Holiday season 3 most common health issues

Planning to find a new puppy or kitten under the tree? Prepare for their 3 most common health issues.

The holiday season is a popular time for spending and gift giving, there’s no doubt about it. Spending on pets is no exception. According to cat and dog breeders, mid-December is their busiest time of year. Families plan for the arrival of new puppies and kittens during their school-aged child’s winter break from school, to give them ample time to spend with their new four-legged friend.

When welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home, it’s imperative to plan for their health expenses too. You wouldn't want to ruin your holiday budget on an unexpected veterinary bill for the new addition.

Puppies and kittens are prone to injuries and illnesses in their first year of life as they explore the new world around them. Trupanion reports they have paid over 15,000 claims related to new puppy and new kitten accidents and illnesses. This cost pet owners across North America over $1 million in 2013 alone.

Trupanion shares the three most common health issues for new puppies and kittens that could cost their owners almost $3,000. It’s best to enroll a pet in health insurance at a young age and can soften the blow of veterinary expenses to help give families peace of mind, especially during the already stressful holiday season.

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About Trupanion
Trupanion is an industry leader in medical insurance for pets, offering cat and dog medical insurance in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico with the mission to help pets receive the best veterinary care possible. Trupanion offers a simple, fair and comprehensive pet medical insurance policy that pays 90% of veterinary costs for covered illness and injury claims that could include diagnostic tests, surgeries, medications, hospital stays, and alternative therapies for the treatment of injuries or illnesses. The Trupanion policy includes coverage of chronic, hereditary and congenital conditions with no payout limits per incident, per year, or over the lifetime of the pet. Some terms and conditions apply, please see our policy for details at

In the United States, Trupanion is underwritten by the American Pet Insurance Company, which has earned a Financial Stability Rating® of A--Exceptional from Demotech, Inc. In Canada, Trupanion is underwritten by Omega General Insurance Company. Trupanion is a founding member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA), demonstrating a commitment to high standards and transparency in all actions and products. Trupanion's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TRUP.