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I am sorry to hear about this unfortunate situation.
Unfortunately, under the law, dogs and other pets are treated as chatels or things and that is why attorneys would not be able to pursue a veterinarian malpractice lawsuit, as the damages could only be limited to the replacement cost of the dog or for the reasonable cost of any veterinary treatment required as the result of the malpractice, but no punitive or other non-actual damages would be allowed and that is why there is simply no way to recover compensation which would justify filing a lawsuit.
So, the other option generally would be to file a complaint against this doctor with the state Veterinary Board and also with the local Better Business Bureau.
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