Poor Basil the Maltipoo has been battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
If you’re interested in technical details, leukemia is an abundance of cancerous white blood cells in the bloodstream and in the case of lymphocytic leukemia, that means that the cancerous cells are of lymphocyte origin. Acute lymphocytic leukemia is much more dangerous as it is rapid and aggressive and the cancerous cells quickly spread.
Basil is more “lucky” (if you will) in this case with his chronic case in that symptoms don’t typically appear for a while (months to years after diagnosis) and the course of the disease lasts longer.
Unfortunately, one symptom of his condition is PLE (protein losing enteropathy). This is when the animal experiences a dramatic loss of protein in the GI tract and causes severe weight loss and muscle wasting.
Pet insurance claim amount: $2,861.03
Deductible applied: -$100.00
Exam fee: -$160.00
Unrelated charges (food): -$11.25
10% co-pay: -$258.98
Trupanion repaid: $2,330.80
Since this claim, Basil has continued to receive treatments for leukemia and we are keeping him and his owners in our thoughts during these tough times. Fortunately, his smart owners signed him up with a pet insurance plan which allows them to focus on spending time with their beloved pup and not worrying about the finances.
Source for chronic leukemia information: Mar Vista Animal Medical Center