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- Minnie, a Pomeranian-Yorkie mix, had to be rushed to an emergency vet hospital in the middle of the night when she cried out in pain.
- She had the largest bladder stones the vet had ever seen in a dog her size, which caused her bladder to rupture.
- She recovered after emergency surgery, and Healthy Paws paid $4,180 of the vet bill.
Diagnosis: Bladder stones
Claims Covered: $5,226 | Healthy Paws paid: $4,180
Coverage options: $250 deductible | Reimbursement: 80%
One night about two years ago, pet parent Barbara and her husband Henry were awoken around midnight by the worst sound – her 6-pound Pomeranian-Yorkie mix Minnie let out an awful scream.
They tried comforting her but her screaming continued, and they rushed her to the nearest emergency pet hospital near their home in Southern California. Minnie was clearly in terrible pain, but the vet needed to perform x-rays before they could give her pain medication.
Soon, the cause of her agony was clear. The doctor said she had two of the largest bladder stones he had seen in such a tiny dog. Bladder stones develop due to a urinary tract infection (UTI), when mineral and acid salts form into crystallized solid masses. Finally, they were able to give Minnie pain medication, and she was a little more comfortable.
Emergency bladder surgery needed
The couple went home, expecting that Minnie would be scheduled for surgery the next day. When Barbara called to check on her at 4 a.m., she learned Minnie was taken into emergency surgery as her bladder had ruptured and needed to be surgically repaired.
Understandably, they were emotionally distraught.
“We were both in tears, scared of losing our two-year-old baby,” Barbara recalls.
She came out of surgery at about 7 a.m., heavily sedated. Minnie remained in the vet hospital for several days, and in the first few, it seemed she might not make it.
“It was terrifying that we watched her seeming to get sicker and sicker,” Barbara said.
But on the fifth day, it was clear that Minnie was healing and would survive. Her recovery from the surgery was slow, but now, two years later, she’s doing fine, Barbara said.
“Minnie is the sweetest little girl. She is tiny but thinks she can take on every dog, regardless of size, to guard her family and home,” Barbara said. “Minnie is full of energy and always on the go for a walk, her favorite game of fetch, or riding in our bike trailer along the beach.”
How Healthy Paws Pet Insurance helped
On the day of Minnie’s surgery, Barbara went to work, and several people asked what her dollar cut-off was to let Minnie go.
“This made me cry even more. I replied I had credit cards and did not have a cut off!,” Barbara said. “Many people said they had a cut-off of $200 -$400!!! I could not imagine. We were so thankful we had pet insurance on her.”
Barbara’s daughter had encouraged her to get pet insurance after paying hefty vet bills over the years on other pets. Now she’s a believer and purchased insurance for her one-year-old Shih Tzu Sofia.
“Since this experience, I have talked to so many about how important insurance is for their furry family members,” she said.
The claim scenarios described here are intended to show the types of situations that may result in claims. These scenarios should not be compared to any other claim. Whether or to what extent a particular loss is covered depends on the facts and circumstances of the loss, the terms and conditions of the policy as issued and applicable law.
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