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Bringing Her Baby Hound Back Home: Sierra’s Pet Insurance Story

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Sierra is my loveable but lazy two and half year old Blue Tick Coonhound. Last summer I woke up to find my rug in a ball moved away from the door. At the time, I was also fostering another dog did not know who was the culprit.

The next morning, I quickly realized it must have been Sierra. She was vomiting undigested food and was even more lazy than usual. Being a registered veterinary technician, I had the benefit of monitoring and supportive care including intravenous fluids, pain medications, stomach calming medications and diagnostic tools at work, but my efforts were inconclusive. She vomited up a large pile of the rug and I thought we were in the clear.

The next morning she was stretching oddly and looked miserable. She also started to vomit again, except this time it smelled rotten. I knew then that a piece of rug was stuck and causing severe damage. Sierra was quickly referred to our local emergency clinic for emergency care.

That night, Sierra had to undergo a lengthy surgery with several complications. The linear foreign body extended from her stomach to her colon. The surgeons had to remove a long segment of dead bowel. She needed three plasma transfusions, a feeding tube and a lot of love in the intensive care unit following her surgery.

I am so glad Sierra was covered by Trupanion, or cost could have prevented her from having surgery. It was the greatest feeling bringing her home. Months later, I am so happy I was able to just say yes to the quote and her care. My boyfriend always made fun of me for having pet insurance, but now he understands why it’s so important.  We are so happy to have our baby hound home.

Lindsey M.

Palmerston, Ontario

Enrolled: May 2011
Condition: Linear Foreign Body Ingestion
Total Paid: $6,676.05

About Kathryn @

Kathryn works at Trupanion alongside her little sidekick, a rescued Papillion mix named Modie. She loves all animals big and small but is a dog enthusiast at heart. By the third grade, she had memorized every dog breed and their characteristics and dreamed of being an agility dog trainer or the next Steve Irwin. When not at Trupanion, Kathryn spends her time playing soccer, baking cookies, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her little sidekick.

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