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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).

Pets Best Insurance and ChaseHealthAdvance Donate to MAF

Posted on: March 3rd, 2010 by

Boise, Idaho (March 3, 2010) — — Pet Insurance company Pets Best Insurance and ChaseHealthAdvantage Financing Options, along with charity-run winner Chris Setzler, continued its commitment to the well being of pets by making a $10,000 donation to the Morris Animal Foundation, Feb. 16, at the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) in Las Vegas.

The Morris Animal Foundation is the world’s largest nonprofit foundation dedicated to funding research studies to protect, treat and cure animals. Since 1948, the Morris Animal Foundation has been creating a healthier tomorrow for companion animals, horses and wildlife by:

  • Helping develop vaccines, including the first vaccines for parvovirus in dogs and for leukemia in cats
  • Bringing back endangered species like the Mountain Gorillas of Central Africa
  • Launching a Canine Cancer campaign to prevent, treat and ultimately, cure cancer in dogs

Preceding the check donation ceremony, Pets Best Insurance and ChaseHealthAdvantage Financing Options sponsored a 5K Fun Run for WVC attendees, held Feb. 14, at Pecos-Legacy Park in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson. The event attracted 114 runners. The winner, Chris Setzler, who finished with a time of 17:17, had his name added to the $10,000 donation check for the Morris Animal Foundation.

“We’re very pleased with the number of industry professionals who turned out for the fun run and supported Pets Best in our effort to save pets,” said Brett Johnson, chief operating officer, Pets Best Insurance. “We have a commitment to do what we can to save as many pets as possible, and the work that the Morris Animal Foundation has performed over the years serves as a perfect example of what can be accomplished to help save pets. Pets Best is honored to continue supporting them in their efforts.”

The Pets Best Insurance Advantage

Pets Best Insurance, a pet insurance provider, provides 80 percent reimbursement of qualifying fees for veterinary services after the deductable 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 – 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).

New Hope for Dogs Diagnosed with Cancer

Posted on: June 26th, 2009 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Boise, Idaho, June 26, 2009 – Good news for dogs and their owners: this month, Pfizer Animal Health Inc. announced that the FDA has for the first time ever approved a cancer drug for canines.

This groundbreaking treatment, known as Palladia, comes in pill form and has shown to be effective in fighting mast cell tumors, the second most common type of tumor found in canines. In a clinical study, Palladia caused mast cell skin tumors to disappear, shrink or stop growing in approximately 60% of the dogs tested.

Cancer treatments can be expensive, but if you have Pets Best Insurance and your dog develops this type of tumor, the treatments, including Palladia, are eligible for coverage. Under Pets Best Basic, First and Premier plans, cancer treatments for your dog and cat are covered per incident up to $2,500, $7,000 and $14,000, respectively, after a one- time deductible.

“Treatments for pet cancer are becoming more the norm and are typically the highest payments we make,” states Dr. Jack Stephens, President of Pets Best Insurance.  “No one expects their pet will get cancer or that they will pay thousands of dollars for a treatment, but they do, especially when they have pet insurance that reimburses them 80% like Pets Best Insurance.”

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About Pets Best

Pets Best Insurance administers an insurance plan that reimburses pet owners for a straightforward 80% 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. Any pet has guaranteed acceptance for accident-only policies, 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. As the creator of the oldest and largest pet insurer in the United States, Jack Stephens DVM is the pioneer of pet health insurance and brings nearly 30 years of experience in helping pet owners afford quality care for their pets. 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 some states plans may be underwritten by North Pointe Casualty Insurance Company or North Pointe 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 about Pets Best plans, visit Pets Best Insurance at petsbest.com or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237).