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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Snail bait ingestion

Cody the 4-year-old mixed-breed dog recently went to his veterinary clinic because he ate some snail bait.

Snail bait often comes in the form of small pellets which may appear as treats or kibble to your pet. It contains metaldehyde which, even in small amounts, can be fatal to your furry friend. Symptoms include twitching, drooling, panting, fever, increased heart rate, rigidity and vomiting.

It is important to seek immediate veterinary care if your pet is suspected of coming in contact with snail bait. Cody received overnight care including fluid therapy and electrolytes to flush out the poison. Other treatments may include inducing vomiting, activated charcoal to absorb the toxic substances.

Total claim amount: $763.25
Deductible applied: -$0
Ineligible costs (exam fee): -$87
10% co-insurance: -$67.63
Trupanion repaid: $608.63

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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