Petplan Insurance

Petplan Insurance

March 01, 2007 11:13 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: March is Pet Health Insurance Month

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - March 1, 2007) - The following corrects and replaces the release sent on March 1, 2007 at 0900 ET due to multiple revisions. The complete and corrected release follows.

This month marks Canada's second annual National Pet Health Insurance Month. Petplan Insurance has teamed up with others in the industry to sponsor a nationwide contest and educate pet owners about the benefits of pet insurance.

Pet health insurance has been soaring in popularity in recent years. "The industry as a whole and our company is growing at approximately 35% a year." said Randy Valpy, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Petplan Insurance.

According to a study by the American Animal Hospital Association, 73% of pet owners would go into debt to provide for their pet's well being. Susanna Calla is just one of them. Her dog Lizzie was diagnosed with cancer at seven years old and required surgery to remove several tumors. Thankfully, Lizzie is now cancer free. "It has been difficult for us but thank goodness her conditions were covered by her Petplan policy. I cannot imagine how much more difficult all this would have been if we had to worry about finances as well," said Susanna.

To celebrate Pet Health Insurance Month, pet owners can enter a special contest at select veterinary practices and at www.petplan.com. Along with weekly prizes, one lucky winner will take home the Grand Prize valued at over $3,000 which includes a one year Petplan Ribbon policy, a 20" LCD television, a three night stay at any Delta Hotel in Canada courtesy of Delta Hotels and Pets Can Stay, a Panasonic 5 MP digital camera courtesy of London Drugs, a one year supply of pet food courtesy of IAMS, a backyard fireplace courtesy of Ducks Unlimited Canada, a "Smarter than Jack" seven book bundle courtesy of The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, a lifetime membership with PetLynx, a one year's subscription to both Dogs in Canada and Modern Dog magazines, a gift pack courtesy of the Ontario SPCA and a coupon book and discount card courtesy of Paw Perks.

About Petplan:

Petplan promotes responsible pet parenting to Canadian pet owners through a selection of insurance products that assist with the cost of medical care for dogs and cats. In business since 1989, Petplan is Canada's oldest and largest pet health insurance company and since inception has paid out over $60 million in claims. Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Petplan offers its plans in all Canadian provinces and territories. Petplan is underwritten by SecuriCan General Insurance Company.

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