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Pets Best Insurance: Tips to Keep Pets Healthy During Holidays

Posted on: December 14th, 2011 by

Top-rated pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance, offers simple steps to keep pets healthy during the holidays and highlights how pet health insurance can help when the unexpected happens.

Boise, ID December 14, 2011- The holidays are upon us, our houses filled with all the delights of the season. But many of our favorite traditional holiday decorations and foods mask a host of problems for our furry friends. Following these tips from Pets Best Insurance can keep your pets healthy, and investing in pet health insurance can offset costly emergency trips to the vet.

“Our pets are members of our families and we will do anything to keep them safe and healthy,” says Chris Middleton, VP of Marketing for Pets Best Insurance. “The best way to do that is to rid our houses of potential threats and have pet health insurance as a backup for when the unexpected happens.”

Christmas trees should be tethered either to the wall or to the ceiling to prevent toppling over on a pet. Pull the skirt tightly around the trunk to keep pets from drinking the stagnant tree water, which can contain bacteria and possibly fertilizer, both of which can harm pets. Artificial snow and flocking can be poisonous. Shiny tinsel and ribbon are like magnets to a cat, and if ingested, can tangle in the animal’s digestive tract causing an obstruction and possible surgery.

Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not poisonous, but other holiday plants and flowers are. Holly can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. Many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats. If any leaves and berries drop to the floor, be sure to clean them up before your pets find them.

Chocolate is toxic to pets, and the darker the chocolate the more dangerous. It can cause a variety of problems from vomiting to seizures and even death. Xylitol is a synthetic sugar substitute found in many candies and chewing gum and can be highly toxic to animals. Ingestion of Xylitol can cause liver damage and death, explained the pet insurance agency’s Director of Compliance, Jared Hight.

“Xylitol is very poisonous to dogs,” says Hight. “We recently had a case where Bella, a Boxer in California, ate a whole pack of gum.” The vet bill was $2,794.03. Luckily, Bella’s owners had taken out pet insurance through Pets Best Insurance and was reimbursed $2,126.42, after a $100 deductible.”

Fatty holiday table scraps are unhealthy for our pets, but what they might find on their own if garbage isn’t sealed properly can harm them even more. Another recent claim Pets Best Insurance handled was that of Charlie the Sheepdog. Charlie ate an entire corncob and needed swift medical attention. Pets Best Insurance helped the owners by paying $2,500 of the vet bill after their deductible.

Emergencies come up even when owners are vigilant about pet safety. Seemingly simple problems can balloon into big expenses. No one expects a quick rummage in the garbage to turn into an expensive vet bill, but it can happen. Pet owners should do all they can to keep their pets safe in and around the home this holiday season, and investing in pet health insurance is an excellent safeguard for when emergencies arise.

About Pets Best Insurance
Boise, Idaho-based Pets Best Insurance provides pet insurance plans that reimburse pet owners a percentage of veterinary services after a deductible. Pets Best Insurance plans do not include upper age restrictions and allow the pet owner to choose any licensed veterinarian. Any pet has guaranteed acceptance for accident-only polices, ensuring that even seriously ill pets can be insured against unexpected costs from accidental injury. The Pets Best Insurance team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value.

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: www.ihcgroup.com. 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 prodcucts. To determine the applicable underwriter in your state visit www.petsbest.com/underwriter or please call Pets Best at1-877-738.7237.

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