Modern Australian



Looking after your new pet

  • Written by News Feature Team


When Toby first joined our family, he was a timid little puppy.

A beagle-cross rescue dog from the pound, he was shy, easily frightened by loud noises and rather obsessed with food. As time went on, his confidence grew and he became much loved member of the family.

His affectionate nature seemed like a display of gratitude for taking him into our home and away from the scary place we found him.

Friends had warned us about the growing cost of veterinary bills, and recommended we take out Pet Insurance, which we did cautiously - we knew vet treatment could be expensive, but we didn’t know that some people spend more on their pet’s healthcare than their own.

We knew Toby always had a good nose for food and all the other strange things dogs find attractive - but nothing had prepared any of us for what made him sick one day.

We arrived home from work to find that our little dog was not the happy little guy that usually greeted us at the end of the day - something was clearly wrong.

He was reluctant to walk or move too much, besides shaking and looking very much out of character. A quick inspection of the house showed that Toby had found his way into the kitchen cupboard, and discovered a box of sultanas, which he had mostly eaten.

As it turns out, sultanas - and grapes generally - are highly toxic to dogs, which made Toby’s inquisitive search for food life-threatening.  If dogs eat grapes - fresh or dried (like sultanas or raisins) it can cause acute renal failure and death.

We phoned our vet, and at their insistence, rushed our beloved pet to the surgery. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to induce vomiting, until the vet explained that the treatment for potential grape poisoning was a series of intravenous fluid therapies, and that Toby would need to spend the night, and the following day or two, being treated.

The vet warned us that this treatment would be quite expensive, but thanks to our Pet Insurance plan, there was little discussion required - we didn’t have to think too hard about whether or not to give Toby potentially life-saving treatment. Fortunately, our insurance covered most of the veterinary bills for the treatment of Toby’s life-threatening act of mischief.

Even more fortunately, after over 24 hours hooked up to an intravenous drip in the pet hospital, the vert announced that Toby was going to be ok, that his kidneys were functioning.

My partner and I were incredibly grateful that we had invested in Pet Insurance, because it meant that we were able to treat our dog without financial considerations complicating matters.

There are a range of insurance options available pet owners, and iSelect can help you find the best value for money in a plan that is right for you and your pet.

LIFE STYLE

Tips for remodeling your basement into pleasant living space

In the grand scheme of house rooms, basement is the one that is the most underutilized. All the tools, bikes and other things we keep there could just as well...

How to Choose the Right Wedding Suit

Male population has been unjustly neglected in the whole story of wedding preparations. It is believed that brides tend to get much more involved in wedding stuff than future...

Australian Bathroom Design Trends for the Upcoming Season

Even though 2019 has barely begun, there are a few bathroom design trends that have taken Australia over. While some of these trends aren’t at all surprising, there are a...

Why a 24-Hour Locksmith Is Important

For people who are busy and those who are forgetful, Locksmiths can be a blessing. Maybe you are one of those people that leave their keys inside the house a...

The Block’s Alisa and Lysandra Fraser's major renovation of a multi-storey heritage home in Albert Park

Let there be light: Planning for the perfect urban oasis   The Block’s Alisa and Lysandra Fraser recently finished a major renovation of a multi-storey heritage home in Melbourne’s Albert Park...

Mistakes You Must Avoid While Purchasing Furniture

So you’re thinking of buying new furniture for your new home or just want to revamp your space with trendy furniture. Buying furniture can be challenging and fun at the...

Popular articles from Modern Australian

Tips for remodeling your basement into pleasant living spaceThe Reason Why You Were Rejected as a Hair Transplant PatientLeconfield Wines: Four legged family members now part of many weddingsModern magnesium: the pharmaceutical-grade topical relief health productWhy you should hire equipment for your next party or eventLiving life without fearFive Trends That Will Transform Beauty Moving home is always complicated but even more challenging in SydneyWhy Chocolate Can Be Good For YouHow to Choose the Right Wedding SuitTop 5 Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures for Men in 20192019’s Unforgettable Valentine’s Day Ideas In SydneyFashion Trends to Know in 2019David Lennon:   Five reasons to get your car loan sorted before visiting a dealership5 Sleep-Friendly Bedroom Tips for Career Women