June13, 2008 — DENVER – The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has awarded the first AAHA Seal of Acceptance to Trupanion for their catastrophic pet insurance policy. The AAHA Seal of Acceptance program was established to help inform pet owners about their options regarding the need to meet their financial responsibilities for quality pet health care.
“When the cost may go beyond reasonable financial means of the family budget, many pet owners are forced to euthanize their pet or incur burdensome debt,” said Dr. John Albers, AAHA executive director. “Studies have shown that many pet owners can manage expenses up to $500, but would have difficulty with expenses beyond that level.”
Many pet owners are now considering pet health insurance policies as a mean to cover their pet’s medical expenses. AAHA has urged the pet insurance industry to make high-deductible policies available. With insurance, higher deductibles reduce premiums and make pet insurance a more viable option. The Trupanion high-deductible pet insurance policy has been awarded the AAHA Seal of Acceptance because it has met the program’s specific criteria.
“Trupanion is honored to receive the Seal of Acceptance from such a well-respected association,” said Darryl Rawlings, Trupanion CEO. “We share AAHA’s goals of maintaining high standards for veterinary care and ensuring that pet owners are able to afford necessary veterinary treatment.”
Policies awarded the AAHA Seal of Acceptance will be re-evaluated annually to ensure that they follow the Association’s guidelines. For more information about AAHA, the AAHA Seal of Acceptance, or referral to an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, please visit www.healthypet.com.
Established in 1933, AAHA is well known among veterinarians and pet owners for its standards for hospitals and pet health care. AAHA is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Approximately 3,000 AAHA-accredited hospitals voluntarily choose to be evaluated on 900 standards in the following areas: quality of care, diagnostic & pharmacy, management, medical records, and facility. For more information about AAHA, please visit www.healthypet.com.
Trupanion was established in 1999 in Canada as Vetinsurance. Trupanion is available in the US to puppies and kittens who enroll before their first birthday. Enrolled pets receive $20,000 of coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, and medications if they get sick or are injured. Trupanion’s mission is to protect the cherished bond between pets and their families by ensuring that pets are able to receive optimal veterinary care.