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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Dog ate prescription drugs

Yogi the 5-year-old Jack Russell Terrier recently had a nose for trouble when he got into some prescription medication which earned him an emergency trip to the vet.

For households with pets that like to explore the world with their mouths and tend to swallow non-food items, it’s important to keep toxic substances such as cleaning supplies and medications locked away and/or out of reach. When a pet ingests human medication, the doses can be much higher than the pet’s body can handle, leading to serious illness or worse.

While at the veterinary hospital, Yogi had diagnostic tests run, including a blood panel, to determine the level of toxins in his system. He was put on fluids to help flush the toxins, and monitored overnight.

We hope that Yogi is feeling all better and are glad it wasn’t too serious!

Total claim amount: $750.00
Deductible applied: -$185
Ineligible costs (exam fees): -$123
10% co-insurance: -$229.20
Eligible for coverage: $397.80

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Trupanion Reviews – Week of 8/8

Awesome customer service,,.never any issue! !! Great company -Aubrey M.

@Trupanion astounding customer service! I just got notice that a claim submitted yesterday has been paid & mailed. Benny & I thank you! -@whatsnext

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Choosing the Best Surgery

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Our experience with Trupanion was a pleasant one. Carabella Diamond (“Bella”) tore her ACL in her right back leg while playing with our daughter. We took Bella to our regular veterinarian for observation.

After a diagnosis, we were faced with an expensive decision. We notified Trupanion of Bella’s situation and they explained that both of the surgeries that were recommended to us were covered under the plan and that we could receive pre-approval for either surgery we decided to choose. It was a relief to know that the cost of the surgery was no longer an issue and we only had to decide which surgery would be best for Bella.

After the surgery we were promptly reimbursed 90% of the costs associated with the surgery. We have recently received full recovery status from our veterinarian regarding Bella’s ACL surgery and we were glad the cost of the operation did not influence what was best for our Bella.

Patrick F.

Greensboro, North Carolina

Enrolled: June 2009
Condition: ACL Tear
Total Paid: $1,669.52

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ABCs of Pet Insurance

Trupanion's ABCs of Pet Insurance

When your pet gets ill or injured, the last thing you want to think about is how much it will cost. And with the many advancements in veterinary medicine, the costs can become quite a financial burden.

Medical insurance for pets is rising in popularity and becoming an essential part of responsible pet ownership. However, with so many different types of insurance, companies, policy options and add-ons, choosing the best policy can seem overwhelming. It should not be mistaken with liability or property insurance. The concept of pet medical insurance is fairly straightforward—pay a monthly premium in order to be covered for unexpected, costly veterinary expenses— but every provider is different and offers varying coverage with differing plans, pricing options and limitations. How can you decide which one to choose? Continue reading “ABCs of Pet Insurance” »

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Tips to live in harmony in a multi-dog household

Hershey and Pre - Julie PHaving multiple dogs can be a bundle of joy, but it’s also just as big a responsibility. Some people may initially think that getting one or two more dogs after their first one will “keep it company,” or provide playmates. While this can be true, it’s important to consider dogs’ ages, physical conditions, overall personalities – and sometimes even breeds – before turning your house into a multi-dog one.

There are behavioral tools and approaches that can help to keep your house as orderly, clean, playful and secure as possible as one with two or more dogs.

1. Don’t bring the new dogs home to stay before an initial introduction elsewhere.

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Knowing From The Start

Winnie - XXX - Image 1Tom and I are so thankful to Trupanion for covering the multiple surgeries Winnie has had.  We knew when we got Winnie, she could have health issues related to her breed – an English bulldog.  One look at her as a puppy and we knew that she was meant to be ours.  We looked into pet insurance and decided to go with Trupanion after reading some of the testimonials.  We have not regretted our decision.

Winnie needed surgery at 8 months to remove some carpet fiber wrapped around her intestines.  She was your typical puppy, one who wanted to chew everything she could get her teeth on!  She recovered beautifully and you would hardly notice the scar on her stomach.

More recently, Winnie had to have surgery on both eyes for entropion.  She had been suffering with the constant irritation of her eyelashes rubbing against her corneas, which led to her developing an ulcer on one cornea.  After surgery, she had to wear the “cone of shame” for 14 days, but it was worth it.  As you can see, Winnie’s eyes are looking fabulous!

Thanks, Trupanion.

Helen H.

Philadelphia, PA

Enrolled: August, 2012
Condition: Foreign Body Ingestion, Eyelid Disorder
Total Paid: $5,888.76

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Foxtail Between Dog’s Toes

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Daisy the 3-year-old Goldendoodle recently made a visit to the vet due to paw pain. Daisy was licking at her front paw and displaying discomfort, so her owner decided it would be best to get it checked out. Upon further examination, it was found that Daisy had gotten a foxtail grass awn stuck between her toes!

Foxtails are grass seeds that can easily cling to pet fur and burrow in between paw pads, into noses or ears, or other parts of a pet’s body. They cause great pain and discomfort. In a very serious case, they can make their way into the bloodstream and cause serious complications. It is best to keep grass mowed and prevent contact with foxtails.

Fortunately, Daisy received immediate veterinary care and they were able to remove the foxtail and treat the wound. We wish her a swift recovery!

Total claim amount: $801.37
Deductible applied: -$0.00
Ineligible costs (exam fees): -$168.63
10% co-insurance: -$63.28
Eligible for coverage: $569.47

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Trupanion Reviews – Week of 8/1

@Trupanion -with out you guys #rouxdog wouldn’t be alive and be able to sit funky -@kiwinky


Just filed my first claim for Yancy, the poor guy pulled his groin. The new over the phone claim process was so fast and easy. Thank you Rachel! -Jeanine F.

Thank you @Trupanion for helping with the bills for Schatzi’s misadventures! -@AnaGlezz


Molly is 15 and has been insured by Trupanion for 2 years. She recently was diagnosed with kidney disease. Trupanion has paid her vet bills like clock work. I just received notice that our policy will be renewed with the same premiums as last year. It makes me sad when Trupanion sends get well emails because I know full recovery is unlikely, but it makes me happy that Trupanion is sticking with us. Buying a Trupanion policy is one of the best decisions I’ve made. -Judy H.


Plankton has been insured with trupanion a few years now.After being insured for over a year with zero medical issues- last summer Plankton was diagnosed with epilepsy, hyperthyroidism, and 2 kinds of cardio myopathies- all within a few months of each other. Thanks to Trupanion covering 90 percent of all his medications and continuous vet care- Plankton is just as happy as can be. He gets the best care from an amazing vet and Trupanion makes it all possible so we don’t have to worry about him getting medical care. Thank you! -Jen J.


In September of this year, I will have had a policy on my two Labs for one year. Both are happy and healthy. (Thankfully, I have not had to make a claim). In this amount of time, my rates have dropped TWICE! Maybe they should have considered turning the Healthcare policies over to you ;). Thanks for all you do! Keep up the great work! -J.K.

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Pet Paws Photos

We love paws! And to celebrate those cute, furry feet that help get your pet from point A to point B (you!) we decided to collect your pet paw photos for this week’s giveaway.

Have a look at all of the wonderful photos we received this week!

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Tips To Keep Your Aging Dog Comfortable And Healthy

Tips To Keep Your Aging Dog Comfortable And HealthyLike us, dogs need a little extra care as they age. Dogs, however, can’t ask for what they need. Instead, you must figure it out, which can be tricky. To make sure your dog fully enjoys their last few years, it’s important to be proactive with their health. To make it easier, here are six things you can do to keep your aging dog happy and healthy.

Know When Seniority Begins

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