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Pets Best Insurance Available in MA

Posted on: July 11th, 2007 by

July 11, 2007 – Pet families are doing more to care for their pets and according to research, one of the hottest consumer services is pet insurance. In the United States, 63% of households have pets and 37% of pet owners consider their pets important family members. Over 70 Million U.S. households own dogs or cats, and 45% of U.S. households own more than one pet. Consumer spending on pets has more than doubled from $17 billion in 1994 to an estimated $38.4 billion in 2006, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA). The APPMA association projects $15.2 billion will be spent on food, $9.3 billion on supplies and over-the-counter-medications, and $9.4 billion on veterinary care in 2007. Pets Best Insurance is now available in Massachusetts.

According to Pets Best Founder, Dr. Jack Stephens, “We are very happy to enter Massachusetts! This is another great market that cares very well for their pets. We have many veterinarians in Massachusetts that have been waiting for our approval. We look forward to doing our part to increase pet health through funding their care.”

Pets Best Insurance reimburses pet owners for services from the veterinarian they choose, with no schedules or fee restrictions, truly establishing it as “Pet insurance that really pays!” Pets Best Insurance was founded by Dr. Jack Stephens, the pioneer of the pet insurance with over 25 years in the pet insurance industry. Dr. Stephens is also an accomplished veterinarian and avid pet enthusiast. Pets Best includes a choice of four affordable coverage plans with a straightforward 80:20 claims reimbursement structure and NO benefit schedules. The Pets Best Insurance team is a highly skilled and professional group of pet lovers who have developed products based on innovation and insight into veterinary care. Visit Pets Best Insurance at www.petsbest.comor phone the integrated call center 877-PetsBest (738-7237). Pets Best, Simply the best pet insurance.

Pets Best Insurance Available in Pennsylvania

Posted on: July 10th, 2007 by

July 10, 2007 (Boise, ID) – Pet families are doing more to care for their pets and according to research, one of the hottest consumer services is pet insurance. In the United States, 63% of households have pets and 37% of pet owners consider their pets important family members. Over 70 Million U.S. households own dogs or cats, and 45% of U.S. households own more than one pet. Consumer spending on pets has more than doubled from $17 billion in 1994 to an estimated $38.4 billion in 2006, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA). The APPMA association projects $15.2 billion will be spent on food, $9.3 billion on supplies and over-the-counter-medications, and $9.4 billion on veterinary care in 2007. Pets Best Insurance is now available in Pennsylvania.

According to Pets Best Founder, Dr. Jack Stephens, “We are very happy to enter Pennsylvania! This great market cares very well for their pets. We have many veterinarians in Pennsylvania that have been waiting for our approval. We look forward to doing our part to increase pet health through funding their care.”

Pets Best Insurance reimburses pet owners for services from the veterinarian they choose, with no schedules or fee restrictions, truly establishing it as “Pet insurance that really pays!” Pets Best Insurance was founded by Dr. Jack Stephens, the pioneer of the pet insurance with over 25 years in the pet insurance industry. Dr. Stephens is also an accomplished veterinarian and avid pet enthusiast. Pets Best includes a choice of four affordable coverage plans with a straightforward 80:20 claims reimbursement structure and NO benefit schedules. The Pets Best Insurance team is a highly skilled and professional group of pet lovers who have developed products based on innovation and insight into veterinary care. Visit Pets Best Insurance at www.petsbest.com or phone the integrated call center 877-PetsBest (738-7237). Pets Best, Simply the best pet insurance.

Contact: Loran Hickton Phone: 1-866-609-PETS

Pets Best Enters Nascar

Posted on: April 26th, 2007 by

Boise, ID- (April 26, 2007) — According to research one of the hottest consumer services is pet insurance. In the United States, 63% of households have pets and 37% of pet owners consider their pets important family members. Over 70 Million U.S. households own dogs or cats, and 45% of U.S. households own more than one pet. Consumer spending on pets has more than doubled from $17 billion in 1994 to an estimated $38.4 billion in 2006, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA). The APPMA association projects $15.2 billion will be spent on food, $9.3 billion on supplies and over-the-counter-medications, and $9.4 billion on veterinary care in 2007.

NASCAR is the #1 spectator sport – holding 17 of the top 20 attended sporting events in the U.S., it is the #2 rated regular-season sport on television with broadcasts in over 150 countries, and has 75 million fans that purchase over $2 billion in annual licensed product sales. These fans are the most brand loyal in all of sports and as result, more Fortune 500 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport.

According to Founder & President of Pets Best Insurance Dr. Jack Stephens, “Brett Thompson and the Thompson Motorsports team represent the highest standards, values, and efforts as athletes and also as competitors. At Pets Best, we very pleased to be a sponsor and partner of Brett and the entire #61 NASCAR Grand National West Series team. We have enjoyed exceptional growth and speed in our business, and this is another important step in our effort to lead the race to insure more pet families!”

As part of the NASCAR Grand National West Series, Brett Thompson and the team compete in Western United States communities where tens of thousands of Pets Best current and future pet families reside. The NASCAR West Series races are broadcast regional and nationally. Pets Best expects exposure to millions of pet families through this sponsorship.

Pets Best Insurance reimburses pet owners for services from the veterinarian they choose, truly establishing it as “Pet insurance that really pays!” Pets Best Insurance was founded by Dr. Jack Stephens, the pioneer of the pet insurance who celebrated 25 years in the pet insurance industry on April 7, 2007. Dr. Stephens is also an accomplished veterinarian and avid pet enthusiast. Pets Best includes a choice of four affordable coverage plans with a straightforward 80:20 claims reimbursement structure and NO benefit schedules. The Pets Best Insurance team is a highly skilled and professional group of pet lovers who have developed products based on innovation and insight into veterinary care. Visit Pets Best Insurance at www.petsbest.com or phone the integrated call center 877-PetsBest (738-7237).

Media Contact: Brett Johnson
Phone: 1-877-738-7237 ext. 641

Pets Best Insurance Becomes an Exclusive Pet Insurance Provider

Posted on: April 3rd, 2007 by

Boise, ID- (April 3, 2007) – The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) announced today that Pets Best pet insurance has received the exclusive endorsement as the pet insurance provider for the association, and its members.

There are over 10,000 pet sitting businesses registered in the United States and well over 20,000 individual pet sitters operating as professional providers. In the United States, 63% of households have pets and 37% of pet owners consider their pets important family members. Over 70 Million U.S. Households own dogs or cats and 45% of U.S. households own more than one pet. Consumer spending on pets has more than doubled from $17 billion in 1994 to an estimated $38.4 billion in 2006, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA). The APPMA association projects $15.2 billion will be spent on food, $9.3 billion on supplies and over-the-counter-medications, $9.4 billion on veterinary care, $1.8 billion for animal purchases, and $2.7 billion for other services including pet sitting.

“Members of NAPPS are providing a valuable family service because clearly their clients view pets as members of the family. Not only do they see the value of having the services of our members, but they also rely on NAPPS members to help with decisions about pet health. Of course, the most important aspect of pet health is the visit to your pet’s veterinarian twice a year. Nevertheless, with the ever-increasing quality of veterinary care, we also recommend that our clients have the ability to cover veterinary costs and always be able to provide needed care. Our members and their client pet families expect us to be well-versed on premiere products and services for their beloved pets and after looking closely at the market Pets Best was hands and paws above the rest. Put simply, we just feel Pets Best is the very best pet insurance available!” says Felicia Lembesis, executive director of NAPPS.

According to Founder & President of Pets Best Insurance Dr. Jack Stephens, “The policy holders of Pets Best Insurance are among the most committed and caring pet owners. When families are apart and are not able to be with their pets, they demand the best possible care and healthiest activities for their pets. Our customers want the finest quality for their pets when they are traveling, whether for business or pleasure. NAPPS is the leading professional pet sitter organization, and they provide the most comprehensive professional training and certification available to all pet sitters across the United States. We are very pleased to receive this endorsement as the exclusive pet insurance provider by this fine organization and their network of the caring professionals who are members. For our customers and all pet owners, we recommend using a NAPPS certified professional pet sitter.”

NAPPS is a premiere professional organization that includes thousands of individuals that make pet sitting their business and profession in the United States. NAPPS provides business liability, member health, networking, professional education and training. NAPPS training includes accredited education and professional certification. NAPPS is a non-profit membership organization originally founded in 1989, with a mission to lead in the promotion of excellence nationally among professional pet sitters and to serve as a voice for this rapidly expanding industry.

Pets Best Insurance reimburses pet owners for services from the veterinarian they choose, truly establishing it as “Pet insurance that really pays!” Pets Best Insurance was founded by Dr. Jack Stephens, the pioneer of the pet insurance who is celebrates 25 years in the pet insurance industry on April 7, 2007. Dr. Stephens is also an accomplished veterinarian and avid pet enthusiast. Pets Best includes a choice of four affordable coverage plans with a straightforward 80:20 claims reimbursement structure and NO benefit schedules. The Pets Best Insurance team is a highly skilled and professional group of pet lovers who have developed products based on innovation and insight into veterinary care. Visit Pets Best Insurance at www.petsbest.com or phone the integrated call center 877-PetsBest (738-7237).

Pets Best Insurance: First Pet Food Recall Claims

Posted on: March 22nd, 2007 by

BOISE, ID — (MARKET WIRE) — March 22, 2007 — One cat dies and one survives as Pets Best Insurance pays first pet insurance claims caused by tainted pet food that has been recalled. Angela Taylor of Southern California fed tainted food from the recall list of cat food to her two cats. Some time after feeding the tainted food, she noticed that her two cats, Choco and Chunky, appeared listless, were staggering and were drinking water excessively. As the symptoms became more pronounced, she rushed both cats to an emergency veterinary hospital last week. Sadly, shortly after arrival Choco died of kidney failure. Chunky made it through initial treatments and appears likely to recover though continued visits to the veterinarian and more treatments are required.

“We love our cats and we have never experienced any medical issues in their short lives. The poisoning came on very quickly and by the time we made it to the emergency clinic, it was too late for Choco and he died. Chunky is doing okay but we are waiting for test results to see what the long-term damage may be. Our pet insurance helped during this time with very fast services and immediate payment of our claims at 100% and they waived all deducible and co-pays. They were very concerned for our family and our pets and we are very thankful to have the support as we go through continued care,” said Taylor.

Pets Best Insurance considers this unfortunate incident as Accidental Poisoning under its plans; as such, any claims from Pets Best policyholders relating to the recalled food is covered under all its plans including the accident-only plan. Pets Best insurance provides $1,500.00 per incident for accident-only and $2,500 for Pets Basic and $7,000 per incident, the industry highest limits for Pets First plans. Due to irreversible kidney damage, Choco succumbed quickly to the toxin, probably because of ingesting more of the toxin than Chunky. The cost of treating Chunky Taylor was a modest $600.00 initially, with the cost of future treatments unknown. Chunky, at least so far, is one of the lucky pets and appears to be responding to treatments. According to Pets Best Founder & President, Dr. Jack Stephens, “Pet families have been through a great deal of grief and sadness, we view this as accidental poisoning and we are providing 100% coverage and will subrogate all deductible and co-pays on behalf of our insured. This will not interfere with or reduce rights to make claims in the future; this is merely to accelerate the claims process and help pet families.”

According to the FDA, the recall involves Menu Foods produced “cuts and gravy” style dog and cat food produced between Dec. 3, 2006, and March 6, 2007, at a facility in Emporia, Kansas. According to Menu Foods website, on March 16 Menu Foods announced the precautionary recall of a portion of the dog and cat food it manufactured between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007.

These products are both manufactured and sold under private-label and are contract-manufactured for some national brands. There are 60 million cans or pouches of food that include 51 different brands of dog food and 40 brands of cat food. The recall includes in-house brands and leading brand pet foods sold throughout North America. The FDA so far has confirmed the deaths of at least 16 pets that had reportedly eaten the company’s “cuts and gravy” style pet food. Nationally there are over 500 cases of probable poisoning reported so far by veterinarians.

IMPORTANT THINGS FOR PET FAMILIES TO KNOW

  • Kidney damage can occur slowly. Symptoms and damage may be progressive or cause acute illness if larger doses of the offending ingredient are given or if the pet is older or in poor health.
  • Stop feeding any of the recalled pet foods immediately and dispose of the food, such that another animal does not have access to the food, including wild animals.
  • Symptoms will depend on a host of factors, such as the amount and how long the pet was ingesting the toxin, the pet’s age, health, how quickly the toxin is removed, and how quickly treatment is initiated.
  • Symptoms include lack of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, weight loss, listlessness, increased urination and drinking water excessively. Severe symptoms can include seizures, staggering or other neurological signs.
  • A simple blood test is the first and best solution to determine if your pet has any kidney damage.
  • If your pet is older or high amounts of the toxin where ingested, the damage can be irreversible. Acute death may be the result, or chronic kidney damage requiring long-term treatments.
  • Your veterinarian can collect necessary samples and interpret your pet’s kidney function.
  • To date the pet food in question is only from certain “wet” pet foods, no dry pet food is known to be involved.

Consumers can find the latest information as it unfolds at www.petsbest.com and click onto Pet Food Recall Tab. Remember to keep any proof of purchase, including store receipts and can or pouch labels.

Pets Best Insurance was founded by Dr. Jack Stephens, a veterinarian, avid pet enthusiast and seasoned insurance executive who is celebrating 25 years as the leading pioneer of pet insurance in the United States.

The Pets Best Insurance product brand includes a choice of four affordable coverage plans with a straightforward 80:20 claims reimbursement structure and NO benefit schedules. The Pets Best Insurance team is a highly skilled and professional group of pet lovers who have developed products based on innovation and insight into veterinary care. Visit Pets Best Insurance at www.petsbest.com or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237).