Chris Ashton

  • Co-Founder and Co-CEO
  • Petplan pet insurance
  • Philadelphia, PA   
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Contact me for: Dog and cat insurance coverage for accidents and illnesses, coverage for congenital and hereditary conditions, a Covered for Life™ guarantee, and a flexibility for pet parents to create a plan that fits their needs and budget precisely.

As Co-Founder and Co-CEO of one of the fastest-growing pet insurance providers in the country, Chris Ashton is no stranger to competition.

Holding an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Chris completed the rigorous Wharton Venture Initiation Program in 2003, co-winning the Wharton Business Plan Competition. Prior to attending Wharton, Chris achieved both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Oxford University in England, then spent seven years serving as an officer in the British Royal Marines Commandos.

Since launching Petplan in 2006 with his wife, Co-Founder and Co-CEO Natasha, Chris has been successfully involved in the business and philanthropic communities of Philadelphia. In March 2010, he was recognized in Philadelphia Business Journal’s annual “40 Under 40” awards for his commitment to professional excellence and community involvement. In January 2012, he was included in SmartCEO magazine's "Future 50" list in recognition of Petplan's explosive growth. Later that year, he and Natasha were named regional finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.

Whether at home or in the office, Chris is joined by his wife, Natasha, their son Benjamin, their King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Wellington (“Welly”), and Montgomery (“Monty”), their English Toy Spaniel. The Ashtons welcomed Monty into the family after Bodey, their 11-year-old Birman cat – and the inspiration for bringing Petplan to the U.S. – passed away in 2012.

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Expert Articles by Chris Ashton

Health Insurance

Best pet insurance policy to protect your cat or dog and budget
For many of us, dogs and cats are not just pets – they’re members of the family. While every parent wants to provide their pets with the best care possible, sometimes the high costs can force you ...

Caring for a New Puppy

Understand and budget for the lifetime costs of owning a pet
Budgeting for a new best friend can give you a realistic picture of how prepared your family is to take on a new financial responsibility, and will help avoid costly surprises in the future. Take the ...

Expert Articles Sponsored by Chris Ashton

Cat Health and Wellness

Make moving a smooth transition for your pet
Whether you’re moving across town or across country it’s always an adjustment for everyone, including the four-legged family members. It’s a stressful time for your pet, so you need to be prepar...
Give your cat a long and healthy life with proper nutrition
As is the case with any pet, it’s up to the owner to not only establish the diet but to administer it. And because all cats are different it will take some trial and error to develop a plan that wor...
Choose a veterinarian for your cat who specializes in feline care
Your cat’s health is your responsibility, and you should be an active participant in keeping it healthy and happy. To do this, take the time to find the right veterinarian that is knowledgeable, per...
Kitty training: Advice for properly socializing your kitten
Caring for and raising a kitten may seem intimidating, but with the right socialization techniques it doesn’t have to be that way. Just remember to properly socialize your kitten at the right time, ...
Feeding your cat a healthy diet can help prevent illness
The food you choose for your cat directly affects his total health and wellbeing. There’s a diverse spectrum of cat food choices on the market today, ranging from more processed kibble and canned fo...

Cat Diseases and Conditions

Holistic approach to hyperthyroidism in cats
Once you’ve found out your precious cat has hyperthyroidism, look to the root cause; look to treat the underlying disease process so the treatment will go better. Finding the underlying cause is the...
Loss of appetite in dogs and cats
One of our favorite things to do is feed our four-legged friends. When our friends don’t eat, we wonder - for good reason. As the list of reasons not to eat is long and potentially scary, call your ...
Keep cats healthy by preventing and reducing obesity
Many chronic diseases veterinarians see in adult and mature cats can be prevented by addressing weight management, diet and activity early in life. By keeping feline obesity under control, your four-l...
What to do if your cat has feline diabetes
Feline diabetes is a dynamic condition that must be treated promptly and monitored frequently if you want your cat to be as healthy and happy as possible. Even with this knowledge, know that if you ar...

Traveling Cat Owner

Avoid complications during flights with pets
As pet owners we can all list the great things our animal friends provide us with. Fun, companionship and loyalty are just a few. But there is another benefit to having a pet and that is the responsib...

Choosing a Cat

How to successfully introduce a newly adopted cat into a household
Bringing a new cat into your life and home can be a challenge and above all, fun. The whole process is a learning experience, even if you have had other cats. It’s best to prepare early for your new...

Traveling Dog Owner

A trustworthy dog sitter will allow you to relax while at work or away
Professional pet sitters can be a godsend to your pets and your life. Not only can they help you when you are out of town, but also when you work long hours, or want to go out after work without runni...
Your dog won't miss you at all when you pick the right kennel
Doing some advance research into the organization and people who will look after your beloved dog will help you feel more comfortable leaving him during your travels. Ask as many questions about a fac...
Expert advice on choosing a reliable doggy daycare
Whether you're gone for the day or several days, pets need attention and social interaction. Find a pet daycare service that will focus on the mental, social and emotional health of your pet. Find a d...

Dog Diseases and Conditions

Treating bladder infections in dogs and cats
Remember that in order to prevent bladder infections in cats and dogs, these carnivorous animals need a meat-based diet to maintain acidic urine. Consider another prevention method in the form of supp...
Caring for your blind dog or cat
Loss of vision can be alarming and life changing. However, early diagnosis and intervention can reverse some conditions, while alternative modalities can improve quality of life in others. Consistency...

Dog Behavior and Training

How to train your dog to stop pulling on their leash
With a little patience, these methods will work well for many dogs, and will also help you to form a close bond with your dog. However, some dogs are a little more difficult and may be a little harder...
Stop your dog from barking you up a tree
For thousands of dog owners, excessive barking can not only be an annoying and stressful problem, but it also often leads many people to isolate and punish their dogs.  By taking the time to understa...
How to choose a dog trainer
You may have spent a great deal of time researching breeds as well as finding the “right” dog for you and your family. The same attention to detail is important in choosing a dog trainer. Dogs are...
Walk your dog safely and enjoyably
By all means walk your dog! They need the exercise, the fresh air and a chance to explore.  Just be prepared and stay vigilant, keeping your pal’s safety and well being in mind....
Training your dog to walk on leash begins with planning ahead
Keep in mind that dogs weren’t born knowing how to walk on a leash, just as we weren’t born knowing how to use one. Similar to operating any tool, it takes practice to gain skills and become comfo...
Preventing dog aggression and protecting dog owners
The state of dog ownership has changed dramatically in the last 60 years. From the dog living outside and eating our scraps to now being valued by their owners as children, dogs have shifted their pos...
Expert advice on training your dog as home and family protection
Home protection dogs are an excellent source of security. Having a properly trained protection dog elevates the feeling of your personal security. There are many statistics out there proving protectio...

Choosing a Dog

Where to get a new puppy
In summary, look for a breeder who:-Insists you visit where the puppies were born and raised. If they will sell to you sight unseen, walk away.-Raises puppies in a home, not a kennel:Puppies who spend...
Picking the perfect puppy for your family
Choosing a puppy is a big decision with lots of options. Whether your family lives on a farm in Virginia or a New York City apartment, there’s a perfect puppy breed for you. Once you have done your ...
How to get involved with an animal welfare organization
To get involved in an animal rescue near you:Find a rescue organization or shelter near you:Petfinder.com is a national listing of animal organizations, many with foster homes. Some exist only as fost...

Caring for a New Puppy

Considerations when socializing your new pup in a play group
Many of us either have owned or know people who have dogs who “don’t like other dogs.”  The primary cause of this aversion to those of their own kind is lack of proper exposure and socializatio...
How to choose a good veterinarian and quickly establish rapport
The great Will Rogers once said, “The best doctor in the world is a veterinarian. They can't ask patients what is the matter – they’ve got to just know.” And good veterinarians learn to “kno...
Advice for choosing your new puppy's interactive toys
There will be a lot to adjust to, for both you and your new pup, during those first few weeks and months of puppy ownership. Exercise, both physical and mental, on a daily basis will help your pup gro...
Understand and budget for the lifetime costs of owning a pet
Budgeting for a new best friend can give you a realistic picture of how prepared your family is to take on a new financial responsibility, and will help avoid costly surprises in the future. Take the ...
Choose a doggy daycare with a well-trained and trustworthy staff
Every dog owner believes that he or she is the best provider for their pet. In keeping with that philosophy, you should expect someone who will offer similar standards of high care while you are apart...
Advice on fostering a pet from a rescue organization or shelter
Fostering animals is a necessary and rewarding experience that helps save thousands of animals from unnecessary euthanization. Fostering animals is a relatively unrecognized act that changes lives and...

Death and Loss of a Dog

Keep your dog happy and comfortable in its last days
In summary, the most important things are for you to know what to look for in terms of Quality of Life for your pet and signs of pain and illness. This will be a key to your dog’s comfort and happin...
When is putting your dog to sleep the right thing for your dog?
Euthanasia is an uncomfortable subject. But, as loving dog parents, when our baby’s quality of life is no longer good, love suggests we let them go with ease. Including friends and family in the eve...
Advice for when you find a stray dog in your neighborhood
All in all, taking in a stray dog is a good deed, but it also comes with some expectations of responsibility and accountability. One needs to be patient, understand the constraints of their local anim...

Pet Rodents

Ferrets are great pets if you understand what it's like to own one
There are many upsides to ferret ownership, as ferrets provide companionship and entertainment for their owners. If you are considering caring for a ferret (preferably two), consider adoption first, a...

Death and Loss of a Cat

Advice for putting your cat to sleep and saying goodbye
When it's time to decide if your cat is ready to go to heaven, make the decision with love. Remember the time you spent together, experience the joy. Honor your bond, honor the relationship you had. S...

General Travel

Stress-free airline travel with children
Using a few of these great tips can save you a lot of unnecessary headaches. You might even be able to enjoy the journey just as much as you will enjoy your destination. Now you can sit back, relax, a...
How to select a luxury resort
A luxury resort experience can be pampering, relaxing, and rejuvenating. To make the best choice, understand your values and preferences and research your target destination carefully. With a little e...
Air travel tips for a smooth trip
Air travel can be a pleasant and relaxing experience if you prepare for it by carefully choosing your seat, using frequent flier miles strategically, wearing a stylish and comfortable outfit, giving y...
Advice for business travelers
Business travel is unavoidable at times. To minimize stress, pack smart, travel comfortably, use your time wisely and research your target destination. With careful preparation you can make a smooth t...
Advice for larger air travellers
Get a good night’s sleep the night before your flight and come rested. Expect some minor irritations, but just go with it. Flying is rarely enjoyable for larger flyer but relax knowing you planned y...
Choose the best hotel for the holiday vacation
With hotels, picking the wrong one can literally ruin a trip. Make sure you read reviews and be sure to spot any consistent complaints about cleanliness or housekeeping, both of which are warning sign...
How to survive the hectic holiday travel season
Traveling during the holidays will likely never be a stress-free endeavor. It will always be a popular time to travel, and tempers will occasionally flare. But with preparation and the right attitude ...
How to find the best travel deals using online sites
There are a plethora of online tools that can help with ticket booking that are constantly evolving and changing to meet new consumer needs. Stay on top of them and learn how to best leverage the ones...
How to travel the world on a shoestring budget
Too often, money is the factor that drives people away from world travel. But, in fact, it’s easy to travel on a thimble budget of as little as $15-20 a day, if you pick the right spots. By having a...
Education travel abroad offers an exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign culture
By using your common sense and the suggestions above, you will be able to plan and enjoy an educational experience abroad....
Make maximum use of your precious vacation time by planning carefully
Travel on crack has its inherent benefits for the busy wanderlusts eager to see the world. Approached correctly, it makes the aggressive and daunting itineraries possible. Mountains, partying and beac...
Choose a green hotel when traveling and be environmentally conscious
It’s more possible than ever today to take a trip that maximizes enjoyment and minimizes negative environmental impact. Paying attention to some of these ideas can go a long way toward taking a trip...
Plan a getaway to Colorado’s wine country for a unique experience
At an altitude of 4,507 feet, and with more than 275 days of sunshine annually, Grand Junction enjoys warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons. Wine enthusiasts will find bed and brea...
Expert advice on preparing your car for the family summer road trip
Start your road trip off on the right foot and prepare your vehicle for the trek – not only will you drive away with less fear of car troubles ruining your trip, but the money you put into preventat...
How to prepare your home for overnight guests this holiday season
It’s fun to have house guests. It’s a time to socialize and show off your home. With a little expense and effort, you can freshen up your living space and not only make your visitors feel welcome ...
Plan a trip that avoids the travel nightmares
Travel is supposed to be spontaneous and fun. Some hiccups along the way are to be expected, and they can even push you into new experiences. However, you want a trip that has as few bumps as possible...
Advice on making the best of an unexpected travel delay and layover
A long airport layover doesn’t need to be dreadful. With proper planning you can make the most of your time, whether it’s working efficiently, taking a nap, or enjoying some regional cuisine. If y...
Find some alone time during a family vacation to help reduce stress
Maybe you're a single uncle that needs a break from your seven screaming nieces and nephews, or you're a mom of three who just needs some time to regroup and get back to having fun. In either case, ta...
Choose the right hotel room to ensure a great family vacation
Despite your desire to get out and explore, you'll still spend a good amount of time in the hotel room when you're traveling with kids. They need a quiet place to sleep, a warm bath, and a little room...
Plan a multigenerational vacation with seniors who have special needs
Multigenerational travel is a great way for grandparents, their children and grandchildren to spend quality, memorable time together. Many baby boomers and seniors may require special needs equipment ...
How to keep your toddler occupied and happy on the airplane
Children can either be the type of child that people love to see on airplane, or the exact opposite, an unruly bear incapable of calming down. It is up to you as the parent to lead them into every exp...

Horses

Starting a horse in the Classical system of training
The Classical System of horse training and riding is based on over three thousand years of knowledge of the horse, its physiology and its psychology. It consists of a progressional approach with an em...
Things to avoid when buying your first horse
Buying the right horse can be a long and difficult process. Following these simple steps can help you in finding the horse that is right for you. Buying a horse can be a big investment, and owning one...
Continue riding in college with IHSA
IHSA is a great way for those entering college to continue riding even when they don’t own their own horse. With classes ranging from beginner walk/trot to open jumping and reining, IHSA was truly m...
Advice for dressage training in the classical system
Dressage is a dance. There is a leader and there is a follower. There cannot be two leaders and there cannot be two followers. The leader must know the dance and ask the follower to come along and tru...
Train your horse to be a brave and confident jumper
Training a valuable jumper prospect is an intricate endeavor, requiring much knowledge, riding skill, feel, and patience. Done correctly, not swiftly, will give you a happy jumper who will do his best...
Schooling the young horse for Combined Training
Combined Training, originally a Military Cavalry test, was a man’s domain in world competition until the mid-1900s. Since then it has been open to men and women competing side by side and has become...
Advice for retraining and rehabilitating the spoiled horse
Taking on the task of rehabilitating a spoiled horse should not be done lightly. Unless you have the time, patience, skill and knowledge, and can afford the necessary expense, leave the job to someone...
The importance of unconstraint in horse training
A rider must develop a “feel” for what is happening beneath him. He must know exactly when his horse has arrived at the state of unconstraint and is ready to learn and perform and when he has left...
How to find a saddle that fits you and your horse equally
Saddle fitting is an art. If your saddle doesn’t fit your horse correctly neither you or your horse will be happy when you ride. It is probably one of the most important things a rider needs to be a...

Dog Health and Wellness

Our pets aren't property: co-parenting after divorce
I can’t imagine many people going into a marriage thinking it will end. At the beginning it’s nothing but hope, excitement and love. But life has a way of not always working out as we planned and ...
Keep your pet safe during the holidays
With all the hustle and bustle during the end of the year holidays, it’s easy to forget about the impact to your pet’s safety and well-being.  Planning ahead and using these Do’s and Don’ts t...
Your pet is lost....now what?
While no one can guarantee that a missing animal will be reunited with their family, I have been fortunate to be part of many amazing stories about four-legged friends which I assisted. These include ...
Protect your pet when getting lost with a microchip or GPS collar
There are a lot of options available for finding a reliable ID for your pet. Consider all of them and implement at least one of them. Also, keep your information up to date and check them frequently t...
A balanced diet and feeding routine keeps a dog healthy and trim
If we learn to pay attention to the signs, our dogs are pretty good about telling us how they’re feeling and what they want. Whining at the door when they haven’t relieved themselves for a while? ...
Choose a vet for your dog or cat that is respectful and compassionate
Owning a cat or dog is a big responsibility that goes above and beyond feeding, bathing and walks. Make sure you take the time to research different veterinary options in your area so you can make an ...
Dog medication advice to help keep your pet safe and healthy
The odds are that eventually your dog will need some form of medication. And while there is a financial cost involved and it requires a little extra work on our part, you should be thankful that you c...
Know what to ask when choosing a veterinarian for your dog or cat
Protect your dog from the winter chills and keep them healthy
Even though your pet has a healthy coat of hair, they can still get the chills, which also means that they can get sick. To help you prevent your dog from getting sick, and keep warm and safe during t...
Protect your dog from harmful foods during Thanksgiving
Feeding your dog scraps is all well and good, but there are some things you need to be sure you don’t feed your dog so that they don’t get sick. By following this advice above, you can be sure tha...
Dogs with dermatitis: causes, diagnosis, and treatment
Just like children, dogs can be very sensitive to allergens. It is essential to your dogs overall health and well-being that you address allergies before they are allowed to get out of hand. Allergic ...
What to do if your puppy has a parvovirus infection
Infection with parvovirus is a very scary illness. 50% of unvaccinated puppies will die regardless of infection. Odds are worse for Pit Bull Terriers and Rottweilers. The sooner you act the better you...
Prevention and treatment options for canine cancer
Cancer is a very scary diagnosis. To give your dog the best help possible, do what you can to decrease inflammation before the diagnosis, know what your dog is susceptible to and search all avenues if...
Get a handle on flea prevention and treatment for your dog
No one wants to deal with fleas. Yuck! Horrible little blood suckers. Opportunists. They are well adapted to our world. Keeping them out of our homes makes life more comfortable - for ourselves and ou...
How you treat your dog with kennel cough can make a big difference
Usually, kennel cough is a self-limiting, viral infection, just like the human cold. And, just like our cold, there is no medication to make it go away faster. But, if left untreated, and the immune s...
What to do when your dog has irregular urination patterns
Any change in urination pattern in an otherwise housebroken dog is the signal that something isn’t right and should be investigated right away. The sooner you get an answer, the sooner you and your ...
Abnormal poop patterns or color could signal that your dog is sick
Changes in the color, consistency, size or frequency of our dogs making number two is a signal for changes on the inside. Knowing when and what the changes mean helps make a proper diagnosis. ...
Advice when your are forced to find a new home your dog
As you can see, there are many reasons that people may be forced to rehome their dog, but there are also options available, including potential resources to help you keep your dog as well. It is encou...
Keep your senior dog happy and healthy during its final years
For most of us, our pets become members of our family. They deserve to be treated with the same attention and concern we would offer any of our loved ones, especially as they age. Most dogs don’t co...
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