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The Top 5 Most & Least Expensive Cities to Have a Dog

In honor of National Pet Month, we joined forces with Redfin, a real estate brokerage, and Rover.com, a network of dog lovers for hire, to get a holistic look at the costs involved in responsibly caring for a dog in major cities across the United States.

While the cost of food and toys can be squeezed into most monthly budgets, the costs involved in dog-friendly housing, veterinary bills and quality pet care can really add up, especially in big cities.

To determine which cities are the most and least expensive, each company analyzed data on 116 major cities, and then ranked the list based on the following criteria:

-Housing: How much more you’ll pay for a dog-friendly rental compared to the average cost of all rentals in the city, based on data from Walk Score, a Redfin company.

-Healthcare: Average monthly payment for medical insurance from Trupanion for a mixed breed male puppy with a $250 deductible.

-Pet Care: Average daily rates for dog sitting and day care, based on data from Rover.com.

According to the analysis, here are the top 5 most and least expensive cities to have a dog:

(Click here for the full report)

The Top 5 Most & Least Expensive Cities to Have a Dog


There for the Everyday Injuries and Illnesses

There for the Everyday Injuries and Illnesses“Trupanion has been a lifesaver for me and my dog, Scarlett!  I was thrilled when Scarlett came to me as a puppy and I immediately looked into pet insurance.  Trupanion stood out heads and shoulders above the rest.

Little did we know how often we would need to rely on Trupanion to help us.  Even though I did everything possible to find a healthy puppy, “life happens.”  Within her first year, she had a severe bout of pancreatitis which landed her in the hospital.  But thankfully, with Trupanion, I didn’t have to hesitate for any tests or medications and I’m happy to report that she recovered.

Scarlett continued having other medical problems.  She has elbow dysplasia, which required surgery.  I was working and caring for my elderly mother at the time and really didn’t have extra money to pay for it, but Trupanion saved the day again!  It was a $4,000 surgery and Trupanion paid 90%!  Whew!  I’m happy to say that Scarlett recovered and is doing great.

It isn’t always about big surgeries when it comes to Trupanion. It’s the everyday injuries and illnesses where they are like family and step right in to help me take care of my furbaby!  Scarlett recently had some back problems and the only way to get a true diagnosis was to have an MRI.  Once again, Trupanion saved the day by covering 90% of the $2,200 charge.  I wish I could be insured through Trupanion!

I highly sing Trupanion’s praises to everyone I meet!  I will never have another dog without being covered by their plan.  The insurance is wonderful and all of the employees I’ve been in contact with over the years have been so friendly and I can tell they truly care about us.  Thank you, Trupanion, for helping me keep Scarlett healthy!”

Betty Ann P.

Anaheim, California

Enrolled: January 2009
Condition: Pancreatitis, Colitis, Gastroenteritis, Elbow Dysplasia, and Back Pain
Trupanion Paid: $26,908.96


Trupanion Reviews – Week of 5/8

I just wanted to give you guys a shout out and say THANK YOU for being the best pet insurance company out there. I have had you guys for 9 years and you’ve seen me through knee surgery, an MRI, one of my three being unexpectedly hit by a car on a leash in a crosswalk and most recently one started peeing blood and ended up needing emergency surgery for bladder stones ($4,500). Because of your support I have been able to focus on my dogs recovery instead of financial stress. You guys rock! -Sara B.


Poor Tucker isn’t a fan of his new hair cut! It appears we are two peas in a pod and he also allergic to EVERYTHING outdoors…and sheep haha so his dreams of being a sheep herding dog are dashed and no more wool sweater vests for xmas. On a positive note he now doubles as a crib board 😉 his blood work should be back soon then we start immuno therapy injections to give the poor dog some relief! All I can say is thank god for pet insurance! #lovemymutts#allergiessuck #cribanyone #thatface #labeyes #cutestdogeva #petinsurance#trupanion #anythingformydogs -@its_none_of_your_fitness

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Absolutely the BEST pet insurance company out there. Preapproval for our dogs surgery was done in less than a couple of hours and express pay made it soooo easy !!! The customer support was so caring and acted so quickly. Don’t know what we would have done without them. -Elizabeth E.

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Thanks to Trupanion my dog just celebrated her first birthday. It truly was a lifesaver! Thank you Trupanion!! -Oliver L.

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Thanks @Trupanion for continually processing claims for Razzleberry (pic) and Dinglehopper so quickly! -@MED_toronto

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Pet insurance is one of those things you don’t know how good they are until you actually need them @Trupanion are AMAZING #customerservice -@mrskatiefrost

My clients with @Trupanion pet insurance have been so happy with it. Definitely worth looking into if you have pets -@Dr_JulieB

Faxed in a claim to @Trupanion at lunch, closed and approved before dinner!! Class act through and through #bestchoiceiveevermade -@obsessivejules

@Trupanion amazing investment! We believe in medical insurance for our pets & have received excellent service. -@FitnessEMPOWERS

Yellow & Blue asked me this morning to send you guys a HUGE thanks for all of the love and support that you give them:) xoxox Big Love!! -Casey M.

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Thank you Kyra and everyone for working late. You are appreciated and we love you! -Jonathan J.

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Baxter says thank you Trupanion! -Jessica S.

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I just purchased Trupanion for my babies Sancho & Sassy Sallie’s Hair Bows for Dogs after losing my Shih Tzu Louie to cancer, I would have paid anything in the world to save him! Knowing Sancho & Sallie have insurance if needed gives me piece of mind! Thank you! -Benita S.

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Hamish and I thank you so very much for covering ALL his medical bills the last couple of months. On top of his severe allergies (food and environmental), he has now been diagnosed with arthritis (at age 6). In March he had cuts on both ears and one of those required stitches. I couldn’t get my baby the care he needed without his insurance. Thanks‪#‎trupanion‬ -Robyn S.

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On Her Way to a Full Recovery

On Her Way to a Full Recovery“In a matter of hours my happy little lab went from seeming a bit tired to clearly being very ill. Our family veterinarian referred her to an emergency facility where an ultrasound detected a large mass in her abdomen.

Despite all they’d seen, the doctors were somewhat stumped by my dog’s case. As they ordered test after test and her hospitalization dragged on, I was so grateful for her Trupanion coverage. I never had to decide between money and what was medically best for my dog. Finally, after 5 days in the hospital, a major surgery was performed and then she remained in the hospital for another two days. By the end her bill was in the five digits and Trupanion processed everything quickly and graciously.

Thank you, Trupanion, for making an incredibly stressful situation so much more bearable. No one expects a young dog to get so sick. With such great care and everything she needed at the hospital my dog is making a full recovery.”

Rachel B.

Seattle, Washington

Enrolled: January 2014
Condition: Abdominal Mass
Trupanion Paid: $9,269.60

Trupanion Reviews – Week of 5/1

A great way to give your pet the care they need ! -Donelda S.

Bunny the Bulldog proudly sporting her Trupanion bandana. Nice to see you guys out at the Pet Expo today! -Anne M.

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Thanks to my amazing veterinarian and the peace of mind Trupanion gave me, my girl Raine can now run again after having her ACL repaired. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! Xo -Tara E.

@Trupanion Best money ever spent. Especially with 5 crazy dogs. Thanks Trupanion. -@pokerface2

I sincerely thank Trupanion for being the BEST pet insurance there is and covering so much of the expenses for my dog Sydney….between facial nerve paralysis, an L2-L3 Hemi-laminectomy and ongoing supportive laser therapy all within 6 months of each other there has been nothing that Trupanion has not covered….I am so fortunate to have invested in Sydney and her care, best decision I ever made!!! Thank you!! -Dori S.


Wow! Trupanion, you continue to amaze me with your service! I took my dog Hailey to the vet yesterday and less than 24 hours later my $$ is on it’s way back to me!!
Thank you! Hailey’s policy is worth every dime -Terri R.

Good morning! I wanted to throw this out there. When we adopted our dogs we decided to insure them just in case something happens. As with kids, you just never know. I have had to use the insurance on several occasions and have had a great experience each time. I’m so glad I went with Trupanion. Jack and Patsy are too! You’ll have to reposition the picture to see it. -Beth L.

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