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.
Expanded coverage now available in 29 states
BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho announced today its popular BestBenefit accident and illness plans have been expanded to include full coverage for hereditary and congenital conditions. Pets Best is currently rolling out the expanded plans across the nation, with full hereditary and congenital coverage now available in 29 states.
Full hereditary and congenital coverage is available for pets of all ages, with no second deductibles or additional restrictions on policy limits. BestBenefit plans offer annual reimbursement limits of up to $20,000 and lifetime limits of up to $200,000, all of which can be used for the treatment of hereditary and congenital conditions.
“While Pets Best has always offered coverage for common breed-specific conditions such as Wobbler syndrome, intervertebral disc disease and cherry eye, we recognized the value of expanding our BestBenefit plans to include full coverage for hereditary and congenital conditions,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “Many hereditary and congenital conditions require ongoing veterinary treatment to improve pets’ quality of life, which is why we sought to provide pet owners with the most comprehensive, straightforward and affordable coverage possible.”
The Pets Best BestBenefit plans offer comprehensive coverage for accidents and illnesses, with no upper age limits, low deductibles and reimbursement rates from 70 to 100 percent.
On average, Pets Best Insurance clients file first claims about 2 months after enrolling pets
BOISE, Idaho – In honor of National Pet Health Insurance Month, Pets Best Insurance, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, released new data today showing that a significant number of its clients file multiple insurance claims for their pets each year, with many saving hundreds to thousands of dollars in the process. In addition, many clients who enroll their four-legged family members in Pets Best Insurance plans file their first claims within only a few months.
“Just like humans, animals can experience a variety of health problems throughout the year,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “Our clients often file claims very quickly after enrolling their pets, yet there are still many people unaware that pet insurance often serves as a simpler and more affordable method of paying for veterinary coverage than simply trying to save money for unexpected out-of-pocket expenses.”
The figures released by Pets Best Insurance indicate many pet owners file claims soon after obtaining coverage. The average age of a pet at enrollment with Pets Best is 3.45 years, and the average first claim is filed within approximately two months.
Pets Best reports that in 2012, pet owners filed claims on behalf of nearly 50 percent of all pets insured through the agency. Among those pets, Pets Best received an average of 4.75 claims per pet in 2012. Pet owners who filed claims requested an average of $1,717 throughout the year.
Dr. James Bogdansky named the latest winner of the My Vet’s the Best contest
BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, announced today that Dr. James Bogdansky of the Country Club Animal Hospital in Miami is the latest winner of the agency’s nationwide My Vet’s the Best contest. In acknowledgment of his dedication to helping pets, Pets Best Insurance awarded Dr. Bogdansky $1,000 to treat animals in need.
After receiving a nomination from one of his grateful clients, Dr. Bogdansky competed against five veterinarians from across the nation during the quarterly contest, winning a tight race by pulling ahead at the end with an impressive 3,562 votes. The second-place veterinarian received 3,092 votes. Thousands of online votes are cast each quarter by the public through the Pets Best Insurance website, www.petsbest.com, and the company’s popular Facebook page.
For 22 years, Dr. Bogdansky and his family have been actively involved in rescuing and adopting a multitude of species in Dade County, including birds, dogs, cats, ducks, rabbits, turtles, skunks and snakes. Dr. Bogdansky has also worked alongside various rescue and animal welfare organizations, such as Cat Network, PAWS 4 YOU and The House Rabbit Society. With his $1,000 winnings from the My Vet’s the Best contest, Dr. Bogdansky plans to establish a foundation to serve underprivileged animals.
In 2010, Pets Best Insurance became the nation’s first pet insurance agency to develop a contest aimed at recognizing outstanding veterinarians. Each year, hundreds of veterinarians receive nominations from appreciative pet owners. An internal panel comprised of veterinarians and veterinary technicians selects the quarterly nominees. While voting for the contest’s quarterly winners is open to the public through the Pets Best Insurance website and Facebook page, each year’s grand prize winner is selected by the internal review panel.