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Finding Relief Through a Rough Six Months

“Last July, Camden, our 6-year-old yellow lab, suddenly experienced joint swelling and weakness in both hind limbs. We brought her to Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC).

Camden was diagnosed with immune-mediated polyarthritis (IMPA). She seemed to improve on her medications, but she appeared depressed and lethargic. She lost so much strength she couldn’t jump on the bed and could barely walk without becoming fatigued. We continued treatment and started physical therapy to preserve muscle mass. She continued to do fairly well, but never returned to her old self.

Three months later, as we continued her IMPA medications, she developed acute pancreatitis. We were forced to change her IMPA medications to a new drug. It was significantly more expensive but allowed her to be taken off medication that likely contributed to her pancreatitis. She responded quickly and her attitude, muscle mass, and activity level returned over the course of a month.

With Camden’s luck, a routine exam revealed glomerulonephritis (GN)—an immune/inflammatory condition that results in kidney function loss. Another medication was added to her treatment, which controlled her GN quite well.

Camden is nearing the point of discontinuing her medication and has gone four months without any recurrence of medical problems. She can walk, run, jump, play, and is her old happy-go-lucky self!

It has been a difficult time for Camden and I can say without question that she would not be with us today without Trupanion. Camden required tremendous intensive care, and we could have never afforded it without Trupanion. Trupanion was prompt reviewing records and issuing payment, especially with Trupanion Express, which allowed payment directly to the hospital so we didn’t have large out-of-pocket expenses.

We consider ourselves lucky Camden is with us and thriving today! Thanks to the veterinarians and staff at CVRC and Trupanion!”

-Michael P.


Charleston, SC
Enrolled: October 2011
Condition: Immune-mediated arthritis, pancreatitis, kidney disease
The Trupanion Policy Paid: $22,020.42

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