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					Trupanion Pet Insurance Informs Dog Owners of a Rare Case of Salmon
Poisoning

A suspected case of salmon poisoning in a dog insured by pet insurance provider Trupanion is a
rare but serious condition that can affect any dog owner.

Seattle, WA, June 27, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Trupanion, the nation's fastest-growing pet insurance provider,
recently received a claim from a policyholder for suspected salmon poisoning. While this condition is
rare, it can be fatal, so it is important for pet owners to be aware of the danger so they can avoid it in their
own pets.

Salmon and some other fish can be infected with a parasite that while typically harmless to pets, can be
dangerous to dogs if the parasite itself is infected with an organism called Neorickettsia helminthoeca.
Cats and other animals are not affected by salmon poisoning, but the condition can be fatal in dogs. The
condition is diagnosed via a traditional fecal sample or a needle sample of a swollen lymph node.

Cade, a Golden Retriever insured by Trupanion, was diagnosed with suspected salmon poisoning when he
became ill after a recent camping trip with his owner, Sheila Prado. Cade had eaten a portion of a dead
fish he found on the shoreline near the camp site.

The cost of treating the infection totaled $2,643.29. After the policyholder's chosen deductible was
subtracted, as well as the exam fees and routine care included in the bill (which Trupanion does not
cover), Cade's owner was reimbursed $2,028.77, or 90 percent of the covered costs.

“We are so glad we had Trupanion insurance,” said Prado. “We would have been stretched to pay those
vet bills and [Trupanion] allowed us to do the diagnostic tests necessary with peace of mind.”

Symptoms of salmon poisoning include:

· Vomiting
· Fever
· Diarrhea
· Weakness
· Dehydration
· Enlarged Lymph Nodes
· Refusal to Eat

Trupanion cautions dog owners from sharing any form of raw fish with their pet. However, if the pet does
ingest raw fish, or has been foraging in trash cans or around areas that may contain raw fish, pet owners
should visit their veterinarian immediately if any of the symptoms listed above occur. If left untreated,
death usually occurs within fourteen days of ingestion.

Trupanion™

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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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Contact Information:
Trupanion
Heather Reynolds
800-569-7913
www.trupanionpetinsurance.com
888-738-7478 ext. 3124


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