I would like anyone to know that loves animals of the torture that my Holly and I had to endure thanks to ignorance that could have well been avoided.
I went to a Vet with my beloved animal for a skin infection that had been a continuing problem that had been easily treated in the past. After a consult with a "qualified" physician, she was prescribed a medication which I was not familiar with. Being a healthcare worker myself, I inquired as to any adverse reactions my girl may have. I was told, and I quote "just keep her wet, it tends to dry the eyes out".
After returning home and within a 24 hour period, 2 doses later, my girl had bled out her eyes/ears/into her kidney's, stomach, liver, anywhere she could bleed into or out of she had. I returned to the same vet on an emergency basis and was given a gammet of diagnosis ranging from TIA stroke to herniated disc. At this point my animal could not walk from bleeding into her spinal cord and was unable to see from the bleeding into the eyes. Upon my insistance, I transferred her to a Critical Care Facility where within 10 minutes was diagnosed with a "medication reaction.
I was given other possible diagnosis' which were all ruled out. After 3 weeks in a critical care unit, $7000.00 later, I brought my girl home with sitters while I worked and had to teach her to walk again, along with the fact that she had lost her haring and had to be taught sign language to get by.
Within 6 months, my best friend, my companion, my love was diagnosed with Lymphoma. I will eternally hold the vet that prescribed this drug responsible for the hardship we had to endure over the next 2 years. $18,000.00 later, I have lost my girl who continued to fight the whole way. This establishment would not even return a phone call when I inquired.
I contacted and pursued "malpractice" and when the vets were contacted that concluded it was a response to the medication, they backed out of their original opinions. THIS MEDICATION IS THE THE PDR OF VETERINARY MEDICINES, the top line says: "contraindicated for Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler breeds. No Sulfa drug is safe for these breeds. It was in plain, bold writing and it was ignored...
I truly hope that by writing this information that I can help another owner to avoid the hardship, heartache and loss that I have endured.
Aside from the $18,000.00 in treatments, I have lost my closest and best friend. It was like losing a child. I would like very much to recoop my losses in expenses for treatment and care that I feel Pet Centre is responsible for regarding my Holly.
Please help, NurseeVick@aol.com.