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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Dog Ate Two Socks

greater swiss mountain dog outside hiking grass smile tongueTitan the 2-year-old Greater Swiss Mountain Dog has curious tendencies which recently got him into some trouble. Perhaps he took the phrase “foot in mouth” a little too seriously because he ended up swallowing two socks!

Titan was rushed to his veterinary clinic where they used an ultrasound machine to examine his abdomen. The socks were identified and Titan was to undergo surgery to remove them. In foreign body ingestion situations like this, surgery is often necessary due to the size of the object that was swallowed. If left alone, it could cause blockage or further complications inside the dog’s gastrointestinal tract, so surgery was the best option.

The young pup stayed at the vet clinic overnight to receive medication and recover from surgery. He has since returned home and is back to his happy, vibrant self, however there are some new rules around the house. “All bedroom doors must be closed and no socks are to be left around,” said Titan’s owner, Amy. Titan will also be working with a trainer to help him learn what he is and isn’t allowed to gobble up.

Total claim amount: $1,615.88
Deductible applied: -$500.00
Ineligible costs (food): -$44.82
10% co-insurance: -$107.11
Trupanion repaid: $963.95

Thank you very much to Amy for letting us share your sweet boy’s story!

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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