Nutmeg is a 6-year-old tortie with feline asthma. This condition may be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms indicate a number of possibilities. Fortunately, Nutmeg lives near a School of Veterinary Medicine where they were able to make a diagnosis with certainty.
Symptoms of this condition include wheezing and coughing throughout the day which may appear similar to a hairball attack or gastroenteritis. While there is no cure for this condition, it can be managed with medications.
The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine website states “Most commonly, [treatment] involves the use of a corticosteroid drug to reduce bronchial inflammation in combination with a bronchodilator to open up the airways. In most cases, these drugs can be used at home, they are effective both therapeutically and preventively, and they may be administered in a variety of ways — orally in tablet form, through injection, or, ideally, via an inhaler.”
Nutmeg’s most recent pet insurance claim includes various diagnostic testing to determine the asthma and medication. To manage her asthma, Nutmeg is on a daily steroid pill and will transition over to an inhaler.
Deductible applied: -$50.00
Ineligible costs (exam fee): -$98.02
10% co-insurance: -$140.06
Trupanion repaid: $1,260.55
Thank you very much to Laura for letting us share Nutmeg’s story!