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Making a Great Life Possible

French Bulldog Pet Insurance“I would like to convey my sincere appreciation for the support Trupanion has provided for my French Bulldog, Oliver. Oliver is my joy and has a great life. Trupanion has helped make that great life possible by ensuring Oliver gets the medical care he needs.

When I first got Oliver, I shopped for the best pet insurance. I talked to friends (animal shelter volunteers, veterinary assistants, rescue organizations, etc.) and the consensus was Trupanion. Everyone I spoke with told me Trupanion was excellent with processing claims, honest and really cared. I can say that I found all of that to be true as well.

The most recent medical issue Oliver had was an inner ear infection. Dr. Simon at Marina Hills Animal Hospital did everything possible for Oliver but it got to the point where a specialist was needed. Dr. Simon referred Oliver to Dr. Vogel at Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital for ventral bulla osteotomy surgery. I was confident Dr. Vogel and his team would provide the best care for Oliver and having Trupanion would ensure that by providing the best insurance support.

Oliver developed complications and had to stay longer at the hospital. The bill was larger than anticipated but Oliver received excellent care. Trupanion helped make that possible. I am happy to report Oliver is now home and snoring away in his bed as I type this.

Trupanion is the best! They are efficient in processing claims and reimbursement. Most importantly— they care about you and your pet. Every time I speak with them, the first question they ask is how is Oliver? They even asked for a picture!

Every pet owner should have Trupanion. I am grateful that I do so Oliver can get the care he needs.”

Cathy S.


Laguna Niguel, CA
Enrolled: October 2009
Condition: Inner Ear Infection, Airway Problems, Foreign Body Ingestion
Trupanion Paid: $18,758.96

Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs

Pitbulls are prone to mast cell tumors in dogs
Skin tumors and tumors that are just right under the skin (subcutaneous tumors) are the most common tumors found in dogs. Approximately 80% of all skin tumors are benign but quickly diagnosing a malignant skin tumor is critical to improving your dog’s prognosis.

In veterinary medicine, one of the most dangerous things you can say is, “let’s wait and see.” This is especially true when it comes to tumors, lumps and bumps. Good, aggressive, thorough veterinary care more often will involve some form of biopsy when a new lump is discovered on your dog. This is particularly important if:

  • Your dog is older (more than 6 or 7 years old)
  • The lump grows quickly
  • Your dog has had a malignant tumor before
  • Your dog is a purebred (and especially a Boxer, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Pug, Boston Terrier, Pitbull, Weimaraner, Shar-Pei, Bulldog)

Help Give your Friends Peace of Mind

Puppy wearing red scarf

‘Tis the Season of Giving

‘Tis the season of giving, of love, and of cheer—and as pet owners, we know our pets give us all of these things no matter what time of year. We see it in the way they greet us at the door, hear it in the purr as they curl up in our laps, and sense it in the unbreakable bonds we have with our best friends.

That’s why here at Trupanion, we believe in giving every pet and their owners the best—and we know you do too.

While you’re gathered with family and friends (two-legged and four) we’d like to ask you to share your Trupanion experience. Tell them what your pet gives you, and tell them about the peace of mind that comes with knowing you and your pet are covered. Every time you refer a friend who enrolls in a Trupanion policy this November and December, we’ll pay it forward with a $10 donation to The Farley Foundation or Best Friends Animal Society. 

Preparing for the “What Ifs”

Husky Pet Insurance Story“In June 2015 my Star turned 6 years old! The realization of her being with me today is truly due to the amazing team of doctors and staff at Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and Trupanion!

When I adopted Star as a puppy I debated getting insurance because, I figured I would invest in insurance when she was older. After discussing insurance with Dr. Bruce Levinston, he explained that if there was an injury or illness it could be very costly and Trupanion would pay 90% per incident. Dr. Levinston shared how Trupanion would give me peace of mind for the “what ifs.” I decided then to buy insurance.

Shortly after enrolling Star with Trupanion she became very ill, and in the past six years she has been diagnosed with numerous health issues: incurable internal bacteria, IBD, allergies to food and vaccinations, bleeding ulcers, and inflammation of the gallbladder – all of which is now controllable with daily medications.

Trupanion has paid over $27,000 toward her medical bills. All of my claims were processed and checks were mailed out within seven days of receiving the invoice.

Trupanion helped BVH fight the fight because I didn’t have to worry about the financial end— I just focus on loving Star through it all. I planned for the “what ifs” and it paid off. The doctors have Star on a plan that is managing her illnesses and as for Star—she is wagging her tail and playing every day! Thank you, Trupanion, for being a part of the process and truly standing behind what your company stands for with no limits on cost for illnesses, and not changing the cost of her deductible or increasing her monthly fee because she is ill.

My Star’s success is due to BVH & Trupanion working together! Thank you for providing, not just Star, but all pets with a chance to become healthy when the ‘what ifs’ happen!”

Tina C.


Somerset, New Jersey
Enrolled: September 2009
Condition: IBD and Pancreatic Enzyme Deficiency
Trupanion Paid: $28,460.22

Kidney Stones in Dogs & Cats: What You Should Know

Kidney Stones in Dogs

Does My Pet Have Kidney Stones or Bladder Stones? Good Question!

Unlike people, where kidney stones are unfortunately fairly common and most often very painful, dogs and cats are relatively unlikely to get kidney stones during their lifetime. Bladder stones in dogs or cats, on the other hand, are very common!

If your pet is having trouble with urination, blood in the urine, discomfort when urinating, loss of house training, or other inappropriate urination, be sure to see your veterinarian as soon as possible. Ask a lot of questions and have your veterinarian clarify between uncommon kidney stones and common bladder stones if you are uncertain about what is being diagnosed!

In dogs and cats, a number of medical troubles can contribute to the formation of kidney stones. It is less common but not impossible for a diagnosis of kidney stones to be made “out of the blue” or without some of the following prior troubles.