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Bred This Way: Understanding Why Your Dog Acts the Way it Does

Vybe border collie dog grass pet insurance trupanionDogs are much like humans in the sense that no two dogs are the same. There are, however, a few ways to make an informed decision about what type of dog is a good match for certain human personalities, environments and lifestyles. A dog’s breed can tell you a lot about what that dog’s temperament is like, as well as which instinctive reactions it will have in response to certain stimuli. A Labrador Retriever, for example, would see a group of children playing and would run to join them, while a Border Collie would attempt to herd the children as they would with sheep. Continue reading “Bred This Way: Understanding Why Your Dog Acts the Way it Does” »

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Dog Swallowed Peach Pit

Buster the 1-year-old Maltipoo made an unplanned veterinary visit recently because he swallowed something that tasted very yummy. Buster ingested a peach pit! While peaches are a healthy alternative to dog treats and are safe to feed dogs (here are other fruits & veggies that are safe to feed pets), the pit itself is not. Because a peach pit is not digestible, it could get stuck in a dog’s digestive system and cause complications.

Radographs revealed the peach pit in his little tummy which meant that he would need surgery. His owners elected to proceed with his neuter surgery at the same time. Buster was hospitalized for two days in order to recover and get back to his spunky self.

Total claim amount: $2,054.15
Deductible applied: -$200
Ineligible costs (neuter): -$195
10% co-insurance: -$165.91
Trupanion repaid: $1,493.24

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Pet Prep: Seven Tips To Plan for a Family Pet

dog yawningPlanning beforehand for a family pet is not only beneficial to the pet, but it’s beneficial to you. Planning for a pet can save you loads of money and stress by making sure everything is in place before the pet arrives. These are seven things you can do to effectively plan for a family pet.

Learn How Your Other Pets Will React to Your New Pet
If you already have other pets, and you’re planning on bringing another into the equation, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on how to introduce them. Some pets might find that they easily adjust, while others depend heavily on a smooth introduction. Continue reading “Pet Prep: Seven Tips To Plan for a Family Pet” »

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This Week in Testimonials – 3/7

This is my 14 yr old beagle bassett mix Louie. He had an emergency spleenectomy June 7, 2013 and the resulting histopathology indicated he had cancer. Today he had an ultrasound that indicates his cancer is in remission. Thanks to TRUPANION for their asssistance and support during Louie’s cancer journey!!!! -Mindy B.



Thank you for saving my dogs life. We never could have afforded his treatments without your support. Your more than fair payouts are unheard of. We are very happy customers and will recommend you at all times. -William N.

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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! -@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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