Leading U.S. dog and cat insurance agency, Pets Best Insurance publishes some of its most bizarre and downright weird summer-related pet insurance claims to remind pet owners that unexpected accidents and illnesses can occur at any time.
Dr. Jack Stephens, who presented the first pet insurance policy to celebrity TV dog Lassie in 1982, said he’s seen some peculiar summertime ailments in his tenure as both a practicing veterinarian and Pets Best Insurance President and Founder.
“The accidents and dangers pets encounter never cease to amaze me,” Dr. Stephens said. “We want pet owners to remember that as the weather warms and they’re spending more time outside, they should be extra cautious.”
*Some of the more unusual summertime pet health insurance claims the agency has received include:
1. Sunburn- That’s hot
A Boston Terrier may have enjoyed the summertime rays a bit too much, as Pets Best Insurance received a claim for his sunburn. “Pet owners often forget or perhaps aren’t aware that pets can easily sunburn too,” Dr. Stephens said. “Ears, noses and light colored pets are particularly susceptible. Pets also run the risk of developing Melanoma, which can require expensive treatments like surgical removal, chemotherapy and even radiation therapy. Limit your pet’s time in the sun and talk to your veterinarian about sunscreen application.”