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Sep 21, 2011, 09:04 ET

Rock-Pooping Pug Wins 3rd Annual VPI Hambone Award

A Manville, R.I., pug named Harley made national headlines when he ate, and subsequently passed, more than 100 rocks. But today, Harley can add a...

Sep 06, 2011, 09:00 ET

Public to Choose Winner of 3rd Annual VPI Hambone Award

From the dog that ate more than 100 rocks to the cat that chased a fly onto a hot wood stove, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) has received a...

Jul 18, 2011, 09:00 ET

Veterinary Pet Insurance Reveals Top 10 Most Unusual Dog and Cat Names of 2011

Although "Bella" and "Max" may lead the pack as the most popular names for pets, thousands of others are donning monikers of a less conventional...

Jun 28, 2011, 09:00 ET

Top 10 Most Expensive Pet Health Conditions

Few pet owners imagine they will ever have to spend more than $1,000 for treatment of a single pet health incident or condition. Unfortunately,...

May 24, 2011, 09:00 ET

The Top 10 Most Dangerous Days for Pets

Some of the best days for people—weekends, holidays, summer break—turn out to be the worst for pets. Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI),...

Apr 26, 2011, 09:00 ET

Pet Health Insurance Experiences Record Growth as Employee Benefit in 2010

While 2010 saw politicians argue the merits of human health insurance, there was little debate among employers as to the value of pet health...

Mar 16, 2011, 09:00 ET

Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. Celebrates Pet Parent's Day® With Customizable e-cards

National Pet Parent's Day is April 17, and Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, is...

Feb 15, 2011, 09:00 ET

Chihuahua Wins Tug of War With Great Horned Owl

The Chihuahua is many things: pet, actor, mascot, and even fashion accessory. If it hadn't been for the quick actions last month of a pet owner in...

Jan 03, 2011, 09:00 ET

Nation's Largest Pet Insurer Reveals Top 10 Pet Names of 2010

Call it the "Twilight Effect." In 2010 "Bella" retained its position as the most popular dog name for the second year in a row, and surpassed...

Dec 14, 2010, 09:00 ET

Pets Eat the Strangest Things: 2010's 60 Most Unusual Ingested Objects

With nearly 2,000 foreign body ingestion claims received over the past year, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) – the nation's oldest and...

Nov 01, 2010, 09:00 ET

November Marks 6th Annual National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Every year in the United States, millions of pets are diagnosed with and treated for cancer. For the sixth year in a row, Veterinary Pet Insurance...

Oct 21, 2010, 09:00 ET

Top 10 Medical Conditions Requiring Surgery for Dogs and Cats

Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) policyholders owning dogs and cats spent more than $30 million in 2009 on the 10 most common health conditions...

Aug 23, 2010, 09:00 ET

Beehive-eating Labrador Retriever Takes Home 2nd Annual VPI Hambone Award

Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, asked the public to go to the polls and...

Aug 02, 2010, 09:00 ET

Public to Vote for Recipient of 2nd Annual VPI Hambone Award

For the second year in a row, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, will grant the...

Jul 26, 2010, 09:00 ET

Nation's Largest Pet Insurer Reveals the Sources of Pet Poisoning

Pet owners often joke about pets being like vacuum cleaners literally eating anything put in front of them. Unfortunately, that lack of dietary...

Jun 15, 2010, 09:00 ET

Leading Pet Health Insurer Reveals 2010's Top 10 Most Unusual Pet Names

Shakespeare once famously asked "What's in a name?" When it comes to pet names, the answer is puns, pop culture references, and a little bit of...

May 06, 2010, 09:00 ET

Veterinary Pet Insurance Announces Top 10 Puppy and Kitten Accidents

Anyone who's ever brought home a new puppy or kitten knows the seemingly endless amounts of energy and curiosity that come with these furry...

Mar 30, 2010, 09:00 ET

Nation's Largest Pet Insurer Marks 3rd Annual National Pet Parent's Day(SM) by Recognizing Pet Parents of the Year

When Sally Benson of Grand Junction, Colo., lapsed into a diabetic coma in 2006, her German pinscher Thor came to her rescue by dialing 9-1-1, a...

Mar 01, 2010, 09:00 ET

Nation's Largest Pet Insurance Company Reaches 5,000 Exotic Pets Insured

An Eclectus parrot, chinchilla, or Sulcata tortoise might not be everyone’s idea of the perfect house pet. However, for those who consider...

Feb 09, 2010, 09:00 ET

Top 10 Dog and Cat Medical Conditions of 2009

Even the healthiest person can end up in a doctor's office with an unexpected bout of stomach trouble or an ear infection. While these conditions...