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Pets Best and NAVTA Announce Contest to Recognize Outstanding Vet Techs

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by

The Pets Best Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest.

Boise, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today it has partnered with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) to host the Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest. Pets Best and NAVTA developed the contest to recognize the outstanding work of veterinary technicians across the nation.

Pets Best and NAVTA invite veterinary technicians to submit short essays explaining how they chose their profession and why they love their work. The finalist who earns the most support in an online vote will win a paid trip to the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Conference from Pets Best. Each of the eight finalists will also win $200 and a one-year NAVTA membership.

“Pets Best strives to honor dedicated professionals across the veterinary field through efforts such as the ongoing My Vet’s the Best contest,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “Launching this new contest for veterinary technicians provides a valuable opportunity to showcase the hardworking individuals who play such a critical role in providing high-quality veterinary care.”

Veterinary technicians can submit entries by visiting www.petsbest.com/forms/vet-tech-contest. Submissions should include a short essay of 250 words or less. A judging panel comprised of representatives from Pets Best and NAVTA will select eight finalists from the submitted entries based on content and originality. The public will then have an opportunity to vote online for their favorite submissions through the Pets Best website, www.petsbest.com, and the agency’s Facebook page. The submission deadline is Sept. 12, and online voting will take place from Sept. 26 to Oct. 10.

Veterinary technicians assist veterinarians in many aspects of treating animals. Working in environments such as private veterinary practices and research facilities, veterinary technicians often perform highly technical tasks, including assisting with diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures, providing specialized nursing care and more.

“Many people are unaware that veterinary technicians assume a great deal of responsibility in many areas of animal care,” said Julie Legred, CVT NAVTA’s Executive Director. “Our field requires a genuine passion for helping animals, and we look forward to working alongside Pets Best to share the inspirational stories of veterinary technicians across the nation.”

NAVTA, founded in 1981, serves as a nationwide organization of veterinary technicians, veterinary technologists and veterinarians, in addition to veterinary assistants, educators and students. The organization was created as a resource for veterinary professionals to provide input on national issues related to their field. The organization is also dedicated to promoting veterinary professions and fostering high standards of care.

For more information about the Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest, visit www.petsbest.com/blog/vet-tech-contest.

About Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC
Dr. Jack L. Stephens, president of Pets Best, 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. Pets Best provides coverage for dogs and cats and is the only veterinarian-founded and operated pet insurance agency in the United States. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best team with his passion for quality pet care and his expert veterinary knowledge. He is always available to answer questions regarding veterinarian medicine, pet health and pet insurance. The Pets Best team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. Visit www.petsbest.com for more information.

Pet insurance coverage offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware insurance company. Independence American Insurance Company is a member of The IHC Group, an organization of insurance carriers and marketing and administrative affiliates that has been providing life, health, disability, medical stop-loss and specialty insurance solutions to groups and individuals for over 30 years. For information on The IHC Group, visit: www.ihcgroup.com. Additional insurance services administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC are underwritten by Prime Insurance Company. Some existing business is underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut. Each insurer has sole financial responsibility for its own products.

Pets Best is a proud member of the North America Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA).

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Los Angeles Veterinarians Win National Award from Pets Best

Posted on: July 9th, 2014 by

Drs. Michelle Zoryan and Diane Tang are the latest winners of the My Vet's the Best contest.

Latest My Vet’s the Best contest honors veterinarian duo as winners

Boise, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today that veterinarians Drs. Diane Tang and Michelle Zoryan have been voted the most recent winners of the agency’s My Vet’s the Best contest. The nationwide contest honors veterinarians for outstanding service.

The latest round of the contest brought in 13,630 votes cast from pet owners across the U.S. on the Pets Best website, www.petsbest.com, and on the company’s Facebook page.

“We created the My Vet’s the Best Contest to bring awareness and appreciation to the country’s most exceptional veterinarians,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best. “Giving veterinarians the recognition they deserve is and always will be a top priority for Pets Best.”

Drs. Tang and Zoryan, who practice at the Mohawk Alley Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, won the contest after receiving 4,462 online votes. They were among hundreds of veterinarians nominated for the award. As the winners, they received $1,000 from Pets Best to treat animals in need. The pet owner who nominated the winning veterinarians also received $200 from Pets Best.

The contest’s other five finalists each received a significant number of votes, with runner-up Dr. Robert Stein from Amherst Small Animal Hospital in Amherst, N.Y., finishing only 162 votes behind the winners.

Drs. Tang and Zoryan are known for donating their free time to help animals in need. The two doctors have fostered a total of six cats and one dog. The veterinarians met while working together at an animal hospital in Glendale, Calif., where Dr. Zoryan mentored Dr. Tang. Their dream of owning their own practice came true when they recently opened the Mohawk Alley Animal Hospital.

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Summer Conditions Pose Extreme Risks for Pets

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by

A Dachshund wearing a life jacket swims in a pool. Bodies of water, including swimming pools, can pose risks for pets.

Pets Best urges pet owners to protect animals against heat stroke, hiking injuries and other dangers

BOISE, Idaho – With dogs and cats often exposed to a wide range of elements during the hot summer months, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), seeks to raise awareness about common summertime hazards in an effort to help pet owners protect their four-legged family members from painful and potentially deadly mishaps.

Each summer, Pets Best, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, processes a significant number of insurance claims related to a variety of veterinary emergencies.

“Dogs and cats are vulnerable to many of the same summertime risks as humans, including heat stroke and accidents from adventuring outdoors,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “Emergencies can strike at any time, which is why it is important for pet owners to consider the many benefits of obtaining health insurance for their pets. By offering financial protection against expensive veterinary procedures, pet insurance provides peace of mind to a growing number of pet parents across the nation.”

In an effort to help keep dogs and cats safe and healthy this summer, Pets Best has compiled the following list of five summertime hazards for pets.

1. Heat Stroke
Heat stroke occurs when body temperatures rise to dangerous levels and pets are unable to accommodate the excessive heat, leading to organ dysfunction and death in some cases.

Short-nosed breeds have the highest risk of suffering from heat stroke. This includes English bulldogs, pugs, French bulldogs, Boston terriers and Persian cats. Long-haired pets such as Great Pyrenees, chows, Alaskan malamutes and other cold-weather breeds are also at a high risk for overheating.

To prevent dogs and cats from experiencing heat stroke, pet owners should keep their animals in the shade when outdoors, avoid exercising pets in high temperatures, and provide indoor pets with ventilation and cool water. Pet owners should never leave their animals inside cars as the temperature can reach deadly levels within minutes. Pets should be taken to a veterinarian immediately if they experience symptoms of heat stroke, including lethargy, labored breathing and unresponsiveness.

2. Water Safety
Although many canines are strong swimmers, they should always be closely supervised and wear life jackets when their owners take them for a summer swim. Dogs are vulnerable to many dangers in and around bodies of water, including drowning, being struck by boats, swallowing fishhooks and exposure to Leptospira, a potentially deadly pathogen found within some lakes and ponds.

Pets Best recently processed a claim for an English bulldog puppy named BooBoo who nearly drowned after falling into his owner’s pool. BooBoo was found unconscious on the pool floor, but he recovered after an emergency visit to the veterinarian.

“For dog owners with pools, I always suggest training their dogs to find the shallow end of the pool or the stairs so they can exit the pool safely. This is important regardless of whether you plan to let your dogs swim in the pool,” Dr. Stephens said. “Even dogs that are good swimmers or wearing life jackets can tire quickly and be put in danger if they can’t find their way out of the pool.”

3. Hiking Injuries

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Annual List of Bizarre Summer Pet Insurance Claims

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by

A toothpick in a sandwich, a honeycomb, and tote bag handle are all on this year's bizarre summer pet insurance claims release.

Dogs swallowing tote bags, honeycombs top list of unusual claims.

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, today released its annual list of the most bizarre pet insurance claims submitted to the agency during the summer seasons. Since the agency opened in 2005, rambunctious canines have generated a wide range of surprising claims during the warmer months of the year.

“Dogs are often exposed to a wide range of risks during the summer months, as they spend more time outdoors and are exposed to potentially dangerous elements and materials,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “While we encourage pet owners to carefully monitor their pets, it is also important to be financially prepared for veterinary emergencies. For many families, pet insurance plays a valuable role in significantly reducing out-of-pocket expenses for veterinary care.”

Below are five of the most unusual summer-related claims Pets Best has processed recently:

Can’t Handle the Tote

Tote bags can carry many delicious treats to a summer picnic, so it was surprising that Tony, a 10-year-old golden retriever from Illinois, decided the tote bag itself was more enticing than anything inside of it. The dog gobbled the handle of a canvas tote bag, but luckily, he arrived at a local veterinary clinic within 45 minutes of eating the unusual item. When a veterinarian induced vomiting, the entire tote bag handle came back up. Although Tony recovered, the tote bag might not make it to the next picnic.

Curse of the Honeycomb

While most pet owners are aware that bees can pose a danger to their pets, the honeycombs bees create can also lead to troubling situations for four-legged family members. While a honeycomb may look appetizing, the treat wasn’t so sweet for Jordan, a 1-year-old Irish terrier from Washington. After devouring a honeycomb, Jordan experienced vomiting and was rushed to a veterinary clinic. Abdominal X-rays were taken and Jordan received fluids to treat his symptoms. The young pooch was placed under observation and then sent home.

Blister in the Belly

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Pets Best to Offer Donation in Support of Dogs on Deployment

Posted on: May 12th, 2014 by

A dog sits.

BOISE, Idaho – In an effort to support members of the U.S. military and their pets, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, and nonprofit Dogs on Deployment announced today that Pets Best will match up to $1,000 in donations made to Dogs on Deployment through Memorial Day weekend. Dogs on Deployment is a nationwide nonprofit that connects military service members with volunteers to board their pets for free when they are deployed.

Pets Best welcomes people across the U.S. to visit www.petsbest.com/blog/dod-donation-match and donate to Dogs on Deployment. Pets Best also encourages people to volunteer as pet foster parents through Dogs on Deployment to support the organization’s mission.

Founded in June 2011, Dogs on Deployment provides an online network at www.dogsondeployment.org where military pet owners can find volunteers to board their pets during service commitments. In addition, the organization offers financial grants for emergency pet care and advocates for military pet owners’ rights and education.

“Pets often serve as trusted companions for the brave men and women of the U.S. military, but in worst-case scenarios, these loyal pets are relinquished to shelters because their owners are deployed to serve our country for months and years at a time. Pets Best is passionate about ensuring these pets stay safe in a loving environment while their owners are away from home,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “Dogs on Deployment provides a valuable service for members of the armed forces and their beloved animals. As a pet-focused organization, we hope to promote increased contributions to the nonprofit’s worthy cause.”

As part of the effort to raise funds for Dogs on Deployment, Pets Best is also offering a special promotion for pet owners across the country. People can visit www.petsbest.com/dogsond for a 5 percent discount on pet insurance plans offered by Pets Best. Dogs on Deployment will receive an additional $40 donation for policy applications submitted through this link.

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