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ChaseHealthAdvance Joins Pets Best Insurance as sponsor in 2012 My Vet’s the Best Contest

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 by

Contest recognizes and rewards veterinarians for their innovation and talent

Boise, ID, (Feb.6, 2012) – ChaseHealthAdvance, part of Chase Card Services, a division of JP Morgan Chase & Co. [NYSE: JPM], today announced it will join Pets Best Insurance for its second annual “My Vet’s the Best” contest. The contest, first launched in 2011 by Boise, Idaho based pet insurance agency, Pets Best Insurance, recognizes and rewards the passion, innovation and talents of veterinarians everywhere.

My Vet’s the Best, which began January 1, 2012 and ends January 1, 2013, is focused on helping with the costs of veterinary treatment for stray animals or animals whose owners cannot afford to pay for veterinary care. Pets Best Insurance has an alliance with ChaseHealthAdvance, which provides financing to pet owners for animal care that is not covered by pet insurance.

My Vet’s the Best will recognize a total of four pet owners and their veterinarians during 2012. Pet owners are asked to nominate their vet and share why they think their vet is the best through a form on the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page and website. More information about the contest, nomination process and rules can be found at: www.petsbest.com/vetpromo or https://forms.petsbest.com/vet-nomination/.

Every three months, a winning story will be selected by the public, who will be invited to vote online. The pet owner who submits the winning story will receive a $200 cash prize and the winning veterinarian will receive $1,000 to be put towards the treatment of animals in need. Of the four winning veterinarians, a grand prize winner will be selected by Pets Best Insurance in December 2012.

ChaseHealthAdvance will provide a grant to Pets Best Insurance, which will cover airfare and hotel accommodations for the grand prize winner and a guest to attend the 2013 Annual Western Veterinary Conference.

“We were so impressed with the quality and passion of all of our nominees last year that we felt it was important to increase our efforts in providing care to animals in need and those who treat them,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, President of Pets Best Insurance and founder of the pet health insurance industry in the US. “We also wanted to help provide an opportunity for our vets to keep up-to-date with new advances in medical care and the delivery of quality patient care.”

“ChaseHealthAdvance is excited to assist Pets Best Insurance with its contest and help families and their pets receive the care they need,” said Barry Trexler, senior vice president of ChaseHealthAdvance. “Pet owners and veterinarians need to be educated about available, affordable animal care solutions.”

“We want to recognize and reward the passion, innovation and talents of veterinarians everywhere who make it their life’s purpose to provide high quality care to their patients,” Dr. Jack Stephens said. “This contest will allow them to do so even if their client can’t afford to pay, or if they want to treat a stray that shows up on the hospital doorstep.”

The contest is open to all pet owners in the United States and entrants do not need to be Pets Best Insurance policyholders or customers of ChaseHealthAdvance. Official rules, are available at http://www.petsbest.com/official-rules. The $200 awarded to pet owners with winning stories cannot be used for Pets Best Insurance services. To learn more about ChaseHealthAdvance financing options visit www.chasehealthadvance.com or call 888-388-7633.

About Pets Best Insurance

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 products. To determine the applicable underwriter in your state visit www.petsbest.com/underwriter or please call Pets Best at1-877-738.7237.

About Chase

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves consumers and small businesses through 5,200 bank branches, 16,200 ATMs, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships and schools and universities. Chase also has issued more than 90 million credit cards. More information about Chase is available at www.chase.com.

US Pet Insurance Industry Founder Dr. Jack Stephens Receives VetPartners Pioneer Award

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 by

VetPartners, the Association for Veterinary Practice Development, has honored Dr. Jack Stephens, pioneer in the pet insurance industry and founder of Pets Best Insurance, with its Pioneer Award for his significant contributions to the veterinary community.

Boise, Idaho- February 7, 2012- With a mission to serve and advance the veterinary profession with innovative, relevant, valuable and ethical practice development solutions, VetPartners association gives the Pioneer Award to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the VetPartners and/or the field of veterinary business consulting and advising. Pioneer Professional Member honorees are individuals who are deemed pioneers in the profession have been chosen by the Board of Directors to be honored for their service to the profession of Consulting or Advising Veterinary Medical Practices.

Award nominations come from nominations made by VetPartners’ members. Fellow member Kent Kruse, DVM PurinaCare Insurance Services, nominated Dr. Stephens. An excerpt of his nomination is below:

In the early years Jack organized Economic Summits on an every-other-year basis and provided veterinary management consultants with two days of continuing education, fellowship, food, and fun. These learning opportunities were provided at minimal expense to the invited guests. Gathering distinguished individuals who devoted their professional lives to assisting veterinarians in the management of their practices became the very basis for the VetPartners. I can’t think of a more deserving recipient of the Pioneer Award.

Dr. Stephens, the original founder of the US pet health insurance industry in the US, was presented with the Pioneer Award on January 13, 2012 at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“This award is special to me for two reasons. First, the idea for VetPartners was initiated during the annual leadership summit that I use to sponsor for the veterinary profession for many years. Secondly, VetPartners is about helping veterinarians become successful in practice so they are better able to focus on the health and well being of animals. A successful practice allows veterinarians to reinvest into the profession with new technologies to diagnose and treat pets, attract qualified staff and help care for more animals.”

Former VetPartners President, Dr. Peter Weinstein deems Dr. Jack Stephens as a visionary leader who saw the need to help pet owners with the cost of care for their pets and to help eliminate pets going untreated due to financial constraints of their owners. As a practicing vet in Southern California, Dr. Weinstein saw firsthand how Dr. Stephens advocated the benefits of pet health insurance for pets, pet owners and veterinarians and brought it to life. “It was truly visionary and paved the way for the profession as a whole and the way we go about doing business.”

“If you look up the definition of pioneer, that is Dr. Jack Stephens. Look at what he has done for the profession. With pet insurance being his tool, he really changed the way people look at care for animals”, he concluded.

With the goal of reducing economic euthanasia and his commitment to the safety, health and well being of all pets, Pets Best Insurance leader, Dr. Jack Stephens, founded pet health insurance in the United States in 1981*. A true industry visionary, Dr. Stephens today leads the Pets Best Insurance team with his passion for quality pet care and his expert veterinary knowledge. The Pets Best Insurance team, in turn, is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value.

For more information, visit Pets Best Insurance or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237). You may also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/petsbestinsurance.

About Pets Best Insurance

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 products. To determine the applicable underwriter in your state visit www.petsbest.com/underwriter or please call Pets Best at1-877-738.7237.

 

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