Getting Started

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How to Be a Responsible Pet Owner

Puppies are great fun but also a great responsibility. We'll help you navigate through everything–from the adoption process to providing the best products and veterinary care.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dogs

Find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about dogs, including questions about breeds, grooming, health and behavior and everything in between.

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Getting Started with Your Puppy

Welcoming a dog into your home requires a lot of work and preparation. To get you started, we'll help with training, discipline, play time and everything in between.

You may not realize it but the products you use to keep your house clean could be dangerous, or even toxic, for your dog. Many commercial cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can be hazardous for your dog if he inhales or ingests them.
You may not realize it but the products you use to keep your house clean could be dangerous, or even toxic, for your dog. Many commercial cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can be hazardous for your dog if he inhales or ingests them.
Many dog parents keep cleaning products that are not safe for dogs around the house.  Cheaper and just as effective as the products you buy at the store, we’ve found a few DIY cleaning supplies you already have in your pantry.
Many dog parents keep cleaning products that are not safe for dogs around the house. Cheaper and just as effective as the products you buy at the store, we’ve found a few DIY cleaning supplies you already have in your pantry.

From the moment we set eyes on the sweet, extra-wrinkly puppy we called Aspen she had our hearts in her paws. She’s an avid runner and hiker, closet couch potato, and the best rainy-day cuddle buddy. The perfect fit for our family! There is a lot of misinformation about pet insurance out there, so when […]

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Looking for your next furrever friend, but not sure where to go? One great option is to visit your local shelter. Shelters come in all sizes and provide different resources. Sometimes there are misconceptions in regards to shelters and we wanted to provide clarity on what to expect from a pet shelter and answer some frequently […]

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We all lead busy lives, but it pays to be prepared! An emergency or natural disaster can happen anytime. The safety of our pets is a top priority, and planning ahead is the key to their safety. Here are 6 Emergency Apps that are essential for you and your pet’s well-being in the case of an […]

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Here at Trupanion, we love our cats and dogs. We love our cats and dogs so much that we bring some of them to work with us, every day. Nearly 289 dogs and some brave cats co-work with us in our Seattle Headquarters. Pets in the workplace have become the new normal for many offices, […]

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Animal shelters and rescue organizations are successful with the hard work of a dedicated and versatile group of supporters, paid and unpaid, that are often unseen by the public. We are shedding some light on how the world of animal rescue and the shelter network coincide with the adoption process.  An animal shelter is a […]

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I often get asked about pet health insurance. Who to go with, whether or not to have it, etc. I wanted to share with you my experience with Trupanion. I added up my German Shepherd’s veterinary bills for 2017. He is two years old with skin issues and allergies. His total for the year was […]

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Imagine a world where Cats rule? It’s not entirely impossible. In honor of International Cat Day, we want to take the time to celebrate the frisky feline and dive into the wonderful world of cats. The Wonderful World of Cats Cats Rule … Literally. Cats have been around the world for a long time. There […]

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In honor of International Assistance Dog Week, we thank all the service dogs for all their hard work and dedication to their job. There is a clear distinction between pet and service dog and we want to provide some insight in regards to the life of a service dog and their role.   The Life […]

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We all want the very best for our pets. This includes having the most recent tech, trends, and toys for our best friend. Nowadays, there is an app for everything and everyone, including your favorite mate.  Check out our Top 10 app picks for your furry companion below. Top 10 apps you must have for […]

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We’re taking a closer look at Trupanion team members who go above and beyond in our series, Who We Are. Each issue we’ll be introducing you to someone who works every day with and for the pets who mean so much us. This time around we’re chatting with Sarah, a manager in the contact center […]

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We here at Trupanion look to our pets as part of the family. So, it’s no surprise that Pets consider us their family. According to Trupanion’s recent TruPoll, a survey of 1,250 pet owners, 44% of pet owners referred to themselves as “pet parent”. In observation of July 22 being, National Parents Day, we look […]

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The Business of Healing Pets, Trupanion’s blog series written by Stith Keiser of Blue Heron Consulting, takes a deep dive into the business side of animal medicine. Look for a new installment each month featuring topics such as business best practices, effective leadership, strategic hiring, and more. Leadership: Where Does My Business Stand? Let’s add […]

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How to Keep 90% of Your Pharmacy Revenue In-House Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST Outside pharmacies like 1-800-PetMeds and Costco are becoming increasingly popular. 1-800-PetMeds added more than 514,000 new customers in 2017*—that is approximately 18 clients per hospital. Unfortunately, this is negatively impacting veterinary in-house pharmacy revenue. Luckily, a […]

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Tornadoes are most prevalent during March-June months but have shown a recent spike in appearance after a relatively sparse season. Due to the unpredictable nature of these beasts, here are some guidelines, to shelter your pet during a tornado. A five-step guide to getting ready for a Tornado with your pet   1. Prepare for […]

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“The beginning of this year was very stressful for us—James was hit by a car. James is our baby and we never expected to have to go through anything like this, especially not within the first 10 months of his life! Still a puppy, he was in good spirits but we were all broken hearted […]

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Finally, summer has arrived. With any luck, the air will be warm, the days will be long, and the stress will be low. Pet owners will likely be looking forward to taking their pets, especially dogs, with them wherever they go. From more walks outside to playdates at the dog park, dogs must love summertime […]

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Wildfire season came early for the residents of California. If you are in an area affected by the wildfires, please have your pet-safe evacuation plan and emergency supplies ready. If you are on the go and have any questions or concerns about your policy or your pets claims, we are open 24/7 and have representatives […]

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Meet Shadow, a 7-year-old King Charles Cavalier who thinks every day is the best day ever! Shadow loves to swim, walk, and eat. Everyone he encounters falls in love at first lick – something he does when people get their noses too close, and he is with us thanks to a team of people who […]

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We want the ability to explore and travel with our companions. We want the peace of mind that everything is going to be okay. We want to know that our pets will grow old by our side. We here at Trupanion look to pets as family. Join us as we unveil our “So I Can” […]

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We have seen a spike in temperature over the last few years across US and Canada during the summer months. It is no surprise this heat wave has negatively impacted us as well as our pets. According to cnn.com, “Over 120 Million People in the United States will see the temperature climb above 95 degrees […]

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On June 1st, 2014 I found a massive softball-sized lump protruding from Kelly’s left hind leg. Having no idea what this could be I took her to our local vet Dr. Swinamer at Companion Animal Hospital. Dr. Swinamer advised, “this has to come out tomorrow!” The mass was removed and sent out for testing, and […]

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A house fire can be sparked in an instant. According to www.redcross.org, home fires are the most common disaster that the American Red Cross respond to and are also the most preventable. July 15, National Pet Fire Safety Day, is a day to prevent, plan, and protect pets when faced with this natural phenomenon. Here are […]

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An emergency can strike at any time. A natural disaster can happen with little to no notice. The aftermath of these events can be catastrophic. Creating an emergency plan with your pet in mind can provide stability, structure, and peace of mind for the unexpected. Establish an Emergency Plan with your Pet Make Contact Contact […]

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It’s that time of year to hit the road, grab the camper, and explore nature’s playground with your furry friend. Camping is a wonderful way to get outdoors, exercise, and bond with your pet this summer. Check out our top 5 pet-friendly National Park camping destinations!   National Parks and Camping with your Four-Legged Friend […]

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In May, we introduced the #MyTruStory contest and asked you to share your testimonial of the impact we have made on your pets care on Instagram. The #MyTruStory testimonials poured in and we received over one hundred submissions. We loved reading through all the touching stories and seeing all the photos of your pets! We […]

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  Pets are family. We want to enjoy and spend our time outdoors with our pets by our sides. As we take the time to get outside and soak up the sun, here are some unique and fun family activities to partake in throughout this summer. Let the lawn games begin!     Pet-Friendly and […]

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The Business of Healing Pets, Trupanion’s new blog series written by Stith Keiser of Blue Heron Consulting, will take a deep dive into the business side of animal medicine. Look for a new installment each month featuring topics such as business best practices, effective leadership, strategic hiring, and more. Leadership: What’s All The Fuss About? […]

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“My husband George and myself were left devastated after our adored dog Molly died in June 2011. We knew we were not ready to bring another dog so soon into our lives so we visited our favourite animal rescue – Heaven Can Wait in High River, Alberta. Within minutes of George seating himself on one […]

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Happy Veterinary Appreciation Day to all our friends in the veterinary community! Today is your day. We gushed and gave some history behind our admiration of veterinary professionals last month—now it’s time to celebrate! We’re encouraging pet owners around the country to let their veterinarian know how much they are appreciated, loved, and admired. This can include anything from a […]

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We decided we were ready to have the responsibility of another puppy, and as we were looking through adoption websites, my daughter found our adorable little Dixie. She was a great energetic little girl. About 6 months later we noticed one of her rear legs had an odd angle to it. When we took her […]

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