Hi I need some advice. I've got a lot to say but I'm going to try to be as brief as possible for the sake of readability. I really want help.
Last Tuesday my English bulldog died. She was the prettiest thing I'd ever laid eyes on and was honestly the little love of my life. We celebrated her 5th birthday just two days before she died, and the shock of losing her has been harder than I can really describe.
She hadn't necessarily been very sick the weeks before she passed, but there were a few small things going on with her that concerned us. For example she would pant when it wasn't hot in the room. We called her vet's office and they told us that panting was just something her breed did and that it wasn't cause for worry. They advised us to cool her off by giving her ice cubes. It seemed to help.
She had been sleeping a lot too and generally had low energy, but we really hurried to his office when she started limping on her hind legs. We thought she had injured them somehow, but I remember thinking it was strange that her legs didn’t seem to hurt. I felt her joints to see if she would recoil in pain but she didn't. She was just limping for some reason. Nonetheless, Thursday afternoon my mother, brother, and sister all got in the car and took her to the vet's office. I couldn't be there because I was getting fitted for retainers at the orthodontist’s office.
The vet told them her hip was the problem and that she needed to lose weight. He prescribed some antipain/anti-inflammatory medicine and sold them some vitamins meant to help her anal glands. The vet bill was huge of course—over $100. He even charged us $15 just to clip the dog’s nails.
$15 to clip her nails Thursday afternoon and by Tuesday morning my brother is having her cremated. But before she died that morning I had been up all night nursing her. It was a night I will never forget. I was scared, confused, and didn’t know what was going on—if she’d gotten something. She seemed to be in so much pain. My family members were all fast asleep but I kept waking my mother and giving her updates. We knew we couldn’t wait on the vet’s office to open so by 7am my brother rushed her to the emergency room where they ran a battery of tests and eventually found that it was her uterus. She had pyometra (uterine disease). Her lethargy, panting, and weak hind legs were all symptoms of it. The pyometra caused septic peritonitis. She wasn’t going to make it… We owe $7000 for emergency tests and treatments.
We’re grieving and we don’t really want to fight anyone. My mom just wants to pay the bill. But I don’t understand why my dog had to die 4 days after leaving the vet’s office. Why didn’t he catch this? I made understanding a little bit about animal health my business because I loved my dog, but understanding animal health is not what I’m paid nor trusted to do, not like it is for him.
Should we take legal action?