Trupanion Insures Pet Mobility Devices

Trupanion Insures Pet Mobility Devices

I typically don't run press releases here - but thought this is really interesting....As it  happens, I am working on a story about the benefits of pet insurance and many have very nice things to say about Trupanion.

Trupanion, the second-largest and fastest growing pet insurance provider(1), today announced the addition of mobility devices, including pet wheelchairs and prosthetics, to its core coverage. This new addition strengthens the company’s already comprehensive pet insurance policy and offers pet owners even more options when it comes to pet care.

“We strive every day to provide pet owners with the best, easiest and simplest way to ensure that the life-long bond they enjoy with their pets includes the highest quality of care and quality of life,” said Darryl Rawlings, Chief Executive Officer at Trupanion. “Mobility devices are a phenomenal option for disabled pets, however the cost of these devices can sometimes be outside a family’s budget. We are happy to put this option back on the table for pet owners.”

Mobility devices are covered under three categories: orthotics, prosthetics, and carts.

  •     Orthotics are external support structures for a pet’s leg that help reduce pain and maintain comfort. They can be used long-term or for support during the healing process.
  •     Prosthetics are used to replace a missing leg or portion of a leg that has been amputated due to a traumatic accident or illness. The device allows the pet to maintain the same level of activity as a pet with all four legs.
  •     Carts, often called ‘pet wheelchairs’, are frames in which a pet is placed that replace back-end mobility. Carts are designed to provide support and easy maneuverability for an immobile pet. Typically, a pet must have normal front leg strength in order to power the cart.

These assistive devices aid in the well-being of the pet by correcting or accommodating the pet’s leg, including stabilizing a neurologically deficient limb, providing support for a weak joint, or preventing the shortening of muscles.

“A pet can become disabled due to trauma, illness, or old age, and any time it happens, it’s unexpected,” said Rawlings. “If that unfortunate time comes when you are faced with making a decision about your pet’s well-being, knowing that you can choose an orthotic or cart instead of amputation, for instance, can make this difficult decision a little more bearable.”

(1)Based on Trupanion-sponsored analysis of gross written premium and the net premium reported by other pet insurance providers, as well as Google Insights for Search.

About Trupanion™

Trupanion is a trusted industry leader in pet insurance, offering cat and dog insurance in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico which provides financial peace of mind for pet owners. Trupanion offers an easy and simple, customizable pet insurance policy and the best value in the industry with 90% coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, medications, hospital stays, hereditary and congenital conditions and alternative therapies for the treatment of accidents or illnesses with no payout limits per incident, per year over the lifetime of your pet.

Trupanion™ is self-underwritten by the American Pet Insurance Company, which has earned a Financial Stability Rating of A, Exceptional, from Demotech, Inc. and is a founding member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA).


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  • I had Trupanion coverage for my dogs a couple of years ago and cancelled because of the high cost and minimal coverage. They did NOT cover alternative care, even from a board-certified holistic vet. And they would not cover other things that my policy said they would cover. Maybe they have changed their policies, but I was not impressed with them. I think (and my vet agreed) that it was better to put away money in an account for pet care. Another option is special medical credit cards.
    But this article IS interesting! Just this morning I was driving to work and saw a lovely old boxer with one of those carts. He was going along, head held high, thoroughly enjoying his walk!! Made me smile. I know those carts are expensive, so good for Trupanion if they are covering the cost.

  • I am impressed with them and increasing number of veterinarians I know are....maybe it was way early on when they first began....I agree concerning the carts, helping out with disabled pets might matter in whether someone euthanizes for not.

  • It sounds as if they have improved their services and expanded their coverage. They were just starting out when I got my policy, so I hope that people take a look at them.

  • Haven't dog "wheelchair" type assists been around for a long time? It seems like all the lengthy press release is only that they might pay for them, but as harpercollie indicates, it is like any other insurance company with regard to whether you can actually get them to honor a claim.

    Thus, even if it is newsworthy, I would have edited it.

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