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.

“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 90 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…

Miami Veterinarian Receives National Honor from Pets Best Insurance

Veterinarian Dr. James Jim Bogdansky examines a white dog at the Country Club Animal Hospital in Miami, Florida.

Dr. James Bogdansky named the latest winner of the My Vet’s the Best contest

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, announced today that Dr. James Bogdansky of the Country Club Animal Hospital in Miami is the latest winner of the agency’s nationwide My Vet’s the Best contest. In acknowledgment of his dedication to helping pets, Pets Best Insurance awarded Dr. Bogdansky $1,000 to treat animals in need.

After receiving a nomination from one of his grateful clients, Dr. Bogdansky competed against five veterinarians from across the nation during the quarterly contest, winning a tight race by pulling ahead at the end with an impressive 3,562 votes. The second-place veterinarian received 3,092 votes. Thousands of online votes are cast each quarter by the public through the Pets Best Insurance website,, and the company’s popular Facebook page.

For 22 years, Dr. Bogdansky and his family have been actively involved in rescuing and adopting a multitude of species in Dade County, including birds, dogs, cats, ducks, rabbits, turtles, skunks and snakes. Dr. Bogdansky has also worked alongside various rescue and animal welfare organizations, such as Cat Network, PAWS 4 YOU and The House Rabbit Society. With his $1,000 winnings from the My Vet’s the Best contest, Dr. Bogdansky plans to establish a foundation to serve underprivileged animals.

In 2010, Pets Best Insurance became the nation’s first pet insurance agency to develop a contest aimed at recognizing outstanding veterinarians. Each year, hundreds of veterinarians receive nominations from appreciative pet owners. An internal panel comprised of veterinarians and veterinary technicians selects the quarterly nominees. While voting for the contest’s quarterly winners is open to the public through the Pets Best Insurance website and Facebook page, each year’s grand prize winner is selected by the internal review panel.Read More…

Pets Best Insurance Announces Donation of Flying Discs to Treasure Valley Parks and Animal Shelters

a black dog sits in the grass with a Pets Best Insurance frisbee in her mouth.

Flying discs to be distributed over several weeks to locations in Boise, Meridian and Nampa

Pets Best Insurance, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, announced today it will donate flying discs to dog parks and animal shelters throughout the Treasure Valley. The hardy toys will be distributed over the next few weeks to a total of six dog parks in Boise, Meridian and Nampa, as well as several animal shelters in the area.

At the parks, the flying discs will be available for visitors to grab freely to toss to their dogs. The toys are ideal for outdoor excursions with canines, as the plastic discs are designed to withstand all weather conditions. If dogs are reluctant to part with the available flying discs, Pets Best will supply replacements for the parks. Donated flying discs will be available at the following parks:

-Morris Hill Dog Park, 10 N. Roosevelt St., Boise
-Military Reserve, 750 N. Mountain Cove Road, Boise
-Pine Grove Park, 8995 Shoup Drive, Boise
-West Boise Dog Park, 9851 W. Irving St., Boise
-Meridian Bark Park, 1401 E. Watertower, Meridian
-Nampa Dog Park, 2900 Second St. South, NampaRead More…

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

Veterinarian Dr. Craft is a finalist in the My Vet's the Best Contest.

Contest recognizes nation’s finest veterinarians, provides funding to treat animals in need 

BOISE, Idaho (July 29, 2013) – 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 honors the nation’s most outstanding veterinarians and helps fund the treatment of animals in need.

Pets Best Insurance selected the following six finalists after receiving nominations from pet owners across the country:

-Dr. William (Bill) Sheperd – Camelot Veterinary Services, Uniontown, Pa.
-Dr. Elisa Dowd – Tassajara Veterinary Clinic, Danville, Calif.
-Dr. Kimberly Burkhardt – Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital, West Carrolton, Ohio
-Dr. Jennifer Tremblay – Littleton Paws Animal Hospital, Littleton, Colo.
-Dr. James Bogdansky – Country Club Animal Hospital, Miami, Fla.
-Dr. Glenn Craft – Monarch Veterinary Hospital, Laguna Niguel, Calif.

This quarter’s finalists share a common theme of community-focused, charitable endeavors. Dr. Craft has applied his veterinary skills during mission work in Thailand, where he trained village veterinarians.  Dr. Dowd is active in 4-H efforts in her community, and Dr. Tremblay has also worked with the well-known youth development organization. Dr. Bogdansky has worked alongside a number of animal welfare and rescue organizations, including the Cat Network and Paws 4 You. Fostering homeless animals gave professional inspiration to Dr. Burkhardt. Dr. Sheperd serves as president of the nonprofit Western Pennsylvania National Wild Animals Orphanage, which provides homes for large carnivores like lions and tigers that have been confiscated, abandoned or abused.

“The My Vet’s the Best contest not only shares pet owners’ gratitude to their veterinarians, it also sheds light on the selfless efforts of these professionals who fully devote themselves to loving and caring for animals,”  said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best Insurance. “We are thrilled to recognize these outstanding veterinarians and provide additional funding to help animals in need.”Read More…

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