Protect your pets from common, and potentially expensive, holiday hazards.

Columbus, Ohio, December 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The holidays can be a fun and festive time, but many seasonal foods can pose potential dangers to the furry friends of the household. While enjoying favorite foods and seasonal decorations, pet parents should be aware of holiday risks that may prompt an unplanned veterinary visit.

Across the country® Pet Insurance analyzed its database of over 1.2 million insured pets. released its most common claims and average claim costs. For medical conditions that may carry an increased risk during the holidays:

  • Ingestion of foreign objects – Tree ornaments, tinsel, ribbon, gift wrap and garland are often swallowed by curious pets this time of year and can cause serious complications if ingested.
    • Average claim for foreign body ingestion: $2,400
  • Chocolate and caffeine toxicity – Chocolate is toxic to pets and should always be kept out of reach, but the increased presence of sweet treats during the holidays increases the risk. Of the nationwide chocolate poisoning claims in a given year, 20% of those claims are filed in December, with that number doubling in the last two weeks alone.
    • The average chocolate toxicity claim is: $618
  • Alcohol poisoning – Chair cups and empty bottles should be kept out of reach of pets to avoid unexpected trips to the emergency room.
    • Average claim of alcohol poisoning: $869
  • Poisoning by plant-based substances – Holiday symbols from the Christmas tree such as amaryllis, mistletoe, holly, holly berries or pine needles present varying levels of toxicity. Marijuana and cannabis-based edibles, oils and other products containing THC or CBD can also cause illness.
    • Plants, average claim for plant-based poisoning: $610
  • Burns and electric shock. – Chewing on string lights or electrical cords can cause electric shocks or severe burns.
    • Average Burn Claim: $180

Make pet safety a holiday tradition

“Most health risks associated with the holidays are preventable, which is great news, but it does mean taking some extra steps to make sure everyone in the family gets through the traditions safely. can enjoy,” he says. Dr Jules BensonVice President, Pet health and Chief Veterinary Officer across the country. “When it comes to preventing holiday health emergencies, it’s important to consider your pet’s personality. Our data shows that certain breeds and smaller pets are more prone to things like foreign body ingestion. are at high risk for. Pet parents should also take the time to look at their home. their pet’s perspective and pet proof accordingly.”

To help protect pets for the holidays, pet parents should ask themselves: What is at eye level with their pet? What can be done with a bouncing cat or an excitedly wagging tail? Are there exposed wires or cords, low-hanging ornaments, candles, tree water, plant or flower arrangements, candy dishes, treats, beads, or anything else that pets might find new and interesting? And want to play with them or chew? Block off areas that can be very tempting, and crate pets that can cause mischief when they leave your home.

Nationwide digital platform, Pet Health Zone® , is a free tool that pet parents can use to determine their pet’s unique risk levels and learn about signs to watch for, what to expect from a vet should, and potential costs associated with treating such conditions poisonous And Foreign body ingestion.

With Nationwide Pet Insurance, eligible veterinary expenses may be paid based on the coverage selected by the member. To find pet health insurance coverage for dogs, cats and many avian and exotic pets, visit PetInsurance.com.

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With over 1.2 million insured pets, is the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance. United States. Nationwide pet health insurance plans cover a wide range of medical problems and conditions related to accidents, illnesses and injuries to dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets. Medical plans are available in all 50 states. District of Columbia. Underwritten products Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA) Columbus, OH; National Casualty Company (All other states) Columbus, OH. Agency of Record: DVM Insurance Agency. All have subsidiaries. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Pet owners can find pet insurance nationwide. Facebook Or act on it. x. For more information on pet insurance nationwide, call 800United States-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit PetInsurance.com.

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