Pets Best Announces Survey Results of Top Toxic Substances for U.S. Dogs and Cats

Sick dog visits veterinarian after ingesting toxicity.

BOISE, Idaho – Common household items top the list of toxic substances that send pets in for veterinary visits, according to a new survey released by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best).

Toxins are one of the most frequent pet insurance claims submitted by pet owners partly due to the seemingly innocent nature of many substances that can harm dogs and cats.

Chocolate, headache medicine, grapes and raisins can all cause serious harm to dogs and make up some of the most likely substances to set off an emergency situation, according to the Pets Best survey. Cats are poisoned most often with a common flower, lilies, but also are susceptible to headache medicine, onions, chives and garlic.Read More…

Pets Best Passes $100 Million Payout Milestone

Pit bull terrier dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Protected by Pets Best since 2008, Piper has received $9,937.84 in paid claims. Piper’s paid claims include pneumonia, histiocytoma (benign lump removal), arthritis and a dislocated ankle.

Skin allergies and kidney failure top the list of most paid out dog and cat claims

Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, (Pets Best) reached a landmark this week, distributing $100 million in pet insurance claim payouts to policy holders.

The number is symbolic of the strong emphasis Pets Best puts on its mission: To save pets and end economic euthanasia by helping to ensure pet owners are financially prepared when their pets need unexpected veterinary care.

In 2012, the economic euthanasia level, also called the stop treatment point, was $1,704, meaning when the veterinary bill reaches that amount or more, most pet owners will choose to have their pet euthanized rather than pay for veterinary care. The $100 million in paid claims covers the stop treatment point 58,685 times.Read More…

New Jersey Veterinarian Receives National Award from Pets Best

Dr. Jay Buchholz, winner of the Pets Best My Vet's the Best contest.

Latest My Vet’s the Best contest honors veterinarian Dr. Jay Buchholz

Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today that veterinarian Dr. Jay Buchholz has been voted the most recent winner of the agency’s My Vet’s the Best contest. The nationwide contest honors veterinarians for their outstanding service.

The latest round of the contest brought in 5,498 total votes cast by pet owners across the U.S. through the Pets Best Facebook page.

“Our contest recognizes veterinarians that provide exceptional animal care in their local communities,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best. “Dr. Buchholz is a passionate veterinarian who is dedicated to treating animals with a caring touch.”

Dr.  Buchholz, who practices at the Maywood Veterinary Clinic in Maywood, New Jersey, won the contest after receiving 1,864 online votes. He was among hundreds of veterinarians across the country nominated for the seasonal award. Runner-up Dr. Robin Losso of East Brunswick Animal Hospital in East Brunswick, New Jersey, came in second place with 1,370 votes. The contest doesn’t typically include both a winner and runner-up from the same state.Read More…

Pets Best Makes List of “Best Places to Work in Idaho”

Pets Best employees host a themed office party.

The pet insurance agency has been awarded for the 3rd consecutive year

Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet-health insurance agency, announced today it has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Idaho for the third consecutive year.

Along with a select group of other businesses, Pets Best has received 2015 recognition for the excellence of its workplace from the Best Places to Work in Idaho Program. The program is a collaboration between the Idaho Business Review and POPULUS, an Idaho-based marketing and HR research organization.

The annual ranking employs confidential surveys administered to employees at companies around Idaho. It measures employee happiness using metrics such as performance in compensation and benefits, employee growth and development, work-life balance, workplace environment and company management. The highest levels of employee satisfaction translate directly to the best places to work.Read More…

Marijuana Poses Serious Health Risks for Pets

Dog reaches for food on the counter top.

Costly vet visits on the rise due to marijuana ingestion and inhalation in dogs and cats

As more states legalize marijuana to varying degrees, Pets Best Pet Insurance wants to make sure pet owners are aware of marijuana’s dangers to animals. Believe it or not, marijuana can cause serious illness in dogs and cats, which may be exposed to its effects either by ingesting the plant or by inhalation of smoke.

While marijuana is rarely deadly to animals, it can cause serious illness in pets. One of the most common ways animals will ingest marijuana is when it has been left out and unattended. Although this occurs more frequently in dogs, it can also happen with cats. This may happen when the plant itself has been left out, or when it has been incorporated into baked goods, which some pets find especially appealing.

Beware that marijuana brownies are particularly unsafe because they include chocolate, an additional poison to dogs and cats, acting as a potent stimulant that can affect nervous systems negatively, causing illness or even death. Plus, dogs are attracted to the smell of chocolate as well as other baked goods, which makes them even more dangerous.Read More…

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