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Boise, ID (PRWEB) September 12, 2012

Dr. Jack Stephens, the veterinarian who founded the first U.S. pet insurance agency and issued the first pet insurance policy to celebrity TV dog Lassie in the 1980s, said the companys 7-year anniversary on Sept. 17 is particularly special to him because it also falls within National Pet Health Insurance Month and within the same year as the 30th anniversary of U.S. pet insurance as a whole.

It amazes me to reflect on the introduction of the countrys cat and dog insurance industry, Dr. Stephens recalled. As a veterinarian, a client once brought her dog into my practice and decided to euthanize her instead of providing treatment because of the cost alone.

Dr. Stephens said he ran into the family a few weeks later, and the clients young daughter remembered him as the man who killed her dog.

This encounter is what ignited my decision to find a better solution than euthanasia for pet owners who cannot afford to treat their sick animals, Dr. Stephens said. And so, U.S. pet insurance was born.

After pioneering the nations pet health insurance industry, Dr. Stephens was an integral part in the formation of NAPHIA, which is a comprised of pet health insurance companies and industry professionals who aim to set and keep industry transparency and standards high.

Dr. Stephens said the pet insurance agency plans to celebrate its anniversary during NAPHIAs National Pet Health Insurance month with a veterinarian Yappy Hour open house event in September at the Pets Best Insurance headquarters.

Were overjoyed to be celebrating another successful year at Pets Best Insurance, Dr. Stephens said. And as the human-animal bond continues to grow stronger, well be here to help owners and their beloved animals afford the best health care they can get.

About Pets Best Insurance

With the goal of reducing economic euthanasia and his commitment to the health and well-being of all pets, Pets Best Insurance president Dr. Jack Stephens founded pet insurance in the United States in 1981. A true industry visionary, Dr. Stephens presented the first pet insurance policy to famous television dog Lassie. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best Insurance team with his passion for quality pet health care and his expert veterinary knowledge. The Pets Best Insurance team is comprised 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 ihcgroup.com. In states in which Independence American Insurance Companys 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 products. To determine the applicable underwriter in your state visit petsbest.com/underwriter or call Pets Best at 1-877-738-7237.

For more information, visit Pets Best Insurance at http://www.petsbest.com or call 877-PetsBest (738-7237). You may also follow Pets Best Insurance on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/petsbestinsurance.

Dr. Jack Stephens is available for interviews.

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Boise, ID (PRWEB) August 15, 2012

After listening to the needs of cat owners from across the nation, Pets Best Insurance, the very company that was founded by US pet health insurance pioneer, Dr. Jack Stephens, has launched a low cost feline-only illness cat insurance plan to help cat owners provide the best veterinary care to their pets.

Pets Best Insurance has offered pet insurance plans to both cats and dogs since 2005, but this feline-only illness plan is the first of its kind, in that it only covers costly feline illnesseswhereas the standard plans cover both illness and accidents.

While pet insurance is certainly increasing in popularity, were not seeing cat owners insure their pets at the same rate as dog owners, Dr. Stephens said. Weve been told the reason is because our standard plan coverage was almost too comprehensive for indoor-only cats. Cat owners primary worry seems to be cat-specific illnessesand so the Feline Illness plan was born.

Dr. Stephens said premium cost is another thing Pets Best Insurance took into consideration, and that the average Feline Illness plan starts at just a few dollars a month, depending on the deductible selected.

We wanted to provide an affordable introductory pet insurance for cat owners to help cover higher vet costs associated with the more-expensive illnesses that are entirely out of the cat owners control, he said.

Some of the most expensive feline illnesses covered include, cancer, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, chronic renal failure and pancreatitis, just to name a few.

Dr. Stephens said cat insurance is of particular importance because unlike dogs, cats tend to instinctually hide illness and injury from their owners.

Before you know it, your cat could be very sick, he said. If you have cat insurance you can take them into the vet early on without worrying about the vet bill.

The Feline Illness plan covers over 20 feline illnesses and reimburses cat owners up to a $ 4,000 annual limit per year, and up to a $ 10,000 lifetime limit. While the plan does not cover all feline illnesses, disease or accidents, Pets Best Insurance thinks the coverage is extremely comprehensive and will help even more pet owners protect their beloved pets.

We still recommend our standard plans for cats that include coverage for illness and accidents. However, if a feline owner on a tighter budget wants a plan that covers a good majority of the severe or chronic cat diseases; our Feline Illness plan will be the answer.

Dr. Stephens said owners of indoor-only cats sometimes think their cats are safer. But illnesses like cancer, kidney disease and diabetes are rampant in cats and treatment for these conditions can be thousands of dollars.

Cat illness coverage seemed like an obvious necessity and it was something that was lacking in the industry until now.

Cat owners can get a free quote at http://www.petsbest.com and purchase online or over the phone. While pet insurance premiums are based on age, location and breed, the feline illness only plans start as low as $ 4 a month.

As of August 7, 2012 the Feline Illness plan is available in the following states: ID, MT, WY, UT, AZ, NV, CA, NE, TX, IA, MO, AR, TN, MS, AL, SC, WI, MI, OH, WV, PA, DE, RI, ND, SD and VT

About Pets Best Insurance

With the goal of reducing economic euthanasia and his commitment to the health and well-being of all pets, Pets Best Insurance President Dr. Jack Stephens founded pet insurance in the United States in 1981. A true industry visionary, Dr. Stephens presented the first pet insurance policy to famous television dog Lassie. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best Insurance team with his passion for quality pet health care and his expert veterinary knowledge. The Pets Best Insurance team is comprised 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: http://www.ihcgroup.com. In states in which Independence American Insurance Companys 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 precuts. To determine the applicable underwriter in your state visit http://www.petsbest.com/underwriter or please call Pets Best at 1-877-738-7237.

For more information, visit Pets Best Insurance at http://www.petsbest.com or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237). You may also follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/petsbestinsurance.

Dr. Jack Stephens is available for interviews.

Media Contact:

Jesse Scott

MassMedia

2863 St. Rose Parkway

Henderson, NV 89052

P: 702-433-4331

F: 702-433-4566

http://www.massmediacc.com







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Boise, Idaho (PRWEB) July 17, 2012

The following veterinarians have been named as the six finalists in the My Vets the Best Contest after being nominated by their respective clients for providing exceptional veterinary care and for going above and beyond for pets and their owners:

Dr. Holly Brophy, Bel Aire Pet Clinic, Mt. Zion, Illinois

Dr. Richard Chu, Pets Unlimited, San Francisco, California

Dr. Kathy Joseph, Vandalia Animal Clinic, Vandalia, Ohio

Dr. Tony Poutous, Pet Care Veterinary Hospital, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Dr. Luminita Sarbu, Veterinary Oncology Center, Renton, Washington

In the contest, pet owners nominate their veterinarians and explain why they think they are the best through a form on the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page. Each quarter, an internal panel at the pet insurance agency selects six finalists from all received nominations. The six veterinarians and their client-submitted stories are then posted to Facebook for one month of public voting. Stories are currently available on the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page at https://forms.petsbest.com/vote and online voting is now open.

Each quarter, the pet owner with the story receiving the most votes will receive a $ 200 cash prize and the winning veterinarian will receive $ 1,000 for the treatment of animals in need, or for those pet owners who cannot afford the care their pet needs. A single grand prize winner will also be selected by Pets Best Insurance at the end of the year. The annual grand prize winner receives airfare, hotel accommodations and registration for two to the 2013 Western Veterinary Conferencea leading continuing education conference for veterinarians. The 2012 My Vets the Best contest will recognize a total of four winning pet owners and their veterinarians throughout the year.

The first quarter winner of the 2012 My Vets the Best contest, Dr. Tom Greek, of Greek and Associates Veterinary Hospital in Yorba Linda, CA, was able to provide care to a female tortoise named Roxy with the $ 1,000 he was awarded. Dr. Greek was nominated by client Liddy Kammer and won the online vote.

Roxy was diagnosed with a three-inch urinary bladder stone which required surgery involving cutting a window through the bottom of her shell to access the bladder. Unfortunately, Roxys owner wasnt able to provide the surgery to Roxy and ended up relinquishing the tortoise to Greek and Associates Veterinary Hospital.

Through the prize money from Pets Best Insurance, GAVH performed the life-saving cystotomy to remove the bladder stone, Dr. Greek, said. [Roxy] shows that even a tortoise can go through tough times and with a little help from others, can persevere.

More information about the contest, nomination process and rules can be found at: http://www.petsbest.com/vetpromo.

About Pets Best Insurance

With the goal of reducing economic euthanasia and his commitment to the health and well-being of all pets, Pets Best Insurance president Dr. Jack Stephens founded pet insurance in the United States in 1981. A true industry visionary, Dr. Stephens presented the first pet insurance policy to famous television dog Lassie. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best Insurance team with his passion for quality pet health care and his expert veterinary knowledge. The Pets Best Insurance team is comprised 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 http://www.ihcgroup.com. In states in which Independence American Insurance Companys 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 products. To determine the applicable underwriter in your state visit http://www.petsbest.com/underwriter or please call Pets Best at 1-877-738-7237.

For more information, visit Pets Best Insurance at http://www.petsbest.com or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237). You may also follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/petsbestinsurance.

Dr. Jack Stephens is available for interviews.

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Pets Best Insurance

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Boise, Idaho 83705

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Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 07, 2012

While there are still a few weeks left until the official start of summer, pet parents from coast to coast are already looking for ways to beat the heat. Restricting outdoor exercise and keeping cool in the shade are not just helpful hints for humans who want to stay healthy in the heat theyre good ideas for pets, too! Petplan, Americas No. 1-rated pet insurance company, reminds pet parents to take extra precaution in keeping pets safe as thermometers spike.

Four-legged friends face many of the same dangers associated with hot weather that humans do, but the most dangerous is heat stroke, or hyperthermia.

“Hyperthermia is an extremely serious condition, not only because it can do permanent damage to a pets health, but also because it can progress so rapidly, says Dr. Jules Benson, Vice President of Veterinary Services for Petplan. A dog’s normal temperature usually peaks at around 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit, but when it reaches 105-110 degrees, this can lead to coma, organ dysfunction and even permanent brain damage or death. Signs of heat distress can be subtle, so watch for restlessness with excessive panting, salivation or drooling.

If your pet shows signs of hyperthermia, seek immediate veterinary care. Intravenous fluid therapy and professional monitoring and support are often crucial to ensure your pet makes a full recovery, Benson says. On the way to the vet, you can help cool your pet gradually by placing wet towels on the back of his neck, under his arms and in his groin area while in an air-conditioned car or cool, shaded area.

The veterinary care required to treat a severely hyperthermic pet can be extensive, not to mention expensive. According to Petplan claims data, veterinary costs for heat stroke average $ 1,417 per incident, and some overheated pets end up with vet bills topping $ 4,330.

Learning to reduce the chances of a hyperthermic event can keep your pet and your family budget focused on fun. With an eye on prevention, Petplan offers the following tips to help Fluffy and Fido stay healthy in the heat:


In the hot seat: Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle, even on days that don’t seem too hot to you. A 2005 Stanford University Medical Center study showed the temperature inside a vehicle, even with windows cracked, rose an average of 40 degrees in an hour, most of that within the first 30 minutes.

Hydration nation: Always have fresh water available for your pets during hot days, whether youre indoors or outside. If youre embarking on outdoor activities with your pet, remember to bring extra water and a container for him to drink from.

When the temp soars, head indoors: Avoid exercising or playing with pets outdoors during peak times of day. Plan any outdoor activities either early (before 11 am) or late (after 6 pm) to keep everyone cool and comfortable.

For more information on protecting your pet from summer heat or to learn more about pet health insurance, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com.

ABOUT PETPLAN

Top-rated pet insurance provider, Petplan, is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Inc. Magazines list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America. Petplans fully customizable dog insurance and cat insurance policies provide coverage for all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet as standard, and meet the coverage requirements and budget for pets of all/any age. Petplan policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company, a member of the Allianz Group, rated A+ by A.M. Best (2010). For information, about Petplan pet insurance, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com, read the Petplan Pet Insurance Blog, or call 1-866-467-3875.







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