Trupanion Sees First Claim for Javalina Attack
Pet insurance provider Trupanion recently paid an unusual claim – a dog attacked by a species of
Seattle, WA, May 30, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Trupanion, the nation's fastest-growing pet insurance provider,
today announced their most unusual claim of the year thus far - a dog attacked by javelina (a species of
wild pig) who then fell into a patch of cholla cactus.
The attack occurred as pet owner John Hoffman walked his dog Basquiat, a 1-year-old mixed breed, in
their Scottsdale, Arizona neighborhood. Three javelinas, wild pig-like animals, jumped out from the
shadows and attacked Basquiat. The dog wrangled with the javelinas, which eventually took him to the
ground, where he fell into a patch of cholla cactus. Basquiat struggled free and ran home, with a number
of serious bit wounds and cactus spines embedded in his face.
Hoffman rushed his dog to his veterinary clinic, Animal Medical and Surgical Center, where he stayed in
critical care for several days. His veterinarian addressed the bite wounds and removed the cactus spines.
He was given fluids and medication until he was able to be sent home with Hoffman. The total trip to the
vet came to over $2,000 and Trupanion paid 90% of the claimed amount.
“That was a harrowing night for Basquiat and me,” said Hoffman, “but the peace I felt knowing he was
insured with Trupanion meant the world to me.”
Javelina, also known as peccary or skunk pig, can measure between three and four feet long and weigh
between 44 and 88 pounds. They have strong jaws and short straight tusks. They are found mostly in the
southwestern area of North American and throughout Central and South America.
Basquiat is now home and recovered, and doing well.
Trupanion™ pet insurance offers cat insurance and dog insurance in the United States and Canada.
Trupanion™ is self-underwritten by the American Pet Insurance Company, allowing Trupanion™ to
offer a simple, customizable pet insurance policy with no payout limits and 90% coverage of veterinary
bills. Enrolled pets receive lifetime coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, and medications if they get
sick or are injured, with no incident, annual or lifetime limit. Trupanion's mission is to deliver fast, simple
and user-friendly financial support to pet owners. For more information about Trupanion™, call
800-569-7913 or visit http://www.TrupanionPetInsurance.com.
About the North American Pet Health Insurance Association
Trupanion™ is a founding member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA).
Founded in 2007, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association is committed to educating and
promoting the values and benefits of quality pet health insurance to North American pet owners, the
general public, and the veterinary community. As an association, we are committed to high standards and
transparency in all of our actions and products. To learn more, visit the North American Pet Health
Insurance Association website at http://www.naphia.org.
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