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Pets Best Insurance: Tips to Keep Pets Healthy During Holidays

Posted on: December 14th, 2011 by

Top-rated pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance, offers simple steps to keep pets healthy during the holidays and highlights how pet health insurance can help when the unexpected happens.

Boise, ID December 14, 2011- The holidays are upon us, our houses filled with all the delights of the season. But many of our favorite traditional holiday decorations and foods mask a host of problems for our furry friends. Following these tips from Pets Best Insurance can keep your pets healthy, and investing in pet health insurance can offset costly emergency trips to the vet.

“Our pets are members of our families and we will do anything to keep them safe and healthy,” says Chris Middleton, VP of Marketing for Pets Best Insurance. “The best way to do that is to rid our houses of potential threats and have pet health insurance as a backup for when the unexpected happens.”

Christmas trees should be tethered either to the wall or to the ceiling to prevent toppling over on a pet. Pull the skirt tightly around the trunk to keep pets from drinking the stagnant tree water, which can contain bacteria and possibly fertilizer, both of which can harm pets. Artificial snow and flocking can be poisonous. Shiny tinsel and ribbon are like magnets to a cat, and if ingested, can tangle in the animal’s digestive tract causing an obstruction and possible surgery.

Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not poisonous, but other holiday plants and flowers are. Holly can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. Many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats. If any leaves and berries drop to the floor, be sure to clean them up before your pets find them.

Chocolate is toxic to pets, and the darker the chocolate the more dangerous. It can cause a variety of problems from vomiting to seizures and even death. Xylitol is a synthetic sugar substitute found in many candies and chewing gum and can be highly toxic to animals. Ingestion of Xylitol can cause liver damage and death, explained the pet insurance agency’s Director of Compliance, Jared Hight.

“Xylitol is very poisonous to dogs,” says Hight. “We recently had a case where Bella, a Boxer in California, ate a whole pack of gum.” The vet bill was $2,794.03. Luckily, Bella’s owners had taken out pet insurance through Pets Best Insurance and was reimbursed $2,126.42, after a $100 deductible.”

Fatty holiday table scraps are unhealthy for our pets, but what they might find on their own if garbage isn’t sealed properly can harm them even more. Another recent claim Pets Best Insurance handled was that of Charlie the Sheepdog. Charlie ate an entire corncob and needed swift medical attention. Pets Best Insurance helped the owners by paying $2,500 of the vet bill after their deductible.

Emergencies come up even when owners are vigilant about pet safety. Seemingly simple problems can balloon into big expenses. No one expects a quick rummage in the garbage to turn into an expensive vet bill, but it can happen. Pet owners should do all they can to keep their pets safe in and around the home this holiday season, and investing in pet health insurance is an excellent safeguard for when emergencies arise.

About Pets Best Insurance
Boise, Idaho-based Pets Best Insurance provides pet insurance plans that reimburse pet owners a percentage of veterinary services after a deductible. Pets Best Insurance plans do not include upper age restrictions and allow the pet owner to choose any licensed veterinarian. Any pet has guaranteed acceptance for accident-only polices, ensuring that even seriously ill pets can be insured against unexpected costs from accidental injury. The Pets Best Insurance team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value.

Pet insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware Insurance company. Independence American Insurance Company is a member of The IHC Group, an insurance organization composed of Independence Holding Company, a public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and its operating subsidiaries. The IHC Group has been providing life, health and stop loss insurance solutions for nearly 30 years. For information on The IHC Group, visit: www.ihcgroup.com. In states in which Independence American Insurance Company’s new policy form has not yet received regulatory approval, Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut will underwrite policies. Each insurer has sole responsibility for its own prodcucts. To determine the applicable underwriter in your state visit www.petsbest.com/underwriter or please call Pets Best at1-877-738.7237.

Pet Health Insurance Provider Pets Best Insurance Launches Cat and Dog E-Newsletters

Posted on: November 28th, 2011 by

Pet insurance company, Pets Best Insurance launches two e-newsletters featuring pet health information for cat and dog owners to provide helpful information to pet enthusiasts everywhere.

BOISE, ID- November 28, 2011— Pets Best Insurance announced it has two new e-newsletters which will provide valuable pet health information and general related news to its policyholders and any pet owners who wish to subscribe.

The monthly e-newsletters will feature articles and videos providing timely pet health information. Various real-life pet health insurance “Claims of Fame” will be showcased along with recommended products, pet fashion trends, pet-related charity events, advice and contests. Pets Best Insurance designed the new e-newsletters to provide helpful information to pet owners by providing a fun and educational pet care resource with overall pet wellness in mind.

The two separate monthly emails will feature pet health information on cats and dogs, respectively, and will include a range of helpful information for pet owners. They will highlight how to cope with pet behavioral issues and feature special offers and savings from other pet related companies. Pets Best Insurance is focused on providing independent content and pet health related news in each newsletter.

The most recent features included an article about Thanksgiving dinner and your dog, a video on helping overweight dogs and cats slim down and an article about the growing cat obesity problem. Each e-newsletter will also feature a column from the original founder of pet insurance in the US, Dr. Jack Stephens. Dr. Stephens’ column will address topics such as how much to feed your pet, cancer concerns with animals and other tips and answers to common pet health questions.

“Pets Best Insurance is committed to promoting the health and well-being of all pets. Accordingly, we feel that these e-newsletters will be a helpful and fun source of information for the continued care and happiness of pets and pet owners everywhere,” said Chris Middleton, Vice President of Marketing at Pets Best Insurance.

To sign up for the newsletter, visit https://forms.petsbest.com/pet-newsletter/ or get a free pet insurance quote at www.petsbest.com.

About Pets Best Insurance

Boise, Idaho-based Pets Best Insurance provides pet insurance plans that reimburse pet owners for a straightforward 80 percent of veterinary services after a deductible, with no benefit schedules or fee restrictions. Pets Best Insurance plans do not include age restrictions and allow the pet owner to choose any licensed veterinarian. Any pet has guaranteed acceptance for accident-only polices, ensuring that even seriously ill pets can be insured against unexpected costs from accidental injury. The Pets Best Insurance team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut (AICC) underwrites insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance. This material describes Pets Best Insurance plans in general terms. Eligible expenses and coverage may vary, depending on your plan selection. All pet insurance plans have limitations and exclusions. Information is believed to be accurate as of the production date; however, it is subject to change. For more information, visit Pets Best Insurance at www.Petsbest.com or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237). You may also follow them on Facebook.

Pets Best Insurance Announces New Winner– “My Vet’s the Best” Contest

Posted on: October 26th, 2011 by

Pet insurance company Pets Best Insurance selects Dr. Warren Eubank of Lone Star Veterinary Clinic as best veterinarian for quarterly contest.

BOISE, ID- October 26, 2011— Pets Best Insurance, a pet health insurance company founded by pet insurance expert Dr. Jack Stephens, who was also the pioneer of pet insurance in the US, is proud to congratulate the winner of its quarterly “My Vet’s the Best Contest”. This quarter, Dr. Warren Eubank of Flower Mound, TX based Lone Star Veterinary Clinic has been selected as the “best vet” after receiving a glowing nomination from client Victoria Ulrich.

The winning veterinary hospital and Dr. Eubank will receive $500 from Pets Best Insurance to help cover the cost of treatment for stray animals or for pets whose owners do not have pet insurance and can’t afford treatment.

Nominator Victoria Ulrich, who has rescued and trained deaf and blind Great Danes for 10 years, wrote to Pets Best Insurance to nominate Dr. Eubank for his persistent and caring treatment of her Great Dane, Pearl, during a time of great crisis and heart-break.

One morning, the 10-year-old Great Dane wouldn’t get off of her bed or even lift her head. Without hesitation, Victoria rushed Pearl to their veterinarian, Dr. Eubank. After performing a thorough examination, Dr. Eubank determined that Pearl had a stroke. In hopes to restore Pearl’s mobility and functioning, the vet began pharmacological treatment. Dr. Eubank was very attentive and compassionate throughout the whole process, even providing Victoria with his personal cell phone number.

Over the next week, Pearl’s condition was not improving much and she was still quite immobile. Sadly, crisis struck again for Pearl on Memorial Day weekend, as Pearl started howling in pain. Victoria called Dr. Eubank immediately, who suggested she bring Pearl to the ER. It was determined that Pearl had developed complications and that treating these complications would make it impossible to treat for the stroke as well. When Pearl would no longer eat, Victoria’s family had to make the agonizing decision to put Pearl to sleep.

Even though he was on vacation, Dr. Eubank left his family to go to Victoria’s home and help them through this terribly difficult process. Dr. Eubank’s bedside manner was exactly what the family needed; giving them time to come to grips with their decision, say their goodbyes, and assuring them that they did everything they could to help their beloved dog.

Victoria Ulrich recalled her experience with Dr. Eubank as incredible, despite the sad circumstances.

 “I know of no other vet that would go above and beyond the call of duty as Dr. Eubank did,” said Ulrich. “To give us his time endlessly and to fight so tirelessly for Pearl, we can never thank him enough.”

Victoria believes that Dr. Eubank is more than worthy of the prize and the title of the “Best Vet.”

“Dr. Eubank deserves this award, because I know he would do so much with that prize money to help other special needs rescues just like Pearl.”

 Dr. Eubank was humbled by his nomination.

“Tim and Victoria Ulrich are wonderful pet owners. If there were such a thing as reincarnation, I’d want to come back as one of their pets. I am humbled by the trust they place in me and am honored by this award. My professional goal has always been to provide clients with Texas-friendly service and to treat people the way I want to be treated.  The relationships I’ve built with clients and their pets provide a personal satisfaction few professions ever know,” Dr. Eubank said.

“At Lone Star Veterinary Clinic, we take care of our patients as if they were our own pets.  I am excited to be able to use the award money for pets that may need financial assistance for veterinary care.”

Those interested in making a nomination for the My Vet’s The Best contest should send a story telling Pets Best Insurance why your vet is the best, along with any related photos and/or video to petsbestpromos@gmail.com. In the e-mail, please include your full name, your pet’s name, your vet’s full name and/or clinic name along with their address. For the official rules, please visit: http://www.petsbest.com/official-rules. It is not necessary to be a pet health insurance policyholder to submit a nomination.

About Pets Best Insurance

Boise, Idaho-based Pets Best Insurance provides pet insurance plans that reimburse pet owners for a straightforward 80 percent of veterinary services after a deductible, with no benefit schedules or fee restrictions. Pets Best Insurance plans do not include age restrictions and allow the pet owner to choose any licensed veterinarian. Any pet has guaranteed acceptance for accident-only polices, ensuring that even seriously ill pets can be insured against unexpected costs from accidental injury. The Pets Best Insurance team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut (AICC) underwrites insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance. This material describes Pets Best Insurance plans in general terms. Eligible expenses and coverage may vary, depending on your plan selection. All pet insurance plans have limitations and exclusions. Information is believed to be accurate as of the production date; however, it is subject to change. For more information, visit Pets Best Insurance at Petsbest.com or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237). You may also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/petsbestinsurance

Pets Best Insurance Launches “Freaky Friday” Contest

Posted on: October 3rd, 2011 by

Pet insurance company Pets Best Insurance celebrates National Pet Health Insurance Month by sponsoring “Freaky Friday” contest.

Boise, Idaho, September 20, 2011- September is National Pet Health Insurance Month and Pets Best Insurance, a pet insurance company founded by pet insurance expert Dr. Jack Stephens, the original founder of Pet Health Insurance in the United States, is celebrating by holding a “Freaky Friday” contest honoring the most freak pet accident or pet emergency.

One winner will be selected each week through the month of September. Each winner will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to The Animal Rescue Site store. From clothing and jewelry, home décor and pet supplies, the site has something for everyone. No purchase is necessary and entrants do not need to be a current Pets Best Insurance policyholder.

Has your dog has eaten your clothes or has your cat has climbed into your dryer? If so, tell us your pet story! To participate in the Pets Best Insurance Freaky Friday contest, post your story on the Pets Best Insurance Facebook wall, www.facebook.com/petsbestinsurance. Look for winners to be announced each Friday on Facebook.

Winners so far this month are Michelle, whose dog ran into a tree; Gretchen, whose dog Sammy broke his “private part” while trying to mount another dog; and Leslie, whose dog Rogue fell out of a window and hyper extended both wrists. Keep the stories coming– there’s still time to enter! Pets Best Insurance will announce two more winners before the end of the month.

According to Packaged Facts, 53% of US households own a pet and spend more than $25 billion annually on veterinary services. With pet insurance available for less than $1 per day, more and more pet owners are purchasing pet insurance for their dogs and cats. Of course, pet insurance premiums are based on age, location and breed of the pet.

Pets Best Insurance pet insurance provider is a member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association. Founded in 2007, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) members work collaboratively towards establishing and maintaining universal and professional standards for terminology, best practices, quality, and ethics in the pet health industry. NAPHIA is committed to advancing the pet insurance industry through pooling resources, sharing information, and working together to identify and address challenges and opportunities. Pets Best salutes the NAPHIA during National Pet Health Insurance Month. Visit www.naphia.org for more information.

About Pets Best Insurance

Boise, Idaho-based Pets Best Insurance provides pet insurance plans that reimburse pet owners for a straightforward 80 percent of veterinary services after a deductible, with no benefit schedules or fee restrictions. Pets Best Insurance plans do not include age restrictions and allow the pet owner to choose any licensed veterinarian. Any pet has guaranteed acceptance for accident-only polices, ensuring that even seriously ill pets can be insured against unexpected costs from accidental injury. The Pets Best Insurance team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. Pet Insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance are underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut (AICC). This material describes Pets Best Insurance plans in general terms. Eligible expenses and coverage may vary, depending on your plan selection. All pet insurance plans have limitations and exclusions. Information is believed to be accurate as of the production date; however, it is subject to change. For more information, visit Pets Best Insurance at www.petsbest.com or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237). You may also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/petsbestinsurance.

Pet Insurance Company Pays International Claims

Posted on: September 7th, 2011 by

BOISE ID, August 31, 2011— Pet Insurance company, Pets Best Insurance covers international claims, allowing policyholders to rest assured that their pets are eligible for coverage even when they are temporarily out of the country. By accepting international claims, Pets Best Insurance is one of the only U.S. pet insurers to afford this protection to pet owners.

Although policy holders must reside in the US to enroll in a pet health insurance plan, so long as pets are seen by a licensed veterinarian while traveling, Pets Best Insurance can help pet owners afford the best treatment options.

One Pets Best Insurance policyholder who was able to reap the benefits of the company’s international coverage was Amalia Luyet, a Switzerland native. While she lives in New York, Amalia often travels back to Switzerland to visit. Because she’s so close with her dog Vegas, Amalia takes her everywhere she goes, including out of the country. On her last trip to Switzerland, Amalia noticed that Vegas began acting strangely, showing signs of listlessness, dehydration, vomiting, and shivering.

Vegas took a turn for the worst on a Friday night after all of the Swiss veterinarian offices were closed; Amalia moved quickly to find an emergency veterinarian clinic where she rushed Vegas in for care. Ironically enough, she learned  that the veterinarian on call had  studied in the United States. The veterinarian gave Vegas an injection and the dog was back to normal in no time.

When it came time to file the pet insurance claim, Amalia recalls her claim reimbursement experience with Pets Best Insurance as simple, even though her vet invoice was submitted in Swiss currency.

“Getting reimbursed by Pets Best was easy,” Amalia said. “I just sent them the bill along with a note (in English) from the Swiss Vet and that was it!”

Similarly, Monica Wallooppillai, a policyholder from Texas who was traveling in Saudi Arabia, found herself in a precarious situation when she noticed her dog Zuri was having difficulty holding his urine, and that there was blood in it. After taking her dog to a vet for an examination and x-rays, Zuri was diagnosed with prostatitis. The Wallooppillai family was nervous about their claim since they were in a foreign country; however, Pets Best Insurance didn’t let them down.

Monica said she has peace of mind with Pets Best Insurance, knowing that Zuri will receive the care he needs no matter where they are traveling. She added that every claim she has ever presented to Pets Best Insurance has been seamlessly covered.

“With Pets Best, I was able to file the claim online and have the claim payment directly deposited into my bank account,”  she said.  “I even presented the claim in Saudi currency, included a conversion chart and the claim was processed-no questions asked! Pets Best makes the claim process very user-friendly and efficient.”

About Pets Best Insurance

Boise, Idaho-based Pets Best Insurance provides pet insurance plans that reimburse pet owners for a straightforward 80 percent of veterinary services after a deductible, with no benefit schedules or fee restrictions. Pets Best Insurance plans do not include age restrictions and allow the pet owner to choose any licensed veterinarian. Any pet has guaranteed acceptance for accident-only polices, ensuring that even seriously ill pets can be insured against unexpected costs from accidental injury. The Pets Best Insurance team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut (AICC) underwrites insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance. This material describes Pets Best Insurance plans in general terms. Eligible expenses and coverage may vary, depending on your plan selection. All pet insurance plans have limitations and exclusions. Information is believed to be accurate as of the production date; however, it is subject to change. For more information, visit Pets Best Insurance at Petsbest.com or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237). You may also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/petsbestinsurance.

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