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SEATTLE (November 4, 2013) – The holiday season is a popular time for spending and gift giving, there’s no doubt about it. Spending on pets is no exception. According to cat and dog breeders, mid-December is their busiest time of year. Families plan for the arrival of new puppies and kittens during their school aged child’s winter break from school, to give them ample time to spend with their new four-legged friend.

When welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home, it’s imperative to plan for their health expenses too. You wouldn’t want to ruin your holiday budget on an unexpected veterinary bill for the new addition.

Puppies and kittens are prone to accidents and illnesses in their first year of life as they explore the new world around them. Trupanion reports they have paid over 15,000 claims related to new puppy and new kitten accidents and illnesses. This cost pet owners across North America over $1 million in 2013 alone.

Trupanion shares the three most common health issues for new puppies and kittens that could cost their owners almost $3,000. It’s best to enroll a pet in health insurance at a young age and can soften the blow of veterinary expenses to help give families peace of mind, especially during the already stressful holiday season.

For more information on pet health insurance for your new puppy, please visit or for your new kitten, please visit

About Trupanion®
Trupanion is an industry leader in pet insurance, offering cat and dog insurance in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico with the mission of delivering financial peace of mind to pet owners. Trupanion offers a simple, customizable pet insurance policy with 90% coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, medications, hospital stays, and alternative therapies for the treatment of injuries or illnesses. Trupanion’s policy includes coverage of hereditary and congenital conditions with no payout limits per incident, per year, or over the lifetime of the pet.

In the United States, Trupanion is underwritten by the American Pet Insurance Company, which has earned a Financial Stability Rating® of A, Exceptional; from Demotech, Inc. In Canada Trupanion is underwritten by Omega General Insurance Company. Trupanion is a founding member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA), demonstrating a commitment to high standards and transparency in all actions and products. For more information please visit

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Media Contact
Britta Gidican, Trupanion Public Relations Manager
1.800.569.7913 ext. 1125

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