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How to Select the Best Pet Insurance Plan for Your Pet

How to select the best pet insurance plan for your dog or cat.

By Therese Pope, a freelance writer based in California.

With the many pet health insurance plans out there, it can be confusing to figure out the best, most affordable plan for your furry family members. Whether you own a 7-week-old kitten or a 10-year-old dog, the coverage options below will fit the healthcare needs of your pet – at any stage of their life.

Which Statement Best Describes Your Pet?

1. I have a young dog or cat (1-3 years old) 

Insure pets when they are young before any health issues arise. Companies such as Pets Best cover puppies and kittens as young as 7 weeks old. The best option for young pets is an Accident and Illness Plan. Playful puppies and kittens tend to be mischievous and can swallow harmful items, injure their paws or break a leg. Comprehensive Accident and Illness Plans cover unexpected injuries, illnesses, emergency care, surgery and hospitalization.

With young pets, you’ll also want to have a Wellness/Routine Care Plan. By adding wellness coverage to an accident and illness plan, you’re able to stay on top of your pet’s preventative care. Wellness plans cover items such as annual exams, vaccinations, dental cleanings, and spaying/neutering. A wellness plan is a cost-effective way to budget for routine medical expenses, as well as catch life-threatening illnesses early-on or before they happen.

2. I have an adult pet

For adult pets, look into Accident and Illness Plans. As mentioned above, these plans cover unexpected injuries and illness, including cancer. Dogs and cats – despite their age, breed, and activity level – can still become sick so it makes sense to cover both accidents and illness.

Similar to young pets, you should insure adult pets as soon as possible. This is because providers do not cover pre-existing conditions, so you’ll need your coverage to be in effect before issues arise for them to be covered. However, Pets Best is unique in that they cover some health conditions that can be considered cured.

An Accident and Illness Plan is your best choice so that you’re prepared for any health issues that come up in the future. Even if your pet has a pre-existing condition, you should consider an accident and illness plan so that you have coverage for any new health problems that can happen.

Additionally, you may want to add a Wellness/Routine Care Plan. Wellness plans cover items like vaccinations, dental cleanings, and flea/tick/heartworm preventatives. Routine and preventative care is important in helping catch illnesses early-on or before they happen.

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Dog Breed Guide: English Cocker Spaniel

An English Cocker Spaniel dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the English Cocker Spaniel

Height (to base of neck): females 15 – 16″, males 16 – 17″

Weight:  females 26 – 32 lb, males 28 – 34 lb

Color: Solid colors, tan markings and parti-colors are accepted.

Origin: England

Coat: Medium length feathered hair.

Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Cocker, Cocker Spaniel

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What Are Pet Wellness & Routine Care Plans?

Wellness routine care plans for dogs and cats help keep pets healthy and catch disease early.

By Therese Pope, a freelance writer based in California.

Pet wellness/routine care plans give you peace of mind that your pets will live a longer, happier and healthier life. According to the American Pet Products Association, in 2014 pet owners spent over $15 billion on vet care in the U.S., including routine care costs. Preventive vet care such as regular teeth cleaning is often neglected by pet parents. They usually wait until pets have chronic dental problems before taking them to the vet. The American Dental Veterinary College (ADVC) reports that painful dental conditions happen gradually and are more common in middle-aged and older pets. In order to prevent periodontal disease, the ADVC recommends frequent removal of plaque and tartar on pets’ teeth.

Preventive Vet Care Keeps Pets Healthy

Regular vet check-ups and diagnostic tests can detect health problems early before they become life-threatening for pets. Wellness plans are a cost-effective way to reduce large vet bills and are structured to cover routine care expenses. These are the most common preventive services covered in wellness plans:
• Annual exams
• Vaccinations
• Spaying & neutering
• Dental/teeth cleaning
• Blood panel
• Fecal & urinalysis tests
• Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention

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Vet Tech Contest Finalist: Alice Rohauer

Why I Love Being a Vet Tech finalist, Alice Rohauer.

At Pets Best, we recognize that the veterinary industry is largely powered by the hard working and dedicated certified veterinary technicians across the nation. To acknowledge their tireless efforts, we created the Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest, now in its second year. In partnership with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), we are pleased to announce the top eight finalists for 2015.

Meet Alice Rohauer. Of the past 31 years Alice has worked as a vet tech, she has spent the last 28 working with exotic animals at the Buffalo Zoo in New York.

She is also a pet parent to four rescue dogs: Cooper, a senior German shepherd mix who needed a home when his previous owner passed away; Rocky the Rottweiler, the lone survivor of his litter; Duke, the special needs Labrador mix from a shelter in Virginia; and Dingo, a terrier/Chihuahua mix Alice calls her “snuggle bug”.

Read on to learn more about Alice and her contribution to the veterinary community.Read More…

Vet Tech Contest Finalist: Regina Sanger

Why I Love Being a Vet Tech finalist, Regina Sanger.

At Pets Best, we recognize that the veterinary industry is largely powered by the hardworking and dedicated certified veterinary technicians across the nation. To acknowledge their tireless efforts, we created the Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest, now in its second year. In partnership with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), we are pleased to announce the top eight finalists for 2015.

Meet Regina Sanger, an oncology tech for 15 years. Regina works at PETS Referral Center in Berkeley, California.

Regina enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, whether it’s home watching movies or exploring the beach. She can also be found reading in the company of one or more of her eight pets, whom she affectionately calls her “favorite cuddle buddies.”

Regina’s pets include four cats: Freckles and Sabrina, both 16-year-old cats adopted from San Francisco Animal Control; and Trouble and Gizmo, two 8-year-old tabbies, each rescues adopted from Regina’s clinic. Her four dogs are: Tasha, an 8-year-old boxer mix abandoned by her owners after she tested positive for parvovirus; Frankie, the lovable 6-year-old blue nose pitbull brought to the hospital at six weeks old emaciated and with a bite wound to the head; Roxann, a rescued 4-year-old pitbull mix with the tip of her left ear cut off and a tail broken in three places; and the family’s latest addition, Toni the Chiweenie, born after her pregnant mother was rescued by Regina’s manager.

Read on to learn more about Regina and her contribution to the veterinary community.Read More…

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