New Jersey Veterinarian Receives National Award from Pets Best

Dr. Jay Buchholz, winner of the Pets Best My Vet's the Best contest.

Latest My Vet’s the Best contest honors veterinarian Dr. Jay Buchholz

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

The latest round of the contest brought in 5,498 total votes cast by pet owners across the U.S. through the Pets Best Facebook page.

“Our contest recognizes veterinarians that provide exceptional animal care in their local communities,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best. “Dr. Buchholz is a passionate veterinarian who is dedicated to treating animals with a caring touch.”

Dr.  Buchholz, who practices at the Maywood Veterinary Clinic in Maywood, New Jersey, won the contest after receiving 1,864 online votes. He was among hundreds of veterinarians across the country nominated for the seasonal award. Runner-up Dr. Robin Losso of East Brunswick Animal Hospital in East Brunswick, New Jersey, came in second place with 1,370 votes. The contest doesn’t typically include both a winner and runner-up from the same state.Read More…

Pets Best Makes List of “Best Places to Work in Idaho”

Pets Best employees host a themed office party.

The pet insurance agency has been awarded for the 3rd consecutive year

Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet-health insurance agency, announced today it has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Idaho for the third consecutive year.

Along with a select group of other businesses, Pets Best has received 2015 recognition for the excellence of its workplace from the Best Places to Work in Idaho Program. The program is a collaboration between the Idaho Business Review and POPULUS, an Idaho-based marketing and HR research organization.

The annual ranking employs confidential surveys administered to employees at companies around Idaho. It measures employee happiness using metrics such as performance in compensation and benefits, employee growth and development, work-life balance, workplace environment and company management. The highest levels of employee satisfaction translate directly to the best places to work.Read More…

Marijuana Poses Serious Health Risks for Pets

Dog reaches for food on the counter top.

Costly vet visits on the rise due to marijuana ingestion and inhalation in dogs and cats

As more states legalize marijuana to varying degrees, Pets Best Pet Insurance wants to make sure pet owners are aware of marijuana’s dangers to animals. Believe it or not, marijuana can cause serious illness in dogs and cats, which may be exposed to its effects either by ingesting the plant or by inhalation of smoke.

While marijuana is rarely deadly to animals, it can cause serious illness in pets. One of the most common ways animals will ingest marijuana is when it has been left out and unattended. Although this occurs more frequently in dogs, it can also happen with cats. This may happen when the plant itself has been left out, or when it has been incorporated into baked goods, which some pets find especially appealing.

Beware that marijuana brownies are particularly unsafe because they include chocolate, an additional poison to dogs and cats, acting as a potent stimulant that can affect nervous systems negatively, causing illness or even death. Plus, dogs are attracted to the smell of chocolate as well as other baked goods, which makes them even more dangerous.Read More…

Medica Fetches Distributor Role for Pet Insurance via Agreement with Pets Best

Minnetonka, Minn./Boise, Idaho  – Beginning today, dog and cat pet parents have a one-stop shop for health insurance for all members of the family. Medica, a leading regional provider of individual and family insurance based in Minneapolis, and Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance brand, have joined forces to offer a convenient way to learn about insuring cats and dogs.

Medica now can refer interested pet parents to Pets Best for a policy. Pet parents need not have a Medica policy to receive the referral. The referrals are made through Medica’s individual and family business unit, which provides health insurance to people who purchase health coverage on their own.

“Although Medica can refer anyone to Pets Best for a pet policy, we developed this capability as a convenience for our members,” said Craig Ashby, Senior Director of Product Development and Strategic Growth Initiatives.  “We are creating a one-stop shopping experience for all of our members’ health insurance needs, whether it be for themselves, their spouse, partner, children – or four-legged member of their family. Our agreement with Pets Best will help pet parents care and plan for their cherished cats and dogs by limiting the risk of hefty out-of-pocket expenses and providing coverage for unexpected events, just as we do with our individual and family health insurance policies.”

With roughly 50 percent of U.S. households enjoying pet ownership, many families have sought a trusted partner to assist with their pet insurance needs. The Medica and Pets Best agreement brings established and recognized brands to the pet insurance category. Since the establishment of the first pet insurance company in the U.S. in 1981, the desire for pet insurance has grown significantly and is now a $650 million industry.Read More…

Naperville, Illinois Therapy Dog Wins Nationwide Books & Barks Contest

Books & Barks contest winner, Ellie Rose and the students she reads to at Peterson Elementary in Naperville, Illinois.

Pets Best hosts 2nd annual contest to recognize therapy dogs in classrooms and libraries

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading United States pet-health insurance agency, announced today a Naperville, Illinois therapy dog has been selected as the winner of the agency’s second annual Books & Barks contest. Ellie Rose, a therapy dog who regularly visits the students of Peterson Elementary, won the nationwide contest, which was created to recognize and bring awareness to the inspirational work of therapy dogs in classrooms and libraries across the nation.

In its second year, the Books & Barks contest brought in a total of 12,206 votes. Various communities voted in support of eight finalists from across the U.S., individuals casting their votes by visiting the company’s Facebook page. As part of the contest, Pets Best awarded $1,000 to Peterson Elementary and $500 to a pet therapy organization selected by Ellie Rose’s owner and handler. Ellie Rose celebrated her win with the students of Peterson Elementary, as they lined the hallways on both floors to applaud and pet her as she took a parade lap.

Renee Cole, Ellie Rose’s owner and handler, said the 5-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog has been visiting Peterson Elementary for two years. When she was 9 months old, Ellie Rose received her first Canine Good Citizen Award, and went on to gain her therapy dog certification at the age of 1 year. Ellie Rose received a total of 5,229 online votes during the Books & Barks contest. Fellow finalist Buttons, from Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, was a close runner up with 5,101 votes.

“I’m so proud of Ellie for being the gentle soul she is, one who does not care if a child reads in a whisper, a big voice, or one that can only express themselves with emotion,” Cole said. “Peterson Elementary is a trailblazer in our district in regularly welcoming a therapy dog into the classrooms.”

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