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Mon Aug 08, 2011 posted by Loca
I'd better be careful...
I don't want anybody cutting anything out of me!!!
Another special guest post by Heather Kalinowski!!!
Heather is a pet lover and internet journalist at Trupanion, North America’s fastest growing pet insurance company. Trupanion offers 90% coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, and medications if a pet becomes sick or injured.
While cats are normally the species known for their curious natures that get them into trouble, here at Trupanion we see that curiosity – especially about things to eat – gets many dogs into trouble as well.
When a dog (or a cat) eats something that is not supposed to be eaten, we call it a foreign body ingestion. Lucky dogs will be able to pass whatever was eaten without harm, but many times, these ingestions don’t end well. Things can easily get lodged in the dog’s intestines and cause serious harm.
We see claims for a large range of items ingested by pets. And these foreign body ingestions are very dangerous and quite expensive to treat. Many times surgery is required to remove the object.
To give you an idea of the range of items your pet could ingest, here are some of the most recent claims we have seen and the cost for treating each.
Samson – Boxer – 2 Years Old
Swallowed a pet toy that obstructed his small bowel, requiring surgery for removal.
Total claim amount: $3,980.98
Deliliah – Australian Shepherd – 2 Years Old
Swallowed a pin, which penetrated her bowel and led to surgery.
Total claim amount: $5,092.52
Charlie – American Bulldog – Puppy
Swallowed a corn husk, had to receive emergency veterinary care.
Total claim amount: $2,853.90
Sniper – Miniature Schnauzer – 2 Years Old
Swallowed chicken bones, which got stuck in his esophagus and required surgery to remove.
Total claim amount: $5,558.54
Your probably starting to see where this is going, it can be a pricey problem!!!
In all of the examples above, Trupanion repaid 90% of the claim, allowing the pet owners the financial freedom to be able to give their beloved pets the treatment they needed. And these examples are just more evidence of how important it is to closely monitor our pets. Our pets’ curiosity can seriously get them into trouble and it’s our job to protect them from themselves as much as possible.
Has your pet ever eaten anything he or she wasn’t supposed to? If so, what was the outcome?
Be careful in the dog parks too, wood or rubber chips come with the same hefty expense to resolve!
posted by jack
on 08/08/2011 at 7:19 am
My new 10+ year old rescue just chewed a 6" hole in a wool blanket, which she chewed into pieces and swallowed. We took her to a vet and we're hoping she'll continue pooping and vomiting the pieces up without surgery. So far, so good. She's eating soft rice and boiled turkey meat until it's out of her system, to help her move it out. . .
Would love to buy pet insurance, but we only adopt older, special needs dogs (this one is also deaf) and last time I looked, it was cost prohibitive.
posted by Nina
on 08/09/2011 at 1:27 am
Hi Nina... We sure hope everything continues to "come out okay"... and thanks on behalf of the entire Horn Pets Gang for your support of older, and special needs dogs. You really are HAUTE!!!
posted by Rick Tamargo
on 08/09/2011 at 7:37 am