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Rescue Cat Receives Pampering and Special Care

Rescue Cat Receives Pampering and Special Care

“Shortly after picking up Brenda from the local animal shelter, I signed up with Trupanion. My previous cat had extremely high medical bills and no insurance, so signing up for pet medical insurance seemed like a sensible thing to do. Brenda settled down very happily in her new environment. A few months later, I took Brenda to the veterinarian for a routine teeth cleaning. Whilst under anesthesia, she developed trouble breathing and was immediately given oxygen. She was later examined by a cardiologist whose diagnosis was that Brenda was suffering from congestive heart failure.

Since then, I’ve been regularly checking and recording Brenda’s resting respiratory rate and giving her medication as prescribed. A high respiratory rate indicates the presence of fluid in her lungs, which is caused by her condition. I’ve had to rush her to the emergency veterinarian a number of times. Each time, Brenda was placed in an oxygen tent for long periods and had multiple x-rays taken to determine the amount of fluid in her lungs. Having Trupanion coverage has allowed Brenda to have the treatments she requires. It also eliminates some of the stress of having a sick pet and allows me to concentrate on her recovery. She is currently taking five different medicines and leads a normal, happy, pampered life.

I am very impressed with the service at Trupanion. Claims are dealt with very quickly and there is never any fuss. In addition, the premiums are very reasonable. I am extremely glad I signed up Brenda for coverage from Trupanion.”

Justin P.

San Francisco, California

Enrolled: August 2013
Condition: Congestive Heart Failure
Trupanion Paid: $13,056.95

Trupanion Reviews – Week of 5/15

Vets At 4 am again with Beni-she gets so sick so quickly..thank god for @Trupanion and their amazing customer support…best pet insurance around. -@SummerAltice

Meet Stanley … he says thank you very much for covering my vet bill for eating a sock!! -Kristen C.

Trupanion Reviews - Week of 5/15

Thank you for being amazing- you’ve surpassed my expectation every time I had to ask a question or submit a claim! -Felicia D.

A big thank you to Trupanion for being there for us and our girl Ripley -English N.


When we signed up Trupanion for Butter last year, she was completely fine and we thought it was just a peace of mind. Not so long ago we experienced some unexpected conditions that we had to take Butter to the vet or even ER. Glad it was minor and she’s doing well now. Thank you Trupanion for being there for us and super lightning fast claims process, you guys are so amazing and beyond our expectation. -Ann W.

Thank you trupanion we couldn’t have gotten his acl nose and palate done at once if it weren’t for you. Here is our guy recovering -Amy H.

Trupanion Reviews - Week of 5/15


Thanks to all of the staff at Trupanion for supporting me through Chester’s illness. He passed away on May 11th and your great service was a big help. Everything went so smoothly with my claims. I have recommended your company to others. -Moira C.

Trupanion Reviews - Week of 5/815

I purchased the trupanion insurance for our lovely dog ‘Mac’. In the past month, Mac had to undergo several health issues for which we had to take him to emergency a couple of times. The Doctors had to perform several tests including some advanced tests which were very expensive. Trupanion team was always available to help with prompt feedback. The claims for reimbursement of expenses were approved very quickly and reimbursements were remitted in less than a week. The best part is that the Company stands by the fine prints of the policy irrespective of the amount of claim involved. So happy that I made the right choice to be associated with this awesome pet insurance company!!

Titan watching the kids play outside after his acl repair surgery. Thank you Trupanion for helping with my puppy’s surgery! He is 9 weeks out now and doing great! -Elizabeth C.

Trupanion Reviews - Week of 5/15


Sharing picture of my “girls” who have greatly benefitted from the speedy, professional services offered -@godkue

Trupanion Reviews - Week of 5/15

Six Water Safety Tips Every Dog Owner Should Know

Six Water Safety Tips Every Dog Owner Should Know

Today is International Water Safety Day, just in time for the warm weather and time spent poolside or on the water with your pups. Swimming can be a great way for your pet to exercise and cool down in the summer heat, but while some dogs were practically born to swim, not all dogs are equipped for the water—both mentally and physically. When bringing your canine companion along to join the fun on the water this summer, be sure to keep their safety in mind.

Read more to find Trupanion’s top water safety tips for a summer well-spent.

A Day of Play Turns into a Hospital Stay

A Day of Play Turns into a Hospital Stay“Once a stray in Puerto Rico, Henry hit the jackpot when he was adopted from the Monmouth County SPCA by a wonderful family whose hearts he immediately stole. During his adoption, Henry’s new owners were given 30 days of Trupanion, which they decided to keep. After all, one never knows what a puppy might get into.

His first summer with his new family, Henry got some exciting news- he had been invited to a doggy birthday party! He could not have been more excited. He started imagining what the party would be like- romping around with his friends, endless dog treats, and playing to his heart’s content. He started counting down the days until the party. He could not wait.

Then it came, the day of the party. It was almost too good to be true- wrestling and romping and everything else a puppy could dream of. He was living every dog’s dream until suddenly, to his owner’s shock, Henry fell to the ground and had a seizure. He was rushed to Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, where the staff had already been alerted of his situation and were awaiting his arrival.

Henry found himself in the ICU being treated for heatstroke. He received IV fluids and was monitored for several hours. Since the full effects of the heatstroke couldn’t be immediately known, Henry had to stay overnight at the hospital for observation.

The happy ending is that Henry made a full recovery, and that Trupanion paid 90% of his treatment costs. Henry remains a very playful and active puppy, and his owners know that having Trupanion means they are prepared for any more puppy incidents that might lie ahead!”

Jane S.


Millstone Township, New Jersey

Enrolled: December 2013
Condition: Heat Stroke
Trupanion Paid: $1,002.83

The Top 5 Most & Least Expensive Cities to Have a Dog

In honor of National Pet Month, we joined forces with Redfin, a real estate brokerage, and Rover.com, a network of dog lovers for hire, to get a holistic look at the costs involved in responsibly caring for a dog in major cities across the United States.

While the cost of food and toys can be squeezed into most monthly budgets, the costs involved in dog-friendly housing, veterinary bills and quality pet care can really add up, especially in big cities.

To determine which cities are the most and least expensive, each company analyzed data on 116 major cities, and then ranked the list based on the following criteria:

-Housing: How much more you’ll pay for a dog-friendly rental compared to the average cost of all rentals in the city, based on data from Walk Score, a Redfin company.

-Healthcare: Average monthly payment for medical insurance from Trupanion for a mixed breed male puppy with a $250 deductible.

-Pet Care: Average daily rates for dog sitting and day care, based on data from Rover.com.

According to the analysis, here are the top 5 most and least expensive cities to have a dog:

(Click here for the full report)

The Top 5 Most & Least Expensive Cities to Have a Dog