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Doing What Needs to be Done, No Matter the Cost

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“I want to give my sincere thanks for all Trupanion does for our dogs.
Most recently, Maddison was diagnosed with a form of nasal dermatitis.
As with other smaller claims we have had, I am truly amazed with the easy claim process. Within a day (or maybe 2) of the visit, I have an email of the claim being processed, then I receive an email as to what is being paid and within a matter of 2 or 3 days I have the cheque in hand.

I insure our three dogs through Trupanion because our Maska died at age 3 from renal failure. She was apparently born with kidneys the size of a 10-pound dog and she was probably 80 pounds. She was an amazing dog in the two years that we had her and I miss her to this day. We spent about $25,000 on her care which involved diagnosis, treatment and daycare while she was very ill.

With Maska and with our three dogs now, I don’t hesitate to rely on my veterinarian’s advice and do what needs to be done no matter what cost – but to know the Trupanion policy is behind me financially is so reassuring.

Since Maska, we have adopted Maverick, Maddison and Magnum who we all insure through Trupanion with pleasure. When the opportunity arises I tell people that there can be no other way – insure through Trupanion – because they are the best.

I am truly grateful.”

#BestFriendFriday: Adopt a Pet From the Northeast

Ready to adopt a new best friend? For the next five weeks, we will showcase adoptable pets from different regions across the United States and Canada. On each #BestFriendFriday our goal is to find homes for the pets featured and to raise awareness about some great shelters in North America. Take a look through this week’s pets and share with friends or family that may be looking for a new cuddle buddy or hiking partner. If you’re interested in adopting any of these pets or looking at other adoptable animals, please reach out to the shelter or rescue. Happy #BestFriendFriday!


Everything to Know About Dog Poop

By, Dr. Oscar E Chavez BVetMed MRCVS MBA

It’s not glamorous, but as responsible pet parents we do it every day – we pick up our pets’ poop! Do you ever wonder what our dogs think about our obsession with cleaning up their poop? Well, maybe you do and maybe you don’t, but here we will discuss all things dog poop.

Why is it important to be careful when cleaning up dog poop?

There is a long list of diseases that can transfer from dogs to human via the fecal-oral route. For this reason, you should take care when handling dog poop. These diseases that can transmit from animals to humans called zoonotic diseases. Humans can get zoonotic diseases from contaminated dog poop including salmonella, campylobacter, giardia, roundworms, and hookworms.

Zoonotic diseases are always a bigger concern among susceptible groups of people such as people with immune system disorders, people going through chemotherapy, pregnant women, and organ transplant recipients.

what you need to know about dog poop

Find a Pet Sitter This Summer with DogVacay

Excited for summer travel? Trupanion is partnering with DogVacay, so you can focus on your tan while your pet sitter focuses on your best friend.

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Find a Pet Sitter

DogVacay, the leading online service that connects pet owners with loving pet sitters across the United States and Canada, is offering a $50 credit to all Trupanion policyholders! Ready for that summer getaway but don’t want to leave your pet in a kennel? DogVacay provides you with a community of compassionate, animal-loving pet sitters who will take care of your furry friend. All you need to do is enter your zip code and check out the sitters near you. Enter the code TRUP50 at checkout before you head to your favorite vacation destination.

How Does it Work?

In need of some beach time but not able to bring your pup? Browse hundreds of pet sitters, read reviews, and find the right sitter for you. While you’re away, your pet sitter will send you daily photos so you can make sure your best friend is having a ball. DogVacay also offers daytime pet-sitting, so you can focus on work when you have a long day at the office.

Head to the Beach

Or the mountains, or the woods. No matter where your travels might take you, DogVacay is there to make sure your pet stays safe and happy at home. Trupanion policyholders will receive $50 off of their first sitter by heading to DogVacay and entering the code TRUP50 at checkout.

The Top TV Show Pet Names

Some pet owners pick people names, like Max or Lucy, while others choose names that reflect our favorite things, like foods, animals, and pop culture icons.

Picking a name for your new pet is both exciting and intimidating. Some new pet owners just know what to call their pet, while some have to mull it over for a while. Whatever you choose, your pet’s name is both a reflection of your pet and yourself. Looking into our pet name data, we found that many pet owners name their cats and dogs after several distinct TV show characters. These TV show pet names highlight some of the most popular shows of the last decade.