Dogs Eating Antlers, Ornaments Top List of Unusual Holiday-Related Pet Insurance Claims

A boxer puppy insured with Pets Best ate a glass ornament.

Pets Best releases annual list of bizarre, expensive claims

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, today released a list of its most bizarre holiday-related claims. Since opening in 2005, the agency has processed a host of surprising claims stemming from unusual holiday hazards.

“The holiday season is filled with trappings that people love, like decorations, desserts and bustling crowds. Unfortunately, there are many aspects of these celebrations that can threaten our pets,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best. “We strongly encourage pet owners to consider the safety of their curious and hungry animals during any preparations with decorations and food.”

These are a few of the more bizarre holiday-related claims Pets Best has processed, some of which might even shock the Grinch:

Ornamental Distress
Many dogs and cats are tempted to sample shiny Christmas tree decorations, and a 19-week-old Boxer puppy named Laila was no exception. Last December, the puppy downed a glass ornament, resulting in an exam, X-rays and a hospital stay. The bill reached more than $600. Pets Best reimbursed 80 percent of the claim, after the deductible.

Antler Fix
An 8-month-old golden retriever insured with Pets Best ate an antler.
Santa’s reindeer might want to watch what they leave behind. Maggie, an 8-month-old Golden retriever, faced a slew of procedures after swallowing a large piece of antler bone. After the puppy’s initial visit to the veterinarian, which involved an exam and X-rays, she was referred to a veterinary specialist to have the antler surgically removed from her stomach. Pets Best reimbursed Maggie’s owner more than $2,500.

Bad Dough Rising

Sasha, a 3-year-old Shetland sheepdog, faced an emergency trip to the veterinarian after consuming bread dough last December. This basic food item can be toxic to dogs and cats, as it expands in their stomach and causes the organ to twist. The yeast can also result in alcohol poisoning. A veterinarian performed an exam and X-rays on Sasha, and also provided anti-nausea medication shots. Pets Best reimbursed 80 percent of the claim, after the deductible.

Scrumptious Santa

A 7-year-old mixed breed dog named Jasper decided to fill himself with the holiday spirit by gorging on a Santa costume. After swallowing some of the suit’s fluffy stuffing, however, Jasper’s behavior struck his owners as a little off. The subsequent trip to the veterinarian involved a gastrointestinal blood panel. Pets Best reimbursed 80 percent of the claim, after the deductible.Read More…

Pets Best Seeks to Raise Awareness about Pet Diabetes

a dog with diabetes is examined by a veterinarian.

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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Pets Best Announces Quarterly Finalists for National My Vet’s the Best Contest

Two dogs sit at the conference table in the Pets Best Insurance office.

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.Read More…

Pets Best Announces Launch of Full Hereditary and Congenital Pet Insurance Coverage

Three dogs of various breeds lie outside on the grass. Hereditary and congenital conditions can affect any dog or cat breed.

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.Read More…

Newly Released Statistics Highlight Benefits of Pet Insurance Coverage

A quote from the press release stating In 2012, pet owners filed claims on behalf of nearly 50 percent of all pets insured through the agency. Pet owners who filed claims requested an average of $1,717 throughout the year.

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.Read More…

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