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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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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Dog Swallowed Peach Pit

Buster the 1-year-old Maltipoo made an unplanned veterinary visit recently because he swallowed something that tasted very yummy. Buster ingested a peach pit! While peaches are a healthy alternative to dog treats and are safe to feed dogs (here are other fruits & veggies that are safe to feed pets), the pit itself is not. Because a peach pit is not digestible, it could get stuck in a dog’s digestive system and cause complications.

Radographs revealed the peach pit in his little tummy which meant that he would need surgery. His owners elected to proceed with his neuter surgery at the same time. Buster was hospitalized for two days in order to recover and get back to his spunky self.

Total claim amount: $2,054.15
Deductible applied: -$200
Ineligible costs (neuter): -$195
10% co-insurance: -$165.91
Trupanion repaid: $1,493.24

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Pet Prep: Seven Tips To Plan for a Family Pet

dog yawningPlanning beforehand for a family pet is not only beneficial to the pet, but it’s beneficial to you. Planning for a pet can save you loads of money and stress by making sure everything is in place before the pet arrives. These are seven things you can do to effectively plan for a family pet.

Learn How Your Other Pets Will React to Your New Pet
If you already have other pets, and you’re planning on bringing another into the equation, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on how to introduce them. Some pets might find that they easily adjust, while others depend heavily on a smooth introduction. Continue reading “Pet Prep: Seven Tips To Plan for a Family Pet” »

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This Week in Testimonials – 3/7

This is my 14 yr old beagle bassett mix Louie. He had an emergency spleenectomy June 7, 2013 and the resulting histopathology indicated he had cancer. Today he had an ultrasound that indicates his cancer is in remission. Thanks to TRUPANION for their asssistance and support during Louie’s cancer journey!!!! -Mindy B.

Louie

Louie

Thank you for saving my dogs life. We never could have afforded his treatments without your support. Your more than fair payouts are unheard of. We are very happy customers and will recommend you at all times. -William N.

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