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Pets Best Insurance Announces Donation of Flying Discs to Treasure Valley Parks and Animal Shelters

a black dog sits in the grass with a Pets Best Insurance frisbee in her mouth.

Flying discs to be distributed over several weeks to locations in Boise, Meridian and Nampa

Pets Best Insurance, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, announced today it will donate flying discs to dog parks and animal shelters throughout the Treasure Valley. The hardy toys will be distributed over the next few weeks to a total of six dog parks in Boise, Meridian and Nampa, as well as several animal shelters in the area.

At the parks, the flying discs will be available for visitors to grab freely to toss to their dogs. The toys are ideal for outdoor excursions with canines, as the plastic discs are designed to withstand all weather conditions. If dogs are reluctant to part with the available flying discs, Pets Best will supply replacements for the parks. Donated flying discs will be available at the following parks:

-Morris Hill Dog Park, 10 N. Roosevelt St., Boise
-Military Reserve, 750 N. Mountain Cove Road, Boise
-Pine Grove Park, 8995 Shoup Drive, Boise
-West Boise Dog Park, 9851 W. Irving St., Boise
-Meridian Bark Park, 1401 E. Watertower, Meridian
-Nampa Dog Park, 2900 Second St. South, NampaRead More…

Pets Best Insurance Announces Finalists for National My Vet’s the Best Contest

Veterinarian Dr. Craft is a finalist in the My Vet's the Best Contest.

Contest recognizes nation’s finest veterinarians, provides funding to treat animals in need 

BOISE, Idaho (July 29, 2013) – Pets Best Insurance, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, announced today the most recent quarterly finalists of its My Vet’s the Best contest, which honors the nation’s most outstanding veterinarians and helps fund the treatment of animals in need.

Pets Best Insurance selected the following six finalists after receiving nominations from pet owners across the country:

-Dr. William (Bill) Sheperd – Camelot Veterinary Services, Uniontown, Pa.
-Dr. Elisa Dowd – Tassajara Veterinary Clinic, Danville, Calif.
-Dr. Kimberly Burkhardt – Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital, West Carrolton, Ohio
-Dr. Jennifer Tremblay – Littleton Paws Animal Hospital, Littleton, Colo.
-Dr. James Bogdansky – Country Club Animal Hospital, Miami, Fla.
-Dr. Glenn Craft – Monarch Veterinary Hospital, Laguna Niguel, Calif.

This quarter’s finalists share a common theme of community-focused, charitable endeavors. Dr. Craft has applied his veterinary skills during mission work in Thailand, where he trained village veterinarians.  Dr. Dowd is active in 4-H efforts in her community, and Dr. Tremblay has also worked with the well-known youth development organization. Dr. Bogdansky has worked alongside a number of animal welfare and rescue organizations, including the Cat Network and Paws 4 You. Fostering homeless animals gave professional inspiration to Dr. Burkhardt. Dr. Sheperd serves as president of the nonprofit Western Pennsylvania National Wild Animals Orphanage, which provides homes for large carnivores like lions and tigers that have been confiscated, abandoned or abused.

“The My Vet’s the Best contest not only shares pet owners’ gratitude to their veterinarians, it also sheds light on the selfless efforts of these professionals who fully devote themselves to loving and caring for animals,”  said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best Insurance. “We are thrilled to recognize these outstanding veterinarians and provide additional funding to help animals in need.”Read More…

Summer Heat Poses Life-Threatening Risks for Dogs

a pug dog lays in the grass panting in the heat.

Pets Best Insurance urges pet owners to protect animals from heat stroke 

BOISE, Idaho  – With temperatures soaring in many areas across the nation, Pets Best Insurance urges dog owners to exercise caution when spending time outdoors with their four-legged family members this summer. Pets Best, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, seeks to warn pet owners about the serious risks associated with heat stroke and excessive sun exposure among dogs.

Each summer, the Boise, Idaho-based company receives a multitude of insurance claims filed for pets suffering from heat-related illnesses. High temperatures can create dangerous and potentially fatal health issues for dogs, the most vulnerable of which are short and flat-nosed breeds, including pugs, bulldogs and Shih Tzus.

Among the most common and dangerous risks for canines is heat stroke, which occurs when a dog’s body temperature exceeds 106 degrees and it faces potential damage to the brain and other organs. Fair-skinned and short-coated white dogs are also highly susceptible to excessive sun exposure, which can lead to sun burn and skin cancer.

Many pet owners are likely unaware of how quickly heat stroke and other heat-related issues can occur in canines. The risks are especially high if a dog is left inside a car, even on days with mild temperatures. On a seemingly cool summer day of 68 degrees, the temperature inside a car can jump to 81 degrees within a mere 10 minutes. After an hour, the temperature inside the car can reach 115 degrees, a deadly level for dogs.

Heat-related health issues are not only hazardous, but also incredibly expensive. The average insurance claim Pets Best processes for heat stroke is $1,136. On average, Pets Best reimburses $800 of that, which is why the agency encourages pet owners to consider the benefits of obtaining insurance coverage for their pets.

“Pets Best sees a high number of claims for heat stroke every year, and we urge pet owners to prevent this issue by protecting their pets from intense heat,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best. “Of course, summer emergencies can happen anytime, and being prepared with pet insurance coverage has saved our clients significant amounts of money for their veterinary care.”Read More…

Las Vegas Veterinarian Wins National Award

Veterinary pet insurance contest winner, Dr. Arn of Las Vegas.

Dr. Dennis Arn selected as winner of My Vet’s the Best Contest, receives $1,000 to treat animals in need

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, announced today that Las Vegas veterinarian Dr. Dennis Arn has been selected as the most recent winner of the company’s nationwide My Vet’s the Best contest. Arn, who has strived to transform Desert Inn Animal Hospital into an elite animal medical center, won the contest for outstanding veterinary service after receiving more than 45 percent of the online votes cast by thousands of people through the Pets Best Insurance website,, and the company’s Facebook page.

Arn was among hundreds of veterinarians nominated for the quarterly award, which Pets Best created to honor veterinarians who go above and beyond to keep animals healthy. Arn was nominated for the prestigious award by a decades-long client who touted Arn’s willingness to treat pets when their owners cannot afford procedures, in addition to his innovative utilization of stem cell therapy.

Arn, who bested five other contest finalists in a public vote, received $1,000 from Pets Best to treat animals in need. The pet owner who nominated him for the award received $200.

“We created the My Vet’s the Best contest to spotlight exceptional veterinarians who work tirelessly to keep pets healthy and promote the advancement of animal treatment,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best Insurance. “Pets Best Insurance is proud to recognize veterinarians like Dr. Arn who share our company’s commitment to pet health. He has improved the lives of so many animals with his clinic’s advanced treatment methods. Beyond that, he is a true animal lover who has made sacrifices and waived payments throughout decades of healing families’ beloved animals.”Read More…

Pets Best Insurance Named One of the Best Places to Work in Idaho

Pets Best is a 2013 winner of the Best Places to Work in Idaho.

Boise-based pet insurance provider boasts high employee satisfaction 

Boise, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today the company has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Idaho.1

The company is among a select group of Gem State businesses to receive recognition this year from the Best Places to Work in Idaho program, a collaboration between the Idaho Business Review and POPULUS, a well-known Idaho-based research and consulting firm.

The Best Places to Work awards are distributed based on the results of surveys designed to measure various aspects of employee satisfaction. The annual survey rates companies by their performance in a variety of areas, including compensation and benefits, employee growth and development, and work-life balance. Workplace environment and company management are also important factors in the survey.

Dr. Jack Stephens, the veterinarian who founded Pets Best Insurance to promote pet health and reduce the financial burden placed on pet owners, expressed pride in his company’s most recent accomplishment.

“Our employees choose to work for Pets Best because they care about animals,” said Stephens, who serves as the president of Pets Best Insurance. “We value the hard work these dedicated people invest in improving the lives of animals, and we pride ourselves on cultivating a supportive and rewarding environment for our employees.”Read More…

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