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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Bilateral Cruciate Ligament Surgery

Prada is only two years old and has already had to have a major surgery. She recently faced cruciate ligament injuries on both sides, requiring a TPLO surgery for both legs.

The cruciate ligament consists of a ligaments in the shape of an X which connect the thigh bone and shin bone and allow for range of motion. The ligament can be ruptured from various activities and even just “landing wrong” on the leg. It is a fairly common type of knee injury in dogs and dogs that are overweight face a greater risk.

Symptoms include lameness, pain, and discomfort. Surgery is required to treat cruciate tears and Prada underwent TPLO surgery. The TPLO procedure involves fixing the joint with a metal plate so that it can function properly without the ligament.

Prada will be resting for the next four weeks with only limited walks, but soon enough she will be back to enjoying her youthful doggy life!

Total claim amount: $5,989.18
Deductible applied: -$0
Exam fees: -$155.00
10% co-insurance: -$583.42
Trupanion repaid: $5,250.76

Thank you Shyler for allowing us to share Prada’s story and gorgeous photos!

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.

3 Responses to Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Bilateral Cruciate Ligament Surgery

  1. sabrina says:

    if the puppys are 3 months then how many times do they eat a day

    • Stacy says:

      Hi Sabrina,
      Feeding schedules vary depending on the breed and age of your puppy as well as the type of food you are feeding. It’s best to consult with your veterinarian who can provide guidance specific to your pet.

  2. Hairless Cat says:

    Hi Stacy,

    Is that a Great Dane? I’ve heard that leg issues are common in that breed.

    Sounds like a painful and expensive condition.

    Nice of Trupanion to be there to cover the costs.

    I’m glad Prada was able to receive a needed procedure and that she will be up and doing well in about 4 weeks.

    =^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=

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