Ranging from plant poisoning to a fractured molar, pet owners are submitting pet insurance claims for veterinary expenses early in the year.
?PetFirst has seen an increase in claims for 2014,? said Fran Mitchell, Manager of Claims for the pet insurance company. ?The claims are similar to previous years with illnesses being common, but also an increase in accidents which can be more costly to treat.?
Here are a few claims submitted that best demonstrate the benefits of pet insurance from PetFirst:
Smokey, a seven-year-old Newfoundland dog, became suddenly ill. The family suspected he had ingested something that became lodged for a temporary amount of time, which also created other problems. Eventually he was diagnosed with Enteritis, an infection of the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms for pets can include the sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration particularly in pets under one year or older than 10 years. Other symptoms in dogs can include rapid pulse, fever, apathy and depression. Smokey?s treatment included hospitalization, exploratory surgery along with x-rays, IV fluids and medication. Thanks to Smokey?s Lifetime pet insurance policy, with no per incident limits, PetFirst reimbursed his family $ 4,920 for veterinary expenses.
Arigato, an eight-year-old Manx breed cat, was treated for plant poisoning after eating parts of a Lily house plant. The leaves and petals of a Lily plant are poisonous and can cause kidney failure if left untreated. Arigato spent three days in the hospital under the watchful eye of the veterinarian. During that time the cat received IV fluids and medications. Arigato?s pet insurance policy was able to reimburse the pet owner $ 1,859 for the hospital stay and the veterinary expenses.
Apollo, a one-year old domestic cat, and his sibling were playing with the cat tree playhouse when it fell over and pinned Apollo underneath. In the fall, Apollo fractured his molar requiring an exam by the veterinarian, sedation, dental x-rays, surgical extraction and medicine to start his road to recovery. Fortunately, Apollo?s pet insurance policy reimbursed the family $ 499 of their out-of-pocket 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 http://www.petfirst.com or call 877-894-7387.
PetFirst is the fastest growing pet insurer in North America offering easy-to-understand lifelong 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 http://www.petfirst.com or call 877-894-7387.