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6 Reasons Why Doodles Make Amazing Pets

labradoodle dog laying on floor pet insurance TrupanionYou’ve likely heard the term “Doodle” used to describe a genre of dogs. What’s a Doodle? It’s often used to refer to Labradoodle and Goldendoodle which are Labrador Retriever/Poodle cross and Golden Retriever/Poodle cross, respectively.

  • They are very smart. Not only are Labradors and Golden Retrievers known to be easy to train, but Poodles are known to be very smart, making Doodles a dog trainer’s dream.
  • They are loyal. There’s no denying the love and devotion you’ll receive from your furry friend. In fact, you are almost guaranteed to see a wagging tail to greet you each time you return home.
  • They are good at retrieving. Both Labradors and Goldens enjoy a good game of fetch which is why they have ‘retriever’ in their breed name. A Labradoodle or Goldendoodle is likely to carry on this trait.
  • Less shedding. Your new black wool coat need not be a fur magnet any longer because Doodles do not shed nearly as much as Labs and Goldens. The tradeoff: hair that grows will need more frequent grooming.
  • Fewer allergens. While no dog breed is completely “hypoallergenic,” those that shed less such as Poodles (part of the mix of a Doodle) are a better choice for those that have minor dog allergies. Keep in mind that allergens not only come from the coat, but also the dog’s skin, dander and saliva.
  • They are cuddly. That blend of curls their coat gets from the Poodle side of the family means these dogs have soft, cuddly locks.

These are just a few of the many reasons Labradoodles and Goldendoodles make wonderful pets (as if you needed any more reasons to love your lovable doodle). Can you think of more to add to this list? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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Five Helpful Suggestions For Potty Training Your Feline Friends

cats on couchWhether you have recently brought home a young kitten or have adopted an older cat that may be used to relieving themselves outdoors, it’s important that you go through the necessary steps to help adjust the cat to using a litter box. While instinct should help encourage your cat to use the litter box without any problems, following the five following steps can help ensure that the litter box is an inviting place for them to use. Continue reading “Five Helpful Suggestions For Potty Training Your Feline Friends” »

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Training Your Puppy: 5 Popular Myths About Dog Training Debunked

puppy boxer snuggled up in blanket warmSo you’re about to em-bark on the exciting adventure of puppy training? Training a pup is tough work, but if you have the right information, you’ll find it to be a much smoother process. There are many dog trainers with varying educational levels and skills. Without a doubt, you will come across different opinions from different people regarding dog training. Even though the internet has played a big role in educating people about many different topics including dog training, it has also helped to spread many myths concerning dog training. Below are the five popular myths regarding dog training that you should be aware of before you start the training process.

Myth 1: Puppies younger than 6 months can’t be trained Continue reading “Training Your Puppy: 5 Popular Myths About Dog Training Debunked” »

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Ibuprofen Ingestion

It seems as though Lily the 11-month-old yellow Labrador Retriever is holding onto puppyhood because she recently got into some medication. When a pet swallows ibuprofen, the results can be dangerous. Symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.

The poor girl needed veterinary hospitalization for four days where she received daily monitoring, medications, and fluids. There is no specific treatment for ibuprofen ingestion, but a veterinarian may use activated charcoal to induce vomiting to try and remove any pills that may remain in the stomach.

Lily was released and we are hoping that she is much better and that the medicine cabinet is firmly locked from now on!

Total claim amount: $1,960.65
Deductible applied: -$500
Ineligible costs (exam fees): -$106
10% co-insurance: -$135.47
Trupanion repaid: $1,219.19

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This Week in Testimonials – 2/28

@Trupanion you guys are awesome! Chompy agrees! pic.twitter.com/sMeLBhYud6 -@BillyNubz

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Thank you for providing great coverage and giving me peace of mind :) -Heidi W.

I just wanted to say “THANK YOU” for being so great in handling Bowser’s insurance claim! He is truly my best friend and it was a very stressful time, between his surgery and trying to find the finances to cover it. Thanks for everything! -Carly S.

I love trupanion. Not only is it a great insurance but when I was at hospital with other dog, my other dog escaped our yard and with his trupanion tag on his collar a nice fireman called them and my boy made it home safely -Michelle R.

Not only you guys are THE BEST pet insurance on the market, and make my day bright with your fun photos and contests… I just received your email informing me that my premium for my lovely Eloise’s insurance is… DECREASING! I cannot stop telling all my friends about you! I already had my neighbour care for her two dogs through you, but please enlist me as one of your major advocates in my area!!! Love You, Trupanion!! -Maria M.

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Infographic: How Pets Help Seniors Stay Happy and Healthy

Pets provide love and affection to people of all ages. While we’ve discussed the benefits of having pets for children, there are also many benefits for seniors as well. Bay Alarm Medical has put together this infographic with statistics describing all the wonderful benefits owning a pet has for seniors. Just more evidence that we should all have pets for as long as we live! ;)

Infographic showing health benefits that pets provider.

Thanks to Bay Alarm Medical for creating this infographic!

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Doggy Diagnosis – Five Ways to Know if Your Pup Needs to See the Vet

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Gut instinct is the single most valuable tool for pet owners when determining whether a pet needs to visit the veterinarian. It’s often immediately apparent when a pet is in pain or is simply acting in a way that demands cause for concern. While some injuries and illnesses can be treated right at home, there are those that require medical intervention from a qualified veterinarian. Here’s a handy guide of just the symptoms to watch for in your pet. Continue reading “Doggy Diagnosis – Five Ways to Know if Your Pup Needs to See the Vet” »

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Dog Ate Gorilla Glue

Nitro 1-year-old Shiba Inu recently made a trip to the vet because he swallowed some Gorilla Glue. Our veterinarian friend, Dr. Jason Nicholas featured the topic of Gorilla Glue and its dangers to pets on his blog a few months back.

What makes Gorilla Glue scary, and as you can see in Dr. Nicholas’ video on his blog, is what happens when it gets wet. The liquid glue expands and solidifies to form one hard mass. And as we all know, the insides of our pets are wet which means a potentially lethal combination if a pet eats Gorilla Glue. A pet cannot pass the solid glue mass which means they need immediate veterinary treatment.

Fortunately, Nitro’s owners noticed the issue and quickly got him to the vet. He received X-rays to assess the situation and was then taken into emergency surgery. Nitro’s care also included fluids, medications, and monitoring to ensure he recovered well from surgery.

Total claim amount: $2,140.00
Deductible applied: -$500
Ineligible costs (exam fee, pet food): -$83.32
10% co-insurance: -$155.67
Trupanion repaid: $1,401.01

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Training Basics: Five Must-Haves For Dog Training You Don’t Want To Be Without

5 Must-Haves For Dog Training You Don't Want To Be WithoutWhether you have a brand new puppy, you want to teach your dog new habits and trick, dog training can be a challenge. Whatever your reason for starting canine training, these five tools will help you reach the results you expect:

1. Puppy Pads – Housebreaking should start as early as possible, and puppy pads will save you countless cleaning bills while they’re still learning the word “no.” There are bigger versions for older dogs, too, if you’ve just brought a new friend home from a shelter. Their age doesn’t really matter as much as your patience and preparedness. Puppy pads will help them know where to go in the house if you don’t take them outside in time, and it keeps the mess in the house to a minimum. Continue reading “Training Basics: Five Must-Haves For Dog Training You Don’t Want To Be Without” »

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This Week in Testimonials – 2/21

This is my 1yr old boy, Eames! Thanks to Trupanion Pet Insurance, we were able to afford the surgery that saved his life this past September and he thanks you for it! He is currently happy, healthy and handsome, and we are so grateful to have him with us! #trulove -Jackie S.

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Eames

Hi, I cannot believe how fast Pepper’s ER claim was processed! She just came home last night at 6 pm and already your check is on its way to us! Thank you for helping us take care of our pets and I want everyone to know how awesome you guys are! -Cynthia C.

@Trupanion We love you! Thank you for being the #1 Pet Insurance for our patients and clients!! -@CVCAnimalHosp

I got a Havanese puppy in September who was 4 months old. I didn’t know whether to get pet insurace
Or not. Most people I spoke with said they didn’t get it but wish they had. After thinking it over for a bit
I decided on purchasing Trupanion Insurance for Lucy. She has since had teeth extracted and cherry
Eye surgery. Trupanion has been wonderful! My puppy is my little baby and her care is of the utmost
Importance to me…thank you Trupanion for your prompt and caring service.
So glad to have made the right decision for Lucy and for me. -Lynn D.

Wow I can’t believe how fast and professional your company is. On my Trial with my new pup-you covered his meds for a minor problem. Way to go! I still can’t believe I have a check that fast. -Patti R.

I love @Trupanion pet insurance! They covered over 80% of my dogs surgery! -@INYRMOUTH_

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