Summer Pet Dangers + FREE BarkBox with PetPlan Pet Insurance Promo Code

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PetPlan Promo Code Free BarkBox

If you’ve been thinking about getting pet insurance, you really shouldn’t put it off. It’s one of those things you need to have in place BEFORE your pet gets injured or sick, since pre-existing conditions are excluded.

We’ve had PetPlan pet insurance for Daisy for 6 years now and I highly recommend it. Filing claims is super fast, using their app for iPhone or Android and we receive reimbursement checks within a week or so of submitting receipts. This makes it super easy and stress free, which is important when you are a pet parent dealing with a sick puppy. The less hassles the better!

Right now, PetPlan has a special deal and you’ll get a FREE BarkBox when you signup and use PetPlan Promo Code BARKBOX to complete your online enrollment.

Summer Pet Dangers

Don’t go another summer without insurance coverage for your pet. According to the folks at PetPlan, the most frequent, and preventable, summertime ailments for pets include:

  • Heat-related conditions like heat stroke, dehydration and heat rash – especially in brachycephalic breeds like Boxers, Bulldogs and Pugs.
  • Pets are twice as likely to suffer an insect sting during the summer compared to the rest of the year.  Bees are to blame for 25% of these incidents.
  • The risk of skin infection is 16% higher during summer months.
  • Vet visits for grape and raisin toxicity are 40% higher during the summer. The average cost to treat grape and raisin poisoning is $756, but one Petplan-protected pup faced a hair-raising vet bill of $3,035!
  • Corn cob ingestions are seven times more likely in the summer.
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To find out more about choosing pet insurance, read: 8 Things You Need To Know When Shopping for Pet Insurance.


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Tips for Cold and Flu Season: Because You Can’t Take a Sick Day from Being a Mom

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cold symptom forecaster

There’s an old saying, “Treat a cold and it will go away in about 7 days. Do nothing and it will last about a week.” While not everyone gets all the same symptoms, according to this Cold Symptom Forecaster, one can expect a cough, sore throat, congestion, and more symptoms to peak during the first 4 days and last about a week.

Whether you are a pet parent, have human kids, or both, most of us have someone else who is counting on us to take care of them. We tend to put our family’s needs before our own and can’t just take off 4-7 days when we get sick.

While there is not much you can do to shorten the duration a cold, there are some things you can do to prevent and treat cold or flu symptoms.

Things to help prevent getting sick in the first place:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, while scrubbing for at least 20 seconds
  • Get into the habit of cleaning the stuff you share with others, such as computer keyboards, phones, remote controls, counter tops, and more, to prevent the spread of cold and flu.
  • Get enough sleep each night (easier said than done!)
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet

What to do if you get sick anyway:

Ask your pharmacist for recommendations and be prepared:

Since I never know when one of us will get sick, and there’s nothing worse than having to go to the store when you’re already sick, I try to remember to stock up on tissues, cough drops and cold/flu relief products whenever I see a deal or have coupons. …especially this time of year!

medicine cabinet

If you aren’t sure what to get, ask your doctor or pharmacist for recommendations. As the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for adult cough,cold and flu relief, Vicks DayQuil can help you power through the day, and Vicks NyQuil is there to ensure you sleep through the night. There’s a reason why NyQuil is called “the night-time sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, so-you-can rest medicine!”


Daisy’s daddy especially relies on NyQuil to help him sleep when he’s sick, since he has to get up at 5:30am for work and every minute of sleep is essential.  I don’t know about you, but I find it especially hard to sleep when I’m sick. and the only thing worse than being sick, is being sick AND tired!

Important Info:

  • Before trying any new medication make sure to check with your doctor & follow the proper recommended course of treatment.
  • DayQuil & Nyquil is not recommended for children younger than 12. Be sure to consult your physician before giving DayQuil & NyQuil to children.
  • Always follow the usage guidelines for warnings and dosage directions.
  • Visit for more information.

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Vicks DayQuil & NyQuil. I received product samples and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

FREE Pet Symptom Checker and Information Database at PetMD!

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sick puppy

Does your pet have suspicious symptoms or odd behaviour? Don’t just search the web randomly or you will totally stress yourself out! We’ve all been there, done that…either for our pets, our human kids or ourselves! If you want to know whether your dog’s symptoms are serious and when you should call the vet, visit PetMD’s Pet Symptom Checker for informative, helpful, veterinarian approved articles.

Using PetMD is free and super easy. Designed for both cats and dogs, you can search from over 2,000 dog and cat health articles based on the symptoms your pet is experiencing. You start by selecting the type of animal you have and then the body part or behavior you are concerned about. You check off the symptoms and then see relevant articles with information tailored to your search!

This is handy and ideal for non life-threatening situations or to learn more about your pet’s medical condition but is NOT a substitute for individual veterinarian advice, diagnosis or assistance. A pet emergency could happen any time, so please make sure to have the phone number and address of  YOUR local 24-hour Pet Emergency Center or Veterinary Hospital handy at all times. We have the numbers on our fridge and also programmed them in our phones. In case of possible poisoning, you should call ASPCA 24-hour Emergency Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.