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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).

Pets Best Insurance Promotes All Pet Insurance

Posted on: October 26th, 2006 by

Boise, ID – (October 26, 2006)—Recent developments in pethealth care and diagnostics have led to great advances in pet health andlongevity—goodnews for pets andtheir owners. Unfortunately, the highcosts of the best pet health care may be daunting, even for those who considertheir pets indispensable members of the family. Pet health insurance is a simple, affordable solution for those who lovetheir pets but are concerned about the financial hardship of high-quality petcare. Misconceptions and a general lackof awareness, however, prevent many families from taking advantage of petinsurance, according to Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets BestInsurance.

WE LOVE OUR PETS!

In theUnited Statesalone:

  • 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.

As a consequence:

  • 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 projects that in 2006 alone, pet owners will spend:
  • $15.2 billion 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.
THE GOOD NEWS FOR YOUR PET
Pets today can receivemedical care, prescription drugs, and diagnostics that were unheard of just afew years ago. Veterinarians now haveaccess to increasingly sophisticated and costly diagnostic instruments such asMRIs and ultrasound, tools once reserved for humans and available only atuniversities. Such screenings oftendetect problems that would have formerly gone undiagnosed and incorrectlytreated. Because of the availability ofthese new treatment technologies, pets today are living longer, healthierlives.

THE BAD NEWS FOR YOUR POCKETBOOK

While such screenings andtreatments are a boon for pets, they are also very expensive, dramaticallyboosting the cost of treatment and creating health care inflation in the petworld. Once-fatal conditions for petsare now treatable—but often at costs ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 orhigher. Veterinary costs have risen dueto pet owner demands for sophisticated pet care, according to a 1999 study bythe American Veterinary Medical Association. The study shows a dramatic increase in veterinary care costs in the8-year period from 1991 to 1999—up 84.6% for cat owners and 41.7% for dogowners.

As the bond with petscontinues to grow, the cost of medical care and maintenance for pets continuesto rise. Pet insurance—like any otherinsurance—should be viewed as a valuable and necessary service providing peaceof mind and financial protection, says Stephens, who is widely known as thefirst father of pet insurance in the United States. Yet only a small percentage of pet-owningfamilies take advantage of this valuable opportunity.
NO COMPARISON

Comparisons between humanhealth care insurance and pet insurance are misleading, creating misconceptionsof expense that are simply unfounded, Stephens says. In fact, pet insurance is far more affordablethan human health insurance, while providing many comparable benefits to pets.

“Pet insurance clearlyprovides the financial means for pet owners to budget affordable monthlypremiums, assuring that they can always afford any care their pet requires,”Stephens said. “Pet insurance can provide coverage for any contingency—frommedical problems with a minor cost of a few hundred dollars, to the expensivetreatment for emergencies, illnesses, accidents, diseases, or chronic care thatcan cost thousands of dollars.”

In the interest of pets andtheir owners, Pets Best Insurance is beginning a communications campaign todemonstrate the benefits and value of pet insurance in general. Stephens, founder and operator of twosuccessful pet insurance companies, brings to the effort a wealth of knowledgeand expertise garnered from over 24 years of personal experience in thefield. “The market size and need arejust too great to focus only on Pets Best Insurance,” he said. “The veterinaryprofession and public should be made aware of the many advantages of insuring apet’s care just like any other family member.”

The following provides a general comparison of pet insurance versus human health insurance:

  PET INSURANCE HUMAN INSURANCE
COST $30/ Monthly Premium Average

(Range = $10-50/month)

$300- $2,000 Per Month –

Highly Variable

COMPANIES Currently Nine Companies Hundreds of Companies
COVERAGE Health & Accident Health & Accident
OPTIONS Few – Options Many – Options
REIMBUSEMENT Insured Directly Reimbursed Doctor & Hospital Reimbursed -Usually
WHO PAYS Pet Owner Individual or Employer
UNINSURED ASSISTANCE Virtually None Broad – Medicare, Public Assistance, Emergency Care Required by Law
TAX DEDUCTIBILITY None Employment Benefit
REGULATION State State/Federal – Many Compliance Issues
COMPLAINTS Provider Company and State Department of Insurance Provider Company and legal recourse. (Unlike pet insurance which almost always State DOI, after company. This increases cost greatly for human health.)
STRUCTURE Liability Indemnity/HMO/PPO
DEDUCTIBLES Generally Low Deductibles Higher Deductibles with Many Choices
LIMITS $2,000-7,000 Limit Range Much Higher ($100,000-1million)
CHOICE OF DOCTOR Always Restrictive or None
INCEPTION 1982 1929, growth in 1950s

According to Stephens, “Pet insurance is much simpler and more affordable than human health insurance. It provides a reasonable option to protectyour pocketbook, your peace of mind, and the health of your pet. As health care costs for pets increase, it just makes sense to consider budgeting for unexpected accidents and illnesses.”

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, pioneer of the pet insurance industry, and accomplished veterinarian, avid pet enthusiast and seasoned insurance executivewith more than 24 years experience.

The 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 developedproducts based on innovation and insight into veterinary care. Visit Pets BestInsurance at www.petsbest.com or phone877-PetsBest (738-7237).

Dr. Jack Stephens is available for general interviews about the important values and needs of petinsurance for families in the United Sates. Please contact Brett Johnson to arrange an interview and to obtainadditional background information and images. You can reach Brett at 877-738-7237 ext. 641.

Pet-Togethers Partners with Pets Best Insurance

Posted on: October 9th, 2006 by

 Scottsdale, AZ – (October 6, 2006) — Pet-Togethers, Inc. an Arizona company that developed and markets PetCentrx “Vim & Vigor” wellness products for pets, today announced a new cooperative arrangement with Pets Best Pet Insurance Services LLC.

“Pet-Togethers is committed to improving the health and well-being of the family pet,” states Michael Fantetti, president and CEO of Pet-Togethers, Inc. “Partnering with Pets Best Pet Insurance takes our commitment to good health one step further and adds a layer of security to families with pets. As with humans, experiencing a health care crisis with a family pet can be draining emotionally as well as financially. Having Pets Best Pet Insurance assures families that they can provide adequate veterinary care for their pets and not be burdened financially.”

With this joint marketing agreement Pets Best policyholders will receive another opportunity to save on their pet purchases. Pet Togethers will provide Pets Best Insurance policyholders with a two month supply of Petcentrx “Vim & Vigor” for the price of one month on their initial order. Policyholders that continue to use the product monthly will be rewarded by receiving a free one month supply every sixth month, which adds up to a substantial savings for the end user. Pets Best founder Dr. Stephens personally tested Vim & Vigor with his dogs and noticed dramatic positive changes, especially in 15 year old Min Pin Skeeter. “When my wife or I pick up the bottle of Vim and Vigor they all come running and stand in line. It is a fun time at our house.” said Dr. Stephens.

All current Pet-Togethers clients will now receive a 10% discount on new Pets Best policies. Both Pet-Togethers and Pets Best websites will provide links to the other to ensure ease in processing new orders and receipt of the appropriate discount.

Dr. Shawn Messonnier, Pet-Togethers’ national spokesperson, is the author of the award winning The Natural Health Bible Dogs & Cats ,syndicated newspaper columnists, hosts The Natural Vet show on Martha Stewart Radio, and owner of Paws and Claws Animal Hospital in Texas. He recently commented “It’s apparent that both Pets Best Insurance and Pet Togethers are committed to enhancing the health and wellness of the family pet. PetCentrx “Vim & Vigor” formula is a tasty all-natural supplement designed to prolong pets’ lives and provide full, vibrant health. If the family pet experiences a health crisis that needs medical intervention, Pets Best Insurance provides straightforward coverage that covers 80%. Regardless of financial means, the reality is that veterinary care can become expensive when there is an unexpected issue that requires needed care. As responsible pet owners, correct and comprehensive insurance is highly recommended and will not only increase the health and happiness of the pet but it will protect the financial security of the family. To make the situation even sweeter, both companies offer a limited time money back guarantee!”

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, pioneer of the pet insurance industry, and accomplished veterinarian, avid pet enthusiast and seasoned insurance executive with more than 24 years experience.

The 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. Pets Best Insurance is underwritten by General Fire & Casualty Company. Visit Pets Best Insurance at www.petsbest.com or phone the integrated call center 877-PetsBest (738-7237).

Founded in 2001 in Scottsdale, Arizona, Pet-Togethers, Inc. developed and markets PetCentrx “Vim & Vigor” wellness products for dogs and cats. The product is a unique blend of the purest natural ingredients. Pets that are given the product should exhibit more energy, a healthier appearance, greater mobility, stronger bones and muscles, fewer visits to the veterinarian, a happier disposition, greater rest, and a fuller life. The Company’s unique distribution program gives pet care professionals and non-profit organizations the opportunity to increase their monthly income without making any type of financial commitment. Pet-Togethers incurs all administrative, marketing and inventory expenses for their programs. www.pettogethers.com