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Pets Best Insurance Halloween Safety Tips

Posted on: October 21st, 2010 by

BOISE, Idaho, 10/21/10 — Keeping dogs and cats indoors during Halloween celebrations is important for pet health and safety. In addition, pets must be supervised more carefully at this time of the year, as veterinarians often report large increases in dog and cat injuries and illness in the days following Halloween.

According to Dr. James E. Israelsen, DVM, the biggest Halloween-related problem seen in his North Logan and Providence, Utah hospitals is the curious ingestion of candy and wrappers left out by children following a night of trick-or-treating. Chocolate poisoning in dogs is a dangerous yet commonly-treated issue.

“Chocolate can be very toxic and even potentially fatal to pets,” said Dr. Israelsen, Hospital Director of the Mountain View Veterinary Health Center. “Even if the candy is not chocolate, candies high in sugar or fat can cause potentially life-threatening metabolic conditions, including pancreatitis, kidney failure, or gastroenteritis. Sugar-free gums containing Xylitol are also dangerous, and can cause hypoglycemia, weakness, seizures, or coma in dogs.”

Dr. Israelsen also recommends pet owners refrain from decorating with artificial spider-web material. “If ingested, these can cause serious gastrointestinal irritation, and can even cause intestinal obstruction requiring surgery in severe cases,” he said.

Anxiety levels in animals should also be supervised during Halloween. Changes in the environment can create an imbalance in the safety an animal usually feels at home. During Halloween, pet stress can be caused by loud children, screams, strangers at the door, and the unfamiliar sights and smells of both people and pet Halloween costumes.

Pets should not be taken along trick-or-treating. Instead, they should be confined to an enclosed room or crate to prevent escape or wandering. Although more pets are reported missing during the Fourth of July holiday than any other time of the year, the increase is again due to fear and anxiety, caused by loud fireworks.

It is often suggested that pets remain indoors during the month of October for another reason: the danger of pet theft and rituals. This message is usually specifically geared toward all-black or all-white cats. However, news outlets now often report that this message has been hyped.

National Geographic News reported in 2007 that according to experts, the danger is largely a myth. Dr. Israelsen agrees. “I do not feel that black cats are any more prone to disappearing on Halloween than other days of the year,” said the veterinarian. Although many shelters continue to restrict the adoption of black cats during October, and both pet theft and animal cruelty are real dangers throughout the year, the majority of cruelty cases point to mentally challenged individuals rather than witchcraft.

The Pets Best Insurance Advantage

Pets Best Insurance, a pet insurance provider, provides 80 percent reimbursement of qualifying fees for veterinary services after the deductible has been met. Pets Best Insurance also recently received the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Seal of Acceptance for its plans and policies. Advantages of Pets Best Insurance include:

  • No age restriction on pets
  • No pet is excluded from coverage based on age
  • Quick and easy reimbursements – option for free direct deposit reimbursement
  • Any licensed veterinarian – plans cover all licensed veterinarians, specialists and emergency care veterinarians

National Pet Insurance Month

Posted on: September 17th, 2010 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 17, 2010 – Pets Best Insurance wants pet owners to know there is a way to keep vet bills from breaking the bank, and September’s National Pet Insurance Month is the perfect time to remind them.

“Technological advancements are contributing to higher veterinary costs, and people are often financially unprepared when their pets become ill or injured,” explained Pets Best Insurance Director of Marketing Chris Middleton.

Pet insurance plans can save pet owners a significant amount on everything from routine care to treatment for their pets’ chronic conditions. But the company urges pet owners to do their homework before purchasing pet care insurance because not all companies’ coverage is created equal.

“Veterinary bills can run thousands of dollars. But with pet health insurance like that provided by Pets Best Insurance, owners don’t have to make the devastating decision to euthanize their pets simply because they can’t afford treatment.”

Middleton said the company reimburses claims at a flat 80% of the total amount of the vet bill—something he said many of their competitors don’t do.

“We don’t use benefit schedules, or what’s commonly know a usual and customary fee schedule,” he said, adding that because Pets Best Insurance reimburses 80% of the total amount of the vet bills— policy holders can often expect more than double what many of their competitors would reimburse for the exact same claim.

So how do pet owners know which pet insurance plan to choose? Through good old-fashioned pet insurance comparison shopping. A quick pet insurance comparison reveals many pet insurance companies reduce or even drop coverage for older pets, something Middleton said Pets Best Insurance doesn’t do.

“Pets Best Insurance covers all enrolled pets from seven-week old puppies and kittens to treasured senior-aged pets,” he said. The company said pet health insurance has long been available, but not all pet owners are aware that pet care insurance plans can actually help them afford veterinary care their pets might need—ultimately helping to do away with economic euthanasia (or, opting to put a pet to sleep because the owner can’t afford treatment.)

“Pet care insurance gives pet owners the peace of mind in knowing they’ll never have to decide between buying groceries or paying for their pets’ veterinary bills. Pets Best Insurance is proud to provide that peace of mind,” Middleton said.

For more information about pet insurance visit www.petsbest.com

About Pets Best Insurance Services

Established in Boise, Idaho in 2005 by U.S. pet insurance industry founder Jack Stephens, DVM, Pets Best Insurance has changed the face of pet care insurance. The company is staffed by former veterinary workers and strives to offer pet owners the best pet insurance plans available with service that is unmatched. Learn more at http://www.petsbest.com.

Pets Best Insurance: Rattlesnake Bites on Rise

Posted on: August 31st, 2010 by

For Immediate Release

BOISE, Idaho (August 31, 2010) – Pets Best Insurance President Dr. Jack Stephens, says the national company has seen an alarming increase in rattlesnake bite claims compared to previous years, and he thinks he knows why—more people are exercising with their pets outdoors.

According to the pet insurance company, the rate of rattlesnake bite claims nearly doubled in 2009 over 2006.  “We know that pets are good for us… we have learned that we are better fit, lose more weight and keep the weight off longer if we walk with our pets,” said Dr. Stephens, a veterinarian who founded pet insurance in the US.

“Walking with a pet can pose some hazards, such as rattlesnake bites,” which can be very expensive to treat, Dr. Stephens said, adding that the snakes are most prevalent in Western, Southwest and Southern states.

Rattlesnakes are most often seen during the spring, summer and early fall months, most usually in wide open areas where pet owners often hike with their dogs.

 The pet insurance president says if owners come across a rattler, to back off, take control of the dog and head the other direction. Snakes commonly strike only when they are surprised or feel threatened.

According to the doctor, snake bite symptoms include pain, tissue swelling and bruising. Fang marks are also a telltale sign of a snake bite. Symptoms may progress to shock and even lead to death if untreated.  Many times the venom of the snake causes the area bitten to die and become necrotic, leading to infection.

Early treatment, which may include fluids, antihistamines and antivenin, is essential, which is why owners of pets who have been bitten should immediately take their pets to a veterinarian or a pet emergency clinic.

Although the bites can usually be treated, the best advice Dr. Stephens can give is to preemptively vaccinate against snakebites.

The vaccine (which is not covered by Pets Best Insurance) stimulates the dog’s immune system to produce antibodies and has been found effective against most rattlesnake and copperhead bites.

Jake, a four-year-old Golden/Lab mix racked up $4,462.75 in veterinary bills for the treatment of his snakebite.  Fortunately, Jake’s owner had pet insurance through Pets Best Insurance, so 80% of the vet bill was paid, after the deductible was subtracted. “If you walk your dog in areas known to have venomous snakes, then be prepared with pet health insurance, since costs such as Jake’s owner experienced are common,” says Dr. Stephens.

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 plans do not include age restrictions and allow the pet owner to choose their veterinarian. The Pets Best Insurance team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. Insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best 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).

Pets Best Insurance Celebrates Year Five

Posted on: August 27th, 2010 by

For Immediate Release

BOISE, Idaho, (Sept. 22, 2010) — Time flies when you’re having fun…and helping pet owners care for their pets!

Pets Best Insurance this month celebrates its fifth year of providing quality pet insurance to thousands of dogs and cats across the country. Although the company is young, its founder has lived and breathed pet insurance for nearly 30 years.

Dr. Jack Stephens, who is widely regarded within the industry as the founder of U.S. pet insurance, set out to stop “economic euthanasia” of pets by founding the first pet insurance company in the United States in 1981. Twenty-five years later, Dr. Stephens took his experience and all the best attributes of pet insurance and teamed up with Greg McDonald to form Pets Best Insurance in 2005.

“When Greg and I started Pets Best Insurance, our common vision for the company was to simply provide people with the best pet insurance for their pets,” Dr. Stephens said. “We’ve made pet insurance extremely easy, convenient and affordable for people. While it’s been a great five years so far, our future is extremely bright as everyone at Pets Best looks forward to continuing to serve our customers and their pets.”

Today, the Pets Best team of professionals operates from its headquarters in Boise, Idaho.

The Pets Best Insurance Plans and Advantage

Pets Best Insurance offers three standard plans for accidents, illnesses and injury: The Pets Basic plan, which comes with a $100, $250 or $500 deductible; a $2,500 per-incident limit and a $42,500 lifetime limit; the Pets First plan, which comes with a $100, $250 or $500 deductible, a $7,000 per incident limit and a $100,000 lifetime limit; or the Pets Premier plan, which comes with a $250 or $500 deductible, a $14,000 per incident limit and a $100,000 lifetime limit.

Veterinarians and pet owners have enjoyed the advantages of insuring their pets with Pets Best Insurance since 2005. The company provides an 80 percent reimbursement of qualifying fees for veterinary services after the deductible has been met.

Advantages of Pets Best Insurance include:

  • No upper age restrictions – no pet is excluded from coverage based on age
  • Simple, fast and convenient online claim submission and reimbursement – most approved claims processed and paid within five days
  • Covers licensed veterinarians – plans cover all licensed veterinarians, specialists and emergency care veterinarians

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 their 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. Insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best 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 Petsbest.com or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237).

Pets Best Insurance Gets AAHA Approval

Posted on: March 4th, 2010 by

For Immediate Release

Boise, Idaho (March 4, 2010) — Pets Best Insurance, a pet insurance company based in Boise, Idaho announced today it has received the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Seal of Acceptance for its high-deductible or catastrophic policies. The goal of AAHA’s acceptance seal is to further increase pet owner education and raise awareness about the overall financial responsibility for the care of their pets.

The Seal of Acceptance is awarded to pet insurance policies with deductibles of at least $500 that provide owners with the coverage they may need for major veterinary expenses. Pets Best Insurance offers deductibles of $100, $250 and $500 in three different plans: Pets Basic, Pets First and Pets Premier. Pets Best Insurance pays a flat rate of 80 percent reimbursement of qualifying fees charged for veterinary services after the deductible has been met.

“Being awarded the AAHA Seal of Acceptance demonstrates the strength of our policies,” said Brett Johnson, chief operating officer, Pets Best Insurance. “Both AAHA and Pets Best Insurance have a common goal of promoting the value and benefit of pet insurance to people and their pets.”

To earn the AAHA Seal of Acceptance, Pets Best Insurance plans met several qualifying criteria, such as allowing the policy holder to seek treatment for their pet from a licensed veterinarian of their choosing. Additionally, the pet insurance underwriter must have an A.M. Best credit rating of B+ or higher to earn the Seal of Acceptance. A.M. Best credit ratings are based on quantitative and qualitative evaluations of a company’s financial strength, operating performance and business profile.

The Pets Best Insurance Pets Basic plan comes with a $100, $250 or $500 deductible; a $2,500 per incident limit and a $42,500 lifetime limit. The Pets First plan comes with a $100, $250 or $500 deductible; a $7,000 per incident limit and a $100,000 lifetime limit. The Pets Premier plan comes with a $250 or $500 deductible; a $14,000 per incident limit and a $100,000 lifetime limit.

The Pets Best Insurance Advantage

Veterinarians and customers have enjoyed the advantages of insuring their pets with Pets Best Insurance, which provides 80 percent reimbursement of qualifying fees for veterinary services after the deductible has been met. Advantages of Pets Best Insurance include:

  • No age restriction on pets – no pet is excluded from coverage based on age
  • Quick and easy reimbursements – most claims processed within 48 hours
  • Any licensed veterinarian – plans cover all licensed veterinarians, specialists and emergency care veterinarians

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 plans do not include age restrictions and allow the pet owner to choose their veterinarian. The Pets Best Insurance team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. Insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best are underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut (AICC) and recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association Group Health and Life Insurance Trust (AVMA GHLIT). In states in which AICC is not yet licensed, policies are underwritten by North Pointe Casualty Insurance Company. 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 at Petsbest.com or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237).