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2014-01-08 12:29:21

Pet Owners Continue Trend of Giving Pets Human Monikers BREA, Calif., Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second straight year, "Bella" and "Max" reign as 'top dogs' as the modern-day monikers led the list of most common dog and cat names in 2013. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's first and largest provider of pet health insurance, sorted its database of more than 500,000 insured pets to determine the most popular pet names of 2013. Following are the top 10 most...

2013-11-20 08:28:50

BREA, Calif., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- From munching on colorful holiday light bulbs to ingesting chocolate treats intended for human consumption, pets are exposed to a variety of dangerous objects during the holiday season. In 2012, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) policyholders spent more than $24.3 million on medical conditions commonly associated with the holidays. As the season approaches, VPI reminds pet owners of the potential dangers presented to our four-legged companions....

2013-07-01 12:28:20

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y., July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Laurie Hess, exotic animal veterinarian and one of approximately 150 board-certified bird specialists worldwide, spends nearly all of her free time advocating that exotic pets - birds, rabbits, ferrets, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and other less common exotic species (sugar gliders, hedgehogs, pot-bellied pigs, kinkajous, and wallabies) - need regular preventative medical care, just like dogs and cats. Hess, who has been...

2013-06-04 08:29:58

BREA, Calif., June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- While frolicking in the park is great exercise and a good time for our playful pooches, canines may return home from the dog park with more than just new four-legged friends. Medical conditions commonly associated with a visit to the dog park include sprains, bites and head trauma. As dog park visits increase during the warm summer months, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, reminds...

2013-04-03 08:27:47

BREA, Calif., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Just like their human counterparts, when pets are afflicted with even seemingly minor ailments such as an ear infection, stomach ache or cough, it can prompt a visit to the doctor. While the majority of these conditions are rarely life threatening, they can become chronic and expensive to treat. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) policyholders spent more than $58 million in 2012 treating the 10 most common medical conditions affecting their pets....

2013-03-14 20:21:10

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics, owned by Dr. Laurie Hess, is featured in Newsday this week to show the cutting edge, high tech medical care the Center's veterinarians and staff provide to the unusual exotic species they treat. Through numerous high resolution photos (http://newyork.newsday.com/lifestyle/dr-laurie-hess-exotic-vet-1.4805648) and video...

2013-03-05 08:30:32

Annual Examinations Can Save Pet Owners from Racking Up Expensive Bills BREA, Calif., March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pet owners can save hundreds and even thousands of dollars on veterinary costs each year by taking pets to their veterinarian for routine examinations. Preventive care is one of the most important factors for pet owners to maintain their pet's health, and has the added benefit of minimizing total expenses on veterinary care. Nose-to-tail wellness examinations are an...

2012-11-01 07:32:48

BREA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2011, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, received more than 48,000 claims for cancer diagnosis and treatment in pets - making cancer-related conditions collectively the fourth most common type of medical claim received last year. In a continuing effort to educate pet owners about the prevalence, detection and treatment of pet cancer, VPI again recognizes November as National Pet...

2012-10-24 07:31:29

BREA, Calif., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 2012 presidential campaign heating up, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, analyzed its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine which of the 44 U.S. president's last names were most common among pets. All totaled, more than 3,400 pets in VPI's database were given the same moniker as the last name of a U.S. president. Below is a list of the 10 most common...

2012-07-25 02:37:55

BREA, Calif., July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "Bella" and "Max" once again topped the list of most popular pet names last year, but there are thousands of pet owners who look for more originality when naming their furry, four-legged friends. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, celebrates the most clever, creative and quirky pet names nationwide. After a thorough selection process, 50 unusual dog names and 50 unusual cat names...