the 2007 breed popularity rankings released by the American Kennel Club, the bulldog made its first top 10 appearance since 1935!

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More Employers Offering Pet Insurance

1/24/2008

Health coverage for furry family members is becoming more important to employees across the nation...so more employers are offering!

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PetFirst Aligns With National Benefit Partners To Offer Pet Insurance As Employee Benefit

1/9/2008

PetFirst has aligned with National Benefit Partners (NBP) to make pet insurance available as an employee benefit for companies across the country.

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Giving A Pet As A Gift

12/19/2007

Only after careful consideration and research should individuals and families should seek a pet that complements their unique lifestyle.

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Cat Scratch Fever

11/27/2007

Cats like to scratch by nature. They scratch to mark their territory. But what do you do when scratching becomes an actual issue?

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Wintertime Bathing

11/6/2007

When it's too cool to give your dog a bath with the garden hose outside, you have to make a plan to bathe your dog indoors!

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Antifreeze Presents A Cold Weather Danger

10/10/2007

As the cold weather approaches and people begin winterizing their automobiles, antifreeze presents a danger to pets. Learn how to keep them safe.

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Is Your Pet Stressed?

6/18/2007

Pets have been known to relieve stress in their human companions...but what about their own stress? Can dogs and cats really suffer from anxiety?

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Take Your Dog To Work Day

6/7/2007

Take Your Dog to Work Day is nearing. Pet Sitters International sponsors special day giving dogs everywhere a chance to see their owners' workplaces!

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