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Beau Speaks: Dog Walking Etiquette Part 3

Hi, it’s Beau. So, in Part I of this series, I detailed the proper way to pick up after us and to dispose of our…left overs. In Part II, we discussed the art and science of leashes. In this final installment, we will review ways to avoid potential trouble.

It seems strange to me, but most people don’t understand us. They forget that, like their children, we have to be taught the meaning of a word. We’re not born knowing human language, and we’re limited in both the amount of words we can learn and the opportunities to learn them unless you dedicate the time to teach us. Continue reading “Beau Speaks: Dog Walking Etiquette Part 3” »

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Seizures

Lola the 2-year-old English Bulldog is featured in this week’s pet insurance claim of the week for her recent incident with seizures.

Seizures are characterized by an abnormal burst of electrical activity in the brain. If your dog has a seizure, you may notice muscle twitching. Some things that can cause seizures are low blood calcium, low blood sugar, various poisons such as antifreeze and insecticides, or epilepsy. Seizures that last longer than 5 minutes are considered emergencies and need to be tended to immediately.

Lola spent two days at her veterinary hospital receiving care and diagnostics. Her diagnostics included a blood pressure test, cytology, and MRIs. She also received daily medications as part of her treatment.

We are hoping Lola is feeling much better and doesn’t experience any further seizures!

Total claim amount: $4,806.00
Deductible applied: -$0
Ineligible costs (exam fee): -$160
10% co-insurance: -$464.60
Trupanion repaid: $4,181.40

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This Week in Testimonials – 2/14

We love Trupanion! I couldn’t believe how wonderful they were when Bea needed surgery in a hurry. I submitted the paperwork on a Friday night at 5pm and had a personal call by 8pm with approval. It was so wonderful being able to focus on Bea and not having to worry about how I was going to pay for it. -Heather B.

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On Thanksgiving Day, 2012, Fenway had a horrible accident. He got a hold of a clorox pak… one of those ones for single use laundry. Although we saw it the moment he had it and took it away within seconds, he had inhaled some of the powdered bleach, and within minutes was having difficulty breathing.
We took him to our local Dog ER, where he had to be intubated, and have his breathing cleared overnight. He was only 5 months old at the time. We didn’t know if he’d make it. We did know one thing though…he’d get the best care, and Trupanion would take care of it.
Within a few days, our little guy had made a full recovery…something that we know we wouldn’t have been able to pay for out of pocket. Trupanion truly saved him (and us).
Now, our little Half Boston Terrier, Half Basenji is 25 lbs, full of life, and happy and healthy. He just got to go through his first “real snow” here in Seattle, Washington (he LOVED IT), and it made me think about how lucky we are to have him.
Thank you, Trupanion Pet Insurance.
-Tina H.

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I would like to thank Trupanion for paying so promptly and so easily when we had to make a claim for our new puppy. Even if we never use it again, it has paid for itself. -Jean S.

I cannot thank you enough for making us have one less thing to worry about. Not knowing whether we were going to get Mackenna back this weekend was bad enough, and not having to worry about going broke because of it made such a difference. I recommend you to everyone! -Kel M.

my mommy says thank you Trupanion for helping us out w/my emergency surgery! -Max A.

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11 Pets Showing Love this Valentine’s Day

Love is always in the air when you have a pet! For most of us, Valentine’s Day is just like any other when it comes to loving and snuggling with our pets. Pets are reliable and they are always there for us when we need them. We wanted to celebrate this special day by sharing these adorable photos of pets in love.

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Dante and Gabriel, shared by Zoe G

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Herschel and Zoey, shared by Stephanie P.

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Photo shared by Kelsey H.

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Photo shared by Linda B.

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Raegan, shared by Lauren H.

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Scout and Gem, shared by Edie

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Sophie, shared by Wanda M.

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Tina and Moet, shared by Ana A.

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Photo shared by Tyler P.

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Scarlett, shared by Janet G.

Do you have special plans with your pet for Valentine’s Day?

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Stokes the Cat’s Pet Insurance Story

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Stokes has been my very first baby since I was 20 years old. I bottle fed him from a week of age and he has been with me through college, moving out of my parents’ house, getting married, & starting a furry family. When a Trupanion representative came to talk to my coworkers and I at the veterinary clinic I work at, when Stokes was 5 years old & nearing “senior pet” years, I knew immediately I wanted to sign him up so I would never be faced with a financial dilemma if he became ill. When he started coughing a couple of days ago and appearing to have trouble breathing, I knew I had to take him to the emergency veterinary hospital. As worried as I was about Stokes, I was able to remain fairly calm on the drive there and while we waited for him to be assessed by the doctor, since I knew that his insurance coverage would enable me to tell the veterinarian to do everything she needed to do without worrying about cost. Within a short 2-day time period following his visit, his insurance claim had been submitted, processed, AND Closed. This & knowing that Trupanion would continue assisting with future costs toward Stokes’ asthma diagnosis gave me great relief and enabled me to focus all my attention on getting Stokes better. And for that I am incredibly grateful. I can’t wait to share our story with other clients and pet owners who are curious about Trupanion. Thank you again from myself, my family, and of course Mr. Stokes!

-Jennifer A.

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Don’t Eat That! Four Foods To Keep Far Away From Your Family Dog

Don't Eat That! Four Foods To Keep Far Away From Your Family Dog2We all like to treat our pets like family because they are part of the family. However, when it comes to foods, it’s best to stick to your pet’s dog food and dog treats. Even so, there are times that someone’s going to slip your dog something of his or her plate. Just know that there are four foods, among others, that should never be fed to your family dog. Continue reading “Don’t Eat That! Four Foods To Keep Far Away From Your Family Dog” »

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Beau Speaks: Dog Walking Etiquette Part 2

Hi, it’s Beau. So, in Part I of this series, I detailed the proper way to pick up after us and to dispose of our…left overs. Today, we will review proper leash handling and how to prevent potential trouble as we walk you.

dog leashIt is wise to use a leash when we’re being walked. Now, don’t get me wrong: I love being off leash as I get to run from bush to bush and read peemails from my fellow brothers and sisters. I also get to run after little critters…like squirrels. And therein lies the rub. JP always lets me loose in controlled environments, where it is allowed, and never in a situation where I can run into traffic. You see, unless we get hit by one, we really don’t know that those big metal things you call “cars” can hurt us. Continue reading “Beau Speaks: Dog Walking Etiquette Part 2” »

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Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: Dog Swallowed a Sock

Otto von Otters the 3-year-old Doberman Pinscher made an emergency vet visit due to swallowing a sock in this week’s featured pet insurance claim story. It isn’t uncommon for us to see claims for swallowed socks, underwear, toys, and other bits and pieces, typically by curious dogs. If a dog or cat swallows an inedible object, especially something bulky like a sock, it is important to seek immediate veterinary care to have the object surgically removed. Without treatment, the object can cause internal blockage or other complications which can ultimately lead to fatality if left untreated.

Otto arrived at the vet hospital for X-rays and stayed for two more days for surgery and recovery. We hope that he is feeling much better and keeps clothing items out of his diet from now on!

Total claim amount: $2,143.05
Deductible applied: -$55
Ineligible costs (pet food): -$13.80
10% co-insurance: -$207.42
Trupanion repaid: $1,866.83

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This Week in Testimonials – 2/7

Just wanted to let you guys know since Harley’s surgery,diagnosis and new med/meal plan he has been feeling great. Thanks for covering our claims. It helped get him on the right path to health. -Carla C.

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This was Schroeder who crossed the Rainbow bridge yesterday to be with his pal Charlie Brown. Thanks to Trupanion in the end he had the best care he could and we had the most information we could have to make an informed and compassionate decision. -Margaret C.

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@Trupanion thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you! Rav thanks you, too! -@Celynnen

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Thank you @trupanion, if it wasn’t for the outstandingly medical insurance you provide this girl probably wouldn’t be with us today. She became a part of our family two and half years ago, just a little before her third birthday. On the advice of our vet and a family friend we took out medical insurance with #trupanion, best thing we could have ever done for our #ebt cause within six months we had to put her thru surgery for a cancerous mass cell tumor on her back, after that we discovered that she has some serious allergy issues along with an incontinence problem, then just recently we discovered that she has Osteochondrois and need to have surgery on her back hock. She is recovering great from her recent surgery now. All along the way #trupanion has been fabulous at helping us pay #CherryMae’s medical expenses….if it wouldn’t have been for them I would have never been able to afford all of the medical care that this precious #englishbullterrier has needed. Many thanks @trupanion for keeping a member of our pack healthy! #ilovemydog -@mrsd_m_c_

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New Addition To The Family? 6 Recommended Care Tips For Your Pet

young puppy perky earsA dog or cat might feel timid and unsure in a new home, so make sure you have some things on hand to reassure him. Bonding with your new pet is a key step in inducting him into the family, and a few strategies can help. By following these guidelines and steps you can make your new family member feel loved and understood in no time at all.

1. Set Up a Habitat
One of the most comforting things you can do for a new pet is to set him up with a space of his own. A pet habitat can be as simple as a small dog bed in a corner of a room. Or, if your pet came with a crate he is happy in, make sure he has full access to this.

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