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The Magic Bullet Fund

Posted on: July 7th, 2008 by

Posted by Angela Klein on 7/7/2008 in Articles from Newsletters

Inspired by the love of a Siberian named Bullet, the Magic Bullet Fund is writer and editor Laurie Kaplan’s labor of love for the dog who “graced (her) life for 12 years, 2 months and a day.”

At 9 years of age, Bullet was diagnosed with late stage multicentric B-cell lymphoma. “I was horrified, terrified, and determined that I would not lose Bullet without a fight,” Laurie writes on the Magic Bullet Fund website.

During the course of his treatment, the veterinarian who provided chemotherapy treatments for Bullet insisted Laurie write a book to help others who have dogs with cancer. Help Your Dog Fight Cancer, the result of that encouragement, quickly became a preferred resource for pet owners facing this difficult and often overwhelming disease.

Coinciding with the book’s publication, Laurie founded the Magic Bullet Fund to help people who have dogs with cancer but cannot afford to pay for treatment. “I often thought about how very lucky I was to be able to pay for Bullet’s treatment and how devastated I would have felt if I could not,” she said.

“The Magic Bullet Fund is about giving every dog the chance he or she deserves to survive cancer,” Laurie said. “At best, it is about beating cancer. At least, it is about giving people and their dogs more time together – more time to create a few more precious memories.” Bullet survived his battle with cancer and lived until he was nearly 14 when Laurie lost him to renal failure.

Because canine cancer treatment ranges on average between $600 and $6,000, the Magic Bullet Fund connects donors and potential donors with dogs and their families who need help. A secondary mission to help heighten public awareness about canine cancer through educational efforts is included in the organization’s mission statement. First and foremost, however, “the fund’s mission is to provide cancer treatment for dogs whose caretakers are unable to provide treatment – dogs who would not have cancer treatment at all without our assistance,” Laurie said.

Learn more about the Magic Bullet Fund and how you can help make a difference at www.themagicbulletfund.org.

Working with the Magic Bullet Fund is one of several efforts by Pets Best to help pets and pet owners who are dealing with cancer. Visit www.petcancerfoundation.org for more information and a special offer with a veterinary oncologist.

Insurance and Pre-Existing Conditions

Posted on: June 17th, 2008 by

Posted by Angela Klein on 6/17/2008 in Articles from Veterinary Newsletter

PETS BEST INSURANCE & PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS:
A paw’s on reference to understanding our policy

At Pets Best Insurance we strive to fully educate Veterinary Associate Providers on our policies. Part of this commitment involves explaining what Pets Best considers as pre-existing. One of the questions we hear most often is: What about pre-existing conditions?

A pre-existing condition is one that was present prior to the original policy effective date or within the waiting period, whether diagnosed or not.

Unfortunately, many pet owners wait until an illness or accident occurs to purchase their policies, which means that those injuries and illnesses cannot be covered. This is why we encourage purchasing insurance as soon as possible, ideally when pets are puppies and kittens.

The following are a few examples to show how our policies work:

If pet has an accident, such as a broken leg, prior to the effective policy start date, that particular broken leg would not be covered. If the pet breaks any leg again three months later it will be considered a separate incident and will be covered at 80% of the bill, after the deductible has been met.

Potentially fatal or debilitating chronic conditions restrict a pet’s eligibility to enroll in a full medical plan. For example, if an uninsured six-year-old boxer develops lymphoma or diabetes before enrolling in a plan, those conditions would not be covered and that pet would not be eligible for full illness coverage. However, we would be able to provide accident-only coverage as this plan is available to any pet, regardless of past medical history.

We understand that there may be negative connotations towards the term “pre-existing condition.” Let us reassure you that no matter the pre-existing illness we are always happy to offer our full accident coverage.

If you have additional questions or need further explanation on this or other items, please feel free to contact our Veterinary Services Department at 877-738-7237 x4 or email us at vetservices@petsbest.com. We appreciate your continued support and thank you for choosing Pets Best!

Torrey’s diary June 2008

Posted on: June 6th, 2008 by

By: Dr. Jack Stephens

Dear Diary,

You’d think that a girl my size would have more trouble getting what she wants. Fortunately, this is not the case. And while I think that I would probably still get pretty much whatever I want if my Dad wasn’t the boss, I must say that I do enjoy the extra clout it brings.

Being Daddy’s Girl, I know that wherever he goes, I go, whether it’s to the office, or hanging out on a beach in Mexico for our annual trip. It is rare that you won’t see me by his side.

So for Father’s Day, I wanted to share a little secret with you. Ready? Here it is. Dads don’t like ties. Oh, sure, they act like they do, but really, they’re just being nice. And while some Dads may actually like that new golf club or trashcan basketball game (as if!), most Dads would appreciate your doing something that protects pets in times of need. Like me!

Remember: Ties stink. Choose something meaningful for Dad and buy him a policy so he can have the peace of mind knowing that he doesn’t need to worry if something happens to pets like me. Of course, it never will. I’m too amazing to get sick or hurt, but Dad says that you just never know.

Until next time,

Torrey

p.s. Giving a gift policy is easy. Call us to find out how! 1-877-PETSBEST. (1-877-738-7237)

Weathering the Summertime with Your Pets

Posted on: June 5th, 2008 by

Posted by Angela Klein on 6/5/2008 in Articles from Newsletters

Weathering the Good Ol’ Summertime with Your Pets

As spring turns to summer, dogs and cats everywhere are beginning to feel the heat! To help you and your pets get through the summer, we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips to keep your four-legged friends healthy and happy.

You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again. Never, never, never leave your pet in the car, even for just a few minutes. Temperatures in cars can reach 120 degrees quickly when the weather is warm. Because dogs and cats don’t perspire and can only release heat through their paw pads and by panting, pets left in hot cars are at risk for heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage or death.

Another temptation to avoid is putting dogs in the back of pick-up trucks. Flying debris, accidents or even sudden turns or stops all pose threats to dogs left in this vulnerable position. Keep your dog inside or in a secured crate in the bed of the truck.

Plant food, fertilizer and insecticide are all common during the summer but pose another hazard to pets. Be sure to read the directions carefully and keep your pets away from fertilized areas and especially away from bags of fertilizer, insecticide and plant food, which can be fatal if ingested. Watch out, too, for the 700+ varieties of plants that can produce physiologically active or toxic substances that are harmful to your pets.

Check with your veterinarian to see if your pets should be taking heartworm prevention medication. Transmitted by mosquitoes, heartworm disease can be fatal in both dogs and cats.

Other quick reminders for a stress-free summer:

Provide plenty of water and shade for your pets at all times.

Make early preparations for vacation travel whether leaving your pet at home or bringing them with you.

Use flea and tick treatments recommended by your veterinarian.

Limit exercise for older dogs and dogs with thick coats to early morning hours to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and stroke.

Do your pets a favor and remember that loud events, such as the 4th of July and music concerts, can be stressful for pets.

If your pet starts showing signs of heat exhaustion and/or stroke – heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, vomiting or a deep red or purple tongue – immediately work to lower his body temperature by applying cool, not cold, water over his body, cold towels or ice packs to your pet’s head, neck and chest only and let him lick ice cubes or drink small amounts of water. Heat exhaustion and stroke can be fatal to your pet, so always remember to check with your veterinarian and when in doubt, visit a hospital immediately.

Have a safe and happy summer!

Supplemental Wellness Care Option

Posted on: June 5th, 2008 by

Posted by Angela Klein on 6/5/2008 in Articles from Newsletters

Supplemental Wellness Care Option Offers Additional Benefits

Wondering if routine care is covered with your accident and illness policy? It is if you choose BestWellness in addition to your plan. BestWellness is optional coverage you can add to your Pets Best Insurance policy that helps you budget for annual exams, teeth cleaning, routine tests and more.

With no deductible and $440 in annual benefits for dogs and more than $500 in annual benefits for cats, BestWellness is specifically chosen by our policyholders who regularly take their pets to the vet.

Half of the annual BestWellness benefits may be claimed within the first six months of each policy period. After six consecutive months as a policyholder, the full 100% of the BestWellness benefit is available for use.

Learn more about BestWellness or call a Pets Best Customer Service Representative today at 1-877-PETSBEST or 1-877-738-7237 to add BestWellness to your policy and help with expenses for future routine visits.