Animals Swallowing Candy and Ingesting Seasonal Decorations Top Fall Pet Insurance Claims

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Pets Best Insurance Releases List of Bizarre, Expensive Claims

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When putting out seasonal décor and everything associated with it, don’t forget to think about the health and safety of your four legged friends.

Pets Best Insurance, a leading U.S. dog and cat pet insurance agency, announced five bizarre claims in honor of the 2012 fall season. The Boise-based company has seen its fair share of seasonal claims since first opening its doors in 2005.

“Fall is a time filled with Halloween candy, fun decorations and, unfortunately, quite a few pet-related accidents,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best Insurance. “When putting out seasonal decor and everything associated with it, don’t forget to think about the health and safety of your four legged friends.”

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

A Halloween Vampire?
Cheyenne, an Australian shepherd, was recently admitted to her local veterinarian hospital for a mysterious bite wound on her neck. The wound could have taken a bite out of Cheyenne’s parents’ wallet totaling over $1,600, but fortunately they had pet insurance. Cheyenne’s owners received a reimbursement of nearly $1,200 for the wound.

A Corn-Dog
Tacoda, an Alaskan malamute, was trying to give her best impression of a corndog, literally. The dog ingested a corn cob decoration and was admitted to her local veterinarian with intestinal issues. The surgery to remove the cob cost nearly $2,200, but because Tacoda has a Pets Best Insurance plan, her owners were reimbursed nearly $1,700.

This Pooch Was Nuts
Walnuts are delicious for humans, not so much for pets. Domino, a mixed breed, was caught eating some walnuts by his owners. Not only are walnuts toxic, but they block intestinal tracts and require surgical removal which cost Domino’s owners almost $2,400. Thanks to Pets Best, Domino’s parents received a reimbursement over $1,800 for the costly surgery to get their pup back to normal.

Too Much Candy
One furry friend did what many kids do… eat too much candy. Julie, an English setter, apparently had a real sweet tooth when she tore through her owners’ candy supply. The over-indulgence of sweets led to a major dietary indiscretion, which inevitably led to a hospital visit and a bill of almost $900. Fortunately, the pet parents had a Pets Best plan that led to a reimbursement of over $600.

*Different deductible amounts and reimbursement percentages may apply based on the policy options selected and available in the insured’s state. The claim examples illustrate conditions that were determined not to be pre-existing for the animal insured. Claim administration is subject to all terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions in the policy.

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 In states in which Independence American Insurance Company’s 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 or call Pets Best at 1-877-738-7237.

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