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June 7, 1994 | From Associated Press
If Travis Coates had been able to obtain health insurance for his pet, the boy may never have had to pull the trigger on Old Yeller. For $10 a month, the lovable hound of Fred Gipson's bittersweet tale would have been vaccinated and spared both rabies and his master's rifle. He may, however, have howled over a provision for 50% off the cost of neutering. Of course, pet health insurance did not exist in the book's fictional past.
July 25, 2009 | Emily Green
There was a moment late last month when I thought that what was wrong with Clunk might merely be expensive. That was when, after roughly $400 of tests, I agreed to a $600 surgery to remove a tennis ball-sized tumor from his elbow. The bill for this turned out to be $1,600. There have been many brutal moments since then, the most wretched of which was when it became clear that what was wrong with Clunk was not only expensive but also fatal.
March 8, 1988 | CARLOS LOZANO, Times Staff Writer
It's a dog's life. The question today is, how much is it worth? To many dog (and cat) owners, their pets are worth the best in medical care, which today includes chemotherapy and open heart surgery. But with the high-tech treatment come high-priced medical bills, and as a result an increasing number of America's 50 million pet owners are resorting to buying medical insurance for their animals.
When John Garamendi, the state's insurance commissioner, vowed to put the heat on big insurance companies, it wasn't clear that puppies and kittens might feel the bite. The state has filed a motion to have a third party take over operation of Veterinary Pet Insurance Inc. of Anaheim, which is believed to be one of only two companies in the nation that sells health insurance for dogs and cats.
August 23, 2003 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
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."
January 30, 2009 | Mike Hiserman
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.
July 25, 2009 | Dawn Bonker
Those doe-eyed, tail-wagging pooches waiting for new homes may be as loyal as any dog lover could want. But anyone planning to adopt or purchase a dog should beware: Fido or Fifi could be a killer when it comes to homeowner liability insurance. Based on the dog-bite claims they see, insurers feel that some breeds are a poor risk.
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.
October 20, 1999 | MARC BALLON, Marc Ballon covers small business and entrepreneurial issues for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7439 and at
Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. in Anaheim, the nation's oldest and largest pet medical insurance provider, has hired the country's first pet actuary. Phil Panther, an actuarial assistant at National Casualty Co., Veterinary's underwriter, will sift through reams of data and past claims to help Veterinary refine its rates, he said. At present, insurance premiums for dogs and cats are based only on their ages.
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