BOISE, Idaho – In an effort to highlight current pet-naming trends, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, has released its list of the top 10 most popular names for dogs and cats enrolled with the agency in 2013.
Each year, pop culture tends to have a considerable impact on the names people select for their pets. Illustrating this trend, Bella was the No. 1 name among dogs insured by Pets Best. The increased popularity of the name Bella can be attributed to the well-known main character of the “Twilight” book and movie series. Bella also served as the most popular canine name in 2012.
While Lucy took the No. 2 spot for canines, other favorites in 2013 included classic dog names that remain popular throughout the years, such as Max, Buddy, Molly and Charlie. Although Bailey was the fourth most popular name in 2012, it slid to tenth place in 2013.
Lucy was the most popular cat name, representing an impressive increase from 2012, when it was tenth on the list. Bella was also popular among felines, placing fourth in 2013. In addition, the name Lily dropped from first place in 2012 to fifth in 2013. Simba, the name of the courageous young lion in Disney’s animated film “The Lion King,” fell out of the top ten in 2013 after ranking fourth in 2012. Simba’s spike in popularity likely came as a result of the popular film’s 3D rerelease in 2011.
Top 10 Dog Names of 2013
The Dog Ate the Santa Suit
Published: December 12, 2013
By: Michele C. Hollow
“The holiday season is filled with trappings that people love, like decorations, desserts and bustling crowds,” says Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best, a nationwide pet-insurance agency. “Unfortunately, there are many aspects of these celebrations that can threaten our pets.”
Pets can get into mischief, and sometimes their curiosity can harm them. Here are a few bizarre holiday-related claims Pets Best has processed, some of which might even shock the Grinch…”
Read about the pet insurance claims in this story here: http://www.petsbest.com/press-releases/unusual-holiday-related-pet-insurance-claims/
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Pets Best releases annual list of bizarre, expensive claims
BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, today released a list of its most bizarre holiday-related claims. Since opening in 2005, the agency has processed a host of surprising claims stemming from unusual holiday hazards.
“The holiday season is filled with trappings that people love, like decorations, desserts and bustling crowds. Unfortunately, there are many aspects of these celebrations that can threaten our pets,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best. “We strongly encourage pet owners to consider the safety of their curious and hungry animals during any preparations with decorations and food.”
These are a few of the more bizarre holiday-related claims Pets Best has processed, some of which might even shock the Grinch:
Many dogs and cats are tempted to sample shiny Christmas tree decorations, and a 19-week-old Boxer puppy named Laila was no exception. Last December, the puppy downed a glass ornament, resulting in an exam, X-rays and a hospital stay. The bill reached more than $600. Pets Best reimbursed 80 percent of the claim, after the deductible.
Santa’s reindeer might want to watch what they leave behind. Maggie, an 8-month-old Golden retriever, faced a slew of procedures after swallowing a large piece of antler bone. After the puppy’s initial visit to the veterinarian, which involved an exam and X-rays, she was referred to a veterinary specialist to have the antler surgically removed from her stomach. Pets Best reimbursed Maggie’s owner more than $2,500.
Bad Dough Rising
Sasha, a 3-year-old Shetland sheepdog, faced an emergency trip to the veterinarian after consuming bread dough last December. This basic food item can be toxic to dogs and cats, as it expands in their stomach and causes the organ to twist. The yeast can also result in alcohol poisoning. A veterinarian performed an exam and X-rays on Sasha, and also provided anti-nausea medication shots. Pets Best reimbursed 80 percent of the claim, after the deductible.
A 7-year-old mixed breed dog named Jasper decided to fill himself with the holiday spirit by gorging on a Santa costume. After swallowing some of the suit’s fluffy stuffing, however, Jasper’s behavior struck his owners as a little off. The subsequent trip to the veterinarian involved a gastrointestinal blood panel. Pets Best reimbursed 80 percent of the claim, after the deductible.
Agency releases information for pet owners during National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month
BOISE, Idaho – In recognition of National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, seeks to provide pet owners with useful information about the debilitating disease and its symptoms. Although the rate of diabetes is climbing among pets nationwide, Pets Best emphasizes that diabetes in animals is considered a manageable disease, and pets with the condition can still live long and happy lives with the proper treatment.
Instances of diabetes increased by 32 percent among canines from 2006 to 2011, and 16 percent among cats during the same time period, according to the State of Pet Health Report.¹
While the process of treating diabetes can cost thousands of dollars each year, Pets Best often helps pet owners significantly reduce these out-of-pocket expenses. Of the diabetes-related claims Pets Best processed in 2012, the average requested claim amount was $1,622.
“Pets Best is just as passionate about helping pet owners recognize their animals’ health problems as we are dedicated to helping them afford treatment,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best. “Diabetes can be an overwhelming diagnosis if pet owners are unprepared, and we want to help people understand that this disease can be effectively treated and controlled.”
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Contest honors country’s most respected veterinarians, provides funding for animals in need
BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, announced today the most recent quarterly finalists of its My Vet’s the Best contest, which honors the nation’s most exceptional veterinarians and provides them with funding to treat animals in need.
Pets Best selected the following six finalists from nominations submitted by pet owners across the country:
Dr. Sarah Coburn – North Slope Borough Veterinary Clinic, Barrow, Alaska
Dr. Coburn, who practices in a remote Alaska town accessible only by plane, often flies to smaller villages to treat injured and ill animals.
Dr. Natalie Dyson – St. Francis Veterinary Center, Navarre, Fla.
Dr. Dyson often takes in critically ill pets to monitor them in her home. She also volunteers her veterinary skills to a number of local organizations, including a nonprofit she created.
Dr. Denise Trapani – Animal Health Center, Walpole, Mass.
Dr. Trapani, who serves as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, works with several rescue organizations in Massachusetts to help place and treat homeless pets.
Dr. Robert Slobody – Meadowlands Veterinary Center, Willoughby, Ohio
Dr. Slobody has led the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association’s task force on pet overpopulation. He also created the Jake Fund to help pet owners in financial need.
Dr. Kermit Harvey – Animal Hospital of Tampa Inc., Tampa, Fla.
Dr. Harvey has provided veterinary care to his community for more than three decades. He also uses his office as a hurricane shelter for local pets.
Dr. Jennifer Petrovich – Clyde Park Veterinary Clinic, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Dr. Petrovich and her team members have rescued more than 3,500 cats through the two nonprofit organizations she created, Crash’s Landing and Big Sid’s.