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Old 09-13-2010, 10:52 PM
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We are in the states. It seems that you have to have a lawyer for everything. So we figured we would have to have an attorney. That is good to know that you can complain. This happened over 2 yrs ago. But we are very cautious of vets now. We had been going to that veterinary hospital and their vets,for a long time. Now we won't go there unless for an emergency if we can't find another vet. When we asked the administrator if we could get another vet to take over our puppy's care and he refused, we lost all confidence in that facility.Thank you tonka. We were very frustrated and did feel helpless.
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Old 12-02-2010, 02:29 AM
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To prevent parvo, veterinarians recommend having every puppy properly vaccinated during the first 20 weeks of life and annually each year after. With the proper vaccination your dog will be protected from the virus, but if you believe your unprotected dog has contracted the virus or know he has been exposed, you should consult a veterinarian. If you have a dog without vaccination records or are unsure of their medical history, you should take them to a veterinarian for examination.
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Old 12-02-2010, 07:45 PM
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We are in the states. It seems that you have to have a lawyer for everything. So we figured we would have to have an attorney. That is good to know that you can complain. This happened over 2 yrs ago. But we are very cautious of vets now. We had been going to that veterinary hospital and their vets,for a long time. Now we won't go there unless for an emergency if we can't find another vet. When we asked the administrator if we could get another vet to take over our puppy's care and he refused, we lost all confidence in that facility.Thank you tonka. We were very frustrated and did feel helpless.
I find this situation very odd. Parvo has a distinct presentation (and smell!!!) I'm surprised that she didn't test for it, to be honest. Every puppy or unvaccinated dog with profuse bloody diarrhea should be a suspect. I'm also surprised she assumed Salmonella without doing a fecal culture but given the diet I can see the rationale.


You could go to the state board, but all she will get is a warning to be more cautious. I hope you did call the vet after the diagnosis and inform her of her deadly oversight...

Someone asked earlier what the symptoms were-- they're very nonspecific like lethargy, anorexia, sometimes vomiting but LOTS of watery diarrhea-- and it is usually bloody... and contains sloughing pieces of intestine. It smells unlike anything you've ever smelled before. The cause of death is dehydration for the most part, +/- infection from the lack of intestinal lining. If caught earlier enough then can do very well. I'm so sorry yours wasn't... :-(

And yes, new vet needed... I'm flabbergasted that they refused transfer of care! That is your right as the pets owner!
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:53 PM
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The first time we took him in he didn't have bloody diahrrea. He had a fever was lethargic and had watery white stools. She didn't test him for Salmonella or Parvo. She just jumped to the conclusion that it was Salmonella because of his diet. When we took him back in, with bloody stools, the other vet took a Parvo test immediately. and said he had Parvo. I talked to the first vet and she said to me " I could kick myself for not doing a Parvo test on him". At this time I didn't know anything about Parvo. And the person we got the puppy from waited too long to vaccinate him. He had the Parvo virus when we got him. We had him almost a month before he got sick.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:46 PM
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Being that it wasn't bloody initially and the diet choice, I see why she jumped to that conclusion, though she absolutely shouldn't have. Vaccines are so crucial...

Given her response, it sounds like she won't be making that mistake again and hopefully her future patients and clients won't go through what you did.
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:06 PM
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She should have tested him for Parvo especially then because we were having a Parvo epidemic at that time.
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Parvo epidemic? I don't follow. Is vaccinating not common practice where you are from?
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I believe it, a little while ago lots of irresponsible people on Fort Carson weren't vaccinating their pets and they had a terrible problem with Parvo. They even put out alerts on Craigslist to let people know they needed to vaccinate their pets.
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I know there was a big parvo and even distempter outbreak here in CA not long ago. I would say the average owner here doesn't vaccinate, alter, license or do vet visits.



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Old 12-03-2010, 11:24 PM
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Wow, that's crazy... something as simple as vaccinating and not allowing unprotected puppies to be exposed could have prevented so much suffering...
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