Brea, California – Veterinary Pet Insurance Company,(VPI) a national pet health insurance provider is asking the public to vote for the oddest pet health insurance claim. Each month employees set aside the most interesting claim, and the twelve finalists in the competition are then publicly voted on to determine the winner of the VPI’s Hambone Award.
The Hambone Award was named in honor of a VPI insured dog who was stuck in the refrigerator and ate an entire Thanksgiving ham before someone found him. When the dog was discovered, he was slightly hypothermic, but had “licked clean the hambone.”
All pets have made full recoveries, and all owners received reimbursements for eligible veterinarian expenses.
In Ramsey, New Jersey Cathy Timmons’ Labrador retriever, Stella Artois is described as a trash can dog; one of those favorite canines who insists on nosing through the garbage. Every morning her owner supplements Stella Artois’ meal with a can of vegetables. One particular morning Timmons threw the can into the garbage without taking the trash outside, and Stella Artois plucked the vegetable can out of the garbage and tried to get her tongue down to the bottom of the can. The partially detached lid got caught and stuck to the dog’s lower jaw. The can was too tightly stuck for the owner to remove it, but luckily with a mild sedative and some patience, the veterinarian was able to remove the can by hand.
And did you hear the story about the five-year-old English mastiff named Moose? His owner Lindsay took Moose to the vacant field almost directly across from their home to play and run one day, but on this particular day a mule had somehow wandered onto the vacant lot. Being a curious mastiff, Moose headed over to the mule and began to sniff so he could figure out what kind of animal this was. Obviously the mule felt threatened and kicked Moose in the head.
Lindsay immediately examined Moose and noticed the dog was swollen under his jaw and slightly bleeding, but within a short time, the dog’s head swelled out to twice its size. Moose was also just staring into space. Because it was the weekend, Lindsay had to drive 30 miles to a veterinarian in Tucson who took x-rays of Moose. Lucky for Moose, there were no teeth or jaw bones broken, so he had to be on ice packs and rest for several days.
Lindsay assures everyone that Moose will always be on a leash now.
You can read ten more fascinating stories of truly unbelievable situations with family pets by clicking here. Voting goes from September 6 to September 20.
The winner will receive the VPI’s Hambone Award and be designated as the most unusual claim of the year.