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Trupanion's Blog is dedicated to help educate people with pet insurance and pet health information, but more importantly, to have fun!

Preparing for Rough Waters

Salty Harbor - Jean Lew-Martin - Image 1“After having an English Bulldog for 7 years, spending tons of money on allergies, surgery to remove an ingested sock, and many other ailments I knew with the purchase on my next dog I would look into getting insurance.

Last year, I brought home two French Bulldogs, the first being a male named Salty and then a female named Harbor a few months later. When we went for their first checkup, my veterinarian recommend Trupanion.

A Giant Dog with Big Problems

Georgie - XXX - Image 3“At six months old when our beloved Georgie couldn’t walk, we thought she was just a rambunctious puppy who pulled a muscle. We took her to the veterinarian and the results were staggering, both hips were completely displaced. She was too young for surgery so we started her on pain management until it was time.

At 3 years old, Georgie started limping. We met with orthopedic specialists. The team of surgeons agreed that Georgie needed two new hips. The veterinary hospital sent Trupanion a pre-authorization form for the entire surgery and it was approved immediately. What a relief!

Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: These pets ate chocolate

‘Tis the season for time spent with family, gifts, and chocolate! Scrolling through pet insurance claims from the past week, I came across many for chocolate ingestion.

Chocolate contains theorbomine and caffeine which are dangerous to both dogs and cats. These chemicals cause increased heart rate and can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. Our Chocolate Toxicity guide explains the potency of different types of chocolate.

  • Lily the Yorkie ate chocolate and experienced vomiting. $1,276 was covered for her vet bill. (Small dogs can face greater complications with chocolate)
  • Lizzie the Maltipoo had chocolate toxicity. $1,126 of her vet bill was covered.
  • Flynn the mixed-breed dog’s vet bill was over $900 and pet insurance covered $501.
  • Roscoe the mixed-breed dog had a $583 vet bill for chocolate ingestion and pet insurance covered $439.
  • Gracie the chocolate (no pun intended!) lab ate lots of chocolate and wound up with a $588 bill. Pet insurance covered $409.

There are several more claims related to chocolate, including a dog that got into a Christmas stocking and ate all of its contents (chocolate, foil, toys and all!), and a dog that ate chocolate cookies and fudge.

Treats are yummy, but be sure to keep them locked away and out of reach!

7 Unique Ways to Help Homeless Animals

When people think of helping homeless animals, most of us think the only ways to help animals in need are to adopt or donate money to shelters. There are actually several ways to help out animal shelters on a budget and without committing a lot of time. Helping out in any way you can makes a difference for the shelter and will make you feel great about helping pets in need. Here’s 7 ways you can help support your local animal shelter:

1. Donate pet items—Most pet owners have several pet supplies that we no longer use because we’ve replaced them or don’t have a need for them anymore. Shelters typically need gently used towels, food and water bowls, household cleaning items, leashes and collars, grooming supplies, pet food and kitty litter, animal beds, and pet toys. Check with your local shelter to see if they have a wish list and make sure the items are clean before donating!

90 Adorable Photos of Pets Dressed for the Holidays

Merry Christmas to all the pets and pet owners in the Trupanion family! One of our favorite thing about the month of December is seeing all the adorable pets dressed up for the holidays. We asked to see your holiday-themed photos of your pets and loved them all so much that we wanted to share them for everyone to see! Thanks to everyone that sent or posted a photo!

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