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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Raisin Ingestion

GusGus, a soft coated wheaten terrier puppy, gobbled up a box of yogurt covered raisins on the last day of his 30-day certificate coverage. The pup was admitted to the veterinary hospital for 48 hours of fluid therapy and kidney monitoring. Luckily for his owners, his timing was just right and he was still covered.

The exact toxin that makes raisins and grapes poisonous to dogs is unknown, but it can lead to lethargy, vomiting, and in some cases, renal failure.

Different dogs are affected to varying degrees, and it is important to seek veterinary care immediately. Gus was rushed to the emergency veterinary clinic to induce vomiting and receive treatment to hydrate his kidneys and prevent kidney failure.

Soon after the incident, Gus recovered and was back to being his mischievous puppy self.

Total claim amount: $1,497.70
Deductible applied: -$0
Ineligible costs (Exam fees): -$78
10% co-insurance: -$141.97
Trupanion repaid: $1,277.73

Thank you Lynne for letting us share Gus’ story!

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This Week in Testimonials – 3/21

Just told my over 300 friends that you’re quick and fair. I only wish I could insure my home and car with you. Very grateful. Ober family: home of Shayna, the prettiest four legged girl in the world. -Joanna O.

Thank you for being there for my little guys. You are the best!! -Josette W.

I’m glad that our furry family is covered! -Jerilynn F.

Honestly: if you don’t have pet health insurance, get some. Without @Trupanion, this weekend’s hassle could have been a tragedy. -@happycampergirl

We were at the vet last night, no fun, and woke up this morning to see our claim went through at 11pm last night…so fast! Thanks Cori  -Janet F.

Hello there; just to thank you for all the support and excellent service we received from you when Sasha was diagnosed with cancer in her leg. She is good now, with only 3 legs but healthy and happy to be with us. Choosing Trupanion as our pet insurance was definitely one of the best decisions we made, and we are very thankful with you… specially Sasha who just made her best smile for you guys. -Julian N.

Sasha

Sasha

So I got insurance for our dane when we first got him as a puppy almost 3yrs ago. I figured since he was going to be so big, God forbid something happens, the vet bills would be very high. I was going back and forth thinking how much we pay monthly and that we have yet to need the insurance, BUT I am so glad we kept it. We’ve been dealing with a licking granuloma for months now and we’ve already dropped over $1000 on D’artagnan… about to drop another $1000 in one vet visit next week to. Hopefully this next line of testing will give us some answers as to why it is not healing and we can get a better handle on it. So, I am so grateful for Trupanion pet insurance. THANK YOU! -Allie S.

D'artagnan

D’artagnan

Hello, I just wish to thank Trupanion for their prompt, efficient claim service in setting up direct billing with our pet hospital, during our 6 yo standard Murphy’s battle with lymphoma. Murphy had a rare and aggressive form of the disease, and lost his fight a week ago, but we were able to give him (and us) five more happy months, which we would not have had without insurance, and Trupanion made things easy by taking care of the details for us for the best possible care. I just want people to know that getting insurance with Trupanion was a blessing for us. Thanks again, Clayton Albrecht.

Murphy

Murphy

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22 Pets That Love to Snuggle with their Favorite Things

Last week, we asked for you to share a photo of your pet with its favorite thing. We were overwhelmed with cuteness in all of the photos that included snuggling! Here are 22 pets snuggling with their favorite thing, be it a toy, a blanket, or another pet:

photo shared by Barbara L.

photo shared by Barbara L.

Photo of Bruser shared by Katie M.

Photo of Bruser shared by Katie M.

Photo of Charlie

Photo of Charlie


Continue reading “22 Pets That Love to Snuggle with their Favorite Things” »

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Social Butterflies – The Dos and Donts of Properly Socializing Your Puppy

Social Butterflies - Advice for Properly Socializing Your PuppyJust like people, puppies are not born knowing how to play nice with others. Your new, furry companion is going to look to you to learn how to make friends, human and canine alike. Starting early will help prevent things like barking and fear-based aggression later on. Following these do’s and don’ts will help you have a happy, friendly four-pawed companion.

DO Start Early
Begin socializing as soon as you take your puppy home. According to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, primary socialization occurs in the first three months of a pup’s life and refines afterward. Start with friendly humans and vaccinated dogs that you are certain will be well-behaved. The sooner you start proper socialization for your pup, the more well-adjusted he or she will be around other dogs and people. Continue reading “Social Butterflies – The Dos and Donts of Properly Socializing Your Puppy” »

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Healthy Pet: 6 Common Yet Dangerous Health Symptoms That Pet Owners Often Ignore

BjlgnkiCEAAkEARThe health of our pets is important to us, yet there are some signs of possible health issues that may be easy to overlook. It might be easy to dismiss these health issues as behavioral changes that are nothing to be concerned about. Erring on the side of caution is always a better idea.

Decreased Interest in Begging
Many dogs are notorious for begging for food, and seeing them abstain from this behavior might be welcomed at first. However, a dog that shows decreased interest in food could have a serious health issue that requires attention. This can range from a viral or bacterial infection to an injury to the digestive tract. Continue reading “Healthy Pet: 6 Common Yet Dangerous Health Symptoms That Pet Owners Often Ignore” »

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Ingested Aluminum Foil

Let me tell you a story about Benji the 1-year-old Goldendoodle. Benji was minding his own business, when a magnificent smell caught his nose. It was meaty and greasy and it would probably taste amazing. Being that he is a dog, Benji followed his nose to the source. What Benji found was so glorious and delicious that he gobbled it all up right away.

While it sounds like typical behavior, what Benji consumed was actually aluminum foil that was coated with grease and meat. When dogs or cats swallow inedible items, it is important to seek immediate veterinary care in case that object causes a blockage or damage to the internal organs.

Benji was in the veterinary hospital for four days for daily monitoring, medication, and radiographs to monitor the contents that he ingested. Benji received an enema to help expel the contents.

Now that he is home and recovering, we hope that he feels much better and that his owners will dog-proof the trash cans.

Total claim amount: $3,239.45
Deductible applied: -$0
Ineligible costs (Pet food, exam fee): -$110.35
10% co-insurance: -$312.91
Trupanion repaid: $2,816.19

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9 Pets with Unusual Favorite Objects

Does your pet have an unusual affinity? If so, they are not alone! After collecting photos of your pets with their favorite things, we came up with these nine pets that are a little out of the ordinary! They include:

1. This dog that loves a severed arm prop

"Frankie is a huge fan of the TV show "The Walking Dead" he dug up an old Halloween decoration in the garage and now he thinks he's a zombie killer. Every Sunday night, he'll jump up on the couch with me and watches the show while munching on the zombie arm" -Louie R.

“Frankie is a huge fan of the TV show “The Walking Dead” he dug up an old Halloween decoration in the garage and now he thinks he’s a zombie killer. Every Sunday night, he’ll jump up on the couch with me and watches the show while munching on the zombie arm” -Louie R.

2. This cat that loves plastic cutlery Continue reading “9 Pets with Unusual Favorite Objects” »

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This Week in Testimonials – 3/14

Thank you @Trupanion for processing my human’s claim so fast! Almost as fast as my full recovery from pneumonia! -@norathebulldogg

Nora

Nora

Dear Trupanion Executive Team and Supporting Staff,
Thank you for setting yourselves apart in the industry as the leader in Pet Insurance. Your professionalism, integrity, care & love of all pets is so comforting. Roscoe & Wilson are the love of my life and I truly feel based on recent events that you love them just as much as I. If anyone has any questions on why they should choose Trupanion over all other Pet Insurance companies, please message Joe Behr’s facebook page and I would be happy to discuss with you.
-Joe B.

Roscoe and Wilson

Roscoe and Wilson

Everyone at Trupanion has been so helpful and supportive as we’ve gone through a very difficult time with our cat Monk (now passed on), and recently with his brother, Mingus. We recommend Trupanion to everyone. If human insurance companies were as responsive as Trupanion there would be no healthcare crisis. Many thanks. -Ian W.

Monk and Mingus

Monk and Mingus

I must say it is always a pleasure dealing with Trupanion. Every representative you talk to truly cares about animals. There is no fakeness or rudeness at all. They are always kind & listen to you & genuinely care. -Colleen A.

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Things to Consider Before Adding a Furry Addition to the Family

Things to Consider Before Adding a Furry Addition to the FamilyAnyone who is thinking about adding a dog to their family needs to think the decision through carefully. While adding a dog can bring a lot of joy and companionship into your life, it is also a huge responsibility. What should you be thinking about before adding a dog to your household? Continue reading “Things to Consider Before Adding a Furry Addition to the Family” »

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Bred This Way: Understanding Why Your Dog Acts the Way it Does

Vybe border collie dog grass pet insurance trupanionDogs are much like humans in the sense that no two dogs are the same. There are, however, a few ways to make an informed decision about what type of dog is a good match for certain human personalities, environments and lifestyles. A dog’s breed can tell you a lot about what that dog’s temperament is like, as well as which instinctive reactions it will have in response to certain stimuli. A Labrador Retriever, for example, would see a group of children playing and would run to join them, while a Border Collie would attempt to herd the children as they would with sheep. Continue reading “Bred This Way: Understanding Why Your Dog Acts the Way it Does” »

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