January 30, 2009 |
The news release from VPI Pet Insurance began, "True Dedication is not measured in ticket sales or Terrible Towels. True dedication is the fan with a cat named Roethlisberger or a poodle named Polamalu." Hard to argue with that. For fun, VPI used its database of more than 467,000 insured pets to find which of the Super Bowl participants had inspired the most fans to name pets after its team or players.
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August 23, 2003 |
On the Web site devoted to his animal insurance business and a nonprofit foundation he created to celebrate the healing power of pets, prominent Orange County veterinarian Jack L. Stephens proclaims his love for nonhumankind. "Very simply," the owner of nine dogs and two cats writes in an online resume, "I founded a pet insurance company to see that pets get the best of care and not have to be put to sleep."
August 4, 2002 |
Zachary has endured chemotherapy, five hip and knee operations, and gall bladder surgery. He takes a daily diet of prescription drugs to combat nausea and other maladies, and gets intravenous fluids at night because of kidney failure. "He's going strong. Last July, you would have never thought he'd make it a couple more weeks," said Donna Raichle, 54, who spends about $400 a month on Zachary's care. Zachary, by the way, is a 12-pound Yorkshire terrier. His lengthy medical file may be one clue that the era of pet health insurance has arrived.
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March 10, 2002 |
From his office in Redwood City, attorney Rick Williams is keeping close tabs on the Los Angeles trial of two San Francisco lawyers charged in the fatal dog mauling of their neighbor. When the criminal case of dog owners Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel is resolved, Williams will have to defend his clients--the owners of the apartment building where tenant Diane Whipple was killed--against wrongful death civil suits filed by the victim's partner and mother.
July 12, 1999 |
Health insurance without an HMO? Surgery without pre-authorization? It does exist, but--sorry--it's for dogs and cats. Perhaps you've seen brochures at your vet's office and wondered about insurance for Maggie the Maltese or Taffy the tabby. The California Veterinary Medical Assn. "strongly backs the concept," says Sacramento veterinarian Dr. Tom Kendall, a past association president. Kendall adds, "The care we want for our beloved pets is just as high as we want for ourselves.
February 24, 1998
An Arizona insurance firm said Monday it has agreed to purchase up to $4 million of nonvoting preferred stock in Anaheim-based Veterinary Pet Insurance, which issues insurance policies covering dogs and cats. "Pet insurance is a relatively young industry that has seen tremendous growth the last couple of years," said Mike Miller, vice president and treasurer of Scottsdale Insurance Co., which is acquiring the preferred stock.