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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Gastric Torsion (Bloat)

Pilot is a Newfoundland that has seen his fair share of health conditions since he was enrolled with Trupanion five years ago. He has dealt with skin conditions and a torn cruciate ligament, and more recently experienced a life-threatening condition called gastric torsion (more commonly known as bloat).

Gastric torsion is a condition that occurs mostly in larger dog breeds in which the stomach becomes twisted over itself. It usually happens if the dog has just consumed a large meal or water and is active immediately after. Pets must receive immediate veterinary attention and surgery in most cases, in order to survive.

Pet insurance claim amount: $4,110.10
Deductible applied: $0.00
Exam fee + emergency consultation: -$243.00
10% co-pay: -$386.71
Trupanion repaid: $3,480.39

We recommend that all large breed dogs be insured in case of emergencies like these that must be addressed immediately, and can also be very expensive!

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.

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