Dachshund with a Splenic Tumor

Zuzu-DachshundZuzu - Dachshund

Zuzu needs a splenectomy
Vet Bill: $3,635.91
Location: Wilmington, MA
Date: September 2009
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Zuzu selected her parents, Sasha and Bill, at The Puppy Patch in Hopkinton, Mass., back in April of 2006, and they fell in love with her at first sight. From the start, her parents wanted to make sure Zuzu was well cared for, so they got her a policy online through another pet insurance company, and they made sure she was spayed and microchipped and always kept up to date with her vaccines and vet check-ups.

In June of 2009, Sasha noticed a brochure for Embrace Pet Insurance at Woburn Animal Hospital. He liked how Embrace approached claims, reimbursements, and customer service, so he made the switch while Zuzu was still in excellent health.

In September, Sasha and Bill noticed subtle changes in Zuzu's behavior and began to watch her more closely. The symptoms included decreased energy, increased napping, decreased appetite and drinking less water. They brought Zuzu to the Woburn Animal Hospital and were presented with an initial prognosis of acute anemia of unknown origin. The vet did blood tests that ruled out IMHA and any tick-borne illnesses.

Within a few days it seemed Zuzu's fatigue and suppressed appetite were resolving and her energy levels seemed improved. Amazingly, her anemia seemed to have bounced completely back and her parents were delighted. However, the vet and hematologist were not as thrilled, rather perplexed about an anemia with such an acute onset that resolved so quickly.

To play it safe, they did an ultrasound of Zuzu's abdominal organs to rule out bleeding or masses. To her parents' shock and dismay, a mass was found on Zuzu's spleen. Surgery was scheduled immediately to biopsy and remove her spleen. Her parents were faced with a tremendous loss of control and fear that their precious Dachshund might have cancer. They prayed a lot and made sure to spoil Zuzu leading up to her surgery.

Sasha and Bill were completely relieved and overjoyed when Zuzu pulled through a complete splenectomy without incident and the biopsy came back negative for malignancy. Zuzu bounced back wonderfully as if she had never been sick, let alone operated on. The vet bills for the lab work, tests, and surgery totaled over $3,000.

Sasha submitted all the claims to Embrace but was a little worried knowing that it was his first claim and only 3 months after taking out the policy. After reviewing the last 2 years of Zuzu's health history and vet visits, Embrace reimbursed 90% of the total bill. While the claim was being processed, the claim department at Embrace kept in touch with Sasha regarding Zuzu's condition and recovery.

Sasha says:

"I was incredibly impressed by the entire process and the friendly, professional, and courteous manner in which Embrace personnel handled our case. We love Zuzu as if she were our child. Embrace gave us the impression that to them Zuzu was more than just a claim to be processed; she was our family member and therefore entitled to quick, reliable and friendly care on their part."

Zuzu's Policy

For a higher monthly premium, Sasha and Bill have a lower deductible ($200) and co-pay (10%). This allows them to recover a high percentage of the covered vet bill.

Zuzu's Claim Refund

Zuzu's splenectomy claim
Actual Vet Bill $3,635.91
Covered Charges
Annual Deductible Remaining
10% Co-pay -$349.90
Total Embrace Reimbursement $2,969.14