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        01-06-2013, 11:13 PM
      #41
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by prettydecoy    
    I am so sorry for your loss. Vets are only human just like the rest of us. And as such, they make mistakes. The most horrific animal death I have ever witnessed was a botched castration. Perfectly routine, textbook procedure. Vet was fresh out of school, came highly recommended by the regular vet who couldn't do the procedure that day. He missed an enlarged inguinal ring and the animal was eviscerated. He didn't believe me when I called to say the poor creature's guts were out. I waited an hour for him to come back. Another hour for the vet to clean the intestines and stuff them back in. He ended up dying in my arms... with only two stitches to go. I will never, ever forget walking into the barn that day and seeing him stagger to his feet and trying to come to me with his guts hanging out. It still haunts me in my dreams and was nearly two years ago... Do I blame the vet? Not really. Yes, it was entirely preventable, but we all make mistakes. I bet you that vet will NEVER make that mistake again. It is a shame that an innocent creature I loved had to suffer so horrifically, but his ultimate sacrifice made the world better for other creatures.........
    Thank you SO MUCH for this. People expect vets to be PERFECT. And doctors... Oh my lord, especially doctors. Being a vet/doctor/medical anything is the only professions people expect humans to be perfect and throw a lawsuit when they aren't, and it just can't happen. People will make mistakes no matter how hard they try not to. A vet is a person just like you or me.

    My old dog had a major issue with his ear - an autoimmune thing that made it extremely painful to open his mouth. Our vet had NO idea what it was, and we spent SO much money trying to figure out what he had. For months we tried, until he figured it out - but it was too late, and he had to be put to sleep. But not long after that, another Mastiff came into the vet with the same issue, and he knew exactly how to treat it. It was awful, and we all wish he could have found it sooner. It was something he had never seen before and he was looking at a jaw infection instead of the inner ear. He had every reason to suspect a jaw issue. Like you said, I bet he will NEVER make that same mistake again, and will double check ear/jaw issues from now on. An awful circumstance but because of it he was able to save the next dog. We still love the vet and go to him even though it's a long drive after moving - he really did go above and beyond for the dog, doing tests and research on his own time that he didn't charge us for, even sending some to other states and overseas.

    It's all a matter of finding the right veterinarian. Had he made the same mistake again (like the vet improperly euthanizing several horses) we likely would have not gone back.
         
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        01-07-2013, 05:38 AM
      #42
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Shoebox    
    Thank you SO MUCH for this. People expect vets to be PERFECT. And doctors... Oh my lord, especially doctors. Being a vet/doctor/medical anything is the only professions people expect humans to be perfect and throw a lawsuit when they aren't, and it just can't happen. People will make mistakes no matter how hard they try not to. A vet is a person just like you or me.

    My old dog had a major issue with his ear - an autoimmune thing that made it extremely painful to open his mouth. Our vet had NO idea what it was, and we spent SO much money trying to figure out what he had. For months we tried, until he figured it out - but it was too late, and he had to be put to sleep. But not long after that, another Mastiff came into the vet with the same issue, and he knew exactly how to treat it. It was awful, and we all wish he could have found it sooner. It was something he had never seen before and he was looking at a jaw infection instead of the inner ear. He had every reason to suspect a jaw issue. Like you said, I bet he will NEVER make that same mistake again, and will double check ear/jaw issues from now on. An awful circumstance but because of it he was able to save the next dog. We still love the vet and go to him even though it's a long drive after moving - he really did go above and beyond for the dog, doing tests and research on his own time that he didn't charge us for, even sending some to other states and overseas.

    It's all a matter of finding the right veterinarian. Had he made the same mistake again (like the vet improperly euthanizing several horses) we likely would have not gone back.
    I worked in the medical profession for many years at a teaching facility to be specific. Perhaps the problem is with Arizona. The clinic that 'treated' our mare was considered top notch and perhaps by AZ standards they were. Roode and Riddle in Lexington saved two of our horses and for that we are forever grateful.

    The situation with our lovely mare was a situation that could have been avoided. When another vet called the hospital to report the mare had pus 'flowing' from the incision and they argue about it - that's a red flag. It's also a red flag when another owner tells you the same thing happened to their horse after abdominal surgery by this group.

    We're not the types to sue but I can honestly hope these people if hospitalized receive the same level of care they provided our mare.
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        01-07-2013, 05:48 AM
      #43
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by prettydecoy    
    I am so sorry for your loss. Vets are only human just like the rest of us. And as such, they make mistakes. The most horrific animal death I have ever witnessed was a botched castration. Perfectly routine, textbook procedure. Vet was fresh out of school, came highly recommended by the regular vet who couldn't do the procedure that day. He missed an enlarged inguinal ring and the animal was eviscerated. He didn't believe me when I called to say the poor creature's guts were out. I waited an hour for him to come back. Another hour for the vet to clean the intestines and stuff them back in. He ended up dying in my arms... with only two stitches to go. I will never, ever forget walking into the barn that day and seeing him stagger to his feet and trying to come to me with his guts hanging out. It still haunts me in my dreams and was nearly two years ago... Do I blame the vet? Not really. Yes, it was entirely preventable, but we all make mistakes. I bet you that vet will NEVER make that mistake again. It is a shame that an innocent creature I loved had to suffer so horrifically, but his ultimate sacrifice made the world better for other creatures.........
    I understand what you're saying but I hated the smug, "I couldn't possibly have made a mistake" attitude from this vet. It was all about CYA and not, let's get in there and take care of this. Oh, I forgot that he was clear enough of mind to say he'd open her again for an additional $10,000.

    If a vet wants to gain additional knowledge, let them do it on their own animals or the animals of people who are prepared for the carnage. Our girl would have had a better end if I just put a slug in her skull. :(
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        01-07-2013, 06:06 AM
      #44
    Foal
    Apologizes for the rant. It's close to the anniversary date of our loss. I guess what set me off although not intended was the comment "it's unfortunate". Losing any animal due to neglect of a professional - and it was neglect - is cruel to both horse and owner. Thanks for listening...
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        01-07-2013, 02:44 PM
      #45
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by 66Domino    
    Apologizes for the rant. It's close to the anniversary date of our loss. I guess what set me off although not intended was the comment "it's unfortunate". Losing any animal due to neglect of a professional - and it was neglect - is cruel to both horse and owner. Thanks for listening...
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    There is no need to apologize to me! ((hugs))
         
        01-07-2013, 06:25 PM
      #46
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by prettydecoy    
    There is no need to apologize to me! ((hugs))
    Hugs for you too! Sorry you went through something similar.
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