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Summer Conditions Pose Extreme Risks for Pets

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by

A Dachshund wearing a life jacket swims in a pool. Bodies of water, including swimming pools, can pose risks for pets.

Pets Best urges pet owners to protect animals against heat stroke, hiking injuries and other dangers

BOISE, Idaho – With dogs and cats often exposed to a wide range of elements during the hot summer months, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), seeks to raise awareness about common summertime hazards in an effort to help pet owners protect their four-legged family members from painful and potentially deadly mishaps.

Each summer, Pets Best, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, processes a significant number of insurance claims related to a variety of veterinary emergencies.

“Dogs and cats are vulnerable to many of the same summertime risks as humans, including heat stroke and accidents from adventuring outdoors,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “Emergencies can strike at any time, which is why it is important for pet owners to consider the many benefits of obtaining health insurance for their pets. By offering financial protection against expensive veterinary procedures, pet insurance provides peace of mind to a growing number of pet parents across the nation.”

In an effort to help keep dogs and cats safe and healthy this summer, Pets Best has compiled the following list of five summertime hazards for pets.

1. Heat Stroke
Heat stroke occurs when body temperatures rise to dangerous levels and pets are unable to accommodate the excessive heat, leading to organ dysfunction and death in some cases.

Short-nosed breeds have the highest risk of suffering from heat stroke. This includes English bulldogs, pugs, French bulldogs, Boston terriers and Persian cats. Long-haired pets such as Great Pyrenees, chows, Alaskan malamutes and other cold-weather breeds are also at a high risk for overheating.

To prevent dogs and cats from experiencing heat stroke, pet owners should keep their animals in the shade when outdoors, avoid exercising pets in high temperatures, and provide indoor pets with ventilation and cool water. Pet owners should never leave their animals inside cars as the temperature can reach deadly levels within minutes. Pets should be taken to a veterinarian immediately if they experience symptoms of heat stroke, including lethargy, labored breathing and unresponsiveness.

2. Water Safety

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Annual List of Bizarre Summer Pet Insurance Claims

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by

A toothpick in a sandwich, a honeycomb, and tote bag handle are all on this year's bizarre summer pet insurance claims release.

Dogs swallowing tote bags, honeycombs top list of unusual claims.

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, today released its annual list of the most bizarre pet insurance claims submitted to the agency during the summer seasons. Since the agency opened in 2005, rambunctious canines have generated a wide range of surprising claims during the warmer months of the year.

“Dogs are often exposed to a wide range of risks during the summer months, as they spend more time outdoors and are exposed to potentially dangerous elements and materials,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “While we encourage pet owners to carefully monitor their pets, it is also important to be financially prepared for veterinary emergencies. For many families, pet insurance plays a valuable role in significantly reducing out-of-pocket expenses for veterinary care.”

Below are five of the most unusual summer-related claims Pets Best has processed recently:

Can’t Handle the Tote

Tote bags can carry many delicious treats to a summer picnic, so it was surprising that Tony, a 10-year-old golden retriever from Illinois, decided the tote bag itself was more enticing than anything inside of it. The dog gobbled the handle of a canvas tote bag, but luckily, he arrived at a local veterinary clinic within 45 minutes of eating the unusual item. When a veterinarian induced vomiting, the entire tote bag handle came back up. Although Tony recovered, the tote bag might not make it to the next picnic.

Curse of the Honeycomb

While most pet owners are aware that bees can pose a danger to their pets, the honeycombs bees create can also lead to troubling situations for four-legged family members. While a honeycomb may look appetizing, the treat wasn’t so sweet for Jordan, a 1-year-old Irish terrier from Washington. After devouring a honeycomb, Jordan experienced vomiting and was rushed to a veterinary clinic. Abdominal X-rays were taken and Jordan received fluids to treat his symptoms. The young pooch was placed under observation and then sent home.

Blister in the Belly

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Pets Best to Offer Donation in Support of Dogs on Deployment

Posted on: May 12th, 2014 by

A dog sits.

BOISE, Idaho – In an effort to support members of the U.S. military and their pets, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, and nonprofit Dogs on Deployment announced today that Pets Best will match up to $1,000 in donations made to Dogs on Deployment through Memorial Day weekend. Dogs on Deployment is a nationwide nonprofit that connects military service members with volunteers to board their pets for free when they are deployed.

Pets Best welcomes people across the U.S. to visit www.petsbest.com/blog/dod-donation-match and donate to Dogs on Deployment. Pets Best also encourages people to volunteer as pet foster parents through Dogs on Deployment to support the organization’s mission.

Founded in June 2011, Dogs on Deployment provides an online network at www.dogsondeployment.org where military pet owners can find volunteers to board their pets during service commitments. In addition, the organization offers financial grants for emergency pet care and advocates for military pet owners’ rights and education.

“Pets often serve as trusted companions for the brave men and women of the U.S. military, but in worst-case scenarios, these loyal pets are relinquished to shelters because their owners are deployed to serve our country for months and years at a time. Pets Best is passionate about ensuring these pets stay safe in a loving environment while their owners are away from home,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “Dogs on Deployment provides a valuable service for members of the armed forces and their beloved animals. As a pet-focused organization, we hope to promote increased contributions to the nonprofit’s worthy cause.”

As part of the effort to raise funds for Dogs on Deployment, Pets Best is also offering a special promotion for pet owners across the country. People can visit www.petsbest.com/dogsond for a 5 percent discount on pet insurance plans offered by Pets Best. Dogs on Deployment will receive an additional $40 donation for policy applications submitted through this link.

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Pets Best Awarded “Best Places to Work in Idaho”

Posted on: May 6th, 2014 by

The badge awarded to Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC for being a 2014 best places to work in Idaho winner.BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, announced today it has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Idaho for the second consecutive year.

Pets Best is among a select group of businesses recognized in 2014 by the Best Places to Work in Idaho, an annual collaboration between the Idaho Business Review and POPULUS, an Idaho-based marketing and HR research firm. Pets Best was highlighted in the Small Employers category, featuring companies with 20 to 99 employees.

The Best Places to Work in Idaho awards are distributed based on the results of confidential employee surveys designed to measure general workplace satisfaction. The program rates companies by their employees’ feedback in five key areas, including compensation and benefits, employee growth and development, and work-life balance. The surveys also measure workplace environment and company management.

Pets Best, founded in 2005 by veterinarian Dr. Jack Stephens, offers a wide range of unique perks for its team members. The agency promotes a fun, animal-friendly work environment, with employees encouraged to bring their pets to the office. This invitation extends beyond just dogs and cats, with a number of other animals, including baby ducks, making appearances at the agency. In addition, Pets Best offers comprehensive benefits, including paying for pet insurance for employees’ four-legged family members.

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Pets Best Releases List of Bizarre Cat Insurance Claims

Posted on: April 1st, 2014 by

A kitten in a basket of yarn. Cats eating string is a common pet insurance claim processed by Pets Best.BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, today released a list of the most bizarre cat insurance claims recently submitted to the agency. Although the agency’s most unusual claims often stem from canine companions, felines have also generated a wide variety of surprising claims as a result of hazardous whims.

“Cats are curious and adventurous animals, and their behavior can often lead to injuries and accidents that are costly to treat,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best. “When these types of unexpected issues arise, pet insurance can be a useful alternative to paying out of pocket for veterinary care. We encourage all cat owners to be prepared for emergencies and explore a variety of coverage options.”

Below are several of the most bizarre cat claims Pets Best has processed in recent years:

Snore-Free Feline

Many cats are known for appreciating deep, sound sleep, but American shorthair Pee Wee pursued this to a whole new level. Instead of applying a nasal strip over his nose, Pee Wee ate the adhesive product and was caught in the act by his owner. Worried that the unusual snack would make Pee Wee ill, his owner took him to a veterinarian, who induced vomiting and then provided a helpful anti-nausea injection.

String Addiction

Ragdoll cat Furby just can’t say no to the allure of a ball of string. The cat ingested a piece of string in January 2011 that required surgical removal. Furby slurped another string in January 2012 that ended up stretched the entire way from his mouth to his colon, requiring surgical removal again. Pushing his luck with the “third time’s a charm” motto in January 2013, he consumed yet another string, landing him in the operating room once more.

Bunny Buffet

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