Hip Dysplasia Managed with Alternative Therapies

Acupuncture, hydrotherapy, laser therapy, and more have been used to manage Marbles' hip dysplasia.

Vet Bill: $4,580

Marbles

Background

Seven-year-old Marbles was first diagnosed with hip dysplasia when he was under a year old. He now has it in both hips and his pet parents, Gene and Patty, use a variety of alternative therapies — including hydrotherapy, acupuncture, rehab, laser therapies, and chiropractic care — to manage it.

Patty shares more of Marbles' story:

"We lost our first lab, Snoopy, to pancreatic cancer. We had no insurance on him. Purchasing Embrace for Marbles as a puppy gave us the confidence that, no matter what the future held for him, he would be covered for all his health needs.

"At just under a year old, Marbles was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Now, at 7 years old, the hip dysplasia is in both of his hips. Also, as a result of him having to compensate for the discomfort he has in his hips, he now has pain in other areas of his body.

"To keep his hips from getting worse, he has received regular sessions of acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, and laser therapy. In addition, we have sought out pet rehabilitation centers, enabling Marbles to swim and participate in various exercises to keep him limber. Marbles also takes herbal supplements to help with his joints and maintain ease of mobility.

"We are a Navy family which has required us to move many times. Finding a vet practice that is able to provide Marbles with the care he needs has been challenging at times. At no time did Embrace ever deny or question any of the many claims we have submitted.

"We have received outstanding vet and rehabilitation care for Marbles in Virginia Beach, VA; Kenosha, WI; Grayslake, IL; and in Portsmouth, RI. We have the utmost gratitude for Embrace and we highly recommend them to anyone who asks us about Marbles."

Marbles’ Claim Refund

Claim Details Amount
Actual Vet Bill $4,580.44
Covered Charges $4,568.42
Annual Deductible $400.00
Copay $1,328.97
Total Embrace Reimbursement $2,839.45

Marbles' annual deductible is $200. These claims took place over 2 policy years.