12-02-2010, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by gershepsmyfav
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!