Westminster Dog Show

February 14, 2011 by staff 

Westminster Dog Show, The Westminster Dog Show in New York attracts nearly 2500 participants per year, with managers spending as much as 1 million per year for one dog. Here are the dogs that won Best in Show in each of the last five years.
The Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) Dog Show is considered the ultimate showcase of purebred dogs. With 2,500 champions representing 173 breeds, this show offers dog lovers across the United States the opportunity to see “the best of the best” and often pushes the purchase of a new pet. However, as WKC begins today,
Petplan, the leader of the nation pet insurer, said prospective parents for pets, as the costs of selecting a race are not simply the initial purchase. Any future pet parent should consider hereditary conditions – and the potential costs of veterinary care – associated with many popular breeds.
“Westminster has a beautiful depiction of options purebred and inspires future pet parents to choose among the many breeds presented,” said Natasha Ashton, co-founder of Petplan. “As a parent pet, which was bred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in my life, I know from experience what excellent pets these dogs do, but I know that hereditary health issues, particularly mitral valve disease, which so often occur in these thoroughbreds. These genetic predispositions are at the heart of which my husband and I started Petplan in the United States that we wanted to ensure that we could offer our animals bred with the best veterinary care possible. ”

Although most pet insurers do not cover pets with hereditary diseases, Petplan has done since its launch in 2006. This decision allows all pet parents – including those of pure-bred – to have confidence that their pets and their family budget will be protected from any known inherited diseases in purebred, including:

Canine Hip Displaysia – a degenerative joint disease often found in larger breeds such as Labradors and German shepherds.
Medial patellar luxation – dislocation of the kneecap that affects many smaller breeds, including Boston Terriers, Chihuahuas, C**ker Spaniels and Dachshunds, to name a few.
Von Willebrand’s Disease – a blood disorder common in Dobermans and Scottish Terriers.
Portosystemic shunt – an abnormal blood flow to the liver including related Irish Wolfhounds and Yorkshire Terriers.

“There are more than 500 hereditary diseases and diseases that can affect purebred,” says Ashton. “It is essential for pet parents to understand the potential for veterinary care important in the selection of purebred and also, take steps to prepare for health problems that may occur by the insurance check and veterinary services for their new pet. ”

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ABOUT Petplan: As America’s insurance company first order pet, Petplan policies offer customizable to meet any requirement coverage and your budget. Petplan is the only insurer covering all hereditary diseases and defects of the animal’s life – no dollar limits per condition. For more information, visit or call 1-866-467-3875

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