I previously shared my story about my little boy Goliath. How we took him to the vet after spotting a mass on one of his legs. They prescribed him antibiotics and a pain med for a bacterial infection. By Friday morning, he was really struggling to breathe. Barely walking, not eating, in complete misery. Another trip to the vet and they now informed me he was in congestive heart failure. respiratory distress, anemia, showing signs of kidney failure, diabetic stress, very pale...in fact, they rushed him to the oxygen room. A chest x-ray revealed a very enlarged heart. He needed emergency 24-hour care but they felt he wouldn't make it through the night. I was left with the heart-wrenching decision to give him peace.
I laid my precious boy to rest last night and joined a pet loss support chatroom. In this conversation, I learned that the vet may be responsible for my boys' death. Apparently, he was prescribed Carprofen, a generic form of Rimadyl. A very controversial drug. One that is not supposed to be prescribed to any dog with a heart condition. They did know he had a heart murmur. They are also supposed to inform the owners of all potential side effects, including death. The only thing I was informed of was it could cause diarrhea. This drug has caused 1000's of deaths, almost always showing signs of false diabetes, causing heart failure, liver and kidney damage. Everything my precious boy was displaying. It has also been noted that out of the dogs who showed these adverse reactions to Rimadyl, with proper treatment, 95% of them survived! What?! My Goliath could have been saved and survived?! I am sick to my stomach over this!
Now, add in the fact that the euthanasia was not an instant relief for Goliath. He didn't pass until almost ten hours later. They told me he was gone, however, when I got him home he was still breathing. 8 hours later, he was still warm to the touch and breathing slightly. I am beyond appalled! I have already felt guilt and despair. Now I find this out! I am so angry!