Pethealth Acquires Canadian Pet Insurance Business Pets Plus Us

Pethealth Acquires Canadian Pet Insurance Business Pets Plus Us

Press Release:

OAKVILLE, ON – April 21, 2016 – Pethealth Inc. (“Pethealth”) is proud to announce the acquisition of Pets Plus Us from Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada (“RSA”). The Pets Plus Us business will join the ranks of Pethealth’s offerings in the Canadian pet insurance market, 24PetWatch and Ontario SPCA Pet Insurance Programs.

Pets Plus Us was started by RSA in 2013 with a mission of delivering pet owner happiness in the Canadian pet insurance market. “We’re thrilled to join forces with the talented team of people at Pets Plus Us. We’re confident that, together, we will be able to expand our care of companion animals in Canada,” said Sean Smith, CEO of Pethealth. “We’re pet people too – so adding another

Pets Plus Us was started by RSA in 2013 with a mission of delivering pet owner happiness in the Canadian pet insurance market. “We’re thrilled to join forces with the talented team of people at Pets Plus Us. We’re confident that, together, we will be able to expand our care of companion animals in Canada,” said Sean Smith, CEO of Pethealth. “We’re pet people too – so adding another

We’re confident that, together, we will be able to expand our care of companion animals in Canada,” said Sean Smith, CEO of Pethealth. “We’re pet people too – so adding another organization that furthers our cause is exciting for us all.” The sale is expected to close on May 24, 2016. The leadership, the team and the brand of Pets Plus Us will continue to offer exceptional customer service, this time as part of the Pethealth family. Customers should not experience any disruption of service as

The leadership, the team and the brand of Pets Plus Us will continue to offer exceptional customer service, this time as part of the Pethealth family. Customers should not experience any disruption of service as business will continue as usual following the closing of the transaction.

About Pethealth Inc, a Fairfax company, is the leading provider of management software to North American animal welfare organizations through its cloud-based application. Pethealth is a leading provider of RFID Microchips and Lost Pet Recovery services to the North American companion animal industry. In addition, Pethealth is one of the largest providers of medical insurance for dogs and cats to pet owners, operating in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Pethealth offers a unique range of products and services for shelters, veterinarians and pet owners through a number of wholly-owned subsidiaries.

About Pets Plus Us Pets Plus Us is on a crusade to champion pet owner happiness in Canada, powered by a growing team of passionate pet people with a wide variety of experience, skills and knowledge. The Pets Plus Us brand is equal parts community, membership, and pet insurance coverage, all created to empower and inform responsible pet ownership and pet health.

For further information, contact: Sean Smith, CEO Mike Wallace, President of Insurance Pethealth Inc. 905-842-2615

CBC’s ‘Pets, Vets & Debts’ looks at costs and advances in animal health care

By Victoria Ahearn

THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO _ When it comes to treating an ailing pet, Toronto veterinarian Dr. Michael Ethier is the first to admit it can get expensive.

As director of emergency and critical care medicine at the Toronto Veterinary Emergency Hospital, he’s seen families spend up to $20,000 on their animals.

It may be a hard figure to swallow, but when you break down the costs from a weeks-long stay in an intensive care unit to surgery and perhaps transfusions or MRIs it makes sense, he adds.

With Canada’s publicly funded health-care system, most people don’t realize the exact costs involved in medical treatment, both for humans and animals.

Ethier is hoping the documentary “Pets, Vets & Debts,” making its world premiere on CBC-TV’s “The Nature of Things” on Thursday, will help clear up such misconceptions.

“There’s not a person in veterinary medicine, especially within specialty referral medicine, that will ever say to someone it’s not expensive to treat severely ill or complex pets,” says Ethier, who appears in the doc.

“What we’re hoping is that people understand why it costs more and that sure, in the ideal world we would love that this was similar to human medicine, where there weren’t costs passed on to the family members.”

Liam O’Rinn wrote and directed the film, which looks at the business of veterinary care and the latest medical advancements for animals, from stem cell transplants to heart stents and 3D printed prosthetics.

According to the doc, Canadians collectively spend more than $2.25 billion annually on vet bills. For Americans, that number is $14 billion.

The doc also looks at the cost of pet insurance, which it says most Canadians don’t have.

“Looking into insurance and getting educated on insurance I think is a huge benefit for most families,” says Ethier.

“Unless you’re in a position to be fiscally responsible and put money aside either before you get your first pet or accumulated over the years of the pet and hope that its illness happens later on where you’ve developed that nest egg.”

Ethier notes that having an animal is like buying a house or having children: It’s a long-term commitment with guaranteed costs over its life span.

“You’re not going to get around it,” he says. “It’s a biological entity. There are going to be things that need to be addressed, whether it’s preventatively or therapeutically to fix problems.”

He recommends researching whether the breed of pet has inherent health problems, and if the place it comes from has a history of pet illness.

Pet owners should also understand that health-care costs for pets will differ according to the level of treatment.

For instance, prices are generally higher at a specialty hospital and in situations where an animal needs an emergency surgery at odd hours.

When a pet owner is unable to pay for treatment, they can either have the animal euthanized or surrender it to a local shelter, provided the prognosis is good.

“That’s the biggest frustration for us and for our staff is when we know we can fix an animal, it’s just unfortunately that family doesn’t have the resources to do it,” says Ethier.

“But I’ve even had to say it to clients: ‘My staff would not appreciate if I didn’t pay them for their hard work.’ … Until everything is free, which is never going to happen, there are those costs, unfortunately.”

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Bizarre animal-based insurance claims

Bizarre animal-based insurance claims

The Mirror

Animals are blamed for almost £1m worth of damage to cars, a breakdown of insurance claims has revealed.

They range from horses licking paint off a car, a rampaging cow and a cat under the bonnet causing mayhem.

Data from Saga Car Insurance for the over 50s revealed some of the more bizarre cases in the last 12 months.

One driver fancied a hike round Dartmoor National Park , but when he returned to the car park he found 12 horses licking the paintwork off his car. The naughty nags caused £1,200 worth of damage.

Another took his favourite cow to a cattle show to see if she could win a prize. He tied her to a post, but she got stage fright and made a run for it.

The cow uprooted the post and dragged it around the car park causing £800 worth of damage to the parked vehicle.

A nip to the shops for some milk proved expensive for one driver. When she started the car she heard a strange noise coming from the bonnet so went to investigate.

As she got out of the car she saw a cat running away but not before causing almost £4,000 worth of damage.

A driver was on his way to a wedding when a stag appeared out of nowhere causing him to slam on his brakes.

However, it must have been a case of ‘fight or flight’ for the deer as another stag appeared moments later and ploughed straight into the stationary car. While both stags dashed off in a daze the driver was left staring at £2,000 worth of damage.

Another Saga driver was en route to a boat yard when he spotted a low flying duck and swerved to miss it. The duck escaped with ruffled feathers, but the car slammed into a stone bridge causing more than £1,500 worth of damage.

Roger Ramsden, chief executive, Saga Services, said: “It seems that just about anything can send a road trip into turmoil and the over 50s have to have their wits about them when they’re in the driver’s seat.

“We understand that some things are out of our customers control and that they can’t predict when they may face low flying ducks or deers darting across the road.”

Beached orca kept alive for 6+ hours in rescue near Hartley Bay, BC

Beached orca kept alive for 6+ hours in rescue near Hartley Bay, BC

From Whale Point/Facebook page:

“Today was one of very high emotions. It started with a call from Eric on the Bangarang that he just spotted a beached orca.

The Guardians from Hartley Bay were soon on their way, as were we at Whale Point, with WWF also on board.

Eric put together a McGaver type water pump; we grabbed as many sheets as we could, and Hermann, Bunker and Nicole, Eric and myself went to shore and approached the whale as quietly as possible.

It was a team effort, and fortunately on some level this transient orca understood that we were trying to help.

She often cried, which tore at our hearts, but as the tide came up, there were many cheers as this whale was finally free after 6+ hours of being stuck on this rock.

The story of how she got there is amazing, we will write up a proper blog and already on getting a video organized. A giant thank you once again to this incredible community that comes together so quickly to protect what is sacred.”

Photo Credit: Whale Point | Stranded transient orca beached near Hartley Bay, BC

You’d think that everybody — and their dog — has heard how dangerous it is to leave pets in the car in the summer, right?

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Fire in the sky: How pet-prepared are you for emergencies?

Source: www.spca.bc.ca

With Metro Vancouver and much of B.C. covered with a thick haze of forest fire smoke, the BC SPCA is encouraging animal guardians to refresh their emergency pet preparedness. Several new wildfires, as well as old ones, have caused evacuation orders and states of emergency in several B.C. communities, prompting people to leave their homes as quickly as possible.

“When you’re ordered to evacuate, you need to do it as soon as possible, and people don’t necessarily think about their pet in an emergency situation until it’s too late,” says BC SPCA general manager of community relations Lorie Chortyk. “You don’t have time to gather up everything you need if you have to get out of your home right away.”

Evacuations are usually a busy time for staff and volunteers at the province’s BC SPCA branches, as they provide extra shelter, pet food and pet-related equipment such as crates and leashes for pet guardians and animals.

 “When you’re in a hurry, it can be easy to forgot feeding bowls, food, leashes, everything,” Chortyk says. “That’s why it’s important to plan ahead and be prepared for any emergency. People love their pets, but it often doesn’t sink in that an emergency can happen at any time.”

Having an emergency pet kit handy is key, as well as ensuring your pet is already wearing a collar with up-to-date contact information, Chortyk notes. Keeping your pets inside the house so you don’t need to search for them is also a good idea, as is having emergency pet boarding plans in place.

Items to include in an emergency kit for your pet(s) include:

  • A seven-day supply of food and water
  • Identification tag and collar
  • Sturdy crate and/or carrier
  • Pet first aid kit
  • Blanket/plastic bags
  • Leash, harness
  • Food and water bowls (collapsible are great)
  • Litter box and litter for cats
  • Manual can opener
  • Copy of your pet’s current vaccination history
  • Any special medications and instructions

“No one likes to think an emergency like a wildfire or an earthquake will happen. But in the event it does, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared – for themselves and for their beloved family pets,” Chortyk says.

When dealing with livestock in the event of an emergency, the Horse Council of British Columbia and provincial government offer many helpful tips and advice as well.

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

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