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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: These pets ate chocolate

‘Tis the season for time spent with family, gifts, and chocolate! Scrolling through pet insurance claims from the past week, I came across many for chocolate ingestion.

Chocolate contains theorbomine and caffeine which are dangerous to both dogs and cats. These chemicals cause increased heart rate and can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. Our Chocolate Toxicity guide explains the potency of different types of chocolate.

  • Lily the Yorkie ate chocolate and experienced vomiting. $1,276 was covered for her vet bill. (Small dogs can face greater complications with chocolate)
  • Lizzie the Maltipoo had chocolate toxicity. $1,126 of her vet bill was covered.
  • Flynn the mixed-breed dog’s vet bill was over $900 and pet insurance covered $501.
  • Roscoe the mixed-breed dog had a $583 vet bill for chocolate ingestion and pet insurance covered $439.
  • Gracie the chocolate (no pun intended!) lab ate lots of chocolate and wound up with a $588 bill. Pet insurance covered $409.

There are several more claims related to chocolate, including a dog that got into a Christmas stocking and ate all of its contents (chocolate, foil, toys and all!), and a dog that ate chocolate cookies and fudge.

Treats are yummy, but be sure to keep them locked away and out of reach!

7 Unique Ways to Help Homeless Animals

When people think of helping homeless animals, most of us think the only ways to help animals in need are to adopt or donate money to shelters. There are actually several ways to help out animal shelters on a budget and without committing a lot of time. Helping out in any way you can makes a difference for the shelter and will make you feel great about helping pets in need. Here’s 7 ways you can help support your local animal shelter:

1. Donate pet items—Most pet owners have several pet supplies that we no longer use because we’ve replaced them or don’t have a need for them anymore. Shelters typically need gently used towels, food and water bowls, household cleaning items, leashes and collars, grooming supplies, pet food and kitty litter, animal beds, and pet toys. Check with your local shelter to see if they have a wish list and make sure the items are clean before donating!

90 Adorable Photos of Pets Dressed for the Holidays

Merry Christmas to all the pets and pet owners in the Trupanion family! One of our favorite thing about the month of December is seeing all the adorable pets dressed up for the holidays. We asked to see your holiday-themed photos of your pets and loved them all so much that we wanted to share them for everyone to see! Thanks to everyone that sent or posted a photo!


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Does Your Dog Have the Sniffles? 4 Signs You Need a Vet

Does Your Dog Have the Sniffles, 4 Signs You Need a VetIs your dog sniffling and sneezing? Just like their human companions, dogs can “catch a cold.” A virus like a cold can usually be treated at home with fluids and extra rest. But labored breathing, or dyspnea, is a medical emergency. So how do we know the difference? Dogs can’t tell us what’s going on, but will give signs that they are not breathing easily.

One Sick Puppy

One of the first clues that your dog may be ill are behavioral changes. Fido may cling to you, following you wherever you go. You may notice irritability or anti-social behavior. Agitation and sudden increased sleep may be clues that your dog is coming down with an illness.

Playful Dane Bears a Break

Paris - Leslie Metcalf - Image 1 “When Paris was 8 weeks old, I took her to my veterinarian for an initial visit and I inquired about pet insurance. I recently lost my Doberman to cardiomyopathy and the bills for his treatment were substantial. My veterinarian recommended Trupanion, and after I did a little research, I decided it sounded like the best fit for me.