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Parasite Leads to Pneumonia in Her First Month at Home

Kali - Trupanion - Image 1“When our 6-year-old Siamese was clearly lonely, we went to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa to “take a look,” arguing with ourselves whether we should get another cat. As we debated, Kali decided she was going home with us and that was that.

We brought her to Ingersoll Animal Hospitalfor her first checkup. Aside from a little dehydration, Kali seemed pretty healthy—not bad considering her alley-cat past. As we were getting ready to leave, Dr. Peterson asked if we had taken advantage of Trupanion’s 30-day certificate offered by the shelter. I laughed, thinking the idea seemed strange, but after hearing more about it, I figured, “it’s free, why not?”

Over the next few days Kali seemed ok. When she started sneezing, we were concerned but figured she picked up a cold. Then her breathing became labored. I called Dr. Peterson who referred us to the Iowa Veterinary Specialties Emergency Clinic where we got the bad news.

Kali had developed a severe case of pneumonia. She was monitored in an oxygen chamber overnight and given antibiotics to clear up her lungs. The next day it was clear she was not responding to the medication. Several diagnostic tests couldn’t determine the cause until they finally found the nematode parasite that had made its way into her lungs. A few more days in the hospital and she was finally getting better.

All of the tests and treatment gradually racked up over $4,500. It was stressful to say the least. Thankfully Trupanion paid 90% of the cost and we were able to save Kali’s life without going into debt. You may think getting medical insurance for your pet is a waste of money but I can assure you, the small monthly premium is well worth the peace of mind.”

Tyler P.


Kali
Des Moines, Iowa

Enrolled: October 2013
Condition: Severe Pneumonia, Visceral Larva Migrans
Total Paid: $3,798.06

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