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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Pyothorax

Pyothorax is a condition in which the chest cavity fills up with fluid or pus. When this area fills up, it leaves less room for the lungs to expand for breathing which causes shallow, rapid breathing in the affected animal. In dogs, this condition is typically caused by plant material, and in this particular case, pieces of grass were found.

Dallas is a 8-month-old Labrador Retriever puppy who unfortunately went through this terrifying experience. He was in the veterinary clinic for two weeks receiving treatment, monitoring, and care. He has since been released to go home and recover and we are hoping for the best!

Total claim amount: $13,286.38
Deductible applied: $0.00 ($250 deductible met)
Exam fees: -$240.00
10% co-insurance: -$1,304.64
Trupanion repaid: $11,741.74

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.

2 Responses to Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Pyothorax

  1. Benjamin Westheimer says:

    About 11 years ago my dog developed hemangiosarcma and wss put down just 6 weeks after diagnosis.

    Has there been any advance in treatment, diagnosis or prognosis for this disease?

    Thank you, -=Ben Westheimer

    • Stacy says:

      Hi Ben,
      I’m sorry to hear about your dog. After doing a bit of research, it appears that hemangiosarcoma is still a very serious condition for dogs and has poor prognosis due to the aggressive nature of the tumor. A successful splenectomy and chemotherapy may prolong the affected pet’s life for a number of months.

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