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    Miss bugs thank you so much for sharing your story. You went through what I'm going through now except worse. I'm sorry for your loss. It helps to hear from someone who loved their dog just as much as I loved mine and had to deal with the pain of suddenly losing them after being told they were fine. I guess If you feel no one was at fault for your dog's death I should feel the same way about mine.

    It's as if I'm the big bad angry one. Everyday when I feel like I need to be with her I go over to where her house used to stand and sit there for a while. My family doesn't want to blame the vet either but I feel betrayed and taken advantage of. All of this money has been spent and I still don't have my dog. There's no justice in that. Not to me at least. Are we sure legal action isn't a good idea?
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    you're allowed to feel angry, betrayed, and like someone is to blame - but it is not the vets fault.

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    Miss bugs thank you so much for sharing your story. You went through what I'm going through now except worse. I'm sorry for your loss. It helps to hear from someone who loved their dog just as much as I loved mine and had to deal with the pain of suddenly losing them after being told they were fine. I guess If you feel no one was at fault for your dog's death I should feel the same way about mine.

    It's as if I'm the big bad angry one. Everyday when I feel like I need to be with her I go over to where her house used to stand and sit there for a while. My family doesn't want to blame the vet either but I feel betrayed and taken advantage of. All of this money has been spent and I still don't have my dog. There's no justice in that. Not to me at least. Are we sure legal action isn't a good idea?
    feeling angry and betrayed is normal, even though realistically I know that nothing could have saved my girl, and I know that anybody having been staffed over the night would have changed nothing. I know that while she died horribly and alone, she was so drugged she didn't know which was was up. I know all this in my head. but it's not something I can just get "past" either, I switched vet clinics after this happened and I will not ever leave my dogs overnight ever again, if they need overnight hospitalization I will transfer their treatment to the 24 hour clinic. I "know" the outcome would have been the same no matter what. but emotionally? I just can't act like nothing happened.
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    My dear friend, I just had 2 dogs die within 7 weeks of each other. The first one was a 10 y/o chihuahua. She started with the shortness of breath, I am a Respiratory therapist and have been in nursing for over 30 years working open heart surgery,so, I am not a novice at heart disease. Long story short, I take her to 3 vets because she kept getting worse.
    The first one prescribed B/P meds and diuretics. Said she was in CHF after an x-ray.
    There was no fluid in her lungs at all, she always had an enlarged heart and murmur all her life, just 2 weeks prior she was hiking a wooded trail with my Australian shepherds.
    I did not give them to her, she was NOT in CHF

    The 2nd vet did lab work, all came back normal, prescribed diuretics again, I said, to him, BUT, she does not have fluid in her lungs. He said, "Frankly I could not hear her lungs her murmur was so loud". Just give her the diuretics.
    I could NOT believe this.
    I went to a 3rd vet, now by this time a month is past, my little girl is getting worse. I start her on the lasix, thinking I needed to try. Although I still know she is not retaining fluid, but her belly is swelling.
    The 3rd vet adds a B/P med. wants to repeat the blood work. I said enough, and left.
    I go back to the 1st vet and she says my dog looks like a victim from holocust. I let her do blood work, now, Mandy can't stand she falls over, she looks drugged and the blood work comes back and shows anemia. Her hgb was 4.5, her kidneys had gone into failure from all the diuretics, her BUN and Creatine, electrolytes were OFF the charts. She died 2 days later.
    Best I can figure, that 2nd vet who did his own labs in the office, had an outdated machine he never did quality controls on, and were wrong.
    From start to finish, they killed my little girl in 4 months which is about right for anemia, your red blood cells die off after 120 days if you don't make anymore you die. She had nothing to carry the oxygen and had a cardiac arrest in my arms.
    I won't go into the 2nd dog now, but she just died a week and half ago.
    I wish you well and if nothing else. Educate the vet so he does not kill another dog.

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    Re: Dog Died... Vet Malpractice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Bugs View Post
    feeling angry and betrayed is normal, even though realistically I know that nothing could have saved my girl, and I know that anybody having been staffed over the night would have changed nothing. I know that while she died horribly and alone, she was so drugged she didn't know which was was up. I know all this in my head. but it's not something I can just get "past" either, I switched vet clinics after this happened and I will not ever leave my dogs overnight ever again, if they need overnight hospitalization I will transfer their treatment to the 24 hour clinic. I "know" the outcome would have been the same no matter what. but emotionally? I just can't act like nothing happened.
    Thank you for posting this story, I feel the same way, I will NEVER leave my little girls over night again without staying in the clinic with them and checking on them every hour. I should have been with her when the 2nd one died.

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    I'm sorry for your loss.

    I know this sounds cruel, but legally, your dog was personal property and has little value. The vet I worked for had people who were upset that their animals died try to sue, and they never got anywhere. The amount you would pay in legal fees would exceed what you might possibly get back in court. You might be able to argue that the dog was valued at whatever was paid for her, but again, legal fees would likely exceed that. The vet was treating conservatively, which, with vague symptoms, is usually the first step. Let's say your dog had just pulled a muscle, and you go in there and the vet ran $500 in tests, you'd be pretty pissed off when all it would take is rest for it to heal. No one would go to a vet who ran every test in the book every time a pet came in. The onus is on the owner to say "No, I know my dog, something isn't right" and demand more tests or take the dog for a second opinion. Our vet usually gives us three options for diagnosing stuff: 1. conservative, if nothing is obvious wait and see, try some meds for the symptoms, come back right away if anything changes; 2. Run a few basic tests, plus meds for the symptoms; 3. Run tests that cover all the bases. (I go with the first option for my younger pets, and the second generally for my older pets.) Look for a vet who clearly gives you different treatment options for your future pets. In this case though, your vet heard hooves and thought horses, and it was a zebra. I don't believe it was malpractice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hambonez View Post
    I'm sorry for your loss.

    I know this sounds cruel, but legally, your dog was personal property and has little value. The vet I worked for had people who were upset that their animals died try to sue, and they never got anywhere. The amount you would pay in legal fees would exceed what you might possibly get back in court. You might be able to argue that the dog was valued at whatever was paid for her, but again, legal fees would likely exceed that. The vet was treating conservatively, which, with vague symptoms, is usually the first step. Let's say your dog had just pulled a muscle, and you go in there and the vet ran $500 in tests, you'd be pretty pissed off when all it would take is rest for it to heal. No one would go to a vet who ran every test in the book every time a pet came in. The onus is on the owner to say "No, I know my dog, something isn't right" and demand more tests or take the dog for a second opinion. Our vet usually gives us three options for diagnosing stuff: 1. conservative, if nothing is obvious wait and see, try some meds for the symptoms, come back right away if anything changes; 2. Run a few basic tests, plus meds for the symptoms; 3. Run tests that cover all the bases. (I go with the first option for my younger pets, and the second generally for my older pets.) Look for a vet who clearly gives you different treatment options for your future pets. In this case though, your vet heard hooves and thought horses, and it was a zebra. I don't believe it was malpractice.
    This is what my vet does too and I usually go in saying "This is my budget, I can afford to go a little outside of it if necessary, but this is what I can comfortably work with) and my vet will give me the in-my-budget run down + the second; for example: When Toby was in to check his lump pre-surgery, the vet told me we could either basically use a needle and try to pump some of the cells from the lump into the needle for testing - but it may not reveal much if anything... OR we can go ahead and book the surgery, have it removed completely and sent for a full biopsy that will tell us exactly what it is and what our next step is in treatment. Option A cost a little over $100... Option B will cost roughly $564 (we're going to microchip him too while he's already under).

    We went with option B. - I find most vets will give these options and most times, people choose the cheapest route... after all "It's only a dog/cat/insert animal here"

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    So sorry for your loss

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    I have no advice to give but just wanted to extend my condolences. I lost my doggie soul-mate when he was only 7. He had seemed perfectly fine at 10pm when we went to bed. At midnight I woke up to find him looking like he felt sick to his stomach, lethargic, and weak. I was on the phone with the Pet ER telling them I was bringing him in...he died while I was on the phone. It's one of the most painful things I've ever dealt with. So I do know what you're going through and how much it hurts. It's especially hard because of how young your dog was and that it might have been prevented had the vet caught the issue. I'm sorry for your loss.

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