Puppy Eats Earrings: $7,700 Surgery
August 29, 2007 (Boise ID) — Pet insurance can provide the immediate means to cover costly veterinary care once the policy is in force. Abby is a very good example – before being adopted, this happy and loving Labrador mixed breed puppy had already had a pretty tough life. Both her and her brother were originally dumped on the side of the road, starving, sick and infested with fleas, both were in need of veterinary care. They were sent to a local shelter and put on the list to be euthanized. Funds were not available for needed care and her brother didn’t make it, but Abby was rescued at the last minute. Charles and Virginia Meyer adopted her and paid the hospitalization costs related to her rescue that exceeded $1,000. In very short period of time, she had an injury to her rear leg and other issues that included surgery to remove ingested earrings. In her short life, veterinary care is quickly approaching $9,000.00.
According to Virginia Meyer, “Abby is such a wonderful addition to our family; she is like a child to my husband and me. Her care after she was rescued cost us around $1,000.00. We feel she is worth so much that we can not place a monetary price on her. Once we got Abby home, she had a serious injury to her rear leg. It required a specialist and he suggested that we protect Abby in the future with Pets Best Insurance. We went online and ordered coverage for Abby. A few weeks later while at home, Abby brought a small box to me, minus the earnings it normally contained. Within hours, she was very sick and we rushed her to an emergency clinic. After several surgeries and trips back and forth to the veterinarian, she is now back at home and recovering. For Charles and me, we would have done whatever it would take to care for our puppy. We are thankful that we have insurance coverage because we just cannot imagine having to choose between providing needed care, or having to put Abby down.”
According to research, pet families are doing more to care for their pets. In the United States, 71% of households have pets and 37% of pet owners consider their pets important family members. Spending on pets has more than doubled from $17 billion in 1994 to over $38.4 billion in 2006, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA). The association projects $15.2 billion will be spent on food, $9.3 billion on supplies and over-the-counter-medications, and $9.4 billion on veterinary care in 2007.
Pets Best Insurance is now available to pet families in most states across the country. “Abby’s story is an important reminder for families. Her surgeries and care are a little more common than most pet families may realize. Many loving pet owners will spend whatever it takes to try to save their four-legged family members when they become seriously ill. For some families it can be a terrible and agonizing situation. Without insurance, the costs for care can quickly go beyond what is available in family savings or can be placed on a credit or charge card. Pet insurance provides the financial safety net and peace of mind that assures needed care will be provided for their beloved pet,” states Dr. Jack Stephens, a veterinarian and president & founder of Pets Best Insurance.
Pets Best Insurance reimburses pet owners for services from the veterinarian they choose, with no schedules or fee restrictions, truly establishing it as “Pet insurance that really pays!” Pets Best Insurance was founded by Dr. Jack Stephens, the pioneer of the pet insurance with over 25 years in the pet insurance industry. Dr. Stephens is also an accomplished veterinarian and avid pet enthusiast. Pets Best includes a choice of four affordable coverage plans with a straightforward 80:20 claims reimbursement structure and NO benefit schedules. The Pets Best Insurance team is a highly skilled and professional group of pet lovers who have developed products based on innovation and insight into veterinary care. Visit Pets Best Insurance at www.petsbest.com or phone Pets Best Insurance at 877-PetsBest (738-7237). Pets Best, Simply the best pet insurance.
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