Stay Healthy Around Pets

Health and Pet Insurance


A benefit of AKC registration

All bulldog puppies at BSH are AKC register including an offer of a pet health insurance policy, underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, which includes 30 Days of Pet Insurance Coverage at no additional cost to you. Have peace of mind knowing that you’ll have coverage for certain unforeseen accidents and illnesses that can occur as your new dog transitions into their new home. There is no commitment required and the policy will automatically expire 30 days after activation. Simply activate your policy for coverage to take effect.

  • Coverage for Accident, Illness and Injuries

    Examples of Eligible Expenses Examples of Eligible Conditions
    Emergency care Broken bones
    Prescription medication Ear infections
    Lab tests Toxin ingestion
    X-rays & Ultrasounds Cuts & Abrasions
    Hospitalization GI upset
    Surgical procedures Foreign body ingestion

    Note: These are examples of veterinary expenses and conditions that are eligible for coverage under the policy. This is not a comprehensive list of expenses and conditions that are eligible for coverage under the policy. All claims are reviewed and processed according to the terms and conditions of the policy. Exclusions and Limitations apply. For details go to

    Policy Details

    Policy Limits Waiting Periods
    Deductible $100 1-day for accidents
    Incident Limit $500 5 days for illness
    Term Limit Unlimited
    Coinsurance 20%

    Claim reimbursement is subject to the limits and waiting periods of the policy.

    Continued Coverage

    Continue coverage beyond the 30 days and enroll in an annual plan. Avoid new waiting periods and pre-existing conditions by enrolling in an annual policy prior to the expiration of your 30 Days of Pet Insurance Coverage. You can also choose to forgo your 30 Days of Pet Insurance Coverage and enroll in a more robust plan from day one. Start building your custom plan and get a quote today.

Stay Healthy Around Pets


Family washing their hands together.
Wash Your Hands


Whether you are playing with, feeding, or cleaning up after your pet, it is important to wash your hands to help reduce the risk of getting sick from germs pets can carry. If you or a family member are concerned about illness, talk to a doctor and mention the animals you’ve had contact with recently.

Always wash hands:

  • After touching or playing with your pet
  • After feeding your pet or handling pet food
  • After handling pet habitats or equipment (cages, tanks, toys, food and water dishes, etc.)
  • After cleaning up after pets
  • After leaving areas where animals live (coops, barns, stalls, etc.), even if you did not touch an animal
  • Before eating and drinking
  • Before preparing food or drinks
  • After removing soiled clothes or shoes

Running water and soap are best for hand washing, but you can use hand sanitizer until running water and soap are available. Adults should always assist young children with hand washing.


Female veterinarian talking with dog owner
Keep Your Pet Healthy


Whether you have a dog, cat, horse, parakeet, gerbil, bearded dragon, or other fun pet, providing regular, life-long veterinary care is important for keeping your pet and family healthy. Regular veterinary visits are essential to good pet health. Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about how to keep your pet healthy. Provide your pet with a good diet, fresh water, clean bedding, and plenty of exercise. Keep up with your pet’s vaccines, deworming, and flea and tick control. Some pets can carry ticks that can spread serious diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever to people. In areas with plague—including some rural areas in the western US—fleas can be a risk to both animals and their owners.

By keeping your pet healthy, you help to keep yourself and your family healthy. Contact your veterinarian if you have any questions about your pet’s health or if you think your pet may be sick.

Practice Good Pet Hygiene


In addition to hand washing, practicing good pet hygiene can help prevent the spread of germs between pets and people. Keep pets and their supplies out of the kitchen, and disinfect pet habitats and supplies outside the house when possible. Never clean supplies in the kitchen sink, food preparation areas, or the bathroom sink. Pets can contaminate surfaces in your home with germs—you don’t have touch pets to get sick from their germs. Stay Healthy Around Pets

Always remove your dog’s feces (poop) from your yard and public places by using a bag, and dispose of it in proper areas. Dog and cat poop can contain parasites and germs that can be harmful to people. Keep children away from areas that might contain dog or cat poop to prevent them from getting roundworms and hookworms. Cover sand boxes so cats don’t use them as a litter box. Clean the cat’s litter box daily to lower the chances of exposure to harmful parasites. Remember, pregnant women should avoid changing a cat’s litter box if possible. Stay Healthy Around Pets.

Teach Children How to Interact with Animals


Pets can teach children compassion and responsibility. However, children 5 years of age and younger should be supervised while interacting with animals to ensure the safety of the child and the pet. Teach children to wash their hands right after playing with animals or anything in the animals’ environment (cages, beds, food or water dishes). Don’t let children kiss pets or put their hands or other objects in their mouths after handling animals.

Adults should supervise and be extra cautious when children 5 years of age and younger have direct contact with farm animals, including animals at petting zoos and fairs.

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