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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Spinal Cord Injury


Chief the 3-year-old Border Collie may be in the running for one of the most expensive dogs!

Chief was just enjoying the summer with his owner and they went on a camping trip. After they returned home, the owners noticed that Chief was very lethargic. His condition gradually progressed from weakness in his hind end to complete paralysis of all four legs. Then, he stopped breathing. His owners rushed him to their local veterinary clinic where he was stabilized and later transferred to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Veterinarians found that Chief had injured the spinal cord in his neck. Chief spent the next three and a half weeks at the hospital receiving care.

He was finally released to go home. Chief can move his legs but is still unable to walk and has begun rehabilitation therapy. We are told that he will likely gain back most of the function in all four legs which is great news!

Read Chief’s story as written by UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Total claim amount: $38,854.91
Deductible applied: -$0 ($140 deductible met)
Exam fees: -$283.00
Other costs (flea preventives): -$43.11
10% co-insurance: -$3,852.88
Trupanion repaid: $34,675.92


Chief in the ICU with his family

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2 Responses to Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Spinal Cord Injury

  1. Amanda Morales says:


    • Kent Morales says:

      Thank you so much to all of the dedicated professionals who have helped save our boy! The vets at the emergency hospital, the ICU, and the rehab clinic have all been amazing. None of it would have been possible without Trupanion, though. Throughout it all they have been incredibly supportive and have simply told us to do what needed to be done and not to worry about the insurance. All of the vets have echoed the sentiment that Trupanion is the best pet insurance company out there, and the only one that truly has the animal’s best interest at heart. Chief is continuing to improve every day and will hopefully be up and running in the near future!

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