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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Bufo Toad Toxicity

Last week I wrote about the dangers of the bufo toad which is found in southern Florida. Unfortunately as I scanned through claims, I spotted one for Lola the 7-month-old small mixed breed dog who had a near-death experience because of a bufo toad.

This is an unfortunate coincidence, but hopefully her story can be used to educate all of our pet-loving friends in Florida. Just one lick of a bufo toad can seriously harm your pet, and any dog or cat who comes in contact with a bufo toad needs to seek veterinary care immediately. Symptoms include foaming at the mouth, seizures and even coma.

Fortunately, Lola made it to the veterinary clinic in time to receive emergency treatment and is now doing much better.

Total claim amount: $1,530.38
Deductible applied: -$0
Exam fees: -$125.00
10% co-insurance: -$140.54
Trupanion repaid: $1,264.84

Thanks to Shelley for letting us know that Lola is recovering well!

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.

One Response to Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Bufo Toad Toxicity

  1. Hairless Cat says:

    Hi Stacy,

    I’ve been to Florida many times but I’ve never lived there. I’m from Minnesota and have never heard of the Bufo toad. I have heard that there are a lot of poisonous creatures down south but I’ve never seen any human or animal affected by one.

    That’s part of the reason I live up north – no poisonous creatures. They scare me and I wouldn’t want to worry about my cats being affected by them either.

    Interesting story and covering the claim for Lola and her dog parent was an ethical move – thanx.

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

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