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BREA, Calif., June 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Independence Day is right around the corner, which means barbeques, pool parties and of course, fireworks. This Fourth of July, Nationwide®, the nation's first and largest provider of pet health insurance, reminds pet owners that preparation and awareness are the keys to a pet-safe celebration.
To bring attention to the potential dangers surrounding pets during Independence Day celebrations, Nationwide sorted through its database of more than 600,000 insured pets to determine the most common Fourth of July-related pet injuries. Below are the results:
Holiday Related Incident
Average Cost for Treatment
Window or Fence
Eating Chocolate or Table
Scraps/ Ingesting Alcohol
Falling in Pool/Unable to Swim
Nationwide encourages pet owners to consider these safety precautions to ensure that their furry family members are safe during this year's celebration:
"The Fourth of July is a fun-filled holiday, but it can be incredibly stressful and dangerous for pets," said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for Nationwide. "Pet owners should pay close attention to their animals' level of anxiety generated from the irregular activity. Providing pets with a comfortable place away from the chaos and noise of the celebration can help keep them relaxed and safe."
About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 600,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide, formerly known as Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America's pet lovers. Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, nearly half of all Fortune 500 companies offer Nationwide pet insurance as an employee benefit.
Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016); National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016). Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor's. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.
Nationwide and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2017 Nationwide.
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