Brea, CA (PRWEB) October 03, 2013
After reviewing more than one million pet insurance claims received by Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) over the past year, 11 were worthy of nomination for the 2013 VPI Hambone Award honoring the “Most Unusual Claim of the Year.” VPI, the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, will honor one of its more than 500,000 insured pets with the fifth annual VPI Hambone Award. Voting is open now through Oct. 11 at http://www.VPIHamboneAward.com.
In addition, the animal hospital that treated this year’s VPI Hambone Award Winner will receive a $10,000 VPI-funded award through the Veterinary Care Foundation to treat pets whose owners can not otherwise afford treatment.
Nominees include a mixed-breed dog that survived a brawl with a buck, a 48-pound pooch who was treated for alcohol poisoning after feasting on 24 uncooked bread dough rolls, and a cat that went through a full 35-minute washing machine cycle and lived to purr about it. All 11 nominees are highlighted below. The winner will be determined by a public vote at http://www.VPIHamboneAward.com. Voting is open through Oct. 11, 2013 and will decide which perilous pet will take home the esteemed honor.
Named originally after a dog that ate an entire Thanksgiving ham while stuck in a refrigerator, the annual VPI Hambone Award has since been presented for four equally unusual claims. Past winners include Ellie, a Labrador retriever who gobbled up an entire beehive and its thousands of inhabitants; Lulu, a hungry bulldog who swallowed 15 baby pacifiers, a bottle cap and piece of a basketball; Harley, a pug that ate, and subsequently passed, more than 100 rocks; and Peanut, a dachshund-terrier mix who survived a fierce squabble with a skunk.
Following are brief summaries of the 11 unusual claims nominated for the 2013 Hambone Award. All nominated pets made full recoveries and received insurance reimbursements for eligible treatment expenses. For a more detailed account of each claim, photos of the nominees, or to cast a vote, visit http://www.VPIHamboneAward.com.
“Each year, the VPI Hambone Award reminds us of the unpredictable nature of pets,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “As we reviewed the claims for this year’s nominees, the various stories evoked grave concern, fear and even laughter! What’s important is that all of our Hambone nominees recovered, and perhaps we all learned a little something from their unfortunate events. Accidents do happen and pet owners should always be prepared for the unexpected.”
About VPI Hambone Award
The VPI Hambone Award is named in honor of a VPI-insured dog that got stuck in a refrigerator and ate an entire Thanksgiving ham while waiting for someone to rescue him. The dog was eventually found, with a licked-clean ham bone and a mild case of hypothermia. This quirky title was first awarded in 2009 to Lulu, a hungry English bulldog who swallowed 15 baby pacifiers, a bottle cap and a piece of a basketball. The VPI Hambone Award and these unusual pet insurance claims have since helped educate the public about the unexpected mishaps that can affect household pets. Stories and pictures of the VPI Hambone Award nominees are available at VPIHamboneAward.com.
About Veterinary Pet Insurance
With more than 500,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI) is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies and is the oldest and largest pet health insurance company in the United States. Since 1982, VPI has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.
VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. CareGuard® coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2012); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2012). Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.