Hare Care Reaches New Heights; Veterinary Pet Insurance Now Insures Pet Rabbits

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Veterinary Pet Insurance

    ANAHEIM, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- If the Easter Bunny decided to
 take up permanent residence at your house this year, here's some good news.
 Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) announces that rabbits are the newest type of
 animal to be included in its Avian & Exotic Pet Plan.  Now, whether yours is
 an Angora, Lop, Rex, Hotot or any other bunny breed, it can be enrolled in a
 comprehensive health plan that covers thousands of medical conditions that
 result from illnesses or accidents -- coverage similar to that available for
 dogs, cats and birds through VPI.
     Under VPI's Rabbit coverage, annual premiums are $120.  The policy covers
 such things as office calls, prescriptions, laboratory fees, treatments,
 diagnostics, surgery and hospitalization.
     VPI President Jack L. Stephens, DVM, says when he founded Veterinary Pet
 Insurance in 1980, "My long-term goal was to provide financial assistance to
 all pet owners.  We started by offering protection to owners of dogs and cats.
 Once our experience, expertise and satisfied policyholders made us the
 industry leader, we added Avian coverage to help owners of pet birds.  Now, we
 are taking the next step by expanding our coverage to include another popular
 pet group -- rabbits."
     With more than 2 million(1) pet rabbits in the United States, VPI
 Assistant Medical Director, Dave Reinhard, DVM, says this should come as
 welcome news to their owners.  "Rabbits make wonderful pets.  They're
 generally docile, and can even be litterbox-trained."  Reinhard also warns
 that, contrary to what some people think, rabbits are not necessarily
 low-maintenance pets.  "Rabbits can have a lifespan of up to 10 years and they
 require as much work as a dog or a cat," he says.
     Rabbits also are not without health problems, because every category of
 pets has its own set of health risks.  "For rabbits, gastroenteritis,
 respiratory diseases and ear and eye infections are common concerns.
 Hairballs are a problem, too.  And rabbits are especially prone to fractures
 of the spine due to their excessive kicking," Reinhard says.
     VPI's new Rabbit policy is designed to encourage regular veterinary care
 and give owners peace of mind, says Reinhard.  "Early diagnosis of any illness
 is always better for the pet than if the condition is allowed to worsen.  And
 with the Rabbit policy, the cost for required treatment will be covered."
 
     About Veterinary Pet Insurance
     Founded in 1980 by Dr. Jack Stephens with the support of 750 independent
 veterinarians, Veterinary Pet Insurance, Anaheim, Calif., is the nation's
 number-one medical insurance for dogs, cats, birds and now rabbits.
 Veterinary Pet Insurance policies make the miracles of veterinary medicine
 affordable by covering more than 6,400 medical treatments for accidents and
 illnesses, with optional coverage available for preventive and routine care.
 Policies are licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
 Exclusively endorsed by the American Humane Association, Veterinary Pet
 Insurance enjoys an 82 percent renewal rate and has issued more than 1 million
 policies.  Veterinary Pet Insurance policies are underwritten by Veterinary
 Pet Insurance Co. in California.  Elsewhere, policies are underwritten by
 National Casualty Co., Madison, Wis., an A+15 rated company.
     For more information on insuring their pets, consumers may call
 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit the Veterinary Pet Insurance web site at
 http://www.petinsurance.com
 
     (1)  Source:  1996  Pet Owners' Survey; American Pet Products
          Manufacturers Association, Inc.
 
 

SOURCE Veterinary Pet Insurance
    ANAHEIM, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- If the Easter Bunny decided to
 take up permanent residence at your house this year, here's some good news.
 Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) announces that rabbits are the newest type of
 animal to be included in its Avian & Exotic Pet Plan.  Now, whether yours is
 an Angora, Lop, Rex, Hotot or any other bunny breed, it can be enrolled in a
 comprehensive health plan that covers thousands of medical conditions that
 result from illnesses or accidents -- coverage similar to that available for
 dogs, cats and birds through VPI.
     Under VPI's Rabbit coverage, annual premiums are $120.  The policy covers
 such things as office calls, prescriptions, laboratory fees, treatments,
 diagnostics, surgery and hospitalization.
     VPI President Jack L. Stephens, DVM, says when he founded Veterinary Pet
 Insurance in 1980, "My long-term goal was to provide financial assistance to
 all pet owners.  We started by offering protection to owners of dogs and cats.
 Once our experience, expertise and satisfied policyholders made us the
 industry leader, we added Avian coverage to help owners of pet birds.  Now, we
 are taking the next step by expanding our coverage to include another popular
 pet group -- rabbits."
     With more than 2 million(1) pet rabbits in the United States, VPI
 Assistant Medical Director, Dave Reinhard, DVM, says this should come as
 welcome news to their owners.  "Rabbits make wonderful pets.  They're
 generally docile, and can even be litterbox-trained."  Reinhard also warns
 that, contrary to what some people think, rabbits are not necessarily
 low-maintenance pets.  "Rabbits can have a lifespan of up to 10 years and they
 require as much work as a dog or a cat," he says.
     Rabbits also are not without health problems, because every category of
 pets has its own set of health risks.  "For rabbits, gastroenteritis,
 respiratory diseases and ear and eye infections are common concerns.
 Hairballs are a problem, too.  And rabbits are especially prone to fractures
 of the spine due to their excessive kicking," Reinhard says.
     VPI's new Rabbit policy is designed to encourage regular veterinary care
 and give owners peace of mind, says Reinhard.  "Early diagnosis of any illness
 is always better for the pet than if the condition is allowed to worsen.  And
 with the Rabbit policy, the cost for required treatment will be covered."
 
     About Veterinary Pet Insurance
     Founded in 1980 by Dr. Jack Stephens with the support of 750 independent
 veterinarians, Veterinary Pet Insurance, Anaheim, Calif., is the nation's
 number-one medical insurance for dogs, cats, birds and now rabbits.
 Veterinary Pet Insurance policies make the miracles of veterinary medicine
 affordable by covering more than 6,400 medical treatments for accidents and
 illnesses, with optional coverage available for preventive and routine care.
 Policies are licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
 Exclusively endorsed by the American Humane Association, Veterinary Pet
 Insurance enjoys an 82 percent renewal rate and has issued more than 1 million
 policies.  Veterinary Pet Insurance policies are underwritten by Veterinary
 Pet Insurance Co. in California.  Elsewhere, policies are underwritten by
 National Casualty Co., Madison, Wis., an A+15 rated company.
     For more information on insuring their pets, consumers may call
 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit the Veterinary Pet Insurance web site at
 http://www.petinsurance.com
 
     (1)  Source:  1996  Pet Owners' Survey; American Pet Products
          Manufacturers Association, Inc.
 
 SOURCE  Veterinary Pet Insurance