Dog allergies often result in serious health issues and expensive treatments
BOISE, Idaho – As humans and their canine companions contend with a particularly severe allergy season this year, Pets Best Insurance, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, encourages pet owners to consider the steep costs and greater health risks associated with allergies among dogs. Skin allergy issues consistently generate the highest number of dog insurance claims filed for dogs through Pets Best Insurance.
Environmental allergies are common among dogs, especially allergies to pollen, weeds and trees. These debilitating allergies cause dogs to experience dry, itchy skin, instead of sneezing and sniffling like humans. Chronic skin allergies can have a significant impact on a dog’s quality of life, often resulting in persistent scratching, loss of fur and a host of other serious health issues stemming from infections.
Breeds that most commonly develop such skin allergies are also some of the most popular among dog owners, including golden retrievers, boxers, Labrador retrievers, Shih Tzus and pugs.
“About 80% of dogs with skin allergies remain itchy all year. In addition to suffering from the incessant scratching, many dogs develop painful ear infections and skin yeast infections from scratching the affected areas,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best Insurance. “Finding a treatment to ease the dog’s suffering can be a long and expensive process. Dogs respond differently to the various options. It can take a while until a long-term solution is found.”
Dog skin allergies often represent a significant financial burden for many families, especially for those without pet insurance coverage. Diagnostic tests alone can cost more than $1,000 each, while the price of ongoing treatment and medications often totals thousands of dollars each year for allergy-afflicted dogs.
Recently, a Labrador retriever in California insured by Pets Best had to have a total ear canal ablation surgery due to a chronic ear infection resulting from the dog’s skin allergies. The veterinary bill was more than $3,000 and Pets Best Insurance reimbursed the policy holder nearly $2,500 (based on their elected plan deductible and co-insurance level).
“Pets Best Insurance saves many of its clients thousands of dollars on expensive allergy-related treatments,” Stephens said. “We want to emphasize to dog owners that it’s imperative to obtain coverage when their pets are still puppies because pet insurance does not cover pre-existing conditions. Skin allergies typically develop at a young age, leaving pet owners without insurance to face high-priced veterinary bills for the remainder of their pet’s life.”
Pets Best encourages dog owners to watch out for common symptoms of skin allergies, including:
Boise-based pet insurance provider boasts high employee satisfaction
Boise, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today the company has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Idaho.1
The company is among a select group of Gem State businesses to receive recognition this year from the Best Places to Work in Idaho program, a collaboration between the Idaho Business Review and POPULUS, a well-known Idaho-based research and consulting firm.
The Best Places to Work awards are distributed based on the results of surveys designed to measure various aspects of employee satisfaction. The annual survey rates companies by their performance in a variety of areas, including compensation and benefits, employee growth and development, and work-life balance. Workplace environment and company management are also important factors in the survey.
Dr. Jack Stephens, the veterinarian who founded Pets Best Insurance to promote pet health and reduce the financial burden placed on pet owners, expressed pride in his company’s most recent accomplishment.
“Our employees choose to work for Pets Best because they care about animals,” said Stephens, who serves as the president of Pets Best Insurance. “We value the hard work these dedicated people invest in improving the lives of animals, and we pride ourselves on cultivating a supportive and rewarding environment for our employees.”
BOISE, Idaho – 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 recognizes outstanding veterinarians and provides funding for the treatment of animals in need.
Pets Best Insurance selected the following six veterinarian finalists after receiving nominations from pet owners across the nation:
Dr. William (Bill) Shepard – Camelot Veterinary Services, Uniontown, Pa.
Dr. Salvatore Pernice – Brooklyn Veterinary Group, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Dr. Dennis Arn – Desert Inn Animal Hospital, Las Vegas
Dr. Anna Ferrera – Animal Hospital of Pembroke Road, Hollywood, Fla.
Dr. John Black – Orange Canyon Pet Clinic, Orange, Calif.
Dr. Nancy Matthews – A Cat’s View Veterinary Hospital, Valley Center, Calif.
This is the third consecutive year Pets Best Insurance has recognized the nation’s finest veterinarians with its ongoing My Vet’s the Best Contest. Each year, Pets Best Insurance calls upon pet owners to select the contest’s quarterly winners by voting online. Each winner receives $1,000 to treat animals in need, and the pet owners who nominate each winning veterinarian receive $200 for sharing the stories of their favorite pet doctors.
Members of the public have through May 11th to vote for their favorite of the six finalists. Voting polls can be found on the Pets Best Insurance website, www.petsbest.com, and on the company’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PetsBestInsurance.
U.S. employers recognize value of offering pet insurance coverage to workers
BOISE, Idaho– Pets Best Insurance, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, announced today the company has launched a new payroll deduction service to provide pet owners across the United States with an easier way to pay for pet coverage plans offered by their employers.
To meet the growing demand for pet insurance coverage among American families, companies of all sizes can add Pets Best Insurance as a voluntary benefit for their employees. Pet coverage plans are also available for employer discount programs.
The free employer sign-up process takes about 10 minutes, with no minimum participation or employer contribution requirements. With the addition of the automatic payroll deduction service, employees are no longer required to pay for their coverage plans with credit or debit cards.
“Pet insurance is consistently among the most requested voluntary benefits in the U.S.1,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best Insurance. “Employers across the nation are recognizing the value of providing pet insurance as a benefit. For many companies, these types of benefits can play a significant role in recruiting and retaining highly skilled employees.”
Pet owners account for 62 percent of all U.S. households, and total spending for veterinary care is expected to exceed $14 billion in 2013, according to recent data from the American Pet Products Association2.
Alta California Regional Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities, began offering Pets Best Insurance as a voluntary benefit to its employees in 2008. Jennifer Crick, the organization’s director of human resources, said the addition of Pets Best Insurance has bolstered the nonprofit’s employee recruitment efforts.
Dr. Linda Steelman wins latest My Vet’s the Best contest
Boise, Idaho (March 20, 2012) – Pets Best Insurance, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, announced today that Dr. Linda Steelman of the Bonanza Cat Hospital in Las Vegas has been selected as the latest winner of the company’s nationwide My Vet’s the Best contest. In recognition of her dedication to serving pets in the Las Vegas Valley, Pets Best Insurance awarded Dr. Steelman $1,000 to treat animals in need.
After receiving a nomination from one of her clients, Dr. Steelman competed against five veterinarians from across the nation during the quarterly contest, winning with an impressive 44.2 percent of the online votes cast by the public through the Pets Best Insurance website, www.petsbest.com, and the company’s increasingly popular Facebook page.
Dr. Steelman provides free care and treatment for abused, abandoned and chronically ill cats through The Poppy Foundation, a charitable organization that offers a much-needed home to dozens of felines in the Las Vegas area. Many of these cats are considered unadoptable and would not have access to treatment and shelter without assistance from The Poppy Foundation.
“We created the My Vet’s the Best contest to provide funds for animals in need of support and recognize veterinarians like Dr. Steelman who share our company’s steadfast commitment to keeping pets healthy and safe,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best Insurance. “As a veterinarian, it brings me great pride to announce that Pets Best Insurance will continue to honor our nation’s finest and most compassionate veterinary medical professionals for a third consecutive year.”
In 2010, Pets Best Insurance became the nation’s first pet insurance company to develop a contest aimed at recognizing outstanding veterinarians. Each year, hundreds of veterinarians receive nominations from grateful pet owners, with online voters selecting the quarterly contest winners.