Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Addison's Disease - The Trupanion Blog
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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Addison’s Disease

Laker is just one year old mixed-breed dog that recently was diagnosed with Addison’s disease. This is an endocrine disorder in which insufficient amounts of hormones are produced. These hormones are necessary to control the salt, sugar, and water balance within the body. The symptoms are vague including vomiting, lethargy, and muscle weakness which makes it difficult to recognize. It is diagnosed via blood tests.

According to WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine website, “There are two stages of treatment for Addison’s disease; in-hospital treatment and long term treatment. Very sick dogs with Addison’s disease require intravenous fluids, cortisol-like drugs and drugs to neutralize the effects of potassium on the heart.”

Laker was very sick and had to spend a few days in the hospital for diagnostics, fluids, and medications. Long-term treatment includes regular hormone administration.

Total claim amount: $8,633.39
Deductible applied: -$50.00
Exam fees: -$30.00
Unrelated charges (pet food): -$94.58
10% co-insurance: -$845.88
Trupanion repaid: $7,612.93

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