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Should your pet ever get sick or have an accident, PetFirst’s comprehensive pet insurance plans1 are always here for you. But we also want to make sure you’re as prepared as possible to prevent accidents, injuries, and other mishaps from occurring in the first place.

Our collection of pet care – and pet health-related articles are a great resource keeping your furry friends happy and healthy all year round. Then, whenever accidents or illnesses do inevitably occur, we’ll be here to lend a hand.

6 Ways You Can Participate in National Foster a Pet Month

6 Ways You Can Participate in National Foster a Pet Month

The month of June is recognized as National Foster a…

by PetFirst
7 days ago
Animal Rights Awareness Week

Animal Rights Awareness Week

Animal Rights Awareness Week takes place during the third week…

by PetFirst
1 week ago
Is Jerky Safe For Dogs: National Jerky Day

Is Jerky Safe For Dogs: National Jerky Day

Happy National Jerky Day! Celebrated every year on June 12th,…

by PetFirst
2 weeks ago
Cicadas and Pet Safety

Cicadas and Pet Safety

After almost two decades underground, Cicadas are now working their…

by PetFirst
4 weeks ago
What to do if Your Pet is Underweight

What to do if Your Pet is Underweight

A common concern many pet owners are faced with is…

by PetFirst
1 month ago
Dog First-Aid for Spider Bites

Dogs and Spider Bites

Fresh air, green grass, growing flowers, and insects are all…

by PetFirst
1 month ago
6 Essential Tips for Pet-Proofing Your Outdoor Living Space

6 Essential Tips for Pet-Proofing Your Outdoor Living Space

There is no denying it - spring is here! The…

by PetFirst
2 months ago
What's the Best Age to Adopt A Puppy

What’s The Best Age to Adopt And Bring Home a Puppy?

If you’re trying to figure out the best time to…

by PetFirst
2 months ago
April is Active Dog Month

April is Active Dog Month

The month of April is Active Dog Month. This month-long…

by PetFirst
2 months ago
How to Have A Pet-Friendly Easter

How to Have A Pet-Friendly Easter

Easter, often celebrated with food, flowers, and egg hunts, is…

by PetFirst
3 months ago
8 Spring Safety Tips That Could Save Your Cat’s Life

Spring Safety Tips That Could Save Your Cat’s Life

Spring is a time filled with renewed energy, Easter celebrations,…

by PetFirst
3 months ago
Dog Walking Etiquette: What You Need to Know

Dog Walking Etiquette: What You Need to Know

Happy Take A Walk in the Park Day! Celebrated on…

by PetFirst
3 months ago
5 Safe Plants For Cats and Dogs

5 Safe Plants For Cats and Dogs

March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month. This month, we’re…

by PetFirst
3 months ago
Claws Off Lilies: Keeping Your Cat Safe

Paws Off Lilies: Keeping Your Cat Safe

Cat parents, beware!  Those beautiful plants with large eye-catching flowers…

by PetFirst
3 months ago
Debunking Spay and Neuter Myths

Debunking Spay and Neuter Myths

The month of February is recognized nationally as Spay and Neuter…

by PetFirst
4 months ago
4 Ways to Mentally Stimulate Your Senior Dog 

4 Ways to Mentally Stimulate Your Senior Dog 

Canines and humans experience many of the same aging patterns…

by PetFirst
4 months ago
6 Rare Dog Breeds That Make Wonderful Pets

6 Rare Dog Breeds That Make Wonderful Pets

Breeds like the Labrador, Golden Retriever, and Maltese have all…

by PetFirst
4 months ago
Your Cat's Wellness Exam & How to Prepare for It 

Your Cat’s Wellness Exam & How to Prepare for It 

Just like us, cats need to visit their medical professional…

by PetFirst
4 months ago
Did You Know Dogs Hate When Humans Do These Five Things?

Did You Know Dogs Dislike These Five Things?

Did you ever stop to consider that some of your…

by PetFirst
5 months ago
Antifreeze Poisoning in Cats: What to Know

Antifreeze Poisoning in Cats: What to Know

Antifreeze is highly toxic to cats, and in the wintertime,…

by PetFirst
5 months ago
Why Your Dog Might Be Vomiting

Why Your Dog Might Be Vomiting

No sound will get a dog owner’s attention quite like…

by PetFirst
5 months ago
Staying On Top of Your Pet's Eye Health

Staying On Top of Your Pet’s Eye Health

It’s essential that your pet has clear vision and healthy…

by PetFirst
5 months ago
How To Choose Safe Toys For Your Dog

How To Choose Safe Toys For Your Dog

It's not only fun to buy toys for your dog;…

by PetFirst
5 months ago
Are Space Heaters Safe Around Pets?

Are Space Heaters Safe Around Pets?

Now that winter’s chill is in the air, many are…

by PetFirst
5 months ago
Does My Dog Need a Winter Coat?

Does My Dog Need a Winter Coat?

With snow and cold temperatures covering a majority of the…

by PetFirst
6 months ago
National Cat Lover’s Month - orange cat laying under a blanket.

National Cat Lovers Month

National Cat Lovers Month takes place during the month of…

by PetFirst
6 months ago
Your Pet Swallows the Olive from Your Holiday Cocktail! What Should You Do?

Your Pet Swallows the Olive From Your Holiday Cocktail! What Should You Do?

Olives, the oval-shaped fruit, are known for their zesty taste,…

by PetFirst
6 months ago
Ten Tips To a Dog-Proof Christmas Tree

Ten Tips To a Dog-Proof Christmas Tree

There is something magical about a decorated and lit-up Christmas…

by PetFirst
6 months ago
Holiday Gifts: Why Pet Parents are Spending More on Their Furry Friends

Holiday Gifts: Why Pet Parents are Spending More on Their Furry Friends

Are your pets’ names on your holiday shopping list this…

by PetFirst
6 months ago
Keeping Your Cat Warm This Winter

Keeping Your Cat Warm This Winter

With winter in full swing, it is important to be…

by PetFirst
6 months ago
Creating a Holiday Tradition With Your Pet

Creating a Holiday Tradition With Your Pet

A tradition is a custom or belief that is passed…

by PetFirst
6 months ago
National Cat Herders Day 

National Cat Herders Day 

December 15th is designated National Cat Herder's Day, but oddly, this…

by PetFirst
6 months ago
12 Days of Holiday Pet Safety Tips

12 Days of Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Every holiday season brings new sights, smells, objects, and activities…

by PetFirst
6 months ago
Why Cat Fights Happen and How to Stop Them 

Why Cat Fights Happen and How to Stop Them 

Believe it or not, fighting is a natural feline behavior. …

by PetFirst
7 months ago
Bladder Stones in Dogs: Everything You Need to Know

Bladder Stones in Dogs: Everything You Need to Know

Bladder stones are mineral compounds that build up in your…

by PetFirst
7 months ago
Are Ice Cubes Bad for Dogs? Common Questions Answered

Are Ice Cubes Bad for Dogs? Common Questions Answered

For humans, there’s nothing like a glass of ice water…

by PetFirst
7 months ago
What Does it Mean if My Dog Frequently Licks His Paws?

What Does it Mean if My Dog Frequently Licks His Paws?

Do you have a dog who licks his paws excessively? …

by PetFirst
7 months ago
5 Benefits of Adopting a Senior Dog

5 Benefits of Adopting a Senior Dog

November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month, so we thought we would highlight…

by PetFirst
7 months ago
November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month 

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month 

When you are looking for a new furry friend to add to…

by PetFirst
7 months ago
What is Elbow Hygroma in Dogs? 

What is Elbow Hygroma in Dogs? 

A hygroma is a fluid-filled swelling that typically occurs on…

by PetFirst
7 months ago
Lotions & Creams:  Is it Okay if my Pet Licks Them? 

Lotions & Creams:  Is it Okay if my Pet Licks Them? 

In the midst of rehydrating with your favorite lotion or…

by PetFirst
8 months ago
Dogs and Addison’s Disease

Dogs and Addison’s Disease

Certain diseases in pets are tricksters because they can mimic…

by PetFirst
8 months ago
National Pitbull Awareness Day

National Pitbull Awareness Day

October 26th is National Pitbull Awareness Day (NPBAD). This is…

by PetFirst
8 months ago
National Pet Wellness Month: 5 Tips To Keep Your Pet Healthy

National Pet Wellness Month: 5 Tips To Keep Your Pet Healthy

We love our pets like family, and we want them…

by PetFirst
8 months ago
Seasonal Pet Safety Tips: Fall

Seasonal Pet Safety Tips: Fall

There is something comforting about the season of fall. Typically,…

by PetFirst
8 months ago
National Feral Cat Day: October 16th

National Feral Cat Day: October 16th

Have you ever seen feral cats roaming near your home?…

by PetFirst
8 months ago
Weight Gain in Dogs: Keeping Your Pet Healthy

Weight Gain in Dogs: Keeping Your Pet Healthy

According to a recent survey completed by the Association for…

by PetFirst
8 months ago
National Black Dog Day: October 1st

National Black Dog Day: October 1st

If you’ve ever spoken to anyone who does rescue work…

by PetFirst
9 months ago
National Guide and Service Dog Month

National Guide and Service Dog Month

Have you ever seen a service dog in public? It’s…

by PetFirst
9 months ago
World Rabies Day: September 28

World Rabies Day: September 28

According to the CDC, World Rabies Day is recognized on…

by PetFirst
9 months ago

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