Avoid pre-existing conditions
Though we offer just one simple insurance plan for all dogs and puppies, we wanted to take a moment to explain the benefits of enrolling your puppy at a young age. Purchasing puppy health insurance now helps protect your dog in case of accidents. Puppies tend to be unpredictable in their youth. By enrolling your dog now, you can limit the probability that any medical condition will be labeled “pre-existing”.
Because you've got a young, unpredictable puppy, we recommend starting out with a low-deductible pet insurance policy. This can come in handy if your puppy gets into lots of trouble. As your puppy becomes more mature and predictable in its behavior, you can change your deductible at any time (which means a lower monthly premium) simply by giving us a call.
Trupanion is also less expensive when you insure your puppy between the ages of eight weeks and one year. Because your premium is based on the age group at which you enrolled your dog, signing up now would give you the puppy age factor when we calculate your premium.
If your puppy has breeding in his or her future, you can enroll them as a "breeding pet" for full coverage related to any conditions that may occur as a result of reproduction.
So long as your dog is enrolled before his or her 14th birthday, we offer lifetime coverage even if your dog lives to be 29 years old.
Common puppy ailments
As your adorable new puppy settles into your home, the last thing you will want is for him or her to contract an illness or disease. Sadly, their inquisitive natures and developing immune systems can make them susceptible to certain ailments, in particular these can include:
- Canine parvovirus (also known as Parvo) - an infection which can prove fatal without the correct veterinary attention. It is spread through fecal matter with symptoms including diarrhea, loss of appetite and sickness. Find out more about Parvo in our guide for new owners.
- Canine distemper virus (distemper) is a very contagious viral illness which can affect canines under the age of one. Initial symptoms can include sneezing, coughing and runny eyes and if suspected, immediate veterinary care should be sought. Discover more about hidden diseases.
- Ear mites – not only are puppies susceptible to fleas and ticks but those with a weakened immune system might also be prone to issues such as ear mites. If your puppy keeps scratching its ears or is constantly head shaking then it’s likely that these pesky parasites are causing great discomfort, not to mention the potential for infection. Find out how to manage ear mites and other illnesses.