Pets Best Insurance Reimburses Over $2,300 on Rattlesnake Bite Claim

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The pet insurance company pays 80 percent of a vet bill, after the deductible, on a snake bite claim that would have cost the pet owner over $3,000 without pet insurance.

BOISE, ID, May 13, 2011 — Pets Best Insurance says it has seen an alarming trend in the number of snakebite claims in the past few years–and the most notable claim of the season so far was for a dog who was bitten on the tongue by a rattlesnake in early April.

Although this dog’s owner had pet insurance, many owners end up incurring huge costs for snake bites.

That’s why the company wants to remind pet owners to practice caution when outdoors with pets this spring–as rattlesnake season is now in full swing.

President and Founder of Pets Best Insurance, Dr. Jack Stephens, said the bites can be very expensive to treat–which is why it’s a good idea to have pet insurance, especially if you walk or hike with your pet.

“It’s good to exercise with our pets, but it can also be dangerous,” Dr. Stephens said, adding that the snakes are most prevalent in Western, Southwest and Southern states.

Rattlesnakes are most often seen during the spring, summer and early fall months, usually in wide open spaces, in rocky terrains and along the edges of water–where pet owners often take their pets.

Snake bite symptoms, which include pain, tissue swelling and bruises may lead to shock or death if not promptly treated.

“We’re happy we’re here to help pets and their owners in these kinds of emergency situations,” Dr. Stephens said. “In this particular instance, we were able to reimburse over $2,300. For some pet owners this could mean the difference between economic euthanasia and their pet’s life.”

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Boise, Idaho-based Pets Best Insurance provides pet insurance plans that reimburse pet owners for a straightforward 80 percent of veterinary services after a deductible, with no benefit schedules or fee restrictions. Pets Best Insurance plans do not include age restrictions and allow the pet owner to choose their 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. Insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best are underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut (AICC). This material describes Pets Best Insurance plans in general terms. Eligible expenses and coverage may vary, depending on your plan selection. All pet insurance plans have limitations and exclusions. Information is believed to be accurate as of the production date; however, it is subject to change. For more information, visit Pets Best Insurance at or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237).

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