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Frank’s New Start at Life

Frank's New Start at Life“Frank, an 8.5-year-old Great Dane, was rescued by myself and Dr. Julie Dudak with quite the medical history. He had previously recovered from canine parvo, heartworm disease, and a prostatic abscess but had been healthy for several years. He was eligible for insurance without pre-existing conditions and was enrolled with Trupanion in the fall of 2014.

In December of 2014, Frank began to act like he was in pain and was not being himself. Bloodwork, urinalysis and x-rays revealed some arthritic changes in his back and a urinary tract infection. He was placed on medications but continued to decline.

Frank’s pain worsened and he was not responding to therapy. He was evaluated by a neurologist at Carolina Veterinary Specialists. After an abdominal ultrasound, and an MRI of his spine, it was ultimately revealed that Frank was suffering from a condition called discospondylitis. He required several days of injectable antibiotics followed by a course of two very expensive antibiotics (over $1,000 per month). Frank also required medications for nausea and four types of pain medications to control his extreme discomfort.

Over time, Frank has been slowly recovering from his condition. He is still on two antibiotics but no longer requires pain medications and is getting stronger and acting friskier every day. He will require additional care and is still on antibiotic therapy and Trupanion continues to cover it.”

Dr. Casey Clark

Greensboro, North Carolina

Enrolled: October 2014
Condition: Back Pain
Trupanion Paid: $4,475.61

Beloved Boxers and their Terrible Troubles

Beloved Boxers and their Terrible Troubles“I have had my lovely boxer girls Utah, for 9 years, and Teya, for 2.5 years. They have been our family members from their first moment at home. Boxers are very energetic— I would say hyper-energetic dogs— and my dogs are no exception.

Even though our trusted dog walker takes them for hour-long unleashed runs five days a week, rain or shine, to get out their energy and to keep them in perfect shape for the last six years, they still have plenty of energy to be trouble makers. On top of this, unfortunately, they have some internal medical issues we cannot control.

With Utah, we went through traumas like broken toes and ingested rat poison; removing a tumour from half of her upper jaw, and half a year of antibiotic treatment for crystals and bacteria in her bladder. Everything was covered by Trupanion.

About four years ago, Utah was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her hind knees. Since that time, she has been on daily treatment covered by Trupanion to keep her not only on a steady walk but on an active run. If not for the grey face, you would not be able to say she looks older than a 4-year-old perfectly shaped boxer in her 10th year of life.

We got Teya two and a half years ago to keep company for Utah. Veterinarians discovered she had a small anatomical pocket in her small intestine that was accumulating food going through it over time. Eventually, a small non-digestible piece of material that would normally go through an intestine unstuck, would block Teya’s system. By the time Teya turned two, she had been to the 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital four times. Trupanion covered all four surgeries on Teya’s small intestine as well as very recent treatment for crystals and infection in her bladder. Thank you, Trupanion.”

Nadezda J.

Utah and Teya
Richmond Hill, Ontario

Enrolled: June 2006 and April 2013
Conditions: Alopecia, Rodenticide Ingestion, Puncture Wound, Tumor, Arthritis, Urinary Infection, Toe Fracture, Laceration on leg, Foreign Body Ingestion, Vomiting, Blood in Urine
Trupanion Paid: $29,397.22

Four Tips to Find the Perfect Veterinarian

How to Find the Perfect VeterinarianA veterinarian is a great partner when it comes to your pet’s health, and having a great relationship with a trusted veterinarian will help you feel empowered to give your pet the happiest, healthiest life you can provide. But finding the perfect veterinarian is not always an easy task. We asked Trupanion’s on-staff veterinarian, Dr. Denise Petryk, how to find a veterinarian you love and trust and she provided the tips below.

A Mystery Illness Strikes a Young Pup

A Mystery Illness Strikes a Young Pup“We joined Trupanion in July 2013 just in case our puppy got into something.

On November 22, 2013, our 6-month-old Rottweiler vomited, so we took him to the C.A.R.E. Centre Animal Hospital. The doctors weren’t sure what was causing his illness—like if he had ingested something. That evening, we were preparing ourselves for his death. However, because we had Trupanion, and 90% coverage, we were able to treat him aggressively. With the amazing help from multiple veterinarians and the staff at the veterinary hospital and Trupanion, he was made well again.”

Wil, Michele, and Bulldozer

Calgary, Alberta

Enrolled: July 2013
Condition: Bacterial Pneumonia
Trupanion Paid: $41,786.65

Finding the Right Match

Finding the Right Match“I have been a pet parent to 20 dogs in my adult life and am a breeder of French Bulldogs with a goal of improving this beautiful breed. I have tried many other insurance companies over the past 11 years but only to be disappointed, never having a claim actually come through to help me reasonably take care of my ‘fur babies’’ needs! But that all changed after joining Trupanion.

To start, signing up was so easy! The process was so user-friendly compared to every other company in the past. Second, filling out and submitting claim forms has been a breeze! I only had to fill out the first form with April’s information, now when she visits the veterinarian they complete and send in the forms for me because Trupanion has made the process so easy. I receive an email within a few days confirming they have received her claim.

April recently had to have surgery to correct her inverted tail, commonly known as a ‘cork screw tail.’ This was something that could not be ignored as my baby girl was in so much discomfort every day. The procedure is very expensive and I don’t know if this would have been possible without the help of Trupanion.

No other pet health insurance came through in a desperate time of need. I am so thankful for the Trupanion team, they really do care so much about all their clients. More great news, April is soon due with her first litter of puppies! I will be making sure to educate my forever homes on the importance of having pet insurance. French Bulldogs are not just expensive to buy but also to own.

Trupanion is the only company I recommend. I am overjoyed to be able to help other families skip the trial and error method of looking for the right pet insurance, and learn from my past experiences. Joining Trupanion ensures the future health and happiness of your four legged baby!”

Shannon C.

Torbay, Newfoundland

Enrolled: August 2014
Condition: Corkscrew Tail
Trupanion Paid: $2,582.98