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Guinness the Dane’s Pet Insurance Story

BeachOur Great Dane, Guinness, turned 1 on a Friday completely healthy (or so we thought!), and by Monday was in the ER needing blood transfusions, surgery, and barely clinging to life. That weekend he had been acting a little strange, very lethargic and didn’t have much of an appetite. On Monday he barked at a noise, as he always did, but this time collapsed out of exhaustion. We rushed him to some specialists nearby where they checked him over and quickly brought him to see the doctor. We were unaware of just how serious his condition was.

Repairing His Good Knee

Jax - Michelle Rosen - Image 2“We got Jax from a wonderful breeder as a brother for our other bulldog, Ozzy. Jax is a wonderful addition to our family and is a happy, playful bulldog.

In October 2013 we noticed he was limping on his good knee (he had the other luxating patella corrected in 2011).  We re-connected with his surgeon at Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Tufts University and Jax had his surgery in December.

It is a great comfort knowing when major issues like this come up, Trupanion is there.  Any questions we had were answered promptly and the claim was paid very quickly.

Jax is 3 months post-surgery and is back to running and playing with his brother.

Any time anyone asks about pet insurance, I always tell them to check out Trupanion.”

Lyn C.

Marlboro, Massachusetts

Enrolled: November 2010
Condition: Luxating Patella
Total Paid: $4,489.94

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Top 10 Smartphone Apps for Cat Owners

Photo via techeblog.com

Photo via techeblog.com

Any cat owner will tell you that a dangling string or feather can catch their cat’s attention almost instantly. Cats are very curious creatures and continue to surprise us with their intelligence. We’ve already gone over the best apps for dog owners, so here is a list of the best smartphone apps for our feline friends out there!

  1. Pocket Pond—Get your cat in the hunting spirit with this interactive pond filled with fish, rippling water, and dragonflies! Design your own pond and take care of the fish to make it fun for the both of you. Free for iPhone and Android. 

Top Hotels and Tips For Traveling with Four-Legged Friends this Holiday Season

MinzyWith the busy holiday travel season fast approaching, we want to share our picks for the top pet-friendly hotels where Fido and Fluffy will be welcomed with open arms. In addition, we want to offer tips for making travel with your furry friend a bit more bearable this time of year.

“Traveling with pets can be as stressful as traveling with kids,” said Dr. Kerri Marshall, Chief Veterinary Officer at Trupanion. “It’s important to do your research before you book and make sure to talk with the hotel ahead of time to understand what ‘Pet Friendly’ means to them. If including pets on your vacation is important to you then find a hotel that caters to your animals, meaning: large grassy areas for dog walks, or extra services like luxurious pet beds, treats or pet sitting services.”

Trupanion’s picks for the top pet friendly hotels include:

Stella’s Story, from the Streets to the Sky

Stella - XXX - Image 1 (small) “Stella came to us at 8 weeks old. She and six other puppies were born in the back of a car en route to a dog rescue. We fell in love with her the minute we found her online. She was full of energy. Since her mother was living on the streets and only four of the pups survived, we immediately looked into medical insurance to give Stella the best chances for whatever might come. We picked Trupanion.