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Lassie and Pets Best Present Insurance Policies to Newly Adopted Pets

Lassie Helps Pets Best Present Insurance Policies to 2 Newly Adopted Pets

Pet insurance agency sponsors FIDO Friendly’s nationally recognized pet adoption tour 

 

BOISE, Idaho (Sept. 16, 2014) – In recognition of Pet Health Insurance Month in September, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading pet insurance agency, recently had help from television legend Lassie while presenting Pets Best pet insurance policies to two newly adopted pets during the Get Your Licks on Route 66 pet adoption tour.

 

Dr. Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best, has a long-running history with Lassie, as he presented the iconic canine with the first pet insurance policy issued in the United States 32 years ago.

 

Lassie and Dr. Stephens made an appearance during a Sept. 14 adoption event at the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center in Mission Hills, California, the third stop on the Get Your Licks on Route 66 pet adoption tour. As a reward for supporting the adoption event, the first two families who adopted a pet that day were given one-year pet insurance policies. The Pets Best BestBenefit accident and illness policies were purchased and donated by FIDO Friendly.

 

The first pet insurance recipient was an 8-year-old mixed breed dog named Chopo, who, after spending a year at the shelter, happily went home with his new family. The second recipient was a black domestic shorthair kitten who is still unnamed but now has a place to call home.

 

“Pets Best is dedicated to improving the lives of pets across the nation by helping their owners afford the high costs associated with increasingly complex veterinary treatments,” Dr. Stephens said. “As a pet-focused organization, we take pride in supporting events that play a valuable role in promoting pet adoption.”

 

In an effort to raise awareness about shelters and pet adoption opportunities across the country, Pets Best has joined the Get Your Licks on Route 66 pet adoption tour as the official pet insurance sponsor. The annual tour is put on by FIDO Friendly, a pet-focused travel and lifestyle publication. The tour kicked off on Sept. 12 in Riverside, California, and it ends in Kansas City on Oct. 19.

 

The sixth annual Get Your Licks on Route 66 tour will make its way across the country, stopping in 16 cities to bring awareness to pet adoption. Each event will take place at a local pet adoption site, and the public is invited to join the festivities. Pets available for adoption will be featured at each event for the public to meet and interact with.

 

Greg Sims, president and chief operating officer of FIDO Friendly, and Susan Sims, publisher of the quarterly magazine, developed the idea for the annual tour six years ago.

 

“It occurred to me that while we traveled with our dogs to review hotels and destinations, there might be something we could do while we were going from city to city on behalf of homeless pets,” Susan Sims said, adding that the couple has two adopted shelter dogs, a Labrador retriever named Junior and a boxer named Jake. “I often thought shelters endured a stigma of housing ‘throw-away dogs’ and that if you wanted a purebred dog, you would need to connect with a breeder. Both of our dogs serve as examples that the stigma associated with shelters is far from true.”

 

Actress, best-selling author and animal lover Danica McKellar serves as the event’s official spokesperson this year. McKellar, best known for her role as Winnie Cooper on “The Wonder Years” was recently seen competing on “Dancing with the Stars.” McKellar made a special appearance at the Los Angeles Animal Services East Valley Shelter on Sept. 13 in Van Nuys, California.

 

Brandon McMillan, host of the popular CBS show “Lucky Dog,” was also in attendance at the Sept. 13 event. McMillan and his crew filmed a segment that day at the shelter for an upcoming episode of “Lucky Dog.”

 

In the past five years, the tour has helped more than 2,000 pets find their forever homes. To learn more about the tour dates, visit www.getyourlicksonroute66.com. People who visit this website and make a donation of $10 or more to the tour will receive a free, one-year digital subscription to FIDO Friendly and a “Leave No Dog Behind®” bumper sticker.

 

“With the help of our sponsors, we will continue this life-saving tour every year to help shed light on the plight of homeless pets,” Susan Sims said.

 

About Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC

Dr. Jack L. Stephens, founder and director of Pets Best, founded pet insurance in the U.S. in 1981 with a mission to end euthanasia when pet owners couldn’t afford veterinary treatment. Dr. Stephens went on to present the first U.S. pet insurance policy to famous television dog Lassie. Pets Best provides coverage for dogs and cats. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best team with his passion for quality pet care and his expert veterinary knowledge. He is always available to answer questions regarding veterinary medicine, pet health and pet insurance. The Pets Best team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. Visit www.petsbest.com for more information.

 

Pet insurance coverage offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware insurance company. Independence American Insurance Company is a member of The IHC Group, an organization of insurance carriers and marketing and administrative affiliates that has been providing life, health, disability, medical stop-loss and specialty insurance solutions to groups and individuals for over 30 years. For information on The IHC Group, visit: www.ihcgroup.com. Additional insurance services administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC are underwritten by Prime Insurance Company. Some existing business is underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut. Each insurer has sole financial responsibility for its own products.

Pets Best is a proud member of the North America Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA).

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About FIDO Friendly

National quarterly dog magazine, FIDO Friendly is the Travel & Lifestyle magazine for you and your dog. Now in its 14th year, each issue includes hotel and destination reviews, adoption stories, health and wellness topics and the latest trends. FIDO Friendly is the only magazine dedicated to the travel and lifestyle for you and your best friend and the one magazine, your dog will thank you for! Leave No Dog Behind.®

 

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11 Ways to Protect Pets from Wildfires

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Moore is an author, radio host and writer for Pets Best, a pet health insurance agency for dogs and cats.

It doesn’t take much to create a wildfire: a cigarette, a campfire not properly extinguished or even a lightning strike can spark a flame. No matter the cause, you need to act quickly to protect yourself and your pets. You may only have minutes to evacuate from these fast-spreading flames.

 

For the past 15 years, I’ve lived in wildfire country – San Diego. I also share my home with two dogs and two cats. Let me share with you how I do my best to keep my pets safe from the dangers of wildfires.

1. Stay informed

Sign up for reverse 911, if it is available in your area. Emergency officials will call or text you if your property falls into a voluntary or mandatory evacuation area.

 

2. Create a mutual pet-buddy system

Provide a set of house keys to a trusted neighbor who is willing to rescue your pets in case a wildfire strikes when you are not at home. In addition, offer to do the same for their pets.

 

3. Have fire-dousing tools within reach

Keep a fire extinguisher in your home and learn how to use it properly. Keep a garden hose that can water down all of the sides and roof of your home.

 

4. Create three pet disaster preparedness bags

Keep one bag stored at all times in your vehicle, one near the front door and one near the back door. If a wildfire flares up quickly, you can access at least one or more of these bags with your pets. These bags should contain a few days’ worth of food and pet medication as well as inexpensive slip leads you can use to restrain your dog if he or she becomes stressed or fearful because of the smoke-filled sky.

 

5. Pack items to treat fire-related conditions:

Make sure your pet first aid kit in your vehicle and pet disaster bag contain a pet-safe eye wash, burn ointment, antiseptic wipes and socks (or doggy booties) so you can wash out soot and debris from your pet’s eyes and treat paws that might step on embers or shattered glass during the evacuation.

 

6. Rehearse mock evacuations with your dogs, cats and other pets

Make it a fun game, but practice getting them into crates or being leashed and harnessed and ushered inside your vehicle quickly. Reward them with treats once you are also inside your vehicle.

 

7. Foster teamwork

Designate someone in the household to be in charge of grabbing the disaster kits, and task someone else with gathering the pets.

 

8. Identify escape routes in advance

Confirm in advance with family and friends who live outside the fire zone that you can bring your pets to stay with them in the event of an evacuation.

 

9. Monitor your pet’s health before, during and after the evacuation

Winds can blow smoke, ash and fire-hot embers from wildfires into your neighborhood. Smoke contains gases that can irritate a pet’s eyes, causing them to squint, swell or become red. Inhaled smoke can cause your pet to cough, wheeze, develop nasal discharge and have shortness of breath. Pets are at risk for thermal burns to their coat, skin and respiratory tract from the floating embers that fall on the ground. Limit your pet’s access to the outdoors and always clean their paws and coats to prevent them from ingesting smoke-filled toxins when they groom.

 

10. Be ready to drive off quickly

If a wildfire is moving toward your neighborhood, back your vehicle into your garage or driveway for a quick escape with your pets.

 

11. Dress for safety

If you are ordered to evacuate, select an escape route as far as possible from the fire and wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants. Do not wear open-toed shoes or sandals. Stay as calm as possible because your pets read and react to your moods.

 

Lastly, I also recommend becoming trained in how to handle a natural disaster by becoming a RedRover Responder volunteer at www.redrover.org. This volunteer organization aids pets displaced by wildfires, floods and other natural disasters, as well as those involved in animal cruelty or hoarding cases.

For more information about protecting your pets with pet insurance, visit the Pets Best webpage at www.petsbest.com.

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Don’t Leave Your Dogs in the Car!

Sitting in a hot car can pose a serious threat to canines’ health. To help raise awareness of this issue, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC is offering a photo and blog article containing a useful breakdown of how hot a vehicle’s interior can become in specific amounts of time.

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If a car is sitting outside and not running when it is 68 degrees, the temperature of the car’s interior can jump to 81 degrees within 10 minutes. The temperature can reach up to 115 degrees in an hour.

If a car is sitting outdoors when it is 90 degrees, the interior can reach up to 136 degrees within an hour.

Additional details about high temperatures inside vehicles are available in the informative photo from Pets Best that is attached and pasted belowMore information is also available in this Pets Best blog article:http://www.petsbest.com/blog/dogs-left-in-hot-cars/

If a dog is left inside a hot car that isn’t running, the animal is vulnerable to heat stroke. This can lead to damage to the brain and other organs.

 

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Top 10 Cat and Dog Breeds of 2013 – Pets Best Insurance

Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, today released its list of the top 10 most popular dog and cat breeds enrolled with the agency in 2013.
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In the company’s eight years of insuring dogs and cats, the top 10 most popular breeds have remained relatively consistent. However, the agency has noticed definite trends during the years, with certain breeds gaining popularity and others falling in the rankings.

While a number of breeds have gained popularity in recent years, the French bulldog has seen the most dramatic rise. In 2006, the French bulldog was the 55th most popular dog breed enrolled with Pets Best. By 2013, the small, muscular pooch soared up the list to become the 19th most popular breed.

“Several years ago, French bulldogs started popping up in television commercials and print ads,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “When a relatively unknown dog breed begins to enter the mainstream, it creates a buzz among prospective pet owners and begins to affect ownership trends.”

Compared to the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) 2012 dog registration statistics, the Pets Best top 10 list offers several surprising findings. First, the No. 1 most popular dog breed enrolled with Pets Best not only in 2013 but throughout the agency’s history is a mixed or designer breed. This is of note because the AKC only recognizes purebred dogs, without highlighting the popularity of mixed breeds. Pets Best found mixed-breed dogs solidly hold the No. 1 spot. In 2013, mixed breeds made up nearly 30 percent of all canines enrolled with the agency.

While the AKC list does not include pit bulls, the Pets Best rankings show pit bulls as the seventh most popular dog of 2013. Based on data from Pets Best, this category includes the American pit bull terrier and the American Staffordshire terrier. The category climbed from 10th place in 2007.

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In addition to these rankings, the ever-popular Labrador retriever held second place for most popular dog breeds. Among the top cat breeds, the domestic shorthair ranked first, followed by mixed-breed cats and the American shorthair.

Top 10 Dog Breeds of 2013
1.       Mixed breed

2.       Labrador retriever

3.       Yorkshire terrier

4.       Golden retriever

5.       Chihuahua

6.       Shih Tzu

7.       Pit bull

8.       Dachshund

9.       German shepherd

10.   Maltese and English bulldog (tie)

Top 10 Cat Breeds of 2013
1.       Domestic shorthair

2.       Mixed breed

3.       American shorthair

4.       Domestic longhair

5.       Domestic medium hair

6.       Siamese

7.       Maine coon

8.       Ragdoll

9.       Bengal

10.   Persian

“While the popularity of dog and cat breeds can be affected by factors such as a spotlight in the media and pop culture, I encourage people to do their research on breeds to learn whether a specific dog or cat will be the best fit for their lifestyle,” Dr. Stephens said. “Additionally, pet owners should ensure that they are financially prepared to take care of this pet and the inevitable health issues that will arise over the pet’s lifetime.”

Pets Best offers a multitude of pet health insurance plans for both cats and dogs. These include a Cancer Only plan covering the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in dogs and cats, as well as a Feline Illness plan that covers 21 common feline illnesses. For more information about the agency and its plans, visit www.petsbest.com.

About Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC
Dr. Jack L. Stephens, president of Pets Best, founded pet insurance in the U.S. in 1981 with a mission to end euthanasia when pet owners couldn’t afford veterinary treatment. Dr. Stephens went on to present the first U.S. pet insurance policy to famous television dog Lassie. Pets Best provides coverage for dogs and cats and is the only veterinarian founded and operated pet insurance company in the United States. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best team with his passion for quality pet care and his expert veterinary knowledge. He is always available to answer questions regarding veterinarian medicine, pet health and pet insurance. The Pets Best team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. Visit www.petsbest.com for more information.

Pet insurance coverage offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware insurance company. Independence American Insurance Company is a member of The IHC Group, an organization of insurance carriers and marketing and administrative affiliates that has been providing life, health, disability, medical stop-loss and specialty insurance solutions to groups and individuals for over 30 years. For information on The IHC Group, visit: www.ihcgroup.com. Additional insurance services administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC are underwritten by Prime Insurance Company. Some existing business is underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut. Each insurer has sole financial responsibility for its own products.

Pets Best is a proud member of the North America Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA).

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