object lesson


1 x floor-to-ceiling bathroom cabinet

1 x curious gangly type puppy

1 x thought to self: Must move all the medicines up a few shelves this weekend

1 x husband who often fails to shut the cabinet door (we know this, hence point above)

Mix well for 10 unsupervised minutes. Hilarity ensues!

That is a bottle of Nurofen (ibuprofen) chewed completely flat, with its childproof cap still pristine. Because if you flatten the bottle, the cap pops right off. Did you know this? Now you do. We don’t think the puppy actually swallowed any, but because we couldn’t remember how many were left in the bottle, the vets work on worst-case scenario (bottle of 25 minus 6 pills scattered around the dog, Valley of the Dolls style, leaves a potential dose of 19). So that is how much it costs to make my dog throw up, keep him overnight, give him IV fluids and activated charcoal and do multiple blood tests to make sure his kidneys are fine. He came bouncing home the next day, full of piss and vinegar and with a few shaved patches. His kidneys, needless to say, are tip-top. And he’s headache-free!

I don’t begrudge spending the money, especially on something that was entirely our fault, but we have spent the last few days musing on what the dog could have chewed on that would have worked out to be more expensive, and can only come up with a) the good camera, b) all of our furniture, all at once, or c) nothing, there’s NOTHING. Way to teach us a lesson, dog. You win this round. I’m sure it’s only the first of many.

9 comments to object lesson

  • Ah, let me guess, the 24-hour emergency vet in Essendon, perchance? Been there, done that – http://livebird.blogdrive.com/archive/191.html

    Coincidentally, I met a splendid mutt in the park the other day. Chatting with his owner, he said what a great dog he was, except he had only 50% kidney function because he ate a pack of neurofen. Lucky, lucky Hugo.

    • jac

      Nope, this was the Uni of Melbourne vet centre, out Werribee way. Vet students are cute, why didn’t I realise this when I myself was in university? Now it’s too late and I need to spend vast amounts of money to see them.
      Yes, extremely lucky puppy, now with a gold plated gullet. I still wish I had got my way on calling him Hugo, too. I’m glad you’re calling him that for me.

  • Oh gawd. I met the mother of a kid who got into the meds cabinet unsupervised when he was a toddler and who was so brain-damaged and wrecked from what he swallowed (I think paracetemol) that he will now be dependent on her or a permanent carer for the rest of his days. That woman was haunted.

    So dollars well spent.

    • jac

      SHUDDER. I bet she would have been glad to pay 100 times as much. Because we have no children or (until now) young animals in the house, we have been incredibly lax. Medicines on bottom shelf? Check. Toilet cleaner just sitting next to the toilet? Check. Knives and razor blades all over the floor? Well, maybe not THAT bad.

  • Whew! I’m so glad that turned out ok. They are adults for so long its easy to forget what all puppies can get into!

  • Every parent’s worst nightmare, to be sure. I’m glad puppy is okay! That’s scary stuff. And you can always get a second job to pay for his needs, right? RIGHT?

  • Sarah

    PHRAW! That is an expensive vet visit! Note to self: when puppy arrives all medicine is well away.

  • I’ll bet this was one of those times that you wished you had some Nurofen for yourself! So glad that puppy is ok. You can’t even draw icky faces on the bottles, like for kids. Tough lesson, that.

  • Poor you. And your poor puppy. Glad all are on path to recovery. What a nightmare scenario on all fronts.

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