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Trupanion Reviews – Week of 9/26

So glad we took our insurance with your comoany. It has been a true blessing for us and our husky. That you for such friendly efficient service!! -Leigh S.

I’m just have to say this: If you have pets, get pet insurance. It’s a lifesaver–as my cat Winter can attest. Thank you @Trupanion! -@AndrewCouts

Thank you, Trupanion. I lost my best boy to cancer a week ago today. Nothing will ever make up for the loss, but your quick handling of the claims was impressive and meant that I could give him the best care possible in his last two weeks. -Lexy G.

I LOVE having Trupanion insurance for the dogs. In addition to invaluable peace of mind, the customer service is excellent and the plan is simple and I’ve never, ever been questioned about the care I’ve chosen for my furkids. Each month when I get a confirmation email that they have received my claim for the dogs’ acupuncture visits, I’m grateful and impressed. -Megan R.

I would be homeless if I did not have trupanion as my safety net!!!! -Nicolette S.

I tell everyone about Trupanion. Most of the people are under the impression that pet insurance doesn’t pay their claims. Public awareness needs to be improved. I love Trupanion and I want everyone to insure their pet. -Angie S.

My cat had somehow lost her left claw and over the next yr. the doc kept looking and giving her the same antibiotic, I saw a new vet in their office and she wanted to try a different medication. She did X-rays and took a sample from the paw and suggested a new med, which I could not give her because she’s a wiggle-worm and avoided me after the first time. The vet suggested I see the director of the Garden State Vetrinary Clinic in Tinton Falls, a man I have trusted over 40yrs with all my pets that had difficulties that were not routine. I did and he found a very rare feline problem in her foot. At this point I had spent $1400.00 and he also took biopsies and ruled out cancer. I gave him and out regular vet trupanion forms, which they filled out and within 2wks I received a check from trupanion and have since received emails asking about her and how she was doing. I can’t say anything else but they were efficient and cooperative throughout. -Alison C.

I too am thankful for Trupanion. -Adela D.

Trupanion is the best! Took Buddy to the Vet 4 days ago & the check is in the mail from Trupanion Pet Insurance…Unbelievable! Thank you for helping us take such good care of our Buddy! -Gail M.


I have a pug, who have a lot of random issues. Only a few months of getting her she ended up with an infection and my vet had to run a few different tests to find out what the problem was. She had to be put under, half day vet stay and also other diagnostic testing – they covered the 90% of the almost $700.00 bill, even things that I wasn’t sure if they would. They are so good, that I just registered my second pug today, only days after bringing her home. -Gracie P.

Buster arriving at the cottage, smiling big time, 15 weeks post TPLO surgery. Thank you Trupanion! The BEST pet insurance! -Donna G.


My big boy has been sick but I am so grateful to @Trupanion for their support and quick processing of claim. -@eldavey

7 Pets Stuck in Couches

Dogs and cats love a nice, soft cushion, and sometimes their pet bed just doesn’t cut it. The sofa is a great place to cuddle up with their human (or sprawl out so the humans have nowhere to sit) but when it gets cold, they may need to improvise. These seven dogs and cats got cozy between the couch cushions– we’re just not sure if they know how to get out!
cat stuck in couch

Image via: hypocritical_crane

The Five Most Popular Family Breeds in Canada

Ever wondered what the most popular breed of dog is in Canada? The top breed insured with us is the Mixed Breed Dog. That’s right, Canadians love their crossbreeds, and rightly so! Whether you’re considering purchasing a new pet or you’re just feeling inquisitive, we’ve put together a guide of the most popular family dog breeds in Canada*, and why they make the ideal pets.

1. Mixed Breed Dog
Mutts, mongrels, hybrids, call them what you like, but there’s no denying they are the number one family breed in Canada. From the Labradoodle (Labrador and Poodle), Puggle (Pug and Beagle) and Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle), there is a huge range of mixed breeds covering all shapes and sizes. They can be a mixture of two different breeds or several, making them truly unique! One reason for mixing breeds is that they combine the much-loved traits of particular dogs, and are said to be healthier and less susceptible to hereditary diseases.


2. Golden Retriever

A Taste of Another Dog’s Medicine

Lola - Leslie Metcalf - Image 1

Shortly after Christmas, I fed my dogs and had just started to make my own dinner. I heard abnormal crunching and turned around to see my elder dog’s entire bottle of pain medication had been ingested by my 1-year-old dog, Lola!

A call to poison control, my veterinarian at Timberlyne Animal Clinic, a three-day stay in The Animal Specialty Hospital in Durham, and 10 days at home with round-the clock care ensured that Lola was restored to health with no long term damage.

Thanks to Trupanion, this was not a financial disaster as well. I adopted Lola from a pit rescue in February 2013 for my husband, who passed suddenly in August 2013. I love her more than anything and am so glad I could get her the care she needed.

Kathryn F.

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Enrolled: December 2013
Condition: Rimadyl Ingestion
Total Paid: $1,263.58

Puppy Training: Tips to Overcome Chewing and Barking

Puppy Dog Training Five Tips to Overcome Chewing and BarkingA new puppy can bring so much joy to a family. They are cute and cuddly, and can make the perfect pal for their owner. However, puppies are new to the world and great at finding trouble. Chewing and barking are obstacles that need to be overcome in order for everyone to live in a pleasant home environment. When training your new pooch, use these tips.

Exercise and Structure
In order to prevent chewing, a puppy needs to realize their owner is the boss. Try not to provide accidental chew toys for the puppy, by keeping messy or chewable things put away. The puppy should start their day with some exercise and instructions or discipline. Then, after puppy has complied, they should be showered with attention. Give them constructive exercise so chewing doesn’t become a bored or nervous habit.