Pea has now been a member of our family for the last 4 months and in that time we’ve gone from a manic little 12 week puppy to a cheeky 7 month old puppy who has quadrupled in size and has the ability to find the most obscure things to chew. We hoover twice a day, and steam the floor once a day, yet Pea will still find receipts, cable ties, and other strange things that a) no one has ever seen or b) haven’t seen for at least a year. This is what concerns me if I’m honest. We’ve always been fairly puppy proof as we’ve had dogs forever but Pea has turned this around as some of the things which have been puppy proof for years are now fascinating for him and beginning to be puppy unfriendly. The problem with puppies chewing things they find is the fact that you never know if they are going to injure them.
Take last week. We have been sitting out in the garden and generally keep an eye on what the dogs are doing but for one minute (Andy was putting a mini greenhouse together) we took our eyes off Pea and when we turned around, he was sitting on the patio munching away at something. Luckily Andy managed to get it off of him but I was horrified to see it was a slug. Only a small slug but a slug nevertheless. First thing we did after seeing this was ring the vet for advice. My main concern was lungworm. Lungworm is potentially fatal to dogs causing spinal pain, paralysis and fitting. But it’s not only slugs that are potentially dangerous, snails too carry the very same thing so accidentally eating one whilst playing, or just messing around in the garden puts dogs at huge risk.
Luckily for Pea if anything like that happened, I would hope that we would be just as quick in the uptake and get him straight down to the vets without a second thought. Thankfully the day we adopted Pea, we immediately took out dog insurance for him to cover anything and everything. Our insurance pays around 65% of every claim, so at least that gives us peace of mind if anything happens. I’m a lot more comfortable now though as we changed vets to the one previously as 2 deaths of pets for misdiagnosis was quite enough for me. Our current vet knows far more than the old one and help us with insurance claims that which takes a weight off our minds.
I don’t think I’d ever be without dog insurance these days as at least with them paying 65% of the claim it does allow you to do as much as you can for your furry friend. Thankfully we’ve never had any issues where the insurance companies have refused treatment, so for us they’ve been a Godsend.
What’s your opinion? Worth the money or not? Let me know.