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.

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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Namaste Yogis! We come together to celebrate International Day of Yoga. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Mindfulness-based practices can improve worker’s health and reduce employer’s costs by ameliorating the negative effect of stress on worker’s health.” In our busy day-to-day operations, we often look for ways to reduce stress in […]

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This week we celebrated Veterinary Appreciation Day, during which we thanked all the veterinary professionals who treat our pets with such love and compassion. We also picked our #VeterinaryLove winners! In May we asked you why your veterinary team deserved to be surprised with presents and yummy treats. Turns out we all really love our […]

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In honor of “National Garfield Day,” we wanted to take the time to celebrate the lifestyle of our favorite feline friend. The loveable kitty-cat definitely has a knack for wit, humor, and high-jinx. Here are four tips to live your life to the fullest inspired by the famous orange tabby. After all – you only […]

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Veterinary Suicide: Think it’s not your problem? You’re wrong. Thursday, July 19, 2018 – 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST | CE Credit: 1 hour Veterinarians and veterinary staff are very important to us. They are our friends, colleagues, classmates, and caretakers of our beloved pets. Sadly, we are seeing disturbing trends regarding the level of […]

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The summer is upon us and that means getting outside and enjoying the sunshine with our family. It comes to no surprise that July is one of the hottest months of the year. The temperatures have continued to rise over the years, some temperatures have shown to skyrocket into the triple digits, which means we […]

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We here at Trupanion have come together to celebrate Pride this month. Pride is a month to celebrate love, acceptance, authenticity, individuality, and diversity in our personal and professional endeavors. We embrace the ideals of what Pride stands for and truly welcome this as a part of our family culture. Amy (Tru-Pride creator ) sat […]

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I can remember the excitement we had in our eyes that Christmas morning the day we picked up our brown-eyed, giant-pawed, floppy-eared blue merle, Miss Princess Rhea. We instantly fell in love with that wet nose and lanky body, but little did we know what the first year had in store for us. After about […]

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Do you have your emergency kit, go bag and evacuation plan ready? Does your pet? Natural disasters happen, and we want you and your furry family member to be prepared. June is National Pet Preparedness Month, so this month we are dedicating our blog to providing check-list and how-tos to make sure you are ready […]

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Holly, my Shetland Sheepdog, is sixteen years old and counting! Because of Trupanion I have been able to take amazing care of my girl. Holly is my hero; she is my retired seizure alert and response service dog and has saved my life many times. Together we have made a difference in the world and […]

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In honor of National Pet Month in May, Trupanion employees pledged to collect ten tons of dog and cat food, and cat litter for the region’s local animal shelters, and did they deliver! This year Trupanion team members from across U.S. and Canada collected more than 20,570 pounds, besting our previous record of 16,000 pounds collected […]

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Did the winter blues get the best of you? Is the beach calling your name? Do you just want to be in the sunshine 24/7? We don’t blame you —We do too! What a better way to spring into summer than show our Trupanion team members out and about enjoying the sunshine. At the beginning […]

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“Soon after beginning her certificate period with Trupanion, her owner found a lump on the centre of Ailsa’s rump. The lump was excised by Dr. Jeff Latimer and sent for histology testing. The results were devastating: soft-tissue sarcoma. Within days of the pathology report, Ailsa went to The Mona Campbell Animal Cancer Centre at The […]

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Trupanion trademarked June 18 as Veterinarian Appreciation Day™ as a way to celebrate veterinarians and veterinary professionals. Thank you for all you do! We love veterinarians. It’s no secret that we at Trupanion love veterinarians. We admire the compassion, dedication, and drive that it takes to have a career in veterinary medicine. They play a key […]

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You could be earning points towards prizes just for using Trupanion Express™! A Rewarding Program for Hospitals The Trupanion Partners Program helps you streamline your operations so you can focus on what you do best—taking care of pets! Along with fast online claims submission with Trupanion Express, direct payments to your hospital for approved claims, and […]

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June 18th is Veterinarian Appreciation DayTM , and what better way to show #VeterinaryLove than to celebrate what our veterinary professionals; from the front desk to technicians to veterinarians. Our veterinary professionals play a key role in helping our pets live long, happy, healthy lives. And sometimes a little “thanks” goes a long way. Do […]

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Gigi is a 10-year-old high-maintenance Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso mix. She is my best friend and has been with me since she was six months old. Although she is the smallest member of our family, she bosses everyone around. She is normally high energy, all over the place, and can usually be found sitting in the […]

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We can say without a doubt that purchasing pet medical insurance through Trupanion was one of the smartest decisions we have ever made. We adopted Cream Soda when he was 8-months old and insured him immediately. There was no indication that he would have health issues or medical expenses outside of routine examinations. However, we […]

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Do you have a Trupanion success story to tell? We want to know how we have made a difference for you and your pet! Share your #MyTruStory testimonial and picture to Instagram to receive an exclusive discount with PetCube and the chance to win $100 Amazon gift card.   Here’s how to enter: First, follow […]

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#MyTruStory Raffle Official Contest Rules NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. The Promotion is void where prohibited or restricted by applicable law, and all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. How to Enter. To participate in the Trupanion (“Sponsor”) #MyTruStory Contest (“Promotion“) […]

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