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Old 16th May 2011, 9:23 PM   #91
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I think pet insurance is really sensible, you think it would never happen to you, and that it's silly to sign up for, but man i really do wish i took out pet insurance for my puppy.

Little boy black Toy poodle X Pom who was 1 years old when an really shitty circumstance happened. Neeco managed to sneak outside behind my sister through the gate, and 5mins earlier a little young boy who looked 12, was walking a big rotty and a big staffy.. he decided to stop outside out house for idk.. REST or something stupid.

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Wish i got pet insurance.
Very sorry to hear this happened to your little pup.

The NSW Companion Animals Act 1998 states that the owners of an attacking dog are liable to pay for vet bills. You have to seek this out yourself though through court and there could be a problem with liability as your dog was off-leash and their dogs were on. However if the child holding them was under 16 then they're also breaking the law too.

Messy situation, a good example of how important it is to ensure your dog doesn't escape your property. If the person walking these dogs were over 16 and had good control of the dogs then i'm sorry to say it's not their fault whatsoever if your off-leash dog runs up and is attacked.

Glad to hear little neeco has survived the ordeal.
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Old 16th May 2011, 11:32 PM   #92
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I think pet insurance is really sensible, you think it would never happen to you, and that it's silly to sign up for, but man i really do wish i took out pet insurance for my puppy.

Little boy black Toy poodle X Pom who was 1 years old when an really shitty circumstance happened. Neeco managed to sneak outside behind my sister through the gate, and 5mins earlier a little young boy who looked 12, was walking a big rotty and a big staffy.. he decided to stop outside out house for idk.. REST or something stupid.

Neeco wondered towards the two dogs sitting on their leashes 15m from my house, and i noticed at the last second, bolted towards him, but the staffy managed to get off the leash (no suprise, the boy was pissweak) and both the staffy and rotty mauled my little toypoodle xpom whos no taller than 30cms, all he wanted was to greet them.

I snatched him out from under them, he was yelping and breathing heavily, bit me because he was in shock, and i knew from that point there was definitely internal damage.

After going to the crappy [redacted] emergency vet, having some so called vet look him over quickly, saying he should be ok, monitor him and gave him a pain killer needle all for $250... I wasn't happy with the exam, i knew he was wrong, took neeco to our proper vet at Albert hospital in springwood, they picked up something on the ultra sound, had to take neeco to Small animal clinic at university queensland at toowong for further treatment.

Turns out after a bunch of surgeries/ultra sounds etc, Neeco has a perfuated intestine that leaked bacteria into his abdomin causing persatusis and pancreatic disease and a ripped up kidney aswell, few puncture holes from where the stupid dogs bit him. Neeco is a fighter, he is a small dog that survived massive operation, I was with him every step of the way.


$5000 later, surgery/ rehab, days in and out of the vet clinic, me inserting painkillers and antibiotic needles, even got to the point where we had NO more money left, mum spent her whole savings for the house and credit card on her low income for neeco to survive. The vets were nice enough to finish the treatment without making us pay..almost had to put him down, and the worst part is, he didnt look like a dieing or sickly dog, he was just unwell inside.

I am newly 18 and left with a $5000 debt because of some vicious dogs who live 2 doors from us and they did not offer any assistant, just a bunch of good for nothing bikey losers.

Wish i got pet insurance.
OMG !!! am soo sorry , may be like another member suggested , sue them . Is your dog ok now?

I REALLLYYY wish they have pet insurance for rabbits , one of my rabbit is really ill at the moment and so far in space of 3 days ..vet bills is $2.2k already ..waiting for the blood work to come back it may cost me a few more k's ... hurting my wallet alot .
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Old 17th May 2011, 7:29 AM   #93
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u didnt sue them?
Well we have all the bills and vet exams, originally we were going to approach them for help because the next day, my sisters boyfriend went looking for the two dogs and walked up the drive way, found that they were attacking the fence trying to get through and hurt him..

The guy who lives there seems arrogant, rides a moterbike and yeah i realize that my dog was off a leash but the crappy circumstance was the fact that a boy under 16yrs old (he looked it) decided to take two dangerous dogs for a walk THAT day & chose to hang around our house...

not sure if its worth the effort to sue.. but they did not come over and say sorry, nothing the boy didnt say anything either, just dissppeared with the dogs and that was it.
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Old 17th May 2011, 7:57 AM   #94
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I suspect you wouldn't get anywhere suing.

The other two dogs may have been startled at your dog running towards their owner and felt they needed to protect him (even though your dog just wanted to play).

As for sitting outside your house, I'm sure it annoys some of my neighbours but I stop our little guy while we are out on walks and do a few commands with him in front of some houses to makes sure he is still responding to me / doing commands when there are lots of distractions.

I don't do it everytime but sometimes I'll stop outside a house which has a dog which is barking at the fence and do the commands there as well to try and make sure that I can get my dog to respond to me even when there are barking dogs (I usually won't do this at the same house more than once in a week though) and generally try and avoid walking past houses which have barking dogs (I cross the road) to try and not upset the fenced in dog and also to try and avoid my dog barking back (he is still a puppy so still learning the ropes)
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Old 18th May 2011, 3:51 PM   #95
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Very sorry to hear this happened to your little pup.

The NSW Companion Animals Act 1998 states that the owners of an attacking dog are liable to pay for vet bills. You have to seek this out yourself though through court and there could be a problem with liability as your dog was off-leash and their dogs were on. However if the child holding them was under 16 then they're also breaking the law too.

Messy situation, a good example of how important it is to ensure your dog doesn't escape your property. If the person walking these dogs were over 16 and had good control of the dogs then i'm sorry to say it's not their fault whatsoever if your off-leash dog runs up and is attacked.

Glad to hear little neeco has survived the ordeal.



I live in QLD< but im sure we would have the same regulations, only problem is that yeah my dog wasn't on a leash, yeah the owners were irrosponsible and the kid looked under the age of 16, was a stick figure practically and couldn't hold onto the two dogs, i just dont want it to happen again, because it if was ANY other dog that Neeco walked up to, he would be ok.

Funny because Neeco hasn't learnt his lesson, he still tries to wonder off when we're not watching to go see other dogs, my brother has caught me walking off with a cat and a dog before, several times.. he is small and manages to get under the fence, but we've sealed it, its now just a matter of him being sneaky and my families irronsponsibility.

Life would be so much easier if i had help from the owners, my friends chiaua got attacked IN a dog park by two huskies, they owners of the huskies offered to pay for the vet bill, but my friend being so noble, (had pet insurance) knew it would be covered by their insurance, just wanted to educate the owners..

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I suspect you wouldn't get anywhere suing.

The other two dogs may have been startled at your dog running towards their owner and felt they needed to protect him (even though your dog just wanted to play).

As for sitting outside your house, I'm sure it annoys some of my neighbours but I stop our little guy while we are out on walks and do a few commands with him in front of some houses to makes sure he is still responding to me / doing commands when there are lots of distractions.

I don't do it everytime but sometimes I'll stop outside a house which has a dog which is barking at the fence and do the commands there as well to try and make sure that I can get my dog to respond to me even when there are barking dogs (I usually won't do this at the same house more than once in a week though) and generally try and avoid walking past houses which have barking dogs (I cross the road) to try and not upset the fenced in dog and also to try and avoid my dog barking back (he is still a puppy so still learning the ropes)
Well thats a very reasonable answer and would make sense, however unfortunately that wasn/t the situation with this kid, he was just stupid, think he was trying to decide on whether he should take the 2 dogs for a walk, knowing their dangerous and hard to handle, he couldnt hold them clearly. i think of it as a wake up call, it was a crummy circumstance and if i hadn't of rocked up to my mums THAT DAY and decided to clean my old car out the front, none of it would have happened, it was almost as if it was supposed to, for everyone to learn alesson on how strict we need to be with Neeco, he is extremely loved and spoilt with every family member, i bring him toys;treats & his favourite food every time i go there, but i think in the end result, even if i am left with a big debt to pay, i would have never regretted the amount of money we spent to save our babies life. Im committed to taking him for more walks and adventures to beaches so he can socialise with dogs more, because at the end of the day, he just wants to meet other dogs / even though we already have 2 border collies outside all day everyday lol.

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small claims would have done something - Only costs $80. You know, you could still make a claim too.
Can I? with what pet insurer?

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OMG !!! am soo sorry , may be like another member suggested , sue them . Is your dog ok now?

I REALLLYYY wish they have pet insurance for rabbits , one of my rabbit is really ill at the moment and so far in space of 3 days ..vet bills is $2.2k already ..waiting for the blood work to come back it may cost me a few more k's ... hurting my wallet alot .
Im sorry to hear that your rabbit is costing so much money to fix, but it really goes to show how much australians love their animals. I hope your rabbit pulls through and doesnt cost you too much more money, in the end i definitely say my money was well spent. I wish rabbits were illegal in QLD.. better yet, it'd be cool to have hedgehogs allowed, in america they have them in pet stores for sale!


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Old 18th May 2011, 9:23 PM   #96
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So Medibank Private changed from 100% cover to 80% cover. So I was going to change to Pet Insurance Australia. However looking at their website tonight, they have changed to 80% as well.

Anyone able to recommend someone who covers 100% and doesn't have excessive premiums?
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So Medibank Private changed from 100% cover to 80% cover. So I was going to change to Pet Insurance Australia. However looking at their website tonight, they have changed to 80% as well.

Anyone able to recommend someone who covers 100% and doesn't have excessive premiums?
Have you tried Pet Plan?
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So Medibank Private changed from 100% cover to 80% cover. So I was going to change to Pet Insurance Australia. However looking at their website tonight, they have changed to 80% as well.

Anyone able to recommend someone who covers 100% and doesn't have excessive premiums?
Wow, sounds like I got in with them just in time. o_O
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Have you tried Pet Plan?
Me and my girlfriend have 2 beagles who can get upto some trouble every now and then, both insured with pet plan.

About 2 months ago one of them ate through my GF's handbag and ate an asthma inhailer (powder one), 6 neurofen, 4 mintec, and some gastrostop (we had just got back from bali with bali belli :P).

Came home to find he was very sick, ended up in Animal Emergency for 9 days. $4500 worth of vet bills and we got all but $100 back!

Very happy with that! We pay about $45 a month each for them at the ages of 3.5 and 4.
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Me and my girlfriend have 2 beagles who can get upto some trouble every now and then, both insured with pet plan.

About 2 months ago one of them ate through my GF's handbag and ate an asthma inhailer (powder one), 6 neurofen, 4 mintec, and some gastrostop (we had just got back from bali with bali belli :P).

Came home to find he was very sick, ended up in Animal Emergency for 9 days. $4500 worth of vet bills and we got all but $100 back!

Very happy with that! We pay about $45 a month each for them at the ages of 3.5 and 4.
It's good to know they pay out then! Hope the beagle is ok?

I just renewed mine for a 15 month old female Labrador - I pay an annual premium rather than monthly and it was ~$550. We haven't had to claim yet (although I've got some receipts I'm pretty sure I can claim when I get around to it), so it's good to hear they have been good with other people.
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(although I've got some receipts I'm pretty sure I can claim when I get around to it),
You might want to check your policy to see if there's a time limit on submitting claims. I've just taken out a policy with Medibank Private and there's something in there about submitting the claims.
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It's good to know they pay out then! Hope the beagle is ok?

I just renewed mine for a 15 month old female Labrador - I pay an annual premium rather than monthly and it was ~$550. We haven't had to claim yet (although I've got some receipts I'm pretty sure I can claim when I get around to it), so it's good to hear they have been good with other people.
Hes alot better, he lost about 1.5kg and we had to have him checked every few weeks (blood and urine) but hes back happy as larry now!
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digging up a very old thread here.

this morning I was told my dog needed to have knee surgery, which i'm willing to pay for (even if its a lot of money, i love my dog)

is there anyway I can apply for pet insurance with someone now so I can get a claim back, even if the surgery is within the next week or so?
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I'd say it's probably a pre-existing condition so you won't be able to make a claim on it..
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digging up a very old thread here.

this morning I was told my dog needed to have knee surgery, which i'm willing to pay for (even if its a lot of money, i love my dog)

is there anyway I can apply for pet insurance with someone now so I can get a claim back, even if the surgery is within the next week or so?
No way in hell!

The whole point of insurance is that it's there for unexpected costs.

If you were an insurance company would you insure someone who can just claim, them drop the policy?
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