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Dog Receives Emergency Care While Owner is Out of the Country

Mason“While out of the country, I received an emergency call from the boarding facility watching my Bernese mountain dog, Mason. He was vomiting, had diarrhea and refused to eat. What could have been thought to be a stress reaction was quickly diagnosed as having more serious implications.

The staff at Dr. Dave’s boarding facility quickly recognized the symptoms and transferred Mason to Reed Animal Hospital for an evaluation. The boarding facility’s 24-hour monitoring proved critical to Mason’s survival. After triage and stabilization, he was transferred to the United Emergency Animal Clinic of Campbell for intensive emergency care.

When Mason arrived, his condition had deteriorated and he had a 106-degree fever. They found his kidneys were failing and he was tachycardic. The veterinarians at Campbell gave him fluids and tried to stabilize him. One of the worst things you’ll ever hear, especially while out of the country, is that your pet may not survive. I was beside myself. I told them to do everything they could.

Once stabilized, the vets did an ultrasound and found an obstruction in Mason’s small intestine. We hoped it would pass on its own, but after two days I gave the authorization to remove the foreign body.

Mason went into surgery Saturday evening. The veterinarian not only found the obstruction—a small stuffed toy that belonged to my daughter—but perforations in his intestines. Mason made it through the surgery and he is on the road to recovery.

You can’t put a price on a loved one. I would have authorized anything to see Mason healthy again. I am so thankful that my friend and the veterinary staff at Acacia Pet Clinic recommended Trupanion. Trupanion made the stress of $11,700 tolerable. They truly cover 90% of the expenses and I will be forever grateful.”


Jennifer T.

San Jose, California

Enrolled: May 2010
Condition: GI Foreign Body and Intestinal Perforation
Trupanion Paid: $10,421.06



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