Thoroughly read Helen's entire post. Maybe twice. Maybe thrice. Her dog was in an oxygen tank because her dog’s trachea completely collapsed. I don’t see where she blames the vet for the complete trachea collapse or directly blames the vet for the pneumonia. The fact is no one called her when it happened. That's absolutely wrong. She had to call them at 5:30 and was told everything was fine and the vet wanted to speak to her when she arrived. They told her everything was fine, never indicating a problem. She was going to this place for over 10 years. She trusted them that if it was serious the vet would be on the phone which is what should have happened. She was assured her dog was in good care and the vet may have wanted to go over some things with her later. What difference does it make what time she got there, even if she got there at 5:30? Her dog was in dire straits since after the procedure. They should have asked her to come in right away because her dog needed emergency care. Hours went by and no told her the condition her dog was in. How would the vet know her dog would stop breathing on the way to the ER? I would think that if you have a complete collapsed trachea and are taken out of an oxygen tank, that you would have labored breathing. They would know that. Maybe her dog would have lived if 7 hours didn’t go by before telling her the last minute that she had to take her somewhere else. Every pet parent should be told there’s a serious problem with their pet as soon as they are aware. Maybe they knew her dog had pneumonia. It looks like they may not have done lab work before the procedure. A lot of things don’t add up. That’s why this vet is to blame.
Vets get the blame when they ARE the blame and the causality. How would you like it if someone in your family fell ill while at a doctor’s office and they had them lie down to rest for hours and never told you there was something wrong, only telling you everything was fine. Then you get there, and your family member is so ill, he/she has to go to a hospital, and should have been in a hospital already. So much time had gone by that by the time you get to the hospital he/she dies? The same thing, except in that case, a lawyer would represent you because your family member is not considered a piece of property.
You're lucky if you've never experienced something like this when a vet ignored your pet's needs.
Answers to your questions won’t do you any good unless have something to do with veterinarians.