We see a great variety of claims and conditions here at Trupanion, and I thought it would be interesting to share some of them with you. These are the 5 most expensive claims for the month of June, sorted by the dollar amount of the total invoice.
- Hip dysplasia – ongoing Cartrophen injections: Hip dysplasia is a condition of the hip joints which usually requires surgery to correct. The mentioned medication aids in the healing process. This pet is a 13-year-old Australian Shepherd.
- Severe tetraparesis and neck pain: Tetraparesis is a condition in which the limbs become weak. The dog needed CT scans, medications, and surgery. This pet is an 11-year-old Cocker Spaniel.
- Hemorrhagic cystitis, acute hepatic necrosis, prostatic hyperplasia: Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder. Hepatic necrosis pertains to liver failure, and prostatic hyperplasia pertains to an enlarged prostate. These conditions are likely interrelated. This pet is a 1-year-old Bulldog.
- Disc herniation, brachycephalic surgery: A herniated disc occurs when the tissue surrounding the intervertebral discs becomes torn and allows the soft portion of the center to bulge out. Brachycephalic pets (cats and dogs with flat faces) sometimes experience breathing problems because of the structure of their face which require corrective surgery. This pet is a 3-year-old French Bulldog.
- Bilateral cruciate ligament ruptures – surgery: It is not uncommon for a dog to experience a ruptured cruciate ligament from running around too hard after not having done much running recently. TPLO surgery typically ranges from $3,000-$6,000 but can be higher when the condition is bilateral. This pet is a 6-year-old American Pitbull Terrier.
Pets can experience conditions such as these unexpectedly which is where pet insurance can really come in handy.