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The Ability to Do Whatever is Deemed Necessary

Blitzen Image 2“I am a veterinary technician of 21 years. Too many times in my career I have seen clients make emergent and critical decisions about their beloved pet’s medical care, based on cost.

The hospital I work for, Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, recently added Trupanion as an employee benefit. While at first I was skeptical, it very quickly turned to relieved and thankful!

In March 2014, my 5-month-old puppy, Blitzen, was inadvertently fed a handful of grapes. Three days of hospitalization, IV fluids, lab work and $3,000.00 later I was extremely grateful to have the peace of mind that his Trupanion coverage was in place. He has visited the hospital a few other times with less critical issues, but each time I have had the peace of mind that I can allow the doctors to do whatever they deem necessary, in the best interest of my puppy’s health care, while Trupanion takes care of the majority of the cost and the stress that comes with it.

Trupanion Reviews – Week of 2/27

Special heartfelt thankyou to trupanion and my vet for suggesting it!!! Our cali went into kidney failure a few months ago and without this wonderful safety net we would have possibly lost our precious girl!!! Thankyou for caring about cali and making it possible to enjoy her life!! -Nicolette S.

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Your insurance is the best! After I received an email saying that alternative care stem cell therapy was now covered with the policy I have I was so excited to talk to my vet about it. My lab is only 4, has elbow dysplasia and deserves to run and go horse back riding with me hopefully pain free. He does pretty well just on NSAIDs but I always limited his rides out with me fearing he might not make it back. He got his first stem cell treatment 2 weeks ago and his second yesterday. I’m so hopeful and excited that these treatments are already helping him. I took him riding with me last week and he ran with me while I was cantering across a snow filled field. Something he’s never done! I usually wait for him to catch up after I stop. He’s been more active every day. I can’t wait to see how much improvement this second treatment will do for him. Thank you Trupanion for making this health care alternative affordable for me and him and giving a young farm dog a happier life!!! -Tracy M.


My boys, Rider (left) and Vinny (right) both got sick at the same time. Vinny had a bad pneumonia, and Rider was referred out for further testing (including an ultrasound) and diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Thanks to Trupanion, I did not have to worry about their combined large vet bills. Vinny is feeling better, back to his normal self. Rider… it will take some trial and error to figure out the best way to manage his IBD. It is stressful having a sick pet… I’m glad I didn’t have to worry about their vet bills, and could just focus on my boys. -Leanne F.


Thankfully we haven’t had to file any claims yet, but @Trupanion customer service is out-of-this-world good. Highly recommended. -@natalierachel


I Faxed Jagger’s receipt for his surgery to have the screw removed and another PRP injection ( close to $1100.00) to Trupanion on Saturday. There was a deposit into my checking account yesterday for almost $990.00. Thankful I have pet insurance and that I chose Trupanion. -Sharon M.

If you are considering pet insurance for your furry family members, I recommend Trupanion. I took the claim form for Koa’s ER visit to the Urgent Care clinic on Saturday (They have to sign it; they also faxed it in for me). I just got word that my check is in the mail from Trupanion TODAY!!!!! No questions, no arguing, just financial support when you need it the most! Amazing! -Jan H.

Thanks for reminding us!! Trupanion has been my bank savers, my adopted yellow Lab has gone through some rough patches, really rough ones, ICU, surgery, etc., Trupanion has been there by my side every step of the way, claims were easy, pay out was quick, I didn’t have to sell my house to care for my wonderful girl. Thanks again. -Audrey W.


Words from our President of WMDF “We could not have afforded Emmie’s $6,000 cervical spine surgery without Trupanion. Our out of pocket expense was approximately $800.00 which we could afford. Thank you Trupanion for helping us at a difficult time. Emmie has recovered wonderfully! -Washington Metro Dachtober Fest

My boys, Rider (left) and Vinny (right) both got sick at the same time. Vinny had a bad pneumonia, and Rider was referred out for further testing (including an ultrasound) and diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Thanks to Trupanion, I did not have to worry about their combined large vet bills. Vinny is feeling better, back to his normal self. Rider… it will take some trial and error to figure out the best way to manage his IBD. It is stressful having a sick pet… I’m glad I didn’t have to worry about their vet bills, and could just focus on my boys. -Leanne F.

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Diesel in recovery mode with his cat Dennis. TPLO surgery on his left leg. Thank you Trupanion. -Phyllis W.


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We Love You.Trupanion…..Thank You for taking such good care if us. The best pet insurance. The staff is awesome..We live you. Brenda kisses and junior -Brenda S.

So thankful for Trupanion. Lil Winston has to go in for surgery on his 4 retained deciduous canine teeth. Because of our plan they are covering 90% of it!! A $750 surgery is only going to cost $75 now!!! I suggest this company for pet insurance for everyone!!! -Michael A.

@Trupanion thank you for helping @geojlc and me care for Qbert. 8 lbs at 5 month old, he’s a Trupanion cat for life! -@jwcornish

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National Walk Your Dog Day: 5 Reasons to Walk With Your Pet

dogwalkGrab a leash and hit the streets, National Walk Your Dog Day is February 22. Whether you have a dog, a cat, or just like to get outside for a stroll, a daily walk comes with a number of benefits. It is a great excuse to go outside and get some extra exercise, and now with charitable apps like Wooftrax’s Walk for a Dog App, you can give back to your local shelter at the same time. Dr. Kerri Marshall, veterinarian and chief veterinary officer at Trupanion highlights some of the best reasons to walk with your pet:

  1. A daily walking routine keeps both you and your pet healthy– Dogs and cats both need exercise in order to stay healthy in the long run, and the same is true for people. Regular walks can help reduce destructive behavior, maintain a pet’s healthy weight, and help your pet stay mentally happy and healthy.
  1. Walks are a great way to bond with your pet– It also gets them the exercise they need. Walking with your pet helps solidify the bond you have and allows you to experience new environments together.
  1. A daily walk lets you and your pet get the social interaction you both need– Both dogs and people are social beings that need to get out regularly. Some dogs can benefit from spending time with other dogs, and an occasional trip to a designated dog park can be a great way to socialize. Pets are also a good icebreaker when meeting new people.
  1. Walking reduces stress and relieves anxiety in both people and pets–Walking a pet has been shown to reduce blood pressure and boost the immune system. In addition, petting a dog or cat can calm frayed nerves and alleviate stress. Pets also benefit mentally and physiologically from some exercise and time spent outside.
  1. Giving back is as simple as taking a walk– Wooftrax’s Walk for a Dog app allows you to raise money for shelter pets simply by taking a stroll. Whether or not you have a pet, a simple walk around the block can help you earn much-needed funds for a local shelter of your choice. Have a feline family member? Many cats can learn to walk on a leash and benefit from some outdoor time too.

There are so many great ways to make walking your dog fun, how do you enjoy taking your dog for walks?


Trupanion Reviews – Week of 2/20

Trupanion-It’s simply the best!! BIG SHOUT OUT. Cannot say enough good things about Trupanion. When our dog was diagnosed with cancer, Trupanion enabled us to provide him with the absolutely best care available. Every Dog lover should have this coverage. -Marty B.

Puppy Love on Valentines. ..little Bear shares mama Bella s pillow wt her…after the surgery to remove 4 lumps on her inner legs…Thanks to the team at Trupanion for helping me keep my old pup healthy. ..♡♡♡♡♡ -Michele P.

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Thank you to the BEST pet insurance you can have!!! TRUPANION. Without this insurance valentinos $4400 bill would of crippled me. For all those that have pets or want a pet get TRUPANION INSURANCE!!! They are amazing!!!! -Ileen E.

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Jasper says thank you so much for saving my life & covering all my medical costs such as a tummy bloat & allergies!! Couldn’t be more thankful! thank you Trupanion! -Caitlin M.


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Feel bad for yet another friend’s pet needing expensive surgery… Really wish everyone had @Trupanion. -@Stefaniya

I cannot stop recommending Trupanion to everyone in our puppy class! Here is Qubit! Don’t be fooled by his goofy tired look. He is 100% pneumonia free and back to his old crazy self. -Dorothy C.

Trupanion Reviews - Week of 2/20

So glad to be back in my favorite spot after almost two weeks in the ICU! Thank you @trupanion and BluePearl vets for saving my life! -@jamesearljones_thefrenchie

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If only our own health insurance took such good care Of us as they do of our beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel-Lucy. Trupanion goes above and beyond to assist and cover the various ailments that occur. Thank You Trupanion. -Nancy K.

Here it is. My periodic plug for pet insurance. In general, pet insurance won’t cover routine stuff like checkups or vaccines. It can, however, help mitigate costs in the event of illness or injury. You can budget for the routine stuff, but unforeseen expenses are …well, unforeseen. I heartily recommend Trupanion for several reasons. While it might seem like just another expense, this could help relieve a bit of stress about money when and if you have to seek veterinary care. -Kerry S.

Thank you Trupanion, Diesel had a foreign body surgery yesterday, before the surgery was even complete your staff was calling me to let me know he would be covered & to make sure I give him a kiss from you. Thank you for the services you provide! & having the most caring staff <3 You helped save my Diesels life. Today I am thankful for you being apart of our lives. <3 -Michelle T.

It’s not at all an exaggeration to say that your insurance coverage saved my Dexter’s life. Again and again, I am grateful for my Trupanion coverage and will never have another pet without it. Dex and I thank you very, VERY much! -Lauren H.

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Thank you Trupanion, without you I would not be able to treat my Casey’s seizures the way he deserves…you are the best… -Rose C.

A very sweet care package just showed up for Jones from @Trupanion (which he promptly tried to eat)! -@EdTechBSt

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Trupanion is so great–they’re truly live-saving -@pfindling

#tbt to my first vet check up. My heart sounded great this day, but several months later the vet would hear a very loud heart murmur on exam. Thank goodness for @trupanion pet insurance! -@dieselthebulldogvan

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When a Veterinarian’s Pet Gets Sick

Gage“A lot of people think being a veterinarian means you get free veterinary care. The reality is that nothing is inherently free. We still use drugs and supplies that come with a cost, and we still pay other veterinary specialists for their services when helping with our own pets.

I started looking into veterinary health insurance three years ago as a service to my clients. I wanted to have answers and have a recommendation for what I believed was the best company to use. After thorough research, I decided Trupanion was the easiest and best option. The more I read about the company, the more I thought about my aging dog and what he may need in the future. As a veterinarian, I would want to do whatever I needed to do for him, and therefore, pet insurance may be a good way for me to guard against the potential costs.

Low and behold, we activated the account and in less than a year, my best friend and Border Collie, Gage, got into the trash and became sick. Radiographs quickly identified a foreign object and a need for surgery. The surgery went well and after 2 days of care in our hospital and in the local EC, Gage recovered uneventfully. I got some discounts along the way, but ultimately there were still many hard costs that accrued but Trupanion didn’t bat an eye about paying for the care and services he had.

I thank Trupanion for their great care and support. I believe so much in what they provide and try to pass that on to our customers every day. If it makes sense for me, it should make sense for most.”

John F., DVM

Austin, Texas

Enrolled: July 2013
Condition: Intestinal Obstruction
Trupanion Paid: $1,164.03