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5 Tips to Keep Your Furry Friend in Good Health

ID-10018659You want your furry friends to be healthy, but sometimes it is hard to know what they need and even how they are feeling. Knowing  how to properly care for your companion can be a full-time effort so don’t take it lightly. An animal’s instinct is to hide injury or illness, so always be on the lookout for changes in behavior and follow these five tips for keeping your pet healthy and avoiding injury.

Do Your Homework
Thoroughly research the needs of a new pet before bringing him home. Some animals have special needs that inexperienced caregivers simply may not be aware of. Know the breed and proclivities that each breed brings to the table. Some breeds are extremely difficult to train and should not be adopted by the uneducated or unwilling to learn owner. If you are prepared for the challenge it will not seem as difficult.

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Cat Swallowed Rubber Bands

Leo the 5-year-old cat recently made an unexpected veterinary visit because something was up with his tummy. He would vomit occasionally and was losing weight. His veterinarian took some X-rays and an ultrasound of his belly to reveal a mass. Leo would need surgery to remove whatever it was that was causing blockage.

During surgery, Leo’s veterinarian found that his belly was full of rubber bands! They were removed and Leo was able to go home and recover that same day.

Leo is a great example that, even if your cat is an indoor cat, it can still experience illnesses or emergencies. We are very glad that Leo’s surgery went well and were happy to have been able to help. We hope that there are no more rubber bands in his future!

Total claim amount: $1,741.64
Deductible applied: -$500
Ineligible costs (Food): -$36.32
10% co-insurance: -$120.53
Eligible for coverage: $1,084.79

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Trupanion Reviews – Week of April 11

@trupanion Thanks Trupanion Pet Insurance! Sarge’s cardiac check up went well today! Thanks for making it so easy for us to get the best care possible for him! -@keldal

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Thank you Trupanion. My baby would not be here without the insurance policy! -Alexis R.

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Ways to Keep your Furry Friend Healthy on a Budget

Ways to Keep your Furry Friend Healthy on a BudgetAnimals are wonderful companions and often become part of the family. While they are wonderful, they can also be a costly family addition. Handling money wisely in all areas of life is a learned skill, and there are many ways to keep your loveable furry friend healthy, while also keeping your budget in check. Read on for some helpful tips.

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13 Small Dog Breeds for Apartments

smiling pug dog blackDog lovers know what life is like without a dog: quiet, boring, and no wiggle butt to greet you when you get home. Living in an apartment may limit our options for pets, whether they restrict pets altogether or only allow small dog breeds. We’ve put together a list of 13 small dog breeds (in no particular order) that make wonderful pets and are suitable for apartment living.

  1. Pug – These adaptable dogs generally get along with people and pets of all sizes. Their flat faces mean that they can’t easily cool down which means they aren’t well-suited for hot climates. Continue reading “13 Small Dog Breeds for Apartments” »
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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Cataract surgery

This week’s featured claim is for a 10-year-old Maltese who has an upcoming cataract surgery scheduled. Cataracts occur when the crystalline lens of the eye becomes clouded. The more cloudy and opaque it gets, the more light is blocked and the animal cannot see.

There are many causes of cataracts, the main reason being hereditary which can occur at any age in one or both eyes. They may also be caused by diabetes, low blood calcium, or exposure to toxic substances.

Though there is no way to ‘un-cloud’ a lens, cataracts can be treated by surgically removing them. After a successful surgery, the dog or cat will be able to see again.

Karl the dog saw his veterinarian for an assessment and surgery was recommended for both of his eyes. His owner filled out a pre-approval form with us to learn in advance if and how much would be covered by insurance. The vet invoice includes diagnostic tests, hospitalization, IV fluids, anesthesia, surgery, supplies, monitoring, and medication. We wish him a smooth surgery and a quick recovery!

Total claim amount: $4,278.78
Deductible applied: -$0
10% co-insurance: -$427.88
Eligible for coverage: $3,850.90

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Trupanion Reviews – Week of April 4

Finalized Lexy’s pet insurance w/ @Trupanion. They were GR8 w/ Pete.. Hope we never need it but assured it’s there pic.twitter.com/t2jGfSwcEP -@HoP_DogCollars

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@Trupanion.. Recovering from my surgery. I will be able to live my life pain free because of you! Thank you!!! pic.twitter.com/NYDbhKX0w4 -@HurleyRegina

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Fantastic service, fast claim payment processing and great coverage!! I have been with Trupanion for about 2 years and have all 5 of my animals covered. I have had a few major claims and have been very happy with processing and customer service. Wonderful insurance company. -Selma E.

Hi Trupanion! I just called your customer support line & was pleasantly surprised that I was able to immediately speak with a live human person! My customer service representative, Caroline, was super friendly and solved my problem in under 2 minutes! Thanks for making taking care of my best friend so easy! -Haile C.

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great insurance to have,just ask the baby,s -Sally C.

Thanks @trupanion if it wasn’t for you pay direct plan we could not have done his surgery, you saved my lil #doxie #doxiepin -@leahmcmuff

I want to thank the Trupanion company for the services and peace of mind you provided us in the illness and even in her subsequent death, it was good to know that your company and it’s representatives that assisted us to the very end and are so appreciated. thank you from Butterball and the King family. -Lenora K.

@Trupanion you have the best customer service ever!!! #bravotoyou -@MeganLivesFit

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7 Pets Showing their Silly Side for April Fool’s Day

April Fools Day is a day for pranks and laughs. While our pets won’t intentionally prank us, they can definitely make us laugh! So for this week’s giveaway, we asked you to send in a silly or foolish photo of your pet. Our winner will be randomly selected, but we wanted to share some of our favorite photos here!

Abby, shared by Dayle P.

Abby, shared by Dayle P.

Photo shared by Christina R.

Photo shared by Christina R.

Forrest, shared by E G.

Forrest, shared by E G.

Hershey, shared by Leigh P.

Hershey, shared by Leigh P.

Ryder the TP stealer, shared by Jessica T.

Ryder the TP stealer, shared by Jessica T.

Stella, shared by Jen G.

Stella, shared by Jen G.

Shared by Tessa R.

Shared by Tessa R.

Has your pet ever done something ridiculously funny? Tell us about it by leaving a comment!

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Los Angeles Apartments for Pet Lovers Only

No pet, no rent. Renters with pets are well aware of the challenges they may face when trying to find a suitable place to live that will allow their furry four-legger. Many apartment complexes have breed restrictions, size restrictions, or simply do not allow pets at all. But this apartment complex is completely the opposite: it won’t let you live there if you don’t have a pet!

According to LA Daily News, Judy Guth, a property owner of a 12-apartment complex in North Hollywood loves pets and will only allow tenants with dogs or cats to rent her apartments. “My experience has told me you get people with a lot of love in their hearts when you get pet owners,” said Guth. In fact, when a tenant’s pet passes away, Guth will join the renter when they go on a trip to the animal shelter to adopt their next pet.

Concerned that this may be discrimination against non-pet owners? Rest easy that there are no laws being broken. The Federal Fair Housing Act says it’s illegal to discriminate based on race, color, nationality, sex, religion, disability, and familial status, but there is no mention of pet ownership!

Though the Los Angeles complex currently has no vacancy, it certainly sets a good example for other apartment managers in the area to step up their game if they want to compete for pet-owning renters. As pet lovers who bring our dogs and cats to work, the people of Trupanion would love to see more apartment buildings with open arms for pets!

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How to Take an Awesome Pet Photograph

how to take an awesome pet photographClearly, your pet is the most adorable, hilarious and smartest pet in the world, but does the world know that? There’s only one-way to find out: by taking the most awesome pet photograph anyone has ever seen and then share it far and wide.

So, whether you’re looking to document your cat, dog, cow, giraffe or whatever critter you keep close to home, follow this helpful guide to capture amazing, professional-looking photos from subjects that are usually reluctant to strike a pose:

1. Getting Your Pet to Cooperate

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