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FORT MYERS: 9540 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers FL 33919 | Ph 239-481-4746

SANIBEL: 1530 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957 | Ph 239-472-8387

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Veterinary Pet Insurance

One of the saddest things that veterinarians confront is the case of the sick or injured pet with a treatable condition that has to be euthanized or allowed to suffer because the owner cannot afford the treatment. In many other cases, owners are forced to choose less than ideal treatments for their pets because of cost constraints. Owners often comment that they might be able to afford treatment, "if only my pet had health insurance."

In reality, pet health insurance does exist, and has been available for several years. Pet Health Insurance will help you cover the costs for veterinary care for wellness care, illnesses and unexpected accidents for your pet that occur after enrollment.  Pet Health insurance plans provide financial support to you when needed, allowing you to give the best medical care to your pet without worrying about the cost.

We at Coral Veterinary Clinic recommend that all pets be covered by pet health insurance for several reasons. The first is obvious: owners will be able to afford veterinary care in times of need. This will allow us to help more pets with treatable problems. Secondly, owners with vaccination and routine care coverage are much more likely to get wellness preventative care for their pets, since they have already paid for it. This will result in more pets being protected from preventable diseases. Finally, the pet health insurance company handles all the paperwork. Policies are purchased directly from the company. After the pet is taken care of and the bill paid to the veterinarian, the owner sends copies of the receipts along with a brief insurance claim form to the insurance company. Tthe owner is directly reimbursed by the pet health insurance company. Another good feature is that pet health insurance companies do not restrict what vet you go to; even specialists are covered.

If you wish to get more information about pet health insurance please visit consumersadvocate.org or petinsurancereview.com.

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Heartworm Medicine

Did you know all dogs in Florida need to be on heartworm medicine? They do. There are 3 different types: injectable, chewable and topical. You should discuss the various options and benefits of each with one of our veterinarians.

Toxic Toads

Never let your dog lick a toad.  Toads excrete a milky white toxin when they become scared. Signs to look for if you think your dog may have come in contact with a toad are persistent drooling and red, inflamed gums. Many dogs will eventually have seizures and convulsions which require emergency treatment.

Cats can also fall prey to the toxic toads as well. Signs of toxicity can include a trance-like stare, hindquarter weakening and vomiting.

If you think your dog or cat has licked a toad, call us or an emergency clinic, if after hours, immediately.

Toxic Gum

The xylotol in gum is toxic to your pets. We have had a few dogs eat Orbitz gum and become ill. When you throw away your gum, make sure that your dogs can not get to it.

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FORT MYERS: 9540 Cypress Lake Drive . Fort Myers, FL 33919 | Telephone: 239.481.4746
SANIBEL: 1530 Periwinkle Way . Sanibel, FL 33957 | Telelphone: 239.472.VETS (8387)
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