PetFirst Announces Top Five Claims for 2013

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Pet Insurance Reimbursement Totaling More Than $35,000 for Pet Emergencies

Accidents do happen.

These claims are among the more than 58,700 claims filed in 2013 of which $5.6 million was reimbursed to pet parents.

PetFirst, the fastest growing pet insurer in North America, announces the top five claims for 2013. These claims are among the more than 58,700 claims filed in 2013 of which $5.6 million was reimbursed to pet parents.

According to INN (Insurance Networking News) pet insurance has been the fastest growing category in insurance sales in the US in recent years. That growth is expected to continue. PetFirst provides these great examples of why pet health insurance is so important:

Trapper, a mixed breed dog, became ill over the summer. His symptoms came on quickly and included being lethargic and not eating. His pet parents took him to the vet where he was diagnosed with Evans Syndrome – an autoimmune disease that can manifest in dogs and requires ongoing treatment including vet visits and lab work. Thanks to Trapper’s Lifetime pet insurance policy, not only is his condition covered for life, with no per incident limits, PetFirst reimbursed his family $10,000 for veterinary expenses.

Delilah is a 6 year old chocolate Labrador retriever. Delilah, like most labs, is curious about everything. Her curiosity ended in a trip to the vet for foreign body surgical removal, along with lab work, x-rays and a few days stay in the hospital. Delilah is well covered with the Lifetime pet insurance plan, which will cover multiple foreign body ingestions each year should this happen again. Today Delilah is doing just fine and her pet parent was reimbursed $9,821.27 for veterinary expenses.

MacDuff, an Airedale Terrier, suffered several injuries as a result of being hit by a car over the summer. MacDuff’s list of injuries included a fibular fracture (broken rear lower leg) along with swelling of the tissue in his leg. He also bruised the tissue in his lungs. The road to recovery required 10 days in the veterinary emergency hospital with several x-rays and a surgical procedure. MacDuff is well on the road to recovery and so are his pet parents who had MacDuff and their other Airedale Terrier covered on a Lifetime family plan insurance policy for multiple pets. The pet parents were reimbursement $8,511.13 for the veterinary expenses.

Iris, a domestic short hair tabby cat, developed pancreatitis, a condition where the pancreas becomes inflamed and digestive enzymes escape causing damage to other organs including the liver. Iris’ condition was so sever is required hospitalization, testing and aggressive treatment. Today Iris is doing well and fully recovered from her illness. Thanks to their Lifetime Accident and Illness pet insurance plan through PetFirst, Iris’ pet parents received $4,513.82 reimbursement for the veterinary expenses.

Rocky, a Maine Coon breed cat, developed an obstruction of the urethra (the tube draining urine from the bladder out of the body). This condition required several x-rays and a surgical procedure to open the blockage. Rocky’s pet parents insured him with a PetFirst Preferred pet insurance plan. This particular plan the family chose reimburses up to $2,500 per incident, an amount that helped cover Rocky’s veterinary expenses.

Pet parents have several choices in tailoring the pet insurance plan that best fits their pet’s needs with PetFirst including selecting the reimbursement percentage, deductible amount and coverage limit. For more information on pet insurance and PetFirst, visit

About PetFirst
PetFirst is the fastest growing pet insurer in North America offering easy-to-understand life-long coverage for dogs and cats. PetFirst’s comprehensive coverage is unique in the industry providing simplified policies with coverage for hereditary, chronic and breed-specific conditions with no per diagnosis limits. PetFirst offers pet insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through animal welfare agencies, retailers, employers as well as other partners. PetFirst polices are underwritten by American Alternative Insurance Corporation (Munich Re) which is rated by A.M. Best as A+. Additional services are underwritten by Lloyd’s. For more information about PetFirst pet insurance, visit or call 877-894-7387.


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