Horrible story at the vet's office!!!!

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  1. Sxybeemr

    Sxybeemr New Member

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    Hey everyone, I just tought I'd tell all of you my story.... Back in November 2005, I bought myself a doberman puppy. I finally got her in January, 2006. Her name was Chanel. A couple weeks after I got her, she started vomiting one night. I was concerned, and called the vet the next morning to explain what happened the night before. The vet instructed me to give her white rice and chicken breast and that there was nothing to worry about... SO I did... The next day, started vomiting again, so I took her to my vet. The vet seemed really concerned and decided to keep up there for further testing. She called me a couple hours later to tell me Chanel tested positive for Parvo-Virus, but wasn't sure if she really did had Parvo due to the fact that she got her Parvo shots 2 weeks before.... They put her on an IV, and were trying to treat her... Chanel was vomiting every 5 minuts and had diareah every 5 minuts as well.... The vet told me she had a feeling that it was Parvo, but she might of ate something her body could not digest or it might of been something else... She could not tell me what was wrong with Chanel, but could sure tell me she had a 50% / 50% chance of survival (without knowing what she had). I would go and visit her t the vet every day for 5 days... Everytime I would leave the vet's office, I was in tears, and I mean in tears!!! I called the breeder to tell her what was happening.... Even my breeder called the vet, tryed to get an explanation... But nothing. She wanted me to keep her updated every day, and everytime I'd call her, she'd cry on the phone with me...Chanel was skin and bones and the only thing keeping her alive was her IV. She would look at me with these eyes! and start vomiting...... and vomiting..... and vomiting..... Not 1 day I did not went to see her, some day I even went twice (leaving in tears every single time) cause it would shatter my heart to see her like that.... 5 days later, $900.00 after, still no answer, I was at the end of the road... I decided it was enogh. This puppy was vomiting every 5 minuts, day and night, was skin and bones, not doing any better after 5 days of treatment.... I decided to go to the vet for my last visit. In my mind, my choice was clear. Euthanasia was all I could do at this point. I coudn t let Chanel suffer no more.... Enogh is Enogh! The vet told me that if I signed Chanel to her name, she would try to save her, and find her a good home(My home was totally out of the question!). I owed her over $900.00 in vet bills, but told her i'd pay her.I told her it wasn't a money issue, but that I was just at the end of the road... The breeder could not believe the vet made me this kind of offer!! I was crying and crying, could barely talk cause I felt like I was chocking.. I never felt that horrible in my life... Then, the vet started yelling at me, she got real pissed off, telling me that PUPPYS ARE NOT DISPOSABLE, IT S NOT LIKE YOU CAN JUST BUY IT, AND GET RID OF IT! I can tell you I was on the floor crying and crying.... Horrible!!! They left me 2 minuts with Chanel before the euthanasia... I was petting her, telling her how sorry I was for doing this and crying out of control... I stayed there for the euthanasia... They puched me away from her. The vet and the assistant were grabbing her. They decided to put the euthanasia shot in her IV in her paw. She started injecting it, and then she said: OOUUPPSS!!! Her vein just blew uP! I'll be back( and they took off) after 1/2 the euthanasia was injected!!!!!!!!!!! I was standing in the corning crying and probably screaming at this point. I felt like it was just a nightmare and that I had to wake up! They came back, and decided to inject whatever was left directly in her paw. They did. Then she started telling me in a horringle manner: her functions are shutting down, she is brain dead now...... and she took off. I stayed in the room crying on her for about 10 minuts. I can tell you that when I got home, I was in my bubble. I was crying non stop. I was and still am traumatized.

    Is that ethical for a vet to tell a client: If you sign this dog over to me, you don't owe me a penny ($900+). And if she survives, I ll find her a good home (but my home is out of the question). I m so glad I told her I d pay her, and that I would never sign this dog over to her. SOme vets are EVIL! I still have nightmares about it....

    My breeder promised me that whatever happens, she would get me another puppy for free. She kept her promise. She was there the whole time to support me, to cry with me... Now I have my other puppy. She is just so great. She is 7 months already!

    I would like people to tell me what they think about what happened to me..........
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    How horrible !!! The vet obviously thought that the pup had a chance and didn't want to put her down . Was there only one vet ?? I would have gotten a second opinion . RIP , sweet baby !!
     
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    I'm sorry to hear of your experience and your loss. The option your vet gave you was horrible in my opinion.
     
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    Oh, I am so sorry! That's terrible and I am so very sorry for your loss, but glad you have another baby to love. ;)
     
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    What a heart wrenching story. I'm so sorry that you and Chanel had to go through such trauma.
    How wonderful of your breeder to be so supportive. Your new baby much mean so much to you after all that.
     
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    Yes, more then 1 vet looked at her. SO why did she wanted not to charge me for the $900.00 if I signed the puppy over? Why would she find Chanel a goiod home(but my home is out of the question)! She obviously wanted to make a shot of money. Pure breed doberman puppy. champion bloodline. microchipped. AKC registered. Cropped ears (taped up and standing), docked tail.... She obviously would of made some cash.

    How could she even tell me she had a 50% chance of survival when she can t diagnose what s wrong? If it is parvo or not? You know..... And some other vets at the same clinic looked at her, but noone knew... To me, it is not fair to let an animal suffer like that... Dobermans are skinny dogs to start with... and I mean, she was Skin and bones....

    I don t really think she tought she had a chance of survival.. All she tought about was what if she survives? I m gonna make some cash!

    I swear, i can not describe the scene.... You'd have to be there... Even the breeder tought it was so wrong! talking about a breeder selling pups, crying on the phone with me... She really did felt bad for me, and she said that if she knew where to put a complaint, she would of done it for me!

    I don t only think about what happened to me, but what can she do to others? This vet is a sick, twisted minded, money w*ore!!!

    To my lovely Chanel..... I will miss her forever....

    Dolce is my sweet girl..... if anything was to happen to her, I don t think I could go trough anymore...

    Thank you to anyone that understands my story! and feel for me and Chanel...
     
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    to mamasouco

    Yes, my breeder was so wonderful. I tought at first that she was only saying that just because... But I mean, she was just so nice. Just the fact that she would call me everyday and ask. I would call her everyday and tell her. She would cry on the phone with me... You could see that she loved her puppys more then anything... Then, she was nice enogh to give me another puppy and to drive half way (3 hours) to come meet up with me and give me the new puppy (Dolce). I have a picure of her opening the door in my profile. She means everything to me. She just got spayed last week, and I was so scared! by the way, i do not go to that vet anymore! Before i brought Dolce to the new vet, i went to see her and talked to her. I wanted to make sure not to deal with a sick minded vet. Dolce is so spoiled! She sleeps in my bed, she has 2 pillow like me. every dog toy you can imagine. Dog beds in every room of the house... I mean, she means everything to me...

    Thanx for beeing supportive....

    I somehow ended on this website tonight, and decided to tell my story to people...
     
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    Glad you found us !!! Now stay here and give us happy stories !!!
     
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    I honestly do not think the vet was trying to make money.
    The way she treated you was very very wrong.
    But I think she probably thought the pup had a chance and just wanted to try...some people will euthanize a dog because of vet costs and vets will forgive the bill in order to have the dog signed over into their name, it is common practice.
    However, you were not one of those people. You wanted the best for the little pup and did not want it to suffer, the way she treated you was horrible.

    Welcome

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    I agree !!! It may have come over to the vet that your well was dry .....and she didn't want to give up . To her it was a rescue ... at any cost . I wasn't there .... I don't know her attitude or yours. Anyway , it's over .....enjoy your new pup !
     
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    im so sorry to here that...i know how you feel...rascal was recently in 2 vets offices because he was throwing up and had a bloody stool sort of like chanel but im happy we took him cause he was on 3 times the normal amount of fluids supposed to be injected through his paw...i was so sad because he literally would not move,blink,anything so it looked like he was dead but he lived i was so happy
     
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    Oh my! I don't even know what to say..........that must have been the most heart wrenching experience ever! I am crying because I can visualize it. I am so sorry you and Chanel had to go through that. :(

    My prayers are with you.
     
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    It's always rough to know when to give up ...... When I put Chip down .... ( my vets said he might last 2 or 3 weeks ) my vet agreed with me , but said , take your time with your decision. I knew it was time. Two days later she called me ... on her own she did an autopsy .... and wanted me to know I did the right thing. This to me is a caring Clinic !
     
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    To: Bubbatd, J's Crew and Senna

    It feels so good that some people understands my situation. Some others take for the vet... To me, it is verry unethical to scratch off my vet bill in exchange of a badly sick puppy. Just the way the euthanasia went.... The pushed me away from Chanel, I coudn t even pet her, talk to her. I was laying against the wall in the corner of the room. Watching everything in a way it never happened to me. It kinda felt like I was dead, and I was watching everything from a cloud.. I don't know.. I never felt that way before... Then, the vein that blew up after they started injecting the euthanasia in her IV! Just the fact that she said: OOPS!! Her vein just blew up?!!? I was on the floor crying and that was probably the last thing I wanted to hear!!!!! They took off for 2 minuts! and came back to inject whatever was left in her paw. They waited til she was dead, to let me pet her... Hor crual is that? How is that ethical? it seemed thy didn t care about me! They did it like I wasn t there... I can't beleive it... I swear, I still have nightmares about it. The vet did not had to judge my decision! I was already on the floor crying when i came in the vets office with my decision, she had to turn the knife in the cut! It just felt like she stabbed me til I died...... I am totally traumatized! What if, when Dolce gets older, I have to put her down because she becomes sick... Will I even be able to be there with her... Even now, i go to another vet with Dolce. I obviously don t take her to this sick minded vet.They are so nice, but I still have a hard time trusting her... Not because I have doubts, just because of what happened... I thank you all for understanding me.... and supporting me... It happened in January and just now, I can start to talk about what happened without crying.. Makes me feel better to tell my story. Makes me feel better to know some other people feel me, and some people still have a heart.... It is so hard to loose an animal.... I understand all of you that had to go trought it...

    Thank you!
     
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    You really had to go through 2 things .... your love for your pet and your pain for having to PTS.... I don't understand why they didn't let you hold your love. A lot of pains come with " what if " s ......don't beat yourself . It's over . What's done is done. I've never had to put a dog down without knowing it was for the best. Not for me.... for my dog. If you are doubting yourself , only you can live through this . Just know we care .
     
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    Skybeemr, what a horrible experience. As a vet, I can see absolutely no reason for those people to treat you with such disrespect. I do hope you've found another vet for your new pup who treats you a lot better!!

    Sometimes even without a diagnosis, you can look at a pup and get a reasonable idea of outcome. If a pup is that ill, and needs fluids, and is still vomiting and diarrhoea-ing, you can evaluate other things like temp, gum colour and refill etc and get an idea of how sick an animal is without an actual name for it's illness. So, I wouldn't necessarily think that a 50/50 prognosis would be inaccurate.

    As far as waiving the bill to keep the pup, that's bizarre. Your pup may have needed 5 times the $900 to get it through this, or more, plus labour intensive hospitalisation, and it still may have died. For a vet to do all that, then waive the bill to give the dog a good home - yours or anybody else's - would basically mean that the vet has treated your dog for free. That doesn't keep a business afloat. I don't know what the motive would be for that, maybe money, but the costs would have been huge, and they'd end up with a sickly pup that would need a fair bit of recuperating before they could even sell it or breed it. Whether or not they'd get their expenses back, I don't know. You're right though, for them to do this to get the dog a good home when you're obviously a loving and caring pet owner who does care for their dog makes no sense unless they did want to keep it for themselves.

    I honestly don't know why people like that are in business, they can't possibly be very successful. All the best with your new babe, and hopefully you won't need to call on a vet very much :)

    Scotia
     
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    you did a really brave thing to let her go and stop her suffering, all i can say is your story mad me cry and you deseve another pup to love and cherish
     
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    I can't say that i agree with the vet wanting to wavour the Bill and try to save the puppy.
    But i can see that she may have thought there was a chance for Chanel and that maybe you were having her PTS b/c of the rising Vet Bill.
    She may have genuinly been trying to help in whichever way she could.

    It is a very sad story and the way the vet treated you for making your decision is awful!!

    Dolce is beautiful :)
     
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    To everyone who understands...

    Thank you to all of you..... I guess I learned a lot.. This was a life lesson for me.... No matter what people say or what people try to make you do, just go with what your heart is telling you to... Live each day to the fullest. Appreciate everything that you have today because you'll never know if it will be there tomorow. Hope all of you enjoy your dogs a much as I enjoy Dolce. I call her my lil angel... Dogs are amazing companions. No matter how you feel, they're always happy to see you and to be with you...

    Thank you!

    Sara
     
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    I recently had to put Lucy, my 16 yr old dog, to sleep. She had been acting strange (stranger than usual for her). I knew she had lost weight and she seemed to be in some pain. When I took her to the vet and she weighed in at 20# (younger weight was 32) which was down a good bit from the previous year, I knew in my heart it was her time. And my vet agreed. Unlike your experience, they put in the IV and left me alone with her for a little bit. I cried and she paced. They came back in with a rug, placed her (and me) on it and I held her when they injected her. She didn't want to go and she fought it a bit. But I held her through it all and she knew that I loved her. I cried again when I got the sympathy card from my vet signed by everyone who worked there.

    Having a pet PTS is one of the most difficult things to do but at the same time is the most loving thing you can do. Our furr babies can't tell us what hurts or how they feel...but look them in the eyes and you will know.

    Lucy is now with her best friend Tinker (who left us last year at the age of 15). Lucy grieved for Tinker and now they are together again...across the Rainbow Bridge. I know they are both in a wonderful place together.
     

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