Dogs Consuming Beach Towels, Golf Balls Top List of Bizarre Summer Pet Insurance Claims

A maltese dog runs at the beach.

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.

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Las Vegas Veterinarian Wins National Award

Veterinary pet insurance contest winner, Dr. Arn of Las Vegas.

Dr. Dennis Arn selected as winner of My Vet’s the Best Contest, receives $1,000 to treat animals in need

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, announced today that Las Vegas veterinarian Dr. Dennis Arn has been selected as the most recent winner of the company’s nationwide My Vet’s the Best contest. Arn, who has strived to transform Desert Inn Animal Hospital into an elite animal medical center, won the contest for outstanding veterinary service after receiving more than 45 percent of the online votes cast by thousands of people through the Pets Best Insurance website, www.petsbest.com, and the company’s Facebook page.

Arn was among hundreds of veterinarians nominated for the quarterly award, which Pets Best created to honor veterinarians who go above and beyond to keep animals healthy. Arn was nominated for the prestigious award by a decades-long client who touted Arn’s willingness to treat pets when their owners cannot afford procedures, in addition to his innovative utilization of stem cell therapy.

Arn, who bested five other contest finalists in a public vote, received $1,000 from Pets Best to treat animals in need. The pet owner who nominated him for the award received $200.

“We created the My Vet’s the Best contest to spotlight exceptional veterinarians who work tirelessly to keep pets healthy and promote the advancement of animal treatment,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best Insurance. “Pets Best Insurance is proud to recognize veterinarians like Dr. Arn who share our company’s commitment to pet health. He has improved the lives of so many animals with his clinic’s advanced treatment methods. Beyond that, he is a true animal lover who has made sacrifices and waived payments throughout decades of healing families’ beloved animals.”Read More…

Skin Allergies Revealed as Top Medical Issue for Dogs

Boston terrier dog with skin allergies. Before treatment and after treatment.

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.”

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Pets Best Insurance Named One of the Best Places to Work in Idaho

Pets Best is a 2013 winner of the Best Places to Work in Idaho.

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.”Read More…

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

 Dr. Arn is a finalist in the best veterinarians in the US contest.

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.Read More…

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