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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Luxating Patella

Dolche the Bichon Frise had luxating patella surgery covered by Trupanion pet insuranceDolche the 5-year-old Bichon Frise recently experienced luxating patella, which is unfortunately more common among smaller-breed dogs.

Luxating patella is when the kneecap (patella) becomes displaced and it can cause pain and lameness. This condition may be caused by an injury upon which you would hear a sudden yelp from your dog. Another sign that the patella has moved out of place is that the dog will hold the affected leg up in the air and limp or refuse to bear weight on it.

The condition requires surgical treatment because, if left untreated, it will continue to wear down the bones, leading to more frequent occurrences of patella displacement and more pain.

Dolche’s trip to the veterinary clinic included Xrays to assess the leg. She had surgery to correct the injury. Dolche has been recovering since, and has a very positive outlook!

Total claim amount: $3,130.20
Deductible applied: -$0.00
Ineligible costs: -$75.00 exam fee
10% co-insurance: -$305.52
Trupanion repaid: $2,749.68

Thank you to Cecille for letting us share Dolche’s story and adorable photo!

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.

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