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How to Keep Your Golden Retriever Healthy in Every Stage of Life

How to Keep Your Golden Retriever Healthy in Every Stage of LifeSo you just brought home a wiggly little Golden Retriever puppy who’s tumbling across your yard and snuggling by your side. Now what?

It’s important to feed your Golden a well-balanced diet, give them regular exercise, and stay on top of their grooming needs. It’s also necessary to be well-informed about your Golden’s health needs and the breed’s unique characteristics.

Golden Retrievers, just like any other dog breed, are prone to certain health conditions, but those health concerns may change throughout the course of their life. There are many steps you can take to help your golden live the longest, healthiest, happiest life they can, and one of the first steps is preparing yourself.

We looked into our database of pet health records to find what conditions are most common or prominent in Golden Retrievers in each stage of their life. Many of these conditions can be treated using cutting-edge veterinary medicine, and many can be costly to treat, but with dog insurance you can alleviate that cost and focus on giving your Golden the best care possible—no matter what stage of life they are in.

7 Pawsome Gifts For Pet Owners That Give Back

It’s obvious that pet owners love to talk about how much we love our pets, but have you ever wondered where to find gifts for pet lovers that also give back to animals in need? Here’s 7 gifts for that special person that is passionate about helping our furry friends:

1. Rescue Chocolate—Have a friend with a sweet tooth? For each chocolate purchased, 100% of the net profits are donated to animal rescue organizations around the country. Choose from a variety of flavors including Peanut Butter Pit Bull, Forever Mocha, Mission Feral Fig, Foster-iffic Peppermint, The Fix, Pick Me! Pepper, and more. $1.75-26.85 (most chocolate bars are $6), not including shipping costs.

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2. Pet Paw Earrings—These fashion-forward earrings are available in gold or sliver and would make a great addition to any outfit. It’s a little reminder of your furry friend every time you wear this piece of jewelry. A portion of the proceeds are used to support the efforts of various shelters in the US. $12.99, not including shipping costs.


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3. Keep Calm and Rescue On Hoodie—A perfect gift for that friend that adores their rescued pet or advocates for animal shelters. This unisex hoodie comes in gray, and sparks a $10 donation to your local animal shelter, rescue, or sanctuary. This is enough to feed a shelter animal for an entire month! $44.99, not including shipping costs.

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4. Rescue Candle—Candles make great gifts, especially when the proceeds give back to help furry friends in need! This shop sells all natural soy wax candles, that come in a nice 8 oz. glass mason jar and burn for 40+ hours. Choose from a variety of lovely scents that would be a great addition to any home. This shop supports animal rescue efforts and 15% of all proceeds are donated toward rescue charities. Etsy shop RescueCandle: $12.99 for most 8 oz. candles, not including shipping costs.

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5. WonderFunder: Silicone Purple Paw Measuring Spoons—Know an animal lover that spends time in the kitchen? These paw-shaped measuring spoons make a great gift! Every time this item is purchased, the company donates 14 bowls of food to animals in need. A great gift for a great cause! $15.95, not including shipping costs.

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6. Love Walks on Four Legs Necklace—Wear this beautiful necklace while knowing your purchase helped make a difference. The charm is handstamped and comes with a bead on a 20″ chain. A portion of all proceeds help support animal rescue, transport and the promotion of shelter adoption. Etsy shop Crafting4Cause: $24.00, not including shipping costs.

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7. I Saved an Animal Tote—The perfect bag to pack your dog’s toys and treats when heading out for a walk or a fun day outdoors. With the purchase of this fun bag, $10 will be donated to help save animals in need. The perfect way to brag about making a difference! $27.99, not including shipping costs. 

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You’ll always feel good about purchasing a gift that gives back. At Trupanion, we strongly believe in giving back to help animals in need. In 2014, Trupanion members donated over $104,000 to nonprofit organizations across the US and Canada. This year, we asked the public to help us decide which nonprofits to donate to in the Trupanion Member Donation Program. Looking for ways you can help support these nonprofits? Become a Trupanion member and contribute $1 a month to help those in need. Get a quick quote now to see what coverage looks like.

Frank’s New Start at Life

Frank's New Start at Life“Frank, an 8.5-year-old Great Dane, was rescued by myself and Dr. Julie Dudak with quite the medical history. He had previously recovered from canine parvo, heartworm disease, and a prostatic abscess but had been healthy for several years. He was eligible for insurance without pre-existing conditions and was enrolled with Trupanion in the fall of 2014.

In December of 2014, Frank began to act like he was in pain and was not being himself. Bloodwork, urinalysis and x-rays revealed some arthritic changes in his back and a urinary tract infection. He was placed on medications but continued to decline.

Frank’s pain worsened and he was not responding to therapy. He was evaluated by a neurologist at Carolina Veterinary Specialists. After an abdominal ultrasound, and an MRI of his spine, it was ultimately revealed that Frank was suffering from a condition called discospondylitis. He required several days of injectable antibiotics followed by a course of two very expensive antibiotics (over $1,000 per month). Frank also required medications for nausea and four types of pain medications to control his extreme discomfort.

Over time, Frank has been slowly recovering from his condition. He is still on two antibiotics but no longer requires pain medications and is getting stronger and acting friskier every day. He will require additional care and is still on antibiotic therapy and Trupanion continues to cover it.”

Dr. Casey Clark

Greensboro, North Carolina

Enrolled: October 2014
Condition: Back Pain
Trupanion Paid: $4,475.61

Beloved Boxers and their Terrible Troubles

Beloved Boxers and their Terrible Troubles“I have had my lovely boxer girls Utah, for 9 years, and Teya, for 2.5 years. They have been our family members from their first moment at home. Boxers are very energetic— I would say hyper-energetic dogs— and my dogs are no exception.

Even though our trusted dog walker takes them for hour-long unleashed runs five days a week, rain or shine, to get out their energy and to keep them in perfect shape for the last six years, they still have plenty of energy to be trouble makers. On top of this, unfortunately, they have some internal medical issues we cannot control.

With Utah, we went through traumas like broken toes and ingested rat poison; removing a tumour from half of her upper jaw, and half a year of antibiotic treatment for crystals and bacteria in her bladder. Everything was covered by Trupanion.

About four years ago, Utah was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her hind knees. Since that time, she has been on daily treatment covered by Trupanion to keep her not only on a steady walk but on an active run. If not for the grey face, you would not be able to say she looks older than a 4-year-old perfectly shaped boxer in her 10th year of life.

We got Teya two and a half years ago to keep company for Utah. Veterinarians discovered she had a small anatomical pocket in her small intestine that was accumulating food going through it over time. Eventually, a small non-digestible piece of material that would normally go through an intestine unstuck, would block Teya’s system. By the time Teya turned two, she had been to the Newmarket Emergency Hospital four times. Trupanion covered all four surgeries on Teya’s small intestine as well as very recent treatment for crystals and infection in her bladder. Thank you, Trupanion.”

Nadezda J.

Utah and Teya
Richmond Hill, Ontario

Enrolled: June 2006 and April 2013
Conditions: Alopecia, Rodenticide Ingestion, Puncture Wound, Tumor, Arthritis, Urinary Infection, Toe Fracture, Laceration on leg, Foreign Body Ingestion, Vomiting, Blood in Urine
Trupanion Paid: $29,397.22

Four Tips to Find the Perfect Veterinarian

How to Find the Perfect VeterinarianA veterinarian is a great partner when it comes to your pet’s health, and having a great relationship with a trusted veterinarian will help you feel empowered to give your pet the happiest, healthiest life you can provide. But finding the perfect veterinarian is not always an easy task. We asked Trupanion’s on-staff veterinarian, Dr. Denise Petryk, how to find a veterinarian you love and trust and she provided the tips below.