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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Cat ate shoe string

Bandit the 10-month-old domestic short hair is apparently still enjoying his curious kitten phase, because he recently played with and swallowed a shoe string. This resulted in his first big veterinary visit and overnight stay.

Bandit’s veterinarian took radiographs to assess the situation, and determined that surgery would be required. After the string was surgically removed, Bandit was given medication and kept at the hospital overnight for monitoring and recovery.

We hope he has a quick recovery so he can get back to enjoying kittenhood!

Total claim amount: $3,124.00
Deductible applied: -$0.00
Ineligible costs (exam fees): -$142.00
10% co-insurance: -$298.20
Eligible for coverage: $2,683.80

Trupanion Reviews – Week of 10/17

Trupanion couldn’t have a more true to mission name! Not only are they helping our traumatized pup, but offering vets in training a rare opportunity to circumvent a leg amputation for perhaps a “pinkie” extraction. How good is that? -Vernyce D.

Thank you for covering Sophie’s medical bills! It made a tough situation easier. Sophie made it home in time for Canadian Thanksgiving — We were so thankful to have her home and for Trupanion for helping us. -KC G.

2014 Hero Dog Awards

Trupanion had a wonderful time in Beverly Hills for the fourth annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards ceremony.

It was an exciting weekend spent appreciating America’s favorite hero dogs who have helped others, improved lives, and influenced many with their stories. We were honored to meet each of the eight finalists, along with their families who traveled lengthy distances to attend.

Congratulations to Susie, a therapy dog, who was selected as the American Hero Dog of 2014!

We also had the opportunity to attend the Animal Stars book launch at Fox Studios. Famous pets were strutting their stuff on the red carpet, being interviewed, and taking pictures with fans.


Fourth Annual Hero Dog Awards - Arrivals

Trupanion team members walking the red carpet with table guests

Fourth Annual Hero Dog Awards - Arrivals


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I am legend    AW2_6387

Watch the 2014 Hero Dog Awards on the Hallmark Channel, Oct. 30, 8 pm ET/PT; 7C

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Animal Stars

Animal Stars

Courtesy of the American Humane Association

As a company dedicated to pet health, Trupanion is always looking to align with organizations that share our commitment to health, happiness, and care of animals—the American Humane Association is one of those organizations.

The American Humane Association helps to promote policy movement and develop legislative efforts that help change cultural attitudes and protect children, pets, and farm animals from abuse and neglect. Trupanion policyholders have helped support this mission by donating over $69,000 to the American Humane Association in 2013 alone, and we helped promote the cause and celebrate outstanding animals by sponsoring the Emerging Hero Dog Category whose winner this year was Xena, in the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.

Since 1940 the American Humane Association has worked closely with the film industry as the only organization monitoring the health and well-being of animals in film and broadcast production and presenting the “No Animals Were Harmed”® certification. Their close ties to the film industry provide a unique opportunity to share details about the lives of furry actors we see on-screen.

This fall, they helped launch a book that highlights this relationship and raises funding to continue to promote their cause. Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with your Favorite Animal Actors is a peek into the off-screen lives of animal icons, their trainers, and the American Humane Association’s role in maintaining their health and safety through the “No Animals Were Harmed”® program. The book offers a look at many iconic animal actors, including stars like Benji, Uggie from The Artist, and Crackerjack the cat, also known as Crookshanks in Harry Potter.

If you’re a film buff and animal lover looking for a way to support a cause, Animal Stars can give you the opportunity to fulfill all of these needs. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds will aid the American Humane Association.

Taking a New Route

Brie Marie - Stephanie Wilmore - Image 2

My wife and I have been animal lovers and pet owners for many years. A couple of years ago, for the first time, we decided to adopt a miniature schnauzer instead of taking our traditional pedigree route. We named her Brie Marie and she was approximately 3 years old.  We felt blessed to have her as our new baby girl, and she bonded quickly to our family– Bert, our 12-year-old miniature schnauzer, my wife, and myself.