ANCHORAGE, ALASKA -- My Dalmatian Lucky has been seen by VCA Lake Otis Pet Hospital, for over 5 years. They have misdiagnosed her gradual Kidney failure numerous times even after I asked them to look into some tell-tale symptoms that I felt might be important.(She would become lethargic and her breath would smell of ammonia) After many expensive tests their final diagnosis was "she had cushing's Disease", and that this was causing the symptoms that I was questioning. The Vet prescribed some pills for this disease. Much later a new Veterinarian came on board they said she never had Cushing's Disease and could not figure out why this diagnosis was ever made. After her last Senior Wellness Exam 03/18/10 (never was done) and several weeks after the tests were supposed to be back they (the staff) had given 5 different excuses why the test results never came back 1)It Just takes time, 2)their not back yet be patience, 3)oops we just found them apparently they were never sent, 4)We sent them again but they still haven't come back, and finally 5)Were very sorry but the lab lost them and you will have to bring Lucky back in so we can take a blood sample. After waiting again for the results of the new blood test, Another new Veterinarian, told us Lucky had E-Coli and we needed to come get some medicine to cure it. During all of this time I had a very serious family emergency that I had to keep postponing so with the final diagnosis I left for Seattle. My husband had been administering the E-Coli drugs to Lucky for a few days when the VCA called and told him to pick up some pills that had to be given to Lucky right away It was fortunate that He called me before he was to add them to her diet. These new pills that were supposed to be administered right away were actually double of the same pills my husband had been given her for E-Coli. He would of doubled up with no questions asked believing they knew what they were doing, I made him return them to VCA. If He had given them to her we would have over-dosed her because of their mistake again. Lucky became lethargic again on the 17Th of June and because I could not trust VCA we took her to Diamond Animal Hospital, on 2545 Tudor Rd where after 30 minutes they knew Lucky's kidneys were failing. She died early in the morning of the 19Th of June from Kidney failure. If I knew where to go for malpractice with animals I would do so immediately. Animal Dr's, like Human Dr's, have taken the same route "Don't question us or the medicine we prescribe, we have the training you don't"
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VCA not a good animal hospital
Posted by Anne on 2007-05-31
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA -- I am so devastated I can hardly go on. So if you have any information on bloat I need any thing I can find. I have already got a new vet.
This is a story about my 2 year old Irish setter I need you to tell me how I find a vet that listens to us show dog people. right now I feel like I will never go to a vet again.
Check with the Better Business Bureau they gave them an (F).
This was the most horrible thing that has ever happened to me in my 30+years in dogs. I have bred, trained, shown for 30 years. This is unacceptable to me.
My dog died because they did not acted fast enough.
Beaubriars Heart Of Meadow Run --Beau he was starting his show career.
Ch. Beaubrairs Christmas Snow X Ch. Beaubrairs Electrifying, JH
Friday on March 23 at 9:15 I came home from work let my dogs out to potty,
I fed them and left them in the crates for a little while.
Beau (pic above) started crying funny. I went out to get him brought him in the house he was acting really funny. He was crying like he was in pain. At 10:PM he was in my van in route to the VCA Lakewood emergency clinic. I called ahead to let them know I was on my way. I got there signed in told her I think he may be bloating; I know there is no time to wait. Dr. Perry was the only vet there I waited 10 min for him to come see me he took him back x-rayed him said there was gas in his stomach.He said he will give him some Ace so he can relax while he was x-raying him , I told him he would be OK without it, he gave it to him any way and he said he gave him some morphine for the pain. He said we have no surgeon, and I had to go to another hospital ,then I had to wait for the bill, the x-raysâ, the files I told him time is of the essence here but I was locked in and could even get out till I paid the bill. At which time I think he could have tubed him and may have saved his life.
He told me to go the All Care 24 care in Fountain Valley, again I waited. They took Beau in back said they would call me in the morning and would watch him over night. Well needless to say they called I at 5:30 AM to say he needed surgery and it would be $8000 up front, and that there would only be a %30 chance of him making it. I new at that point it was to late, he would either die on the table or be toxic from waiting to long. So I had to put him to sleep.
Now this is a show dog you can tell, he was just not off the street. I wonder why none of these vets acted faster than they did??? Do they not know about bloat? They had plenty of time to save him but they didn't even try.
As you can imagine I am just so sad. I have lost a very nice dog at the age of 2 he just about to start his show career. So not only am I out money for the dog but it cost me $800 for dead dog. And the loss of my companion and friend.
Other people have had bloat and saved there dog, I've been a breeder for over 30 years at no time have I ever encounter vets who didn't hurry at this kind of an emergency.
When the breeder was contacted she stated this was appalling and should never have happened. These vets are directly responsible for the death of my dog.
Also A [name removed] took her Irish Setter to McClave Clinic in Reseada , they new and in 20 min had him in surgery, it cost her $1800 and the dog is fine.
This is her web page where you can see my dogs mother and father and his grandfather who is the #3 Irish Setter in the country and won a group 4 at Westminster kennel club this year.
BIS/BSS CH. Saxony's Snow In August
Please do some thing so this does not keep happening, these people think they are above reproach and no one can touch them. I also have run into a few people who I have contacted about these people who have had there animals die from negligence.
Just what is a person to do? We trust them with our animal friends and they let them die.
Meadow Run Irish Setters