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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!

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

2 Responses to Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Portosystemic Shunt

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  2. A. Graham says:

    I am the owner of Bijou and am so glad that I had Trupanion for Bijou. This was a very expensive health issue and I can honestly say that if we did not have insurance, Bijou would have been put to sleep once her liver totally failed, which would have been less than one year. Bijou is doing very well today, she is back to being like a puppy! Thank you Trupanion!!

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