Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Cat Leg Fracture - The Trupanion Blog
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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Cat Leg Fracture

Our pet insurance claim of the week was an accident claim. Ikkyu Sojun is a Bengal cat who had the unfortunate experience of fracturing his femur bone. Any animal can fracture a bone. All it takes is a fall from a high ledge, a crash into a stationary object, or any other simple accident.

When a cat or dog breaks its leg, there are many notable symptoms. If the fracture is bad enough, the leg may appear to be noticably misshapen. There might also be swelling or bleeding and the animal will refuse to put weight on the joint, but rather let it just hang limply. The pet may also become protective of the limb and not want to be petted.

If a pet is suspected of having a broken bone, it should see the veterinarian immediately. Left untreated, the animal may lose complete use of the limb, and it also puts the pet at risk for infection, internal bleeding, and sending the animal into shock.

As you can see by this cat’s experience, costs to treat a broken bone can quickly skyrocket. Treatment includes X-rays to assess the damage, possible surgery and/or pins to fix the damage, and a splint or cast to protect the bone while it heals.

Ikkyu Sojun’s owner was very pleased to have made the decision to get pet insurance and the kitty was able to receive the best treatment for his broken leg without hesitation.

Pet insurance claim amount: $3,975.55
Exam fee: -$39.50
Deductible applied: $0.00
10% co-pay: -$393.81
Trupanion repaid: $3,544.29

Leg fractures and broken bones can happen to any pet – dog or cat. If you’ve got a mischievous cat, it’s worth looking into cat insurance.

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