Pets Best Makes List of “Best Places to Work in Idaho”

Pets Best employees host a themed office party.

The pet insurance agency has been awarded for the 3rd consecutive year

Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet-health insurance agency, announced today it has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Idaho for the third consecutive year.

Along with a select group of other businesses, Pets Best has received 2015 recognition for the excellence of its workplace from the Best Places to Work in Idaho Program. The program is a collaboration between the Idaho Business Review and POPULUS, an Idaho-based marketing and HR research organization.

The annual ranking employs confidential surveys administered to employees at companies around Idaho. It measures employee happiness using metrics such as performance in compensation and benefits, employee growth and development, work-life balance, workplace environment and company management. The highest levels of employee satisfaction translate directly to the best places to work.Read More…

Marijuana Poses Serious Health Risks for Pets

Dog reaches for food on the counter top.

Costly vet visits on the rise due to marijuana ingestion and inhalation in dogs and cats

As more states legalize marijuana to varying degrees, Pets Best Pet Insurance wants to make sure pet owners are aware of marijuana’s dangers to animals. Believe it or not, marijuana can cause serious illness in dogs and cats, which may be exposed to its effects either by ingesting the plant or by inhalation of smoke.

While marijuana is rarely deadly to animals, it can cause serious illness in pets. One of the most common ways animals will ingest marijuana is when it has been left out and unattended. Although this occurs more frequently in dogs, it can also happen with cats. This may happen when the plant itself has been left out, or when it has been incorporated into baked goods, which some pets find especially appealing.

Beware that marijuana brownies are particularly unsafe because they include chocolate, an additional poison to dogs and cats, acting as a potent stimulant that can affect nervous systems negatively, causing illness or even death. Plus, dogs are attracted to the smell of chocolate as well as other baked goods, which makes them even more dangerous.Read More…

Medica Fetches Distributor Role for Pet Insurance via Agreement with Pets Best

Minnetonka, Minn./Boise, Idaho  – Beginning today, dog and cat pet parents have a one-stop shop for health insurance for all members of the family. Medica, a leading regional provider of individual and family insurance based in Minneapolis, and Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance brand, have joined forces to offer a convenient way to learn about insuring cats and dogs.

Medica now can refer interested pet parents to Pets Best for a policy. Pet parents need not have a Medica policy to receive the referral. The referrals are made through Medica’s individual and family business unit, which provides health insurance to people who purchase health coverage on their own.

“Although Medica can refer anyone to Pets Best for a pet policy, we developed this capability as a convenience for our members,” said Craig Ashby, Senior Director of Product Development and Strategic Growth Initiatives.  “We are creating a one-stop shopping experience for all of our members’ health insurance needs, whether it be for themselves, their spouse, partner, children – or four-legged member of their family. Our agreement with Pets Best will help pet parents care and plan for their cherished cats and dogs by limiting the risk of hefty out-of-pocket expenses and providing coverage for unexpected events, just as we do with our individual and family health insurance policies.”

With roughly 50 percent of U.S. households enjoying pet ownership, many families have sought a trusted partner to assist with their pet insurance needs. The Medica and Pets Best agreement brings established and recognized brands to the pet insurance category. Since the establishment of the first pet insurance company in the U.S. in 1981, the desire for pet insurance has grown significantly and is now a $650 million industry.Read More…

Naperville, Illinois Therapy Dog Wins Nationwide Books & Barks Contest

Books & Barks contest winner, Ellie Rose and the students she reads to at Peterson Elementary in Naperville, Illinois.

Pets Best hosts 2nd annual contest to recognize therapy dogs in classrooms and libraries

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading United States pet-health insurance agency, announced today a Naperville, Illinois therapy dog has been selected as the winner of the agency’s second annual Books & Barks contest. Ellie Rose, a therapy dog who regularly visits the students of Peterson Elementary, won the nationwide contest, which was created to recognize and bring awareness to the inspirational work of therapy dogs in classrooms and libraries across the nation.

In its second year, the Books & Barks contest brought in a total of 12,206 votes. Various communities voted in support of eight finalists from across the U.S., individuals casting their votes by visiting the company’s Facebook page. As part of the contest, Pets Best awarded $1,000 to Peterson Elementary and $500 to a pet therapy organization selected by Ellie Rose’s owner and handler. Ellie Rose celebrated her win with the students of Peterson Elementary, as they lined the hallways on both floors to applaud and pet her as she took a parade lap.

Renee Cole, Ellie Rose’s owner and handler, said the 5-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog has been visiting Peterson Elementary for two years. When she was 9 months old, Ellie Rose received her first Canine Good Citizen Award, and went on to gain her therapy dog certification at the age of 1 year. Ellie Rose received a total of 5,229 online votes during the Books & Barks contest. Fellow finalist Buttons, from Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, was a close runner up with 5,101 votes.

“I’m so proud of Ellie for being the gentle soul she is, one who does not care if a child reads in a whisper, a big voice, or one that can only express themselves with emotion,” Cole said. “Peterson Elementary is a trailblazer in our district in regularly welcoming a therapy dog into the classrooms.”

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Dogs on Deployment Mascot Protected by Pets Best

Military Pet of the Year and Dogs on Deployment Mascot, Leonidas.

Leonidas is the 2015 Military Pet of the Year and Dogs on Deployment Mascot

Boise, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet health insurance agency, and the nonprofit Dogs on Deployment announced together today that the 2015 Military Pet of the Year and Dogs on Deployment Mascot, Leonidas, is now protected with pet insurance from Pets Best. Dogs on Deployment is a nationwide nonprofit that connects military service members with volunteers to board their pets for free when they are deployed.

Leonidas is a 3-year-old Afghan Kuchi mixed breed, born in the mountains of Afghanistan. As a puppy, Leonidas wandered into a United States Army compound and won the heart of U.S. Army soldier, Tim Johannsen.

“The bond created with a dog during war is indescribable,” Johannsen said. “He is my best friend and honestly the way he has changed my life is impossible to put into words.”

A leading sponsor of Dogs on Deployment for two years, Pets Best hopes to bring awareness to the nonprofit’s efforts. In its third year, the nationwide Military Pet of the Year and Dogs on Deployment Mascot Competition resulted in hundreds of contestants, votes and admirable dogs receiving recognition.

Pets Best supports the mission of Dogs on Deployment: to give military members peace of mind concerning their pets during deployment or other service commitments.

The Military Pet of the Year and Dogs on Deployment Mascot receives a free one-year Pets Best pet insurance policy, among many other prizes and benefits. Past winners have received national attention to bring awareness to causes in the military and pet communities. Johannsen and Leonidas plan to use the canine’s new title to raise awareness about rescuing dogs, or “battle buddies,” from overseas, seeking to educate military service members about responsible pet ownership while supporting the Dogs on Deployment mission as a whole.Read More…

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