Dr. Jack L. Stephens, president of Pets Best Insurance, founded pet insurance in the U.S. in 1981 with a mission to end euthanasia when pet owners couldn’t afford veterinary treatment. Dr. Stephens went on to present the first U.S. pet insurance policy to famous television dog, Lassie.
In honor of September being Pet Health Insurance Month, we’re featuring stories of real life Pets Best Insurance customers. Today we meet Kathy, and her two year old mixed breed dog, Lola.
When did you get your dog, Lola?
I finally decided it was time to welcome a dog in my life. To give us both the best chance of happiness, I studied breeds and breeders looking for the perfect temperament, size, and lowest health issues.
Then, as life often happens, I met the perfect pup unexpectedly. We met at the Humane Society Gala. There she was, a 3 month old pup turning/leaning towards you for petting, and not pulling on her leash or biting. A user’s manual did not exist for this first timer, who didn’t know even what breed Lola was or how big she would grow.
When did you decide to get pet insurance?
The Humane Society provided a 3 month policy as part of the adoption from another insurance company. I went through multiple claims with them, including food allergies, kennel cough and a yeast infection. The other company was helpful, but the coverage was inconsistent and a hassle. And, sometimes the claims process would take several weeks.
So when/why did you switch to Pets Best Insurance?
I switched to Pets Best after seeing the brochure in my veterinarian’s office. Their front desk person told me Pets Best Insurance was easy to work with and had found that it was better for their clients.
What do you love about Pets Best Insurance?
By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance
About the Doberman Pinscher
Height (to base of neck): Males 26 to 28 inches; Females 24 to 26 inches
Weight: Males 66-80 lb; Females 66-75 lb
Color: Black, red, blue, fawn
Origin: Germany in the 1900’s bred to be a guard dog and companion animal
Coat: Smooth and short
Life Expectancy: Up to 13 years
Exercise needs: Frequent Exercise
Is a Doberman Pinscher the right breed for you?
By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for dog insurance provider Pets Best Insurance
Hi. My name is Marc Caldwell. I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance to answer some Facebook questions for you guys. Our next question is: “Are compressed floors safe for dogs to sit and sleep on? How about carpet flooring in the house?”
Generally speaking, most flooring is considered safe for animals to sleep on, but that being said, some animals will have a more difficult time with a harder surface. Animals that have arthritic disease or problems moving around may find these surfaces uncomfortable. Furthermore, they can actually exacerbate pressure sores and things like that for animals with limited mobility.
My recommendation is if you have hardwood floors or some sort of compressed flooring, maybe a bed or some padding would actually help out certainly older animals with those types of surfaces. They are also difficult as far as ambulating on them, so animals that have limited mobility may slip and fall and find these surfaces a little bit difficult to maneuver.
If you have other questions, please post them below or visit the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page, and we’ll answer them for you.
By Coleen Ellis, founder of Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, and blogger for pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance
Losing a pet is a heartbreaking affair filled with grief for many pet parents. However, some people don’t understand the relationship and bond the person had with their pet, so they may not know what to say or how to act when someone loses a pet. Even if you’ve experienced this grief yourself, the grieving process varies by person, and it can be hard to find the right words.
As a starting point, here are five things you shouldn’t say to a grieving pet parent:
1. It’s just a dog
To you, it may be just a dog. But to pet lovers, this animal may have represented many things. The pet might have fulfilled roles such as being a friend, a confidant, providing security, and so much more.
2. It wasn’t a “real death” such as the loss of a husband, mother, grandmother, etc.
As pet lovers, the relationship that we have with our pets is free of baggage. It’s free of the complications and the difficult feelings that might come with a human-human relationship.
3. When are you going to get another one?
In honor of Pet Health Insurance Month, we’re featuring stories of real life Pets Best Insurance customer claims. This story is from Paul and his dog Tobey, who have been Pets Best Insurance customers since 2006.
I’m glad I had pet insurance when…My dog ate an entire loaf of bread
Meet Tobey, a seven year old, 13 pound miniature pinscher “min pin” insured by Pets Best Insurance. One night in the spring of 2012, Tobey decided he could go for some dessert. He jumped on the couch, then from the couch he jumped on the counter. Sitting on the counter was a loaf of dense Danish dessert bread that had been brought over for his human family. The bread – and its foil wrapping – was too tempting for Tobey to resist, so he didn’t just eat part of the loaf, he ate the entire loaf and the foil.
A few hours later in the middle of the night, Tobey’s human parents awoke to him wheezing like he could hardly breathe. Tobey’s normally little mid-section had become extremely bloated; his sides protruded inches farther than normal.
Tobey’s parents rushed him to the emergency veterinary clinic.