Pets Best Releases Annual List of Most Popular Pet Breeds

Mixed breed dog, Koda has been protected by Pets Best since 2009.

Mixed breed dogs and domestic felines top lists of most insured breeds

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, released its annual list of the top 10 most popular dog and cat breeds enrolled with the agency in 2014.

In the company’s nine years of insuring dogs and cats, the top 10 most popular breeds have remained relatively consistent. However, the agency has noticed definite trends during the years, with certain breeds gaining popularity and others falling in the rankings.

Tracking data on 234 dog breeds and 46 cat breeds, Pets Best has listed its top 10 breeds for both dogs and cats in 2014.

Top 10 Dog Breeds of 2014
1. Mixed breed
2. Labrador retriever
3. Designer/hybrid

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Pets Best Releases List of Bizarre Holiday Claims

My Vet's the Best contest winner, Dr. Kathleen Heneghan of River Grove, Illinois.

Dogs ingesting turkey carcass, frozen croissants top list of unusual claims.

Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, released its annual list of the most bizarre pet insurance claims submitted to the agency during the holiday season. Since Pets Best was formed in 2005, the pet insurance agency has received a wide range of surprising claims from pet owners.

Below are four of the most unusual holiday-related claims Pets Best has processed recently:

Costly Croissants

For many, baking is a holiday tradition. From breads to decadent desserts, there’s usually something special in the oven during the holiday season. A 2-year-old Siberian husky named Zoey really bit off more than she could chew when she decided to eat a whole box of frozen croissants. Due to the high amount of yeast in bread dough, a veterinarian induced vomiting and monitored Zoey for hypoglycemia and signs of ethanol toxicity. After a short hospitalization, Zoey was well enough to return to her terrible twos in the comfort of her own home. Pets Best reimbursed Zoey’s parents 90 percent of their veterinary bill after their deductible was met.

Not-So-Cozy Slippers

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Chicago-Area Veterinarian Receives National Award from Pets Best

Dr. Kathleen Heneghan and her dog, Pogue.

Latest My Vet’s the Best contest honors veterinarian Dr. Kathleen Heneghan

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today that veterinarian Dr. Kathleen Heneghan 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 8,218 votes cast by pet owners across the U.S. through the Pets Best website,, and the company’s Facebook page.

“This contest serves to honor veterinarians who play a significant role in keeping pets in their communities healthy,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best. “Dr. Heneghan strives to provide the highest quality of care for all of the animals she treats, and it is rewarding that so many people want to recognize her hard work and dedication.”

Dr. Heneghan, who practices at Elmwood-Grove Animal Hospital in River Grove, Illinois, won the contest after receiving 3,525 online votes. She was among hundreds of veterinarians nominated for the seasonal award. The contest’s other seven finalists each received a significant number of votes. Runner-up Dr. Lollie Mensik of Stonebriar Veterinary Centre in Frisco, Texas, had a total of 2,805 votes.

As this round’s winner, Dr. Heneghan received $1,000 from Pets Best to treat animals in need. Dr. Heneghan and the team at Elmwood-Grove Animal Hospital plan to use the $1,000 cash prize to contribute to their Needy Animal Fund, a program helping stray animals from two Chicago suburbs. The pet owner who nominated Dr. Heneghan also received $200 from Pets Best.Read More…

Veterinary Technicians Recognized in Nationwide Contest

Nationwide vet tech contest finalists Deanna Goley (top left), Judy Voegel (top right), Elizabeth Salan (bottom left), and Laurie Flood (bottom right).

Pets Best and NAVTA announce results of Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest

Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today the results of the agency’s first annual Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest. The nationwide contest, developed by Pets Best and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), honors veterinary technicians for their outstanding service and devotion to their profession.

Finalists entered the contest by submitting their own stories highlighting why they decided to become vet techs, why they’re passionate about their profession and what they love most about going to work each day. The contest brought in 6,322 votes cast by pet owners, veterinary staff, community members, friends and family of the eight finalists from across the U.S. through the Pets Best website,, and the company’s Facebook page.

“Veterinary technicians provide valuable veterinary care for animals across the nation, and the interest this contest generated reflects pet owners’ widespread appreciation for all of their efforts,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and director of Pets Best. “Pets Best enjoyed reading the inspiring stories of committed veterinary technicians, and we look forward to hearing many more for years to come.”

Of the 128 contest submissions, eight outstanding entries were chosen by a Pets Best panel of fellow veterinary technicians to represent the industry in this nationwide contest. The eight finalists were all awarded $200 Visa gift cards and a one-year NAVTA membership. The eight finalists were:Read More…

Newtown, Connecticut Therapy Dog Wins First Nationwide Books & Barks Contest

Therapy dog Kona with her handler Sandy Cornell, and fifth grade teacher at Reed Intermediate School, Karen King.

Pets Best hosts inaugural contest to recognize therapy dogs in the classroom

Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today a Newtown, Connecticut therapy dog has been selected as the winner of the agency’s first Books & Barks contest. Kona, a therapy dog who regularly visits the students of Reed Intermediate School, won the nationwide contest, which was created to recognize and bring awareness to the inspirational work of therapy dogs in classrooms and libraries across the nation.

In its first year, the Books & Barks contest brought in 9,004 votes cast by the community members of eight finalists from across the U.S. The public was able to vote by visiting the Pets Best website,, and the company’s Facebook page.As part of the contest, Pets Best awarded $1,000 to Reed Intermediate School and $500 to a pet therapy organization selected by Kona’s owner and handler.

“Pets Best created the Books & Barks contest in an effort to share the stories of therapy dogs that provide ongoing support and love for children in educational settings,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best. “Kona’s efforts with Newtown students encompass the meaningful impact that therapy dogs have on children every day. We look forward to hearing more stories about helpful therapy dogs as this contest continues for years to come.”

Sandy Cornell, Kona’s owner and handler, said the 3-year-old Boston terrier has been visiting Reed Intermediate School for more than a year. In 2012, Kona became a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International. Kona received a total of 3,211 online votes during the Books & Barks contest.

“Strangers stop me now and say, ‘I voted for Kona. Thank you for doing what the two of you do.’ It is truly a fantastic feeling,” Cornell said. “Kona’s ability to sense what is needed and who needs it most is beyond my understanding. She is unflappable. While I might be fighting back tears, she is doing what she does best, comforting a child.”Read More…

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