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Nonprofit Series: Meet the Incredible Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT)

In 2014, Trupanion members donated over $104,000 to nonprofit animal welfare organizations across the United States and Canada. We’re now asking you to vote for the next nonprofits we should support. Vote through the online poll at Trupanion.com/trugiving. Voting ends May 14, 2015.

Over the next few weeks we will introduce you to the nonprofits featured in our poll. We’re kicking off the nonprofit series with an incredible Canadian nonprofit, the Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT)!

CAAT logoCAAT is a registered group of veterinary technologists, veterinary assistants, veterinarians and people passionate about animal welfare, dedicated to providing veterinary medicine and humane education in support of needy animals worldwide. CAAT’s primary focus is on running Animal Health Care Projects in low-income communities with limited or no access to veterinary services for their animals.

We asked Chris Robinson, executive director of The Canadian Animal Assistance Team, how extra funding from Trupanion members would help benefit CAAT and all of the animals they help. Below is what he shared with us.

In the News: Treating Antifreeze Toxicity in Pets

Today, the FDA withdrew its approval of the antifreeze antidote for dogs,  Antizol-Vet, also known as fomepizole, 4-methylpyrazole, or 4-MP.

Photo by Clarissa Martinez

Photo by Clarissa Martinez

We looked through our database of insured cats and dogs and found that antifreeze is the tenth most common poison on our list of toxicity-related claims. We paid over $53,000 specifically on claims related to antifreeze toxicity. Dogs are attracted to the sweet smell and taste of ethylene glycol and even a small amount can be fatal. If your pet ingests antifreeze—or any other toxin for that matter— take them to the veterinarian immediately. Fortunately, Antizol-Vet is not the only treatment available for antifreeze toxicity. The costs to treat antifreeze poisoning can range from less than $100 to over $3,200 with an average cost of about $600.

Toxicity and poisonings in dogs and cats is a common problem. Trupanion has paid over $1.3 million total in claims for toxicity and poisoning in dogs and cats over the past two years.

While some of these toxins are well known—like chocolate—many may be a surprise. Trupanion looked into its database of toxicity and poison claims finding the 10 most common substances toxic to cats and dogs found very close to home.

Why You Shouldn’t Bring Lilies Into Your Home This Spring

Why You Shouldn’t Bring Lilies into Your Home This Spring

Easter lilies are bright, beautiful, and a staple floral decoration in the springtime. However, lilies are incredibly dangerous to our feline friends. Just one nibble of a lily plant can make your cat incredibly sick, and left untreated can be deadly.

Lily toxicity is one of Trupanion’s  most common and one of the most expensive toxicity claims, with an average claim cost of $1,000. The toxins impact the kidneys and often cause symptoms like vomiting, drooling, lethargy, and appetite loss. Cats can develop tremors or go into seizures, and ingesting even a small piece of a lily plant can lead to kidney failure and death. Every part of the lily plant is toxic and cats can get sick even by licking pollen off their fur or drinking lily vase water.

Why You Shouldn’t Bring Lilies into Your Home This Spring

There are plenty of other options for those who want to bring some fresh flowers and plants into their cat-friendly home this spring. Look for some cat-safe flowers like roses, snapdragons, gerbera daisies, sunflowers, or zinnias. Many herbs—like catnip—and ferns are also safe for pets and can help freshen the house and keep things green. Learn more about pet-friendly plants and flowers.

If you suspect your cat has ingested part of a lily plant, contact your veterinarian right away. For more tips on what to do if you pet ingests a toxin, visit Trupanion’s guide to poison prevention.

Trupanion Introduces Sniffable – A New Dating App for Your Dog or Cat!

Trupanion - Puppy Love

Tired of sniffing butts at the dog park only to find that the other dog has turned their nose up at you? In the name of puppy love and kitty cuddles, Trupanion launches the first ever dating app solely for dogs and cats—Sniffable.

Pets have made their voices loud and clear, and following a growing trend in pet weddings this year, are calling for a better way to meet their soulmate and make meaningful love connections from the comfort of their own couch. Sniffable gives pets the freedom to find their true love.

“From the beginning, Trupanion has recognized the benefit of the human-animal bond when it came to pets’ health. Now, we understand the growing importance of animal-animal bonds, and seek to promote the health of dogs and cats by offering them deep, lasting connections that can help them live a long, happy life,” said Dr. Kerri Marshall, chief veterinary officer at Trupanion.

The new app gives pets the option to “paw left” or “paw right” to meet their perfect match. A fun, free way for dogs to make a quick date at the dog park or cats to finally meet face to face, rather than gazing from the living room window ledge. When pets do find their perfect match, Trupanion will offer discounted couple packages to married cats and dogs ensuring the new couple has the best health coverage out there to live long, happy lives.

Photo by Frankieleon/ Flickr

Photo by Frankieleon/ Flickr

Happy April Fools’ Day!

Giving Dusty Two More Years of Quality Life

Dusty Image 1 “I would like to take this opportunity to do something I rarely do, and that is to thank Trupanion for the support they have shown with regard to Dusty’s care. Not many companies would have covered Cyberknife treatment and all of the subsequent medications that let him maintain an active and fulfilling quality of life for two more years, post his diagnosis with a brain tumor. Trupanion provided responsive, caring and financially important assistance during a difficult time.

I often tell people who question the value of insurance that it is in the most difficult and potentially expensive times that it makes the biggest difference. Confronted with a $10,000 treatment, I am not sure that I would have opted for the treatment that gave him two more quality years. Having Trupanion insurance made that an easy choice.”

Stan R.

Cortlandt Manor, New York

Enrolled: November 2009
Condition: Brain Tumor, Seizures
Trupanion Paid: $11,159.89

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