Pet Health and Lifetime Care Center On Desert Inn is a unique concept in medical care for animals, and is quite different than the typical Las Vegas veterinarian clinic. Started earlier this year by Dr. Mark Beerenstrauch in order to bring the philosophy of “disease prevention” to veterinary care, Pet Health Hospital was founded on the belief that avoiding preventable diseases and illnesses is beneficial to both pets and pet owners over time. Through their unique and proprietary “breed-specific lifetime care programs” which provide a roadmap for ongoing maintenance procedures that are known to prevent illness, Pet Health Hospital puts maintaining pet health over profits. “Even though it is more profitable for a veterinarian to simply perform expensive surgeries and procedures when they are necessary, our philosophy is to use low cost ongoing maintenance to help avoid those problems,” said Dr. Beerenstrauch. “I want my patients to lead the happiest and healthiest lives possible, even if I don’t make as much money.”
Beerenstrauch and Pet Health Hospital do not just convey this philosophy in their marketing, they live it. Beerenstrauch offers his employees full healthcare benefit packages for their pets, and pays for them 100%. “We believe that decisions that are made regarding the well-being of our pets that are based on money might not be the best ones, and we know that by covering our own pets with insurance we would not be put in a place where high costs effect our decisions to treat them,” Beerenstrauch said. “I wanted my employees to have the best options that would keep their animals healthy, so I decided to cover the costs of the insurance myself.”
The insurance that covers the employee pets is an expense that Beerenstrauch is willing to absorb, even if it does cost him every month in a way that most employers would choose to avoid. He pays the insurance premiums for employee pets in full, without any contribution from their paychecks. The insurance includes a zero deductible as well as a zero copay, so the employees will generally have nearly no payments if their pets are sick or need surgery. A 50% discount is even provided for treatments of pre-existing conditions. Beerenstrauch truly believes that keeping pets healthy is the best plan over the course of an animal’s life, both for the animal as well as the owner who will not be forced to make treatment decisions based on the ability to afford the procedure. “We have had cases where employee pets have needed procedures costing upwards of six-thousand dollars and they didn’t have to pay a dime,” said Dr. Beerenstrauch. “It makes me happy that they could get the treatment they needed, even though they probably couldn’t have afforded it otherwise.” When asked if he believes that pet insurance is something that all pet owners should maintain, he stated “of course I do. We feel the same way about our patients as we do about our own pets, we want them to be healthy.”
About Pet Health Hospital
Pet Health and Lifetime Care Center is a veterinary clinic and animal hospital located at 8520 West Desert Inn Road #1 in Las Vegas. They specialize in wellness programs and illness prevention for all animals, and are available both routine veterinary issues as well as surgical/dental treatments.