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Pet Insurance? Has it covered amputation or chemo for anyone?
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Clearwater, FL
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24 December 2015 - 8:53 am
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I have a tripawd who had an amputation almost 5 months ago and finished 6 rounds of carboplatin on monday (Woohoo!!!). He also had a secondary cancer that involved surgery during this time, an ulcer/GI bleed, broke a molar in half.... and the list goes on. We've paid for several surgeries, chemo, tons of imaging, etc. 

I also have a healthy 5 year old dog and of course I fear that one day she could have the same diagnosis and I want to be prepared. I'm searching pet insurance company websites to see who covers amputation, chemo, etc. with the costly surgeries really being what i'm searching for. I don't need help on the exams, vaccines, etc. I basically just want major medical coverage for her, but would open to all options as long as it covered a cancer related surgery. 

Any advice? Has anyone had a big chunk of their bill paid by an insurance company? 

This is what I'm buying her for christmas! Haha 🙂


Pit Bull Mama to Zeus (10 year old Tripawd :-) & Pennie (5 year old) 

Zeus became a Tripawd on 07-28-2015 and surgery was done at the University of Florida. He had a sarcoma in his left elbow joint and amputation was done of the entire arm and shoulder blade. Diagnosed with Osteosarcoma 08-12-2015. Secondary cancer - Adenocarcinoma - in anal gland diagnosed and removed in October 2015. Finished 6 rounds of Carboplatin on 12-21-2015!!! Woohoo!!!!

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24 December 2015 - 9:19 am
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I totally feel your pain on that one! My angel didn't have insurance and it was her college fund~! (LOL). So for my new girl, I got her on Pets Best Pet Insurance. I am pretty sure it does cover amputations, chemo, etc as long as none are pre-existing conditions. Since I got her on it as soon as I got her, the only thing she has is allergies that were there before. (boo). 

Anyways ... I am sure others will chime in but I do believe most pet insurance will cover chemo, surgeries, etc as necessary. 

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife


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24 December 2015 - 10:34 am
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That's a BREAT Christmas present! Sooooo glad she's gotten through all her "challenges"! WOW!! Zeus is a strong girl!!!

Here's a link that may be helpful....


Have a great Christmas with your pack!


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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I'm in the UK and use PetPlan but I'm sure that there's also a PetPlan in the States. They have covered all of Storm's treatment without any hassle or trying to wiggle out of any of them, I really can't fault them.


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27 December 2015 - 12:03 pm
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peacelovepitbulls said
Any advice?

You'll find various related articles about insurance in the Tripawds News blog . Here is one you might find helpful:

Why Pet Insurance Is A Good Idea

And here's a list of recommended insurance providers here.

The Tripawds Downloads blog also has some helpful insurance articles and podcasts.

You can also search all blogs for insurance posts by members.

We have Pet's Best for Wyatt, and it has covered a few otherwise very costly procedures. We got the plan before his amputation and inquired to make sure it would not be a pre-existing condition that might void coverage.

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in seattle washington area we have petplan, they have covered all our cost right down to the cone of shame and a toy i got at the same time, they are also paying for his supplements. not just bills from the vet. i have sent every thing i have purchased during the time and they have paid 100% no questions asked. I had a 5,000 claim the week before christmas and they expedited the payout thinking i needed the money for christmas.

this has included spinal surgery and recovery on one of my dogs, and the others amputation, biopsy, oncologist and chemo. all , and even 'help them up harness' have been covered.

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