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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Bilateral Cruciate Ligament Tears

This week’s featured pet insurance claim is about a 2-year-old Boxer named Dually. She recently had surgery on both back legs for torn cruciate ligaments. Cruciate injuries can happen to any dog and is quite a common injury that also happens to be quite expensive to treat.

How does it happen?
Just like most dogs, Dually loves to run and jump and play, which is what her owners suspect to have caused her injuries. A few months ago, they noticed that she would limp after playing and it continued to get worse, so they took Dually to the vet.

boxer outside with man

Dually post-surgery with her dad

Cruciate injuries can occur in any healthy dog simply by landing “wrong” while running or playing. Overweight dogs face a greater risk due to more weight on their joints.

Symptoms
Dually’s owners noticed she was limping. Dogs often will experience pain and weakness on the affected leg(s). After a trip to the orthopedic surgeon, it was determined that both of Dually’s cranial cruciate ligaments were torn.

Treatment
There are a few different options to treat cruciate ligament injuries and Dually’s owners opted for tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA) surgery. This type of surgery involves placement of hardware at the knee joints so that the joint can function without a cruciate ligament.

We called Trupanion the night we found out she was having surgery the next day and we were instructed to fax over the estimate we were given and they would do their best to get us the approval as soon as possible. We got home after leaving her with the surgeon about two hours after faxing everything we were asked to and we had a message when we got home that her surgery was approved and would be paid for. It was a relief.

Total claim amount: $6,798.45
Deductible applied: -$0.00 ($500 deductible met on previous claims for this condition)
Ineligible costs (exam fees): -$264.00
10% co-insurance: -$653.45
Trupanion repaid: $5,881.01

We are so thankful Trupanion was there to help us get our female boxer through surgery.

Thank you to Tessa for sharing Dually’s story and photos with us!

boxer dogs and family

Rusty (right) and Dually (left) with their owners

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.

2 Responses to Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Bilateral Cruciate Ligament Tears

  1. Pet Care says:

    I’m surprised the insurance paid that much. That’s more than most people’s insurance for themselves will pay nowadays!

  2. doris says:

    Our weimaraner has cruciate ligament tear.2nd time in her life. When I signed up for her INSURANCE – was asked what diseases she had before[age 2]I did not read everything -my fault. Now we have to pay close to 4000$, since she had this before. Insurance will not pay.
    she is now 8 years old. So we ordered a fitted brace and hope she will get better with that.bummer.

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