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Catching His Breath

Jones - Tom Buch - Image 1 (small)

Jones is sweet, playful, nutty, adorable, slobbery and loving. In other words, the perfect dog. It was an easy decision to activate the Trupanion 30-day certificate offered by our veterinarian.

After some research, we followed our vet’s recommendation to continue coverage after 30 days. We hoped to never need it, but the sense of comfort justified the expense.

Little did we know, a few months later Jones would fall very ill.  He was sitting between us on the couch when he started gagging. His eyes bulged and he was clearly in a great deal of distress. I calledour local veterinarian who referred us to a 24-hour emergency animal hospital.  An hour later, the doctor showed us the x-ray results. Jones had aspirated while vomiting, causing severe pneumonia. They told us he would need to be on a ventilator and it would cost several thousand dollars. I called Trupanion. The representative couldn’t have been kinder: “We’ll call the hospital and handle it all for you. Just take care of your dog. Let us know whatever you need.”

5 Ways To Tire Out Your Hyper Dog

Photo via Flickr, user potarou

Photo via Flickr, user potarou

Some dogs only need a short walk in order to become tired and calm. Other dogs seem to have a super-charged battery pack under all that fur. It may sometimes seem impossible for your dog to release all that energy. Exercising your dog is important for their mental and physical health. A dog that is well-exercised is less likely to act out or misbehave. Here are a few tips to help a highly energetic dog become tired:

  1. Try getting exercise in more ways than just a walk. Some dogs just need more activity than a leisurely walk around the neighborhood. Try taking a ball or toy to the dog park to get your furry friend running and jumping. Some dogs love to play fetch in the water, and swimming can be a great way to wear out your pup.

Trupanion Reviews – Week of 9/19

I’m so grateful for this insurance, someone throw a can of poison in our yard, and my performance puppy ate it, and had to have ER surgery. They covered way more then I thought they would have, even with us only being on the plan for 2 months. Thank you, Thank you, Thanks you! Nitro is doing awesome, and hopefully will be in the obedience show ring in a few months! -Karen B.

Trupanion helped us make some pretty tough decisions this past week when we had to see a neurologist with our golden retriever. I cannot even begin to thank them for all the help they gave us at a very difficult time. They made sure to pre-authorize procedures for us within a few hours instead of days so that our dog could get the care she needed as soon as possible. I will recommend this company to everyone we meet. You exceeded our expectations and treated us so kindly while we were going through a very tough time and I am so thankful for that. -Lynne L.

two golden retriever dogs

I just want the world to know how great Trupanion Pet Insurance is. I researched a lot of insurances when I was looking for one for our dogs. Well over 12 weeks ago our golden retriever, Gracie, was limping and only tapping her back foot. We took her to our vet who thought she might have a torn cruciate ligament. Sent us to a surgeon to get a definite diagnosis. It turned out that’s what it was and we were quoted a price of over $4,000. Thankfully we had Trupanion Insurance for our dogs. We had an out of pocket of $500 for our deductible and then only 20% of the balance. We had to take Gracie back in 6 weeks and 12 weeks for x-rays and Trupanion again covered all the bill except for 20%. Thank you so much for being there for our dogs. I know we would not have been able to have the surgery done had it not been for insurance. Gracie was released from the doctor today and the implant they put in will last her the rest of her life. THANK YOU. Ruthann and Gene S.

Trupanion has been exceptional and I’m so glad that I decided to purchase this coverage. My dog had an emergency MRI recently and Trupanion approved the claim overnight so that I knew for certain my out of pocket cost and could proceed with the procedure. They process my claims within only a few days and communicate clearly and quickly. I highly recommend Trupanion. -Reiko F.

Living a Long, Healthy, Active Life

Noah - Karen Belanger - Image 1

Our dog Noah is extremely special to our family.

Being in a very active family, and loving playing with other dogs, Noah has had quite a few incidences where he has unfortunately been bitten by other dogs at the park and needed stitches to sew up his skin. Poor guy!

Noah has also had a few lumps on his body that needed to be removed and tested to see what they were. Thankfully, nothing came back as cancerous and he is still a very healthy, happy boy!

Pet of the Week: Remy

smiling dog

Remy “Rhett” Butler Boyd, aka “Boo Boo” is a 2 1/2 year old American Pit Bull Terrier that we rescued from the East County Animal Shelter in Dublin, CA where my husband and I volunteer with Tri Valley Animal Rescue walking shelter dogs every Sunday (have done so for over 18 months).

Remy is a ‘breed ambassador’ – TVAR wanted to put him in foster care for a week (before he got neutered) and then would have gone off to a more permanent foster home while waiting for find his Forever Home. We’ve never fostered before but love pit bulls. TVAR asked if we’d take him for a week, we said yes and then couldn’t give him up! He lives with our three cats and they’re ‘getting used’ to each other. Two of the three cats are gray, like him. He’s a very handsome boy, weighs 65 pounds and is up for anything – he even lets Jeff brush his teeth every day!

Favorite Toy: Kong with peanut butter, any bone he can (and does) bury
Favorite Activity: Playing frisbee, riding in the car, sitting on laps, cuddling in the bed

pit bull dog rolling around on back funny

We would love to feature your pet as our next Pet of the Week! Just email a photo and a short blurb about your pet(s) to socialmedia@trupanion.com