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.
Flying discs to be distributed over several weeks to locations in Boise, Meridian and Nampa
Pets Best Insurance, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, announced today it will donate flying discs to dog parks and animal shelters throughout the Treasure Valley. The hardy toys will be distributed over the next few weeks to a total of six dog parks in Boise, Meridian and Nampa, as well as several animal shelters in the area.
At the parks, the flying discs will be available for visitors to grab freely to toss to their dogs. The toys are ideal for outdoor excursions with canines, as the plastic discs are designed to withstand all weather conditions. If dogs are reluctant to part with the available flying discs, Pets Best will supply replacements for the parks. Donated flying discs will be available at the following parks:
-Morris Hill Dog Park, 10 N. Roosevelt St., Boise
-Military Reserve, 750 N. Mountain Cove Road, Boise
-Pine Grove Park, 8995 Shoup Drive, Boise
-West Boise Dog Park, 9851 W. Irving St., Boise
-Meridian Bark Park, 1401 E. Watertower, Meridian
-Nampa Dog Park, 2900 Second St. South, Nampa
Contest recognizes nation’s finest veterinarians, provides funding to treat animals in need
BOISE, Idaho (July 29, 2013) – Pets Best Insurance, 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 outstanding veterinarians and helps fund the treatment of animals in need.
Pets Best Insurance selected the following six finalists after receiving nominations from pet owners across the country:
-Dr. William (Bill) Sheperd – Camelot Veterinary Services, Uniontown, Pa.
-Dr. Elisa Dowd – Tassajara Veterinary Clinic, Danville, Calif.
-Dr. Kimberly Burkhardt – Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital, West Carrolton, Ohio
-Dr. Jennifer Tremblay – Littleton Paws Animal Hospital, Littleton, Colo.
-Dr. James Bogdansky – Country Club Animal Hospital, Miami, Fla.
-Dr. Glenn Craft – Monarch Veterinary Hospital, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
This quarter’s finalists share a common theme of community-focused, charitable endeavors. Dr. Craft has applied his veterinary skills during mission work in Thailand, where he trained village veterinarians. Dr. Dowd is active in 4-H efforts in her community, and Dr. Tremblay has also worked with the well-known youth development organization. Dr. Bogdansky has worked alongside a number of animal welfare and rescue organizations, including the Cat Network and Paws 4 You. Fostering homeless animals gave professional inspiration to Dr. Burkhardt. Dr. Sheperd serves as president of the nonprofit Western Pennsylvania National Wild Animals Orphanage, which provides homes for large carnivores like lions and tigers that have been confiscated, abandoned or abused.
“The My Vet’s the Best contest not only shares pet owners’ gratitude to their veterinarians, it also sheds light on the selfless efforts of these professionals who fully devote themselves to loving and caring for animals,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best Insurance. “We are thrilled to recognize these outstanding veterinarians and provide additional funding to help animals in need.”
Pets Best Insurance urges pet owners to protect animals from heat stroke
BOISE, Idaho – With temperatures soaring in many areas across the nation, Pets Best Insurance urges dog owners to exercise caution when spending time outdoors with their four-legged family members this summer. Pets Best, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, seeks to warn pet owners about the serious risks associated with heat stroke and excessive sun exposure among dogs.
Each summer, the Boise, Idaho-based company receives a multitude of insurance claims filed for pets suffering from heat-related illnesses. High temperatures can create dangerous and potentially fatal health issues for dogs, the most vulnerable of which are short and flat-nosed breeds, including pugs, bulldogs and Shih Tzus.
Among the most common and dangerous risks for canines is heat stroke, which occurs when a dog’s body temperature exceeds 106 degrees and it faces potential damage to the brain and other organs. Fair-skinned and short-coated white dogs are also highly susceptible to excessive sun exposure, which can lead to sun burn and skin cancer.
Many pet owners are likely unaware of how quickly heat stroke and other heat-related issues can occur in canines. The risks are especially high if a dog is left inside a car, even on days with mild temperatures. On a seemingly cool summer day of 68 degrees, the temperature inside a car can jump to 81 degrees within a mere 10 minutes. After an hour, the temperature inside the car can reach 115 degrees, a deadly level for dogs.
Heat-related health issues are not only hazardous, but also incredibly expensive. The average insurance claim Pets Best processes for heat stroke is $1,136. On average, Pets Best reimburses $800 of that, which is why the agency encourages pet owners to consider the benefits of obtaining insurance coverage for their pets.
“Pets Best sees a high number of claims for heat stroke every year, and we urge pet owners to prevent this issue by protecting their pets from intense heat,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best. “Of course, summer emergencies can happen anytime, and being prepared with pet insurance coverage has saved our clients significant amounts of money for their veterinary care.”
Pets Best Insurance releases list of unusual and expensive summertime claims
BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, has released its annual list of the top five bizarre and expensive insurance claims for the summer season. Since opening its doors in 2005, the Boise-based insurance company has experienced a steady stream of unusual summertime claims.
“Pets will always be curious and adventurous, and the summer months pose many risks for accidents, especially when families include their pets in vacations, yard work and outdoor activities,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best Insurance. “When preparing for vacations and projects, please don’t forget to take precautions for your four-legged family members.”
*Some of the more unusual summertime pet health insurance claims the agency has received include:
Throwing in the Towel
Tango, a German shorthaired pointer in Missouri with a penchant for gobbling household objects, chose to make a beach towel a summertime appetizer. The meal didn’t settle well. After the dog threw up parts of the towel, the remaining portion had to be surgically removed, to the tune of $2,063. Fortunately, Pets Best Insurance reimbursed $1,650 of the veterinary bill.
Two Holes in One
There’s no par for this course. While his owners were away, a Labrador retriever in California named Copper passed the time by scarfing down not one, but two golf balls. Both had to be surgically removed, costing $3,874, of which Pets Best reimbursed the pet owners 80 percent.
Snacking on Fertilizer