Trupanion Announces Coverage For Pet Mobility Devices, Used in Rehabilitation or as Life-Long Support Due to Traumatic Accident or Illness
Pet insurance provider Trupanion now offers coverage for mobility devices, such as carts and prosthetics, within core coverage. This new benefit provides more options for pet care and comfort.
June 6, 2012 — Trupanion, the second-largest and fastest growing pet insurance provider1, today announced the addition of mobility devices, including pet wheelchairs and prosthetics, to its core coverage. This new addition strengthens the company's already comprehensive pet insurance policy and offers pet owners even more options when it comes to pet care.
"We strive every day to provide pet owners with the best, easiest and simplest way to ensure that the life-long bond they enjoy with their pets includes the highest quality of care and quality of life," said Darryl Rawlings, Chief Executive Officer at Trupanion. "Mobility devices are a phenomenal option for disabled pets, however the cost of these devices can sometimes be outside a family's budget. We are happy to put this option back on the table for pet owners." Mobility devices are covered under three categories: orthotics, prosthetics, and carts.
- Orthotics are external support structures for a pet's leg that help reduce pain and maintain comfort. They can be used long-term or for support during the healing process.
- Prosthetics are used to replace a missing leg or portion of a leg that has been amputated due to a traumatic accident or illness. The device allows the pet to maintain the same level of activity as a pet with all four legs.
- Carts, often called ‘pet wheelchairs', are frames in which a pet is placed that replace back-end mobility. Carts are designed to provide support and easy maneuverability for an immobile pet. Typically, a pet must have normal front leg strength in order to power the cart.
These assistive devices aid in the well-being of the pet by correcting or accommodating the pet's leg, including stabilizing a neurologically deficient limb, providing support for a weak joint, or preventing the shortening of muscles.
"A pet can become disabled due to trauma, illness, or old age, and any time it happens, it's unexpected," said Rawlings. "If that unfortunate time comes when you are faced with making a decision about your pet's well-being, knowing that you can choose an orthotic or cart instead of amputation, for instance, can make this difficult decision a little more bearable."
1Based on Trupanion-sponsored analysis of gross written premium and the net premium reported by other pet insurance providers, as well as Google Insights for Search.
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Heather Kalinowski, Manager, Public & Media Relations