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A Lovable Lab Lives Life to the Fullest

A Lovable Lab Lives Life to the Fullest“In 2013, our chocolate lab was diagnosed with lymphoma. We’d noticed enlarged lymph nodes and that he was being unusually clingy and concerned. We immediately took him to Animal Critical Care of Seattle and put him under the incredible care of Dr. Meleo and her wonderful staff.

Almost immediately, he improved. His energy returned, the lymph node swelling disappeared and throughout, Trupanion was a breeze to work with. The insurance did exactly what it claimed to do and it did it simply.

The following spring, Hugo fractured his elbow and would need surgery to remove a bone chip that was aggravating the joint. Off he went to VCA in Lynnwood, where Dr. Jha removed the offending chip and set Hugo on a path to an amazing summer of rivers, lakes, forests, mountains and the joy of making sure his people were well looked after.

One and a half years after his first cancer treatment, Dr. Meleo said that he’d entered special territory— an unlikely prognosis of stable health that punched back at the original severity of his diagnosis.

Today, I brought him in for his third ultrasound checkup. After the ultrasound, Dr. Meleo came in glowing, to tell me that the tumors were actually smaller than they were in December. It gives us hope for more to come.”

Maisy’s Story

Maisy_by Karyn Valino

Photo of Maisy by Karyn Valino

Pet Sounds Radio is a podcast by Sarah Hoyles that explores our relationships with our pets. “Heal Maisy Heal” is the sixth episode of the series, and features the story of an amazing Trupanion-covered dog, Maisy, and her dedicated pet parents, Karyn and Andrew, as they navigated Maisy’s cancer treatments over many months and across borders.

Her treatment involved aid from the University of Guelph at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, and the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Care in Madison, Wisconsin.

Listen to the episode here and see more photos below. 

An Alien Invasion

An Alien Invasion“Trupanion has been a financial life saver for us. It was recommended by Dr. Sinko at North County Animal Hospital. When Mimsy was just a puppy, a little boy was visiting us and he accidentally dropped his toy alien. We had no idea that Mimsy ingested it until months later when she needed surgery because she wasn’t feeling well. My veterinarian called me and asked ‘ Has your dog been abducted by aliens?'”

Tasty Summertime Dog Treats

Help your dog stay cool this summer with these DIY frozen treat recipes!

Homemade Frosty Paws

1 ½ cups yogurt
1 banana
¼ cup peanut butter
1 tbsp. honey

1. You will need a cupcake baking tray and foil liners – this will prevent the treats from sticking
2. Put all of the ingredients into a blender – blend until mixture is a smooth liquid
3. Poor the blend into each of the cupcake molds
4. Freeze for about thirty minutes to solidify
5. Remove from the freezer and stick a milk bone or treat of your choice into the center of each Frosty Paw (optional)
6. Freeze for a few hours, or until treats are hard

Frozen Apple Treat

2 apples
1 cup nonfat plain yogurt

You Will Need:
A blender
Ice Cube Tray


1. Slice 2 apples into small pieces (be sure to remove the stem and seeds)
2. Combine the apple pieces, yogurt, and a splash of water in a blender
3. Blend until you see a liquid consistency
4. Pour the blend into an ice cube tray and freeze until hard
5. Store the treats in a container and save

In a hurry? You can also try freezing 100% canned pumpkin, water and pieces of apple, or chicken broth using an ice cube tray!


6 Tips For a Pet-Friendly Firework Celebrations

6 Tips For a Pet-Safe Fourth of JulyWhether you’re celebrating Canada Day or Independence Day, fireworks can be hazardous and scary to our furry companions. While some pets may enjoy the commotion of these holidays, the backyard barbecues and plentiful fireworks can be stressful and hazardous for many.

Trupanion receives more anxiety-related claims in July than any other month of the year. Specifically, in 2014, we received 45% more anxiety-related claims in July than the average month. Many times, the claims in July list noise or fireworks a cause of the anxiety. It’s not fun to watch your pet in distress, and frightened pets have a greater chance of running away. So how can you keep your pet happy and safe?

Trupanion veterinarian, Dr. Denise Petryk, provided some tips to keep your pet safe and stress-free for Canada Day and the Fourth of July.