PetFirst Warns of Thanksgiving Dangers for your Pets
Friday, November 22, 2013
PETFIRST WARNS OF THANKSGIVING DANGERS FOR YOUR PETS
SIMPLE TIPS TO KEEP YOUR PET HEALTHY DURING THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (November 20, 2013)– Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family – and furry family members are no exception. While it is customary for families to integrate their pets into holiday celebrations, dog and cat owners should be aware of pet health risks during this season – especially during mealtime.
Here are a few tips to ensure pets stay healthy Thanksgiving weekend:
Preparing the meal
“Most of the pet insurance claims we see after the Thanksgiving holiday are the result of pets eating people food, bones, or cooking materials they pulled from an unattended garbage can,” said Traci Endicott, Veterinary Technician and Claims Coordinator with PetFirst. “Most pets will suffer vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to serious conditions such as pancreatitis or intestinal blockage. All of these situations could require hospitalization or emergency surgery.”
What to do instead
“Always have your veterinarian’s phone number close by just in case your pet becomes ill,” said Endicott. “It is also a good idea to have the number to your local 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital for treatment recommendations too.”
PetFirst is the fastest growing pet insurer in North America offering easy-to-understand lifelong coverage for dogs and cats. PetFirst’s comprehensive coverage is unique in the industry providing simplified policies with coverage for hereditary, chronic and breed-specific conditions with no per diagnosis limits. PetFirst offers pet insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through animal welfare agencies, retailers, employers as well as other partners. PetFirst polices are underwritten by American Alternative Insurance Corporation (Munich Re) which is rated by A.M. Best as A+. Additional services are underwritten by Lloyd’s. For more information about PetFirst pet insurance, visit www.petfirst.com or call 855-270-7387.