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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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New Jersey Veterinarian Wins National Award from Pets Best

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by

A dog sits.

18,720 votes cast in latest My Vet’s the Best contest.

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today that veterinarian Dr. Judy Morgan has been voted the most recent winner of the agency’s My Vet’s the Best contest. The nationwide contest honors veterinarians for outstanding service.

This installment of the contest saw 18,720 votes cast from pet owners across the U.S. on the Pets Best website, www.petsbest.com, and on the company’s Facebook page. Hundreds of veterinarians were nominated and Dr. Morgan competed against five other finalists, winning with 7,189 votes.

“We are thrilled to see so many enthusiastic pet owners getting involved in the My Vet’s the Best contest with their nominations and voting,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “It is important to recognize veterinarians, like Dr. Morgan, who work tirelessly to better the lives of animals, not only in their clinic but in their community as well.”

Dr. Morgan received her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Illinois in 1984.

She has operated Clayton Veterinary Associates in Clayton, New Jersey since 1993 and opened her second practice, Churchtown Veterinary Associates, in Pennsville, New Jersey in 2010.

“I think my clients and pet-owning friends understand how passionate I am about pet rescue and giving our pets the best life possible,” said Dr. Morgan of why she believes she won.

As the winner, Dr. Morgan received $1,000 from Pets Best to treat animals in need. She plans to use the prize money to assist with dog rescue efforts. Dr. Morgan is actively involved in a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel rescue and an English Toy Spaniel rescue, where she transports, fosters, and provides care to abandoned, neglected, and abused animals. She also plans to place the remaining prize money in an account for other locally rescued pets, including puppy mill rescues.

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