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Dogs Consuming Beach Towels, Golf Balls Top List of Bizarre Summer Pet Insurance Claims

A maltese dog runs at the beach.

Pets Best Insurance releases list of unusual and expensive summertime claims

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, has released its annual list of the top five bizarre and expensive insurance claims for the summer season. Since opening its doors in 2005, the Boise-based insurance company has experienced a steady stream of unusual summertime claims.

“Pets will always be curious and adventurous, and the summer months pose many risks for accidents, especially when families include their pets in vacations, yard work and outdoor activities,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best Insurance. “When preparing for vacations and projects, please don’t forget to take precautions for your four-legged family members.”

*Some of the more unusual summertime pet health insurance claims the agency has received include:

Throwing in the Towel

Tango, a German shorthaired pointer in Missouri with a penchant for gobbling household objects, chose to make a beach towel a summertime appetizer. The meal didn’t settle well.  After the dog threw up parts of the towel, the remaining portion had to be surgically removed, to the tune of $2,063. Fortunately, Pets Best Insurance reimbursed $1,650 of the veterinary bill.

Two Holes in One

There’s no par for this course. While his owners were away, a Labrador retriever in California named Copper passed the time by scarfing down not one, but two golf balls. Both had to be surgically removed, costing $3,874, of which Pets Best reimbursed the pet owners 80 percent.

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Skin Allergies Revealed as Top Medical Issue for Dogs

Boston terrier dog with skin allergies. Before treatment and after treatment.

Dog allergies often result in serious health issues and expensive treatments

BOISE, Idaho ­­­– As humans and their canine companions contend with a particularly severe allergy season this year, Pets Best Insurance, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, encourages pet owners to consider the steep costs and greater health risks associated with allergies among dogs. Skin allergy issues consistently generate the highest number of dog insurance claims filed for dogs through Pets Best Insurance.

Environmental allergies are common among dogs, especially allergies to pollen, weeds and trees. These debilitating allergies cause dogs to experience dry, itchy skin, instead of sneezing and sniffling like humans. Chronic skin allergies can have a significant impact on a dog’s quality of life, often resulting in persistent scratching, loss of fur and a host of other serious health issues stemming from infections.

Breeds that most commonly develop such skin allergies are also some of the most popular among dog owners, including golden retrievers, boxers, Labrador retrievers, Shih Tzus and pugs.

“About 80% of dogs with skin allergies remain itchy all year. In addition to suffering from the incessant scratching, many dogs develop painful ear infections and skin yeast infections from scratching the affected areas,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best Insurance. “Finding a treatment to ease the dog’s suffering can be a long and expensive process. Dogs respond differently to the various options. It can take a while until a long-term solution is found.”

Dog skin allergies often represent a significant financial burden for many families, especially for those without pet insurance coverage. Diagnostic tests alone can cost more than $1,000 each, while the price of ongoing treatment and medications often totals thousands of dollars each year for allergy-afflicted dogs.

Recently, a Labrador retriever in California insured by Pets Best had to have a total ear canal ablation surgery due to a chronic ear infection resulting from the dog’s skin allergies. The veterinary bill was more than $3,000 and Pets Best Insurance reimbursed the policy holder nearly $2,500 (based on their elected plan deductible and co-insurance level).

“Pets Best Insurance saves many of its clients thousands of dollars on expensive allergy-related treatments,” Stephens said. “We want to emphasize to dog owners that it’s imperative to obtain coverage when their pets are still puppies because pet insurance does not cover pre-existing conditions. Skin allergies typically develop at a young age, leaving pet owners without insurance to face high-priced veterinary bills for the remainder of their pet’s life.”

Pets Best encourages dog owners to watch out for common symptoms of skin allergies, including:Read More…

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