Pets Best Releases List of Bizarre Holiday Pet Insurance Claims

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Dogs ingesting turkey carcass, frozen croissants top list of unusual claims

Christmas dog with sugar cookies
Due to the high concentrations of sugar and fat in sugar cookies, they can cause upset stomach and pancreatitis among dogs.

Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, released its annual list of the most bizarre pet insurance claims submitted to the agency during the holiday season. Since Pets Best was formed in 2005, the pet insurance agency has received a wide range of surprising claims from pet owners.

Below are four of the most unusual holiday-related claims Pets Best has processed recently:

Costly Croissants
For many, baking is a holiday tradition. From breads to decadent desserts, there’s usually something special in the oven during the holiday season. A 2-year-old Siberian husky named Zoey really bit off more than she could chew when she decided to eat a whole box of frozen croissants. Due to the high amount of yeast in bread dough, a veterinarian induced vomiting and monitored Zoey for hypoglycemia and signs of ethanol toxicity. After a short hospitalization, Zoey was well enough to return to her terrible twos in the comfort of her own home. Pets Best reimbursed Zoey’s parents 90 percent of their veterinary bill after their deductible was met.

Not-So-Cozy Slippers
The arrival of cold winter weather requires most people to pull out cozy blankets, warm robes and fuzzy slippers. Teddy, a 5-year-old Great Pyrenees, has always been a fan of shoes, but there was something extra enticing about those suede, fur-lined slippers his owner pulled out of the closet. Teddy gave in to his temptations and ended up in the hospital after digesting the top of his owner’s slipper. Teddy showed signs of blockage, and during his hospital stay, he experienced bouts of vomiting, producing large and small pieces of slipper. Pets Best reimbursed Teddy’s owners 70 percent of their veterinary bill after their deductible was met.

Holiday Meal Mishap
Turkey is commonly served during the holiday season, and for one mischievous 7-year-old Labrador retriever mix named Darsha, it was the meal of a lifetime. Once her family was finished with its Thanksgiving meal and had moved on to clearing the table one item at a time, Darsha made her move. She lunged at what was left of the golden turkey carcass sitting on the edge of the dining room table and devoured the entire carcass within seconds. The result was an emergency visit to the vet clinic for evaluations and diagnostics. Darsha made it home that evening with medication and a relieved family. Pets Best reimbursed Darsha’s owners 70 percent of their veterinary bill after their deductible was met.

Sugar Cookie Surprise
When the holiday season ended, it was time for Lily, a 5-year-old Maltipoo, and her parents to prepare for their journey home. The suitcases were packed and ready to load into the car when Lily smelled something delicious inside the front zipper of her parents’ bag. Lily ripped open the flap and found two dozen, homemade sugar cookies. Luckily, she was caught in the act of devouring them. Due to the high concentrations of sugar and fat in sugar cookies, they can cause upset stomach and pancreatitis among dogs. Foods with high sugar content can also cause an osmotic effect in dogs’ gastrointestinal tract by drawing water into the colon, resulting in diarrhea. Lily was rushed to the veterinary hospital for a thorough evaluation, which resulted in a medically induced vomiting. Once the cookies were out of her system, and Lily was cleared to leave, she and her parents were able to finally head home. Pets Best reimbursed Lily’s owners 80 percent of their veterinary bill after their deductible was met.

Different deductible amounts and reimbursement percentages may apply based on the plan selected. The claim examples refer to conditions that are not pre-existing. Actual reimbursement amount may vary based on whether deductible has been met or whether veterinary fees included taxes and other non-covered expenses. Claim administration is subject to all terms, limitations and exclusions in the policy.

Pets Best offers a variety of pet insurance plans covering a wide range of accidents and illnesses that pets can experience throughout the year. The BestBenefit plan covers the diagnosis and treatment of hundreds of accidents and illnesses. The Accident Only plan covers veterinary treatment for accidents, including exams, X-rays, surgeries and hospitalizations. For more information about the plans offered by Pets Best, please visit http://www.petsbest.com.

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 http://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: http://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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