Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Zinc Phosphide Poisoning

This week’s featured pet insurance claim is for Weller, a young German Shepherd who had an unfortunate incident with zinc phosphide and became poisoned. Zinc phosphide is an inorganic chemical compound that is often mixed with food to be used as a rodenticide. It is not uncommon for pets to stumble upon rat poisoning or antifreeze and become poisoned themselves which is why it’s a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and your pet’s whereabouts and also to consider insuring your pet.

Weller had to go into intensive care and spent 6 days at the veterinarian receiving various medications, blood work, oxygen therapy, and blood and plasma administration. After a whirlwind of treatments, it appears that Weller should be alright.

Total claim amount: $12,164.58
Deductible applied: -$0.00
Unrelated charges: -$92.00
Exam fees: -$120.00
10% co-insurance: -$1,195.26
Trupanion repaid: $10,757.32

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.

One Response to Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Zinc Phosphide Poisoning

  1. Heather R. says:

    Poor, poor pup!! Thank goodness he was insuring. That was a costly trip to the vet. It makes me so mad when people put out rat poison if they know pets are commonly around the area. Obviously that poison will hurt ALL animals, not just rats. :(

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