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Old 04-01-2017, 02:54 PM
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Over Medicated By Vet

My 15 yr old Male Chihuahua had been taking enalapril for around 8 yrs for a heart murmur . We switched vets about 5 yrs ago. He started having seizures about 2 months ago. I took him to the vet for blood work to be able to get more enalapril and talk to them about seizures and a worsening bad cough. The Dr. discovered that he had been getting way too much enalapril. He should have been getting 2.5 mg 2x a day. Instead he was getting 20 mg 2x a day. And he had been getting this amount for well over a year. With several visits and boarding within this time and nobody caught it. The blood report showed his liver count was off the chart. They put him back on 2.5 mg of enalapril and gave him an antibiotic to deal with his liver. The doctor mentioned a diarrhetic but didn't prescribe it. 4 days later he had another seizure, worst one yet, lasted about 2 1/2 min., he was breathing very fast after he came out of the seizure. I took him to an after hours vet. The Dr. said he was in great need of oxygen and needed diuretics to decrease the amount of fluid around his heart. He had heart failure and died 10 min. after the dr. told me this. I'm wondering what if anything I should do about this over medication which I feel may have lead to his seizures and his ultimately his death?
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Oh hell, I'm sorry you had to go through that.

I'd start by writing a letter to the vet expressing your concerns, if you are unsatisfied with the answers they give you can ask for the contact details of their regulatory board.

I'm so sorry you lost your pup this way.
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Good Advise, Thank You

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Oh hell, I'm sorry you had to go through that.

I'd start by writing a letter to the vet expressing your concerns, if you are unsatisfied with the answers they give you can ask for the contact details of their regulatory board.

I'm so sorry you lost your pup this way.
Thank You, I was thinking along those lines, Thanks for your advise.
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