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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Chocolate Ingestion


With Halloween and other holidays coming up, we wanted to remind all pet owners to keep the candy and chocolate away from their dogs and cats!

Rocky is a 3-year-old Havanese whose nose recently got the better of him and led him into some chocolate. Rocky was taken to the emergency vet clinic for treatment which included induced vomiting and activated charcoal.

Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and cats because it contains caffeine and theobromine. Darker chocolate is more dangerous because of its concentration and smaller pets experience more severe symptoms than larger breed dogs. If a pet consumes chocolate, it is important to get them to a veterinarian immediately.

Total claim amount: $911.50
Deductible applied: -$300
Exam fees: -$157.40
10% co-insurance: -$45.41
Trupanion repaid: $408.69

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: Chocolate Ingestion

  1. Hi Stacy,

    Super valuable tip – don’t let your cat or dog get near chocolate – it’s super toxic.

    To that I might add that grapes, onions, garlic, and aspirin are also super toxic to cats and dogs.

    Good article,

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

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