Pets Best Insurance Reports its Top Most Costly Pet Insurance Claims

Boise, Idaho based Pets Best Insurance, a leading provider of US pet health insurance, publishes some of its highest pet insurance claims over the past year.

Pets Best Insurance says the sky high pet insurance claim submissions it continues to see are a testament to the continual strengthening of the pet-owner bond.

“People who love their pets will do anything for them,” Pets Best Insurance President and Founder Dr. Jack Stephens said. “Vet costs are on the rise because pet owners are willing to spend almost any amount to save their pets. But with pet insurance, the out-of-pocket cost can be substantially decreased, which may make pet health care more affordable.”
Pets Best Insurance has identified some of the highest claims it has received over the past year that cost pet owners $10,000 or more at the veterinarian. Pets Best Insurance paid a flat percentage of each, up to their allowable limits. Some of the most expensive claims this year included:

1. Car Accident
Pets Best Insurance received a claim for over $55,000 for a dog that was hit by a car and kept on life support for two weeks. The dog sustained fractures but is reportedly doing well!

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Pet Insurance Provider, Pets Best Insurance, Announces Dr. Tom Greek as First Quarter Winner in 2012 My Vet’s the Best Contest

Pets Best Insurance, one of the nation’s leading pet health insurance providers, congratulates its first quarter winner in the 2012 My Vet’s the Best contest, Dr. Tom Greek of Yorba Linda, California based Greek & Associates Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Greek has been selected as the winner of My Vet’s the Best, after receiving a heartfelt nomination from client Liddy Kammer and getting a whopping 533 clicks in an online vote amongst himself and a handful other nominated veterinarians from around the country. Overall, Pets Best Insurance received hundreds of nominations this quarter.

Kammer’s nomination was selected because she said that she thinks of Dr. Greek as both a fine vet and a dear friend.

“He has a passion for all types of animals and wants to offer his high level of care at prices that are affordable to nearly anyone looking out for the well-being of their beloved pet,” Kammer said.

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US Pet Insurance Founder Reflects on 30th Anniversary of Pet Insurance Industry

Dr. Jack Stephens, the veterinarian who founded the first US pet insurance agency and issued the first pet insurance policy to TV dog Lassie in California in the 1980s looks back on 30 years of helping pet owners afford the best vet care.

Dr. Jack Stephens, founder of pet insurance in the U.S. in 1981, issued the first policy ever to Lassie.

The month of April marks the 30th anniversary since Dr. Jack Stephens, who’s considered the “founder” of the pet health insurance industry in North America, issued the first pet insurance policy to esteemed celebrity dog Lassie.

Dr. Stephens said it amazes him to think back on how the US pet insurance industry came to be.

“In 1979 a client and her daughter brought their dog ‘Buffy’ into my practice,” Dr. Stephens said. “Ultimately, the mother decided she couldn’t afford the dog’s treatment and requested euthanasia.”

Dr. Stephens said he complied with a heavy heart. A few weeks later he ran into the mother and her daughter at the local grocery store.

“When her mother asked her daughter if she remembered me, she replied, ‘Yes, you’re the man who killed my dog.’”

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Pets Best Insurance Unveils Exciting News at Western Veterinary Conference

Pets Best Insurance, a leading provider of pet health insurance, announced exciting changes for the company, their policyholders and veterinarians nationwide at WVC in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Boise, ID-April 11, 2012- It was an exciting week for Pets Best Insurance as they capped off participation at the annual Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada by announcing some big company news at an event the pet insurance agency hosted for more than 200 industry professionals, including veterinarians, industry trade journal publishers and editors, and local media.

Pets Best Insurance announced new plan options for pet owners that were not previously available, including annual-based plans, cancer-only coverage, accident-only coverage, specialized feline plans and more deductible and co-pay options in select states.

“We are excited about our new innovative plans and programs. Our customers will have the flexibility to choose the coverage that is right for them, meets the needs of their pets, and allows them to stay within their budget,” states Dr. Jack Stephens, the original founder of the pet health insurance industry in the US and leader of Pets Best Insurance.

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Pets Best Insurance offers helpful puppy tips for National Puppy Day

Pets Best Insurance, a leading provider of pet health insurance in the US, celebrates National Puppy Day by offering tips to care for new puppies, how to “puppy-proof” a home and puppy training tips to get pet owners off to a good start with their new pet.

Boise, ID-March 23rd is National Puppy Day, a celebration of the joy puppies bring to people’s lives. More importantly it is a day to raise awareness about all the orphaned puppies around the world waiting for a good home. Many of them are pure-breed puppies and young adult dogs who have been orphaned for one reason or another but would make a great addition to any home or family. While many people looking for specific breeds wouldn’t necessarily think of a shelter as their first stop, National Puppy Day encourages everyone to consider adoption first.

When a new puppy comes home, Pets Best Insurance reminds that many of the same precautions taken to baby-proof a house hold true for puppies too. Put all medications, supplements and chemical cleaning supplies out of reach. Be aware of toxic plants like dieffenbachia, azalea, calla lily and philodendron. The trash can is a magnet for dogs, but both the bathroom and kitchen trash contain many hazards. Even everyday furniture can become dangerous around a curious pup; a rocking chair can roll over a tail or paw, and a puppy can get crushed if inside an open recliner or sleep sofa. Make your pet’s safety a priority.

Many seemingly innocuous foods can harm or kill dogs. Grapes and raisins can damage the kidneys; chocolate, onions, alcohol and foods high in fat, sugar, or salt can be toxic. Tobacco and nicotine patches and some gum contain ingredients that are toxic and even fatal to dogs.

A new puppy is a delightful bundle of energy and training can seem a daunting task. Fortunately, puppies respond well to praise and positive reinforcement. In fact, they respond much better than to negative reinforcement. A pat on the head and a treat works better than a rap on the nose every time. A puppy will want to behave better to please its owner and will be happier in the process. It’s important to remember that consistency makes dogs feel safe and secure. Training a puppy takes patience, a plan and consistency, but in the end…happy pet owner and happy obedient pup!

Puppies and children just go together, but some advance preparation is required for that relationship to progress smoothly. First off, before the puppy even comes into the house, ground rules should be set and children need to fully understand them. Puppies need a quiet space away from everything and everyone to feel safe and comfortable, and enlisting children to help set it up is a great way to get them involved. Most importantly, to make sure no one gets hurt, parents should never leave young children and puppies unsupervised.

A happy pet is a healthy pet and that requires regular visits to the local vet. Unfortunately, no pet health insurance agencies cover preexisting conditions; this is why new pet owners should consider enrolling their pets with pet health insurance as soon as possible. Insuring your pets while they’re still young will help ensure there are no preexisting conditions present, which would be excluded from your policy coverage. Insure that puppy as soon as possible!

With the goal of reducing economic euthanasia and his commitment to the safety, health and well being of all pets, Pets Best Insurance leader, Dr. Jack Stephens, founded the pet health insurance industry in the United States in 1981. In fact, Dr. Stephens presented the first pet insurance policy ever to famous television dog, Lassie. A true industry visionary, Dr. Stephens today leads the Pets Best Insurance team with his passion for quality pet care and his expert veterinary knowledge. The Pets Best Insurance team, in turn, is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value.

About Pets Best Insurance

Pet insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware Insurance company. Independence American Insurance Company is a member of The IHC Group, an insurance organization composed of Independence Holding Company, a public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and its operating subsidiaries. The IHC Group has been providing life, health and stop loss insurance solutions for nearly 30 years. For information on The IHC Group, visit: In states in which Independence American Insurance Company’s new policy form has not yet received regulatory approval, Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut will underwrite policies. Each insurer has sole responsibility for its own products. To determine the applicable underwriter in your state visit or please call Pets Best at1-877-738.7237.

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