After discovering a blog post illustrating Pete the dog’s tough and unique medical journey, I knew his story needed to be shared with the Trupanion family. Jenny MacKay, pet parent to this Basenji Corgi mix, wrote a beautiful, powerful entry telling the fateful story of Pete – and her husband and she as they committed themselves fully to their dog’s recovery.
I want to take this opportunity to highlight a few particulars from her post and then send you the MacKay’s way to read about their experience directly.
Being Diagnosed with IMHA
Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) is a rare, dangerous and minimally understood disease in the veterinary world. Pete was diagnosed with IMHA in late 2011.
What is IMHA exactly?
- The body’s immune system goes after its own red blood cells, disabling and destroying them
- Loss of too many red blood cells means the body loses the necessary oxygen to sustain life
- Symptoms include yellow gums and eyes; dark, pink or red urine; extreme lethargy; and lack of appetite (among others)
- 75% or more of cases lack a definite point of causation or event that triggered IMHA
- 4 of every 5 pets with IMHA do not survive the first 6 months
- No cure currently exists – only medications to attempt to control the disease
It is a scary prospect for one’s beloved pet to be seemingly healthy in one moment and gravely ill the next. That was the case for Pete. His health deteriorated rapidly and unexpectedly within a matter of hours. Thankfully, his owners’ unwavering support, coupled with superlative veterinary assistance and a no limit plan from Trupanion, meant he got the best care possible on every day of his journey. Learn more about IMHA here.
It is incredibly heartening to see Trupanion’s mission of comprehensive pet health validated by the words of pet parents out there. Jenny MacKay said,
“We owe our ability to give Pete all the medical attention he needed to our Insurance provider, Trupanion… They reimbursed us quickly so we could fund the next course of treatment.”
We are grateful we could do our part in the greater network of support for Pete to make sure he got the coverage necessary to make an eventual recovery. Our coverage is intended for circumstances just like theirs – the unexpected, financially burdensome illnesses or injuries.
The MacKays are a true testament to the love and dedication people can exhibit for their pets – which prove to be much more, an indispensable part of the family really. Pete is lucky to have such wonderful owners.
Please take a moment to read the unabridged, firsthand story of Pete the dog’s inspiring survival over at House of Pete – the MacKay family’s website – under
“IMHA – Pete’s Story.”