Trupanion Pet Insurance Review


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Trupanion (NYSE: TRUP) is a self underwritten pet insurance company based in Seattle, Washington that sells pet insurance for dogs and cats. Founded in Canada, the company expanded into the United States and Puerto Rico in 2005. Trupanion offers policies that cover your pet if they get sick or injured, and also covers additional items like prescription pet foods, orthotic devices, and carts.

How is Trupanion rated?

Breakdown

10/10
Coverage
10/10
Benefit Limits
10/10
Deductibles
10/10
Reimbursement
9/10
Claims and Service
9/10
Pricing
9/10
Enrollment

Overall Rating: 9.6 / 10 (Excellent)

Trupanion has comprehensive coverage and a great reputation, scoring an excellent rating on TrustPilot and a an A+ grade with the BBB. However, although unlimited per-incident lifetime coverage is a great perk, it can be far more coverage, and consequently far more expensive to someone who simply doesn't need it. And that highlights the main issue with Trupanion, inflexibility. They have only one plan, one benefit limit, and one high reimbursement percentage. This does not give consumers the opportunity to "adjust the knobs" and change the cost of their monthly premium.

Trupanion Coverage

Coverage - 10 / 10

Trupanion offers quite comprehensive coverage that even covers prescriptions and prescription foods. As with most plans, the company will not cover preventative care, taxes, exam fees, or pre-existing conditions. Trupanion also additional "owner assistance" coverage. This package includes third-party damage, trip cancellation, advertising and reward, alternative therapies, and breeding dog protection. Though some of our better featured pet insurance companies, for example, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance or Petplan Insurance, provide these services standard, they are only available through Trupanion at extra cost.
Pets Covered
Dogs
Cats
Coverage Types
Medical
Vet Selection
Unrestricted
Out-of-State Coverage
Commercial Pets Covered

Medical Conditions Covered

  • Accidental
  • Illness
  • Hereditary
  • Congenital
  • Cancer
  • Chronic
  • Accidental Dental
  • Dental Illness

Medical Treatments Covered

  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Surgery
  • Hospitalization
  • Prescription Medications
  • Emergency Care
  • Specialty Care
  • Alternative Care
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Prosthetics & Mobility Aids

Benefit Limits

Benefit Limits - 10 / 10

Trupanion offers no limits on benefits of any kind, per-incident, annual, or lifetime. While this is indeed a great feature for peace of mind, again, it might suit a particular customer's situation to not have unlimited coverage. For example, someone might know from past experience or the vets in their area that there will be a rock solid limit to what they will possibly spend in a year. Other companies might offer a benefit limit in line with this, and as a result a much lower monthly premium. Having the option is always a good thing.
Benefit Limit Types
Unlimited

Reimbursement & Deductibles

Reimbursement - 10 / 10

Unlike other companies, Trupanion does not allow you to choose a reimbursement percentage. They only offer 90%. While this is a generous reimbursement, it limits the client's flexibility in customizing their premium. It might more suit a customer's particular pet situation to have a lower reimbursement percentage and lower monthly premium.
Reimbursement Model
Actual Cost
Minimum Percent Reimbursement
90%
Maximum Percent Reimbursement
90%

Deductibles - 10 / 10

Trupanion sets itself apart from the pack by offering a per incident lifetime deductible. This means that your deductible will not reset annually. For a given condition, once you pay your deductible, you can receive unlimited benefits for the rest of the pet's life. Among Trupanion's deductible choices is a $0 deductible, which most plans do not offer.
Deductible Type
Annual
Minimum Deductible Offered
$0
Maximum Deductible Offered
$0

Pricing: How much does Trupanion cost?

Pricing - 9 / 10

Trupanion's premiums are definitely on the high end of the spectrum. Although the coverage is quite comprehensive, similar coverages are available for up to $20 less a month.

Starting Monthly Premiums

Dogs
$59.21
Cats
$32.41
Rate Details: Annual Deductible: $700, Benefit Cap: Annual & Unlimited, Reimbursement Model: 90% of Actual Cost

Enrollment & Waiting Periods

Enrollment - 9 / 10

Pets are eligible to enroll from 8 weeks to 14 years old. Trupanion has a 5 day waiting period for accidents and a 30 day waiting period for illnesses. As opposed to other plans, Trupanion does not have any malady specific waiting periods for things like dysplasia and cruciate ligaments.
Min Enrollment Age
0 weeks
Max Enrollment Age
13 years
Accident Waiting Period
5 days
Illnesses Waiting Period
30 days
Free Look Period
30 days

Claims & Service

Claims and Service - 9 / 10

Trupanion says claims will be fulfilled within 60 days. Although, this is twice as long as some of our other carriers you must keep in mind Trupanion is one of the few pet insurance providers who have the capacity and technology to pay your vet or hospital directly. This is a huge deal as, unlike most other plans, with Trupanion you never have out of pocket expenses. The company requires you to download the claim form via online portal, then submit it by email, mail, or fax.
Advertised Response Time
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Claim Form
Online Portal

Contact & Additional Information

Homepage URL
Headquarters Address
6100 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98108
Mailing Address
6100 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98108
Year Founded
2000

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SWJ
Lexington, South Carolina

1/8/2017
Very clear as to what is covered and what isn't. Easy to submit a claim. Fast turnaround and payment. Absolutely worth it!
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Philip L

1/7/2017
Our 8-year old German Shepherd required a TPLO procedure for a torn ligament. This medical procedure was done by a specialist in Ketchum, Idaho. The total cost of this procedure was $2600. Three weeks prior to the procedure, right after I had gone to my vet to ascertain the reason why my dog was limping, I called Trupanion. They provided me the claim forms immediately. Two days after the TPLO procedure, I filed the claims. Three weeks to the day of filing the claims, we received our reimbursement (90% of the medical costs less the $400 deductible). The diagnosis at my local vet was applied to the deductible without any additional paperwork on our part. And these three weeks were... Read More
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Marloy H
Mammoth Lakes, California

1/7/2017
Processed my claim in a timely matter and sent me a check immediately after your review.
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Courtney
Levittown, New York

1/7/2017
I purchased a Trupanion policy for my puppy when she was about 6 months old after a lot of research into different insurance companies. Their customer service is AMAZING and always solves my issue to answers my questions on my first call. I recommend Trupanion for anyone who has a pet. They cover 90% of most of my vet costs, it's amazing. My dog was diagnosed with Addison's Disease about a year ago and having this coverage has saved me thousands and continues to save me monthly, due to her monthly treatment for the disease.
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Patricia D
Littleton, Massachusetts

1/6/2017
This insurance is excellent.
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Tammy W
Hamilton, Ontario

1/6/2017
Was impressed with the speed in processing a recent claim. Information was communicated in a very timely way so you knew the claim had been received and was being processed. The amount was exactly as expected. Appreciate the efficiency. When dealing with a traumatic event you certainly don't want to have to be calling to find out about the claim. thank you.
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Deborah W
Homestead, Florida

1/6/2017
Trupanion is the best! All of the agents I have talked to are not only professional, they really love animals. My little dog developed a sever mitral valve problem. I don't know how I would have been able to afford the care without the insurance. And when he was recently attacked by another dog, requiring anesthesia and stitches, they were very concerned. Prompt payment of claims. Not your average insurance company!
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Gordon
Orlando, Florida

1/6/2017
Claims were processed quickly. Communication was excellent.
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Blue H
Montesano, Washington

1/5/2017
My dog had bladder stone surgery on Dec 6th,I flied my claim on Dec 9th and received my check on Dec 26th! Very pleased! Great customer service! Get your pet insured!!! My bill was $1,600 and Trupanion covered around $1,200. Well worth my $38.00 monthly premium. Terri(Blue)Hummel and"Brooke"
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Kranz K
Berwyn, Illinois

1/5/2017
I am not sure what I would have done without Trupanion. They are very professional and a comfort to pet owners who want to provide optimal healthcare for their companions.
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