I want to say something in case it seems to anyone that I am bashing veterinarians. That's not the case at all. For instance, if the vet I went to did all the right things and followed the law I would not have to file a complaint. This is not what I want to do. It is very painful to write this complaint. I relive that day over and over, but I have to do it for my dog.
- This vet did not obey the law and discuss the procedure and risks to give me and my husband an opportunity to ask questions so we could make an informed decision.
- He told me my dog's pre-op lab work was clean, but I found out after my dog passed away the lab work was flagged and he withheld this from me.
- His office rushed us in for the pre-op only to tell us that day the next available appt was 4 weeks later, they should have grouped them as close together as possible, so I have learned.
- In that case, he had 4 weeks to discuss the procedure and risks, and the lab work.
- I called him a week after the lab work was done and spoke to him for 14 minutes and he never said a word to me about either.
- He knew my dog was anxious and petrified. He never suggested something to calm him.
- He acknowledged my dog was "fractious" in his notes the day of the dental, yet he did not call me to alert me my dog was basically petrified. Sure, my dog was fractious. He was scared. He was in fight or flight mode and any caring vet would have called me. No elective/voluntary procedure is worth stressing a pet. It's against the law here to keep an animal in fear. For all I know my dog may have passed from a heart attack because he was so frightened, maybe why that vet didn't call me right away.
- He claims my dog passed during recovery, so he should have been on the phone with me immediately when there was a problem.
- There were no vitals or anesthesia record with the notes which leads me to believe my dog was not being monitored.
- He never wrote or said they did everything possible to keep my dog breathing and to save him.
- The use of a tracheal tube was not written in the notes. The notes are bare.
- He never explained what happened. He grasped for things to blame.
- He didn't take responsibility because he didn't think he did anything wrong, so I would expect a responsible vet to suggest a necropsy for my own peace of mind. I didn't know about a necropsy until my dog was already in a box.
This vet didn't care. Everything he and they did in that place was wrong. I can't help but bash him. I have no choice but to write a complaint letter and sue him. He deserves it. He didn't make an honest mistake. He didn't do anything right. It was his negligence that killed my dog. He robbed my dog of his life.
I found out after my dog passed that he was sued in local court in 2014 for malpractice, causing the death of someone's cat due to treating it for months for the wrong reason. The cat had a heart problem all along and he treated it for pancreatitis. If I knew about that I would have never gone there. By the way, you know how he treats pancreatitis? I know because he saw my other dog for it and he gave him prescription food (which gave him an ear infection). That's it. That's how he treats pancreatitis. I took my dog to my other vet who gave him all kinds of meds and for a week I gave him IV fluids. He gave him a different brand Rx food with much lower fat. And I brought him back for follow-up lab work. That's how a real vet treats pancreatitis.