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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Stressed Kitty and Renal Failure

Casey the 8-year-old domestic cat experienced a bit of distress when his household welcomed a new puppy. His owner noticed that Casey refused to eat for two days and decided to bring him into the vet. It was then that it was determined Casey was experiencing renal failure, possibly partially due to stress.

Kidneys have many important jobs in your cat’s body, including managing blood pressure, making hormones and red blood cells, and removing waste from the bloodstream. Acute renal failure can develop suddenly due to infection, poisons, heart failure, or physical trauma. Treatment depends on the underlying cause.

This poor kitty was hospitalized for four days, receiving fluids, medication and care to bring his kidneys back up to speed. Casey has gone back home and we hope that he is recovering well and adjusting to life with a new dog in the house!

Total claim amount: $4,289.05
Deductible applied: -$0.00
Ineligible costs (exam fees): -$100.00
10% co-insurance: -$418.97
Eligible for coverage: $3,770.15

Trupanion Reviews – Week of 12/19

We adopt senior beagles and our pets are insured by Trupanion. Fortunately our current two haven’t needed the help of Trupanion … but [our late Molly died] due to two unexpected surgeries. In each instance our veterinarian obtained a pre-approval for us. Trupanion came through better than we ever hoped they might. Moreover, the kindness of their staff was/is sincere. There is no better company anywhere. -Scott S.

Thanks, @trupanion for having Addy’s tail covered! She is getting the expert loving care she desperately needs because of her kidney problems, and knowing she has such awesome insurance is making this process so much easier. I’ve been a customer since 2008 and cannot say enough good things about your insurance or the customer service I’ve received over the years. When Addy feels better I’m sure she will send you a head-boop. Thank you!

I would like to thank Trupanion for all your help in the last four and a half years. My dog Atticus has been a joy and savior in my life but has proven to be very accident prone. Trupanion has been the wind beneath our wings!!!! I suggest to everyone I meet to sign up as soon as you get your pet. We could not have done it without the help we have received from Trupanion. I hope we never have to use your services again but feel such relief knowing you will be there when we do. Wish us luck, Atticus has his second TPLO surgery on Friday. I am so happy that money is not one of my concerns at this time. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! -Catherine S.


Thank you Trupanion for all that you have done for my dog Shadow, she is walking so much better after her surgerys..Awe! Not yet.. Merry Christmas from Shadow and I -Adelina A.

Thank you Trupanion. You came through for me when my dog needed eye surgery. Received the reimbursement check today! Happy to report my dog will see again and we saved her pretty sparkly eyes. -Janet B.

Cat Treats Vs. Poison Infographic

Cats are very curious, and love to get into anything that catches their attention. It is important to know what is safe to give your cat and the benefits and risks of common food items. Vet-Medic Pharmacy has put together a great resource to help educate cat owners on the facts of common food items and whether they are safe to give to your cat.


Trupanion’s 4th Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive

2014 Pet Food DriveAs a company full of pet lovers, we know how much our local animal shelters and rescues need our support during the holiday season. For the past four years, we have organized a competition within our internal teams to see which team can come up with the most pet food to donate to the Seattle Humane Society’s pet food bank. The pet food bank distributes donated pet food to pet owners that may have trouble during the holiday season. Our goal was to beat last years’ record of 1.5 tons of pet food, which we succeeded at doing!2014 Pet Food Drive

Throughout the competition, we collected 9,107 lbs of cat and dog food to give to Seattle Humane Society. That’s over 4 tons of pet food!

Seattle Humane posted “Our Pet Food Bank collects and distributes food for pets of seniors, people disabled by HIV/AIDS, and low-income cancer patients being treated at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the Swedish Cancer Institute. With these donations we can ensure they will not be forced to give up their pets when they need them most. Thank you Trupanion!”2014 Pet Food Drive

It’s a great feeling to help those in need during this time of the year. Share with us your ideas on how to help others this holiday season.

A Strong Support System Makes a Difference

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA“We adopted Molly and Jenny, two cockapoos, from their elderly owner after she passed. When she fell ill she asked if we would consider adopting them. Knowing how much we enjoyed their company, we were quick to answer yes. That is when we enrolled Molly and Jenny in Trupanion.

Molly and Jenny transitioned to their new home nicely. Several months later, we were out for a walk and Molly let out a cry. It appeared her back was hurting. We immediately took her to the emergency clinic.