I live in Washington state. I had a veterinary problem, with my 11 year old pet therapy dog, crystal. She had elective surgery approximately two weeks ago. She did not recover from the surgery, which was a superficial dermatological procedure. Without warning, she went into respiratory distress, and died 10minutes later. There were a number of neglected work ups that may have been able to save her life.Is there a veterinary commission , similiar to the state medical board for m.d.s , that I can report this case to?
Type of Animal: Belgian sheepdog
Name of Dog: Ch Kaylans crystal persuasion RN CD
I've tried talking with the treating veterinarian to try to get answers about why a perfectly healthy dog, with no pre existing medical conditions , could come in for a routine cyst excision and die a week later.
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Thank you so much, for steering me in the right direction regarding this case. I am not seeking monetary damages at this time. What happened is, That the vet did not use some standard veterinary practices, that are considered the standard of basic care. Such as, he did not order a full blood panel prior to anesthetizing my dog. I have never had a vet fail to do this, even for such a routine procedure as teeth cleaning.since this surgery was non emergent, had the vet run a full blood panel, the clotting disorder would have emerged as a primary diagnosis therefore , the elective surgery would not have been done , and the dog would be alive today. The downhill course, post operatively, was blamed on a clotting problem, which had never been diagnosed before with The dogs prior surgeries. She was fine. Understand that dogs can develop clotting disorders later in life., but again, had this been the case, the surgery would have been called off. It was the complications of the surgery that led to the dogs demise. Also, once that took effect, she was slowly bleeding out , to. The night she died , a week following the surgery. Additionally, as she grew weaker and weaker from the bleeding problem, the vet failed to order x-rays, which could have pin pointed the area she was bleeding from internally. She then could have received frozen platelets , a transfusion, which may have given her a better chance of survival. But instead, I was told to take her home , give her prednisone and pain medications. So,I took her home and she soon went into acute respiratory distress. We readied her to go to a vet e.r. But she died minutes thereafter, at the foot of our bed . It was after midnight, and we had to transfer her body to the dog morgue at 1 in the morning. This was a dog who had not ever had any medical conditions ;she was a working dog , she was a certified pet therapy animal who worked in hospitals and with autistic children. She was a show dog, and earned ,points to become an AKC breed champion.i also competed with her towards several competition obedience titles, CD, RN, CGC, AKC ThD, delta society pet therapy dog certification. She was my therapy dog, for assistance with my chronic disease of multiple sclerosis. She helped me with my rehabilitation after a hip replacement surgery. And the list could go on and on. But I think you get the point. . I'm trying to make some sense of why this had to happen , since she wasn't sick a day in her life and when she went for the elective surgery , she was fine., and had never had complications fromr any of here previous surgeries. Additionally, I noticed when the vet was drawing her blood, that he has hand tremors, something I had not seen in prior visits . Because of the hand tremors, he could not get enough of a blood sample in one visit, and had to have us return once more for what should have Been a short one time office visit. Then, I realized, that he had been operating in this manner. It was at that point , that I knew, a lot of things went wrong, for various reasons. The vet surgeon is 76 years of age. Age had never been a factor for me, as I always felt he was competent, until I personally observed that he has tremors in both hands. I don't want to create problems for this person, but , there does come a time in the medical profession, when one has to honestly evaluate ones ability to continue doing procedures that put animals at great risk. Losing this dog, as we did, not only cut short the life of an incredible animal, but her loss has impacted many lives, not just professionally in her therapy jobs, but emotionally for myself, who has spent countless hours and years training her to obtain our goals . What the dog did, how she did what she did, and the quality of what she achieved , did not come over night.
I am really sorry for all that you have gone through and I understand your concern. It's a really hard loss and it's complicated by knowing that it didn't have to be that way. I understand why you want to report the matter to the state.Best wishes.What are your options now?If you wish to continue this conversation, click on the Continue Conversation link. If you are satisfied that I have answered your question, then please rate the answer with a four or a five so that I receive credit for assisting you. Positive ratings are the only way I receive credit for assisting you today.IF you feel the need to click either "Helped a little" or "I expected more," then do not rate me (not yet, anyway!). Instead, reply to me using the REPLY or CONTINUE CONVERSATION button. Specify what additional information you need and I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek. Thanks, ~~ J.B.
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