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Four Tips to Find the Perfect Veterinarian

How to Find the Perfect VeterinarianA veterinarian is a great partner when it comes to your pet’s health, and having a great relationship with a trusted veterinarian will help you feel empowered to give your pet the happiest, healthiest life you can provide. But finding the perfect veterinarian is not always an easy task. We asked Trupanion’s on-staff veterinarian, Dr. Denise Petryk, how to find a veterinarian you love and trust and she provided the tips below.

A Mystery Illness Strikes a Young Pup

A Mystery Illness Strikes a Young Pup“We joined Trupanion in July 2013 just in case our puppy got into something.

On November 22, 2013, our 6-month-old Rottweiler vomited, so we took him to the C.A.R.E. Centre Animal Hospital. The doctors weren’t sure what was causing his illness—like if he had ingested something. That evening, we were preparing ourselves for his death. However, because we had Trupanion, and 90% coverage, we were able to treat him aggressively. With the amazing help from multiple veterinarians and the staff at the veterinary hospital and Trupanion, he was made well again.”

Wil, Michele, and Bulldozer

Calgary, Alberta

Enrolled: July 2013
Condition: Bacterial Pneumonia
Trupanion Paid: $41,786.65

Finding the Right Match

Finding the Right Match“I have been a pet parent to 20 dogs in my adult life and am a breeder of French Bulldogs with a goal of improving this beautiful breed. I have tried many other insurance companies over the past 11 years but only to be disappointed, never having a claim actually come through to help me reasonably take care of my ‘fur babies’’ needs! But that all changed after joining Trupanion.

To start, signing up was so easy! The process was so user-friendly compared to every other company in the past. Second, filling out and submitting claim forms has been a breeze! I only had to fill out the first form with April’s information, now when she visits the veterinarian they complete and send in the forms for me because Trupanion has made the process so easy. I receive an email within a few days confirming they have received her claim.

April recently had to have surgery to correct her inverted tail, commonly known as a ‘cork screw tail.’ This was something that could not be ignored as my baby girl was in so much discomfort every day. The procedure is very expensive and I don’t know if this would have been possible without the help of Trupanion.

No other pet health insurance came through in a desperate time of need. I am so thankful for the Trupanion team, they really do care so much about all their clients. More great news, April is soon due with her first litter of puppies! I will be making sure to educate my forever homes on the importance of having pet insurance. French Bulldogs are not just expensive to buy but also to own.

Trupanion is the only company I recommend. I am overjoyed to be able to help other families skip the trial and error method of looking for the right pet insurance, and learn from my past experiences. Joining Trupanion ensures the future health and happiness of your four legged baby!”

Shannon C.

Torbay, Newfoundland

Enrolled: August 2014
Condition: Corkscrew Tail
Trupanion Paid: $2,582.98

Dog Insurance for the Top Dog Breeds Across Canada

Bernese mounain dogCanadians spend about $4 billion every year on their pets. One area where costs have been growing consistently is medical care. Better access and more quality veterinary care leads to increased veterinary costs, making dog insurance seem like a no-brainer. You, your family, and your friends are insured, and with 86% of Canadian dog owners who consider their pets to be part of the family, it makes sense to have health coverage for your dog too.

Using our database, we looked at a few of Canada’s top cities to identify their signature breed and pet name, and identified what common health concerns trouble them. A city’s signature breed or dog name is not necessarily its most popular, but its most distinct with have a higher frequency in these cities than the rest of Canada. Here’s what we found.

Easy DIY Cat Projects

Recycled Cardboard Scratching Tower


Photo via moderncat.net

1. Use a sturdy wooden board for the base (size will depend on how tall and wide you plan to build the tower)
2. Drill a hole into the center of the wooden base
2. Find a wooden dowel for center support – select the length depending on how tall you would like the tower
3. Drill a hole into the dowel and screw it into the wooden base
4. Create a template to trace on the cardboard before cutting – this will ensure all of the pieces are the same size and aligned evenly (remember to leave a hole for the wooden dowel in the center)
5. Begin assembling the layers until you reach a desired height.

Tutorial via Shelterness.com

Cardboard Scratch Mat

Floor Mat Scratcher
Photo and tutorial via Design Sponge

Cardboard boxes – any kind or size will work
Masking tape
Scissors or Exacto blade
Scrap paper, felt, or fabric

1. Decide on a height for the pad
2. Use the ruler to measure the cardboard width before cutting
3. Cut the cardboard in strips – make sure they are identical in width
4. Start bending and rolling the cardboard strips
5. Create the center of the mat by rolling a piece of cardboard into a tight, closed circle – use the masking tape to secure this piece
6. Continue adding strips, secure each strip with tape on each end – repeat this step until the mat reaches

Knotty Spider Toy

Knotty Spider

Photo and tutorial via Friskies

Plastic ring from milk jug
5” x 5” piece of felt

1. Cut fabric into 12-14 strips
2. Tie the strips onto the milk ring – using double knots
3. Keep tying until the ring is completely hidden


Peek A Boo Box

1. Find a clean, flat, empty box – a flat-rate post office box or new pizza both would both Peek A Boo_Meowblogwork great)
2. Cut holes, shapes, etc. in the cardboard (on the top of the box) – make sure they are large enough for your kitty’s paw to fit in without getting stuck!
3. Put a round, noisy toy (or multiple) inside the box – make sure they have small enough to roll around once the lid is closed
4. Close the box and feel free to decorate it for your cat!

Tupperware Puzzle Box

Treats and toys!

1. Cut holes in the lid of the Tupperware – be sure they are large enough so your kitty’s paws won’t get stuck!
2. Put treats, toys, and entertainment in the container and close it up!