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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Portosystemic Shunt

You may have heard of a term called liver shunt, also called a portosystemic shunt, but do you know exactly what it is?

A portosystemic shunt is typically congenital, meaning the puppy or kitten is born with the condition. Basically, it’s a blood vessel that bypasses the liver, which means that the blood throughout the body does not get processed and filtered by the liver, leaving toxins in the bloodstream. Fortunately, this condition can be treated surgically and is successful in most cases. Learn more about liver shunts including symptoms and treatment at our health concerns page.

Bijou is a mixed-breed dog that recently needed surgery for a liver shunt. Fortunately, she is covered by Trupanion and her pet insurance policy paid 90% of the hefty vet bill that accompanied the treatments.

Pet insurance claim amount: $3,585.88
Deductible applied: $0.00
10% co-pay: -$358.59
Trupanion repaid: $3,227.29

A liver shunt is often a congenital condition, and fortunately Trupanion pet insurance covers congenital conditions. Be sure to enroll your puppy or kitten early, before any signs or symptoms arise that may mark the condition as pre-existing!


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