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Caring for a Doberman’s Chronic Issues

Blackjack“After seeing Trupanion literature at the veterinarian’s office we purchased Trupanion for our then 9-month-old Doberman, Blackjack.

At 2 years old, Blackjack was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Once the deductible was met, Trupanion paid and continues to pay for 90% of all of his medication and bloodwork.

After receiving a facial injury at 3 years old, which required surgery, Blackjack’s bloodwork revealed elevated liver enzymes. A month later, further blood work and liver biopsies revealed Blackjack had chronic active hepatitis with copper toxicity. Trupanion paid and continues to pay for 90% all of his medication, liver biopsies, and bloodwork associated with the disease.

Thanks to all the hard work of Dr. Stan Hastings, Blackjack’s liver enzymes are within normal range and he is a happy 5-year-old pup. Don’t be fooled by insurance companies that offer wellness plans, you can afford all of those bills. What you can’t afford are the bills associated with chronic illness. The coverage is well worth it and gives you peace of mind.”

Kathie S.


Blackjack
Covington, Kentucky

Enrolled: September 2011
Condition: Chronic Hepatitis, Hypothyroidism, Foreign Body
Trupanion paid: $17,538.72

Trupanion Reviews – Week of 3/20

My puppy got sick just a couple of weeks after we got her. We had signed up for the 30 day free trial for Trupanion at her first vet visit, and decided to continue it just days before Zoey needed surgery to remove a PINECONE from her stomach. Trupanion has paid all our claims promptly and without any of the hassle I expected. We definitely made the right choice. -Susan K.


I have tried to give you a picture of Heike with her tag but it is not easy. This time it worked. Thanks…..Heike Hohs love her tag and your protection. You have saved her life many times. -Patricia H.

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Earlier this week, Buddy was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma, a type salivary gland cancer. The tumor is just below his ear and behind his jaw. Because of its location and size, the tumor is inoperable and has started to affect his facial nerves. The cancer is in an advanced stage and has already spread to his lungs. We are so relieved we have insurance @trupanion and cost isn’t an issue, but I decided to forego radiation and chemo because I think it would be too hard on him and the end would not justify the means. Whatever time he has left definitely isn’t long enough. Meanwhile, we’ll be living it up, under the sun and on the grass (and eating yummy human food!). #myfirstlove#bostonterrier #justustwo -@buddychoo

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Guess who has better health insurance than I do!? I have to jump through hoops for a check up and this guy can walk into ANY veterinarian office in the US like a VIP! I had a minor panic attack thinking of what I would do if Buxi ever got sick or couldn’t run and play, may or may not be reading a book about a dog who dies, whoops! so I did what every sobbing yoga pant wearing lady does, started a blog at Starbucks. emojiJust kidding, (that was totally funny to me, I loled) no really, I wrapped him in bubble wrap and got him health insurance. Obama would be so proud. #thanksobama emoji#firstworldproblems but I mean come on, look at that face! If JLO can insure her emoji butt, I sure can insure my little monster so he can get his teeth cleaned and butt examined and all the weird things that dogs require to live long and prosper -@vorah_haleh

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Took Bander into Aurora Veterinary Hospital yesterday due to some hair loss on her side. Ran some blood work and her T4 was a little low. Adding on another thyroid panel to see if it’s because it’s not functioning appropriately or if it’s a fluke and not the cause of her hair loss. Should know more later. Thank goodness she’s insured by Trupanion! -Melissa B.


Yancy is a Rottie/Pit Bull mix and had a TPLO on his right knee in September. Thanks goodness for Trupanion! They covered the surgery and the water therapy rehab that helped so much!  – Jeanine F.


#Trupanion hands down best in the business -@djdugan1183


My vet is not shown but a big shout out to Three Notch Veterinary Hospital for giving me a pamphlet from Trupanion when I adopted my lab Ripley. without Trupanion I don’t know what we would have done. Trupanion has covered sooo much. THANK YOU to both Trupanion and Three Notch Veterinary Hospital –English N.


I’m at the vet with Oatmeal now, hopefully just some medication. But, you never know with this little money pit! Thank god for @Trupanion! -@Duskheart

Trupanion Donates nearly $210,000 to Nonprofit Animal Welfare Organizations and Shelters in 2014

Trupanion_Food Drive2014In 2014, Trupanion raised $209,885 for nonprofit animal welfare organizations across North America through our TruGiving philanthropy platform. This year, we need your help. We are now calling on all pet-passionate supporters to help choose the nonprofits to donate to next.

Over the next two months voting will be open to the public to select the next animal welfare nonprofits we will support through our Member Donation Program. The three nonprofits who receive the most votes will be added to our TruGiving program to receive donations.

The TruGiving platform—comprised of the Shelter Support Program, Volunteer Program, and Member Donation Program— facilitates charitable contributions from the corporate level and from our pet-passionate community of employees, members and veterinarians to promote the well-being of cats and dogs and foster responsible pet ownership.

-Shelter Support Program: In 2014, Trupanion donated nearly $105,000 to 193 animal shelters across North America through the Shelter Support Program. Since its inception in 2013, Trupanion has more than doubled the number of shelters in the program and increased donations by 204 percent, providing financial support to shelters and giving shelter pets a better chance at a forever home.

Through this program, Trupanion partners with shelters to provide donations that can be used for any aspect of the shelter – everything from food and toys to technology and infrastructure. The program varies from state to state. Each shelter is also offered the ability to give new pet owners certificates for 30 days of medical coverage for their new cat or dog.

-Member Donation Program: As a means for its pet-passionate customers to engage in TruGiving, Trupanion established the Member Donation Program, where we facilitate $1 monthly donations that coincide with premium payments to pet-focused nonprofit organizations. In 2014, Trupanion members donated $104,197 to animal welfare organizations like The American Humane Association, The Farley Foundation and National Canine Cancer Foundation through the Member Donation Program.

-Volunteer Program: Deeply ingrained in Trupanion’s culture – and a core component of TruGiving – is the genuine love for animals and commitment to the community that Trupanion employees have. Trupanion employees banded together last December to collect and donate 4 tons of dog and cat food to a local animal shelter, we also aid shelters directly through fundraising, volunteer time, and serving as foster homes. In the second half of 2014, employees volunteered 237 total hours through Trupanion’s newly-launched Volunteer Program at organizations like Seattle Humane Society, PAWS, Pasado’s Safe Haven, Washington Trails Association and Seattle Aquarium, as well as food banks and senior centers.

“Trupanion continues to blaze a trail in the pet medical insurance industry by setting high standards for animal welfare ethics and strong values,” said Darryl Rawlings, CEO of Trupanion. “Our passion for pets is the foundation of our company – our mission is to help the pets we all love receive the best care, even those who aren’t insured. We’re able to do this through our TruGiving program.”

For more information about the company’s philanthropic efforts and to vote now on the next nonprofit to receive donations from Trupanion, visit our TruGiving page.

Putting Trust in His Caretakers

Kona - Valerie DeRoy - Image 1 (small)“In July 2014, Kona had his first seizure. We immediately took him to our veterinarian, Dr. Cunningham of Colonial Animal Hospital.  Kona was diagnosed with an inner ear infection, which was first thought to be the cause. Kona’s seizures started happening more frequently until one day he had two seizures in an hour. Dr. Cunningham insisted I go to Dr. Cook of Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. Here we received the bad news. Kona had a brain tumor. We were brought to our knees at the thought of life without him. Without any further medical procedures, Kona had two months to live. How could this be possible? We were directed to Dr. Dominguez at Animal Cancer Care Clinic, who recommended radiation therapy.  Is my dog going to live through treatment? How could we financially deal with this? The costs were adding up.

Trupanion Reviews – Week of 3/13

@Trupanion – Thank you SO much for working so fast to help me with my claim for My #Dachshund! My trip to the ER was less stressful! -@YZiols


Thank you Trupanion for everything you did to help our beloved Zeva. Also thank you for the beautiful card. We are so grateful. RIP Sweet Zeva 2/11/15. We love and miss you. -Laura M.

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Thank you guys for all of your help this week. I had a very sick kitty in the hospital for five days and because of your help, he is back home and I’m able to sleep in peace knowing he is recovering. Colby Jack York says meow you very much! -Jessica Y.

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I got a puppy a little over a year ago and insured him through Trupanion. As it ends up my dog has bad legs. I ended up with a bill of over $3,000 to fix one of his rear legs and Trupanion came through and covered the expense. I would absolutely recommend Trupanion to all my friends with pets! Thank You Trupanion and Thank You Indian Trail Animal Hospital for recommending them! -Gregory C.


We just got reimbursed $399.00 yesterday for our Doberman, Ronan….we LOVE TRUPANION!! THANK YOU!! -Cheree M.


Latest dog health issue: kidney problems. Needs an ultrasound. Thank goodness for @Trupanion -@pfindling


Nala (the double TPLO with heartfelt thanks to Trupanion) and her Ernie. -Ait R.

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I’ve had nothing but great service from @Trupanion. -@aricj