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Pet Care & Health

Should your pet ever get sick or have an accident, MetLife’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 Strange Dog Behaviors- MetLife Pet Insurance-min

6 Random Questions from Dog Parents

As dog parents, it’s important to connect with our dogs.  Part of this connection can be built by understanding…

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2 days ago
How does pet insurance work? MetLife Pet Insurance

How does Pet Insurance Work?

Pet insurance is one of the fastest growing forms of coverage in…

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2 weeks ago
Strange things that our dogs do

What the Heck is My Dog Doing? Top 5 Strange Behaviors in Dogs

Do you ever look at your dog and wonder, ‘What is going on…

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2 weeks ago
should you let your dog sleep in bed with you?

Should My Dog Sleep in Bed with Me? 

Does your dog sleep in bed with you? If your furry…

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3 weeks ago
what to do if your dog ate chocolate from metlife pet insurance

I Think My Dog Ate Chocolate: What Now? 

Some dog owners slip their four-legged companions all their leftover…

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4 weeks ago
how much does it cost to neuter my cat? Will cat health insurance help?

How Much Does it Cost to Neuter a Cat?

Is your cat neutered? If you have a male cat, neutering may…

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4 weeks ago
How much does it cost to spay your dog? We took a look.

How Much Does it Cost to Spay a Dog?

Deciding whether or not to spay your female dog is a very important decision.  Studies have shown the life expectancy…

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4 weeks ago
How much does it cost to spay my cat? The average cost to have your cat spayed is between $200-500. Having an active cat insurance policy could potentially help.

How Much Does it Cost to Spay a Cat?

According to Spay4LA.org, for every human born, 45 kittens are born.1  That is a lot of…

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1 month ago
Why is my cat sneezing or coughing so much? Cats can sneeze or cough due to many things, including allergies. If you are worried about your cat sneezing, talk to your vet.

Why Does my Cat Keep Sneezing or Coughing?

Is your cat sneezing a lot? As cute as that…

by MetLife Pet Insurance
1 month ago
What do I do if my dog eats a bee or gets stung by a bee? How do I know if my dog has bee allergires?

What Happens if My Dog Ate a Bee? 

Does your dog jump after flies and moths or try…

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1 month ago
how much does it cost to neuter my dog? The average cost to neuter a dog is between $50-$500

How Much Does it Cost to Neuter a Dog?

Why should you neuter your dog?  According to Planned Pethood,…

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1 month ago
What To Do if your Cat Hurt its Paw- MetLife Pet Insurance

My Cat Hurt It’s Paw. What Do I Do?

Does your cat have a hurt paw? Cat paw injuries…

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1 month ago
Cats can lick to show affection, or to relive anxiety

Why is My Cat Licking Me?

Does your cat ever lick you? Licking is a natural…

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1 month ago
what human foods can dogs eat MetLife Pet Insurance

Can Dogs Eat Plant-Based Meat Alternatives?

Vegetarian meat has taken the food scene by storm in…

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1 month ago
The best dog accessories for pet owners

7 Essential Dog Accessories Every Owner Should Have

There are numerous dog accessories on the market for canines…

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1 month ago
9 things you can do to help find your missing pet

9 Ways to Help Find your Missing Pet

It’s every pet owner’s worst nightmare.  You let your furry…

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2 months ago
A list of the best dogs for families with children from MetLife Pet Insurance

The Best Dog Breeds for Families With Kids

Dogs are an important part of many people's families, and…

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2 months ago
how to know if your cat is dehydrated or even over hydrated

Is My Cat Dehydrated?

If you have a cat, you don’t need us to…

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2 months ago
Everything you need to know about treating hotspots in your dog

How to Treat Hot Spots in your Dog

Hot spots often appear spontaneously, but they quickly become a…

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2 months ago
Causes of blindness in cats and dogs, from MetLife Pet Insurance

Sudden Blindness in Cats and Dogs 

Blindness is a scary prospect in any context. But sudden…

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2 months ago
the top dog breeds for first time dog owners MetLife Pet Insurance

The Best 6 Dog Breeds for First Time Owners 

Adding a dog to your family is an exciting prospect,…

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2 months ago
Dog Eye Injury & Infection MetLife Pet Insurance

Is my Dog’s Eye Injured/Infected?

Dog eye injuries are common among pets, especially dogs who…

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2 months ago
why is my dog limping?

My Dog is Limping. What Do I Do?

You might feel worried if you notice your dog suddenly…

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2 months ago
Medications that you can give your dog for pain or illness

What Medicines Can I Give My Dog For Pain?

No pet parent likes to see their dog in pain, but…

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2 months ago
bladder stones in dogs can be very painful, so be sure to contact your vet with any questions

Bladder Stones in Dogs: Everything You Need to Know

Bladder stones are mineral compounds that build up in your…

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2 months ago
Hypoclygemia in dogs is very serious, and means you need to talk to your vet to come up with a course of action

Hypoglycemia in Dogs – What to Do to Help your Pup

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can happen to dogs as…

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2 months ago
service dogs and emotional support dogs can help those with physical or emotional disabilities

Service Dogs, ESA’s, and Therapy Dogs for Veterans

Today, service dogs, emotional support dogs, and therapy dogs fill…

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2 months ago
It's important to ensure your dog's vaccines are up to date.

Best Vaccination Schedule for Dogs

Is your dog up-to-date on his or her vaccines? As…

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2 months ago
dogs can in fact eat pineapple. Just make sure your dog does not eat the skin!

Can Dogs Eat Pineapple?

Summer and Fall are ideal seasons to enjoy fresh fruit…

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2 months ago
Why is my dog biting?

Why your Dog Might be Biting and How you can Stop it

The truth is, no matter how friendly and loving your…

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2 months ago
How to help your dog's upset stomach

How to Help your Dog’s Upset Stomach 

Although your dog's upset stomach  (including vomiting and diarrhea) can…

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2 months ago
What human foods can my dog eat? Can dogs eat pizza?

What Can Dogs Eat: Fruit, Veggies, Pizza, Hot Dogs, & More

Dogs enjoy the same sweet, sour, salty, and bitter tastes we do, but…

by MetLife Pet Insurance
2 months ago
dogs can eat raw, uncooked bones, as well as raw meats in moderation

Can Dogs Eat Raw Food, Meat and Bones?

The best diet for a dog is the diet he…

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2 months ago
Microchipping your dog can significantly increase the odds of finding them if they run away

FAQ’s About Microchipping Your Pets

If your pet isn’t microchipped, now is the time to…

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2 months ago
WHat Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?

What Can Dogs Eat: Fruit, Veggies, Pizza, Hot Dogs, & More

Dogs enjoy the same sweet, sour, salty, and bitter tastes we do, but…

by MetLife Pet Insurance
2 months ago
Hypoallergenic dogs will often shed much less than other dogs.

All About Hypoallergenic Dogs 

Breeds like Poodles, Labradoodles, and Maltese are frequently touted as…

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2 months ago
Training small dogs can be a different process than training larger dogs.

Tips for Training Small and Large Dogs

Dog training is not one-size-fits-all. Different size dog breeds have…

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2 months ago

Why Your Dog Might Be Vomiting (and What You Can Do About it)

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

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2 months ago
Can Cats Eat Pizza?

Can Cats Eat Human Food?

Cats and dogs have very different digestive processes.  They also…

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2 months ago
Why is my Dog Eating Grass

Why Is My Dog Eating Grass?

Have you ever taken your dog outside, only to find…

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2 months ago

Why Do Cats Sleep So Much? 

We’ve all heard of a cat nap, but anyone who…

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3 months ago

5 Easy Commands to Teach your Dog

If your dog has mastered the basic dog commands, such as…

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3 months ago

7 Reasons Why Your Pet Won’t Eat and What You Can Do About It

When your pet just won't eat, we as pet owners…

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3 months ago
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?

Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?

With summer in full swing and everyone enjoying the long…

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3 months ago
how to help your anxious dog

6 Tips To Calm Your Anxious Dog

Does your dog have limitless energy?  Is he or she…

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3 months ago
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7 Popular Breeds Found in Mutts

Many mutts are quickly becoming America’s favorite breeds. If you’re…

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4 months ago
9 Dog Breeds That Require Lots of Room to Roam

9 Dog Breeds That Require Lots of Room to Roam

Dogs need daily exercise.  That statement sounds obvious, but what…

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4 months ago
Pool and Water Safety Tips For Dogs

Pool and Water Safety Tips for Dogs

Summer is often full of sunshine, outdoor activities, and fun…

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4 months ago
Keeping Your Pet Safe in a Tornado

Keeping Your Pet Safe in a Tornado

Tornado season is approaching and it’s important to have a…

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5 months ago
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…

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5 months ago