I picked up rather an alarming brochure at my vet the other day: “101 Things You Didn’t Know Could Harm Your Pet.” Plants! Cleaners! Foods! Objects! Even holidays are on the list of potential pet hazards. Not that these aren’t real dangers, but the brochure is printed by ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, so yes, they are trying to sell me something. Even though I once had a cat who ended up costing me $4,000 in medical bills over the course of his lifetime, I have yet to purchase health insurance for my pets. If it were offered as part of my health insurance plan, I might. What about you? –Mary T.
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