Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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30 July 2015
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!!!!
13 June 2013
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
22 February 2013
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!
31 July 2015
24 September 2009
And here's a list of recommended insurance providers here.
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.
29 January 2016
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.