I am morning the loss of my 3 year old companion name Lucky. He was a border collie. I took him to a local vet on Wednesday to be neutered. When I picked him up I thought his breathing sounded funny. He refused food Wednesday night and all day and night Thursday. He still didn't seem to feel good Thursday night. I called the vet Thursday afternoon to ask them about him not eating. They said it was normal and he might not eat until Friday. Thursday night his breathing was raspy. I was going to take him back to the vet Friday. He died sometime in the night or early morning. I have now found out that a lot of local people have lost their pets after having this vet care for them. What is he doing wrong. I can not reach him to ask him questions he out of town at a wedding. I am so heart broken and confused. What happened to my baby? I thought neutering was supposed to be a simple proceedure.
Neutering and spaying are the two most commonly performed surgical procedures vets do. It is extremely unusual for people to loose a dog during altering surgery, but usally it is caused by an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. Did you have preanesthetic testing done on your dog? If others have had problems with this vet though it might have been nothing to do with normal surgery.
I am so sorry for your loss. I would try and get in contact with the vet or just show up at the office when they reopen to find out what happened. I have a female boxer who was spayed last month, there is a preanasthetic that should not be used on boxers called Acepromazine. In Boxers, it tends to cause a problem called first degree heart block, a potentially serious arrhythmia of the heart. It also causes a profound hypotension (severe lowering of the blood pressure) in many Boxers that are given the drug. Acepromazine or Ace causes the above problems for boxers. I'm not sure if it causes these problems for other breeds.
The vet asked me about doing some blood work before the operation but he didn't act like it was important. So I declined the blood work. I thought my baby was healthy and all he indicated was that the blood work was to check for anemia or infection. He didn't mention that it was to check for possible side effects. I have been beating myself up all weekend. When my pain goes away in the distant future I will make sure and find me a more competent and informative vet. But I do intend to talk to this one as soon as I can reach him. P.S. I had e-mailed a Border Collie Kennel and asked them the same questions. They just responded to me with the same possibility of the anesthesia causing the problem. They say that Border Collies are very prone to this. I sure wish the vet had given me that same information. Before I purchased him I bought several books about Border Collies and non of them mentioned the anesthesia problem.
So sorry to hear about your loss. I understand what you are going through. A month ago I had the devestating experience of loosing my 6 month old Cavalier girl when I took her to get speyed. She didn't even get to have the op started - apparently her heart stopped soon after the anaesthetic was given. She was an incredibly healthy, happy girl, and I went through the same feelings of guilt - I am still tormented. No one told me about testing prior to anaesthetic. I didn't even know it was possible. And no one told me that we might not be bringing her home - we just got the phone call 2 hours after dropping her off. I don't know if I'll ever be able to put a dog through an anaesthetic again, and I'm scared to death to take my 2 yo Cav to the vet now.
Does anyone know about how much the blood work costs before having your dog fixed? I have two poms I am planning on having the procedure done on in June. It will already cost me a fortune to have two dogs operated on. I am on a fixed budget and just not sure if i can afford blood work if it costs a lot! A "ruff" estimate would be appreciated if you are familiar with these tests! So sorry about your dog!
I am soooo sorry! If you can contact some people who went to this vet who's dogs and cats have died, do so. See if they are mad. (Which they should be heh) Then, try and see if the reason your dog died be because border collies are prone to anestesia. If not, for example, the vet performed a bad surgery, I would most definetly file a lawsuit. (Get the people who are mad involved, this vet needs to go back to school if it isn't the breed's own problems.)
isn't there a way to sue them for mal-pratice??? i mean...it seems to me that it was the vets fault. personally i wouldn't go back to that vet. testing the dogs should be manatory before any type of operations.
yes vets can be sued for malpractice. she would have to take her dog to another vet have them perform an necropsy (autopsy), take sample of organ tissues and have them sent to a lab to have examined. it could have been an allergic reaction to the anesthesia but generally when an animal has an allergic reaction to anesthesia they usually die right away not a day and a half later. just like people allergic to bee stings. if i had to make a guess i would think the dog had organ failure due to the anesthetic. the kidneys are the primary organs which filter the anesthetic thru the dog's system and expel it. if his kidneys were compromised in any way that would have made him a risk under anesthesia. most people wouldn't think a 3 year old dog would be having kidney problems so that is why her vet probable didn't push the bloodwork. a normal active dog on the outside you would think would be healthy on the inside as well. kdiney problems don't even show signs of sickness in most animals until 75 % of the kidneys are affected so you never know.he could also have bled out if one of the inside sutures was not tied tightly and slipped off. there is no real way of knowing w/out a necropsy.
I am sure I can't sue this vet. Unfortunatly, I can't do the pet autopsy now. I have already buried him. I was in such a distress of losing him that my father in law and a coworker came right over and kind of took over for me in finding a suitable place to bury him. I didn't handle it so well. You would have thought he was my blood child. I did ask around town and found differant situations involving this vet. And I located a young lady that works at a vet in a neighbor town that enlightened me some on this vet and his practices. Needless to say when I decide I can handle getting another pet I will be making the drive to the next town where I have found a good part of this town already goes.
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. FWIW, whether or not you performed the pre-anaesthesia bloodwork you may STILL have lost your dog to side effects so don't beat yourself up over your decision to deny bloodwork. The animal hospital I am associated with has lost many clients in recent years because they now refuse to perform anaesthetic on any pet over 5 years of age without bloodwork. And, on pets with audible heart murmer, they require an ultrasound and sometimes EKG before they will put a dog under anaesthetic. One of my clients recently paid nearly 600 total to have his 14 year old dogs teeth cleaned.... and they were in pretty good shape! I am torn in the decision making process..... I believe it's great to try to prevent anything from happening to our pets in whatever way possible... but, many people just simply can not afford to pay high medical costs and it's better to have the animal spayed/neutered without the bloodwork than not to be altered at all. I would rather risk losing an older animal under anaesthesia than let's say losing him/her to blood infection because of bad teeth. There has to be some sort of balance. Basic veterinary care should not be denied to any of our pets, it should be an important part of the decision making process when deciding to get a pet and it just breaks my heart when I see an animal put to death by lethal injection because an owner can not afford to pay a vet bill.
I know what you mean about putting the dog to sleep. I just couldn't bear doing that. Plus I think that takes things out of God's hands. Even if I don't have the money, I would rather cut back on some other expense and pay for the medicine to try and make them better and not be in pain than put them to sleep. But I know a lot of people think differantly. Of course the reason I feel that way may be because I haven't actually been in that situation. I apreciate your telling me to not beat myself up cause I sure have done plenty of that. He just died last week. I have a nice cross marker with his name at his grave and everyday when I get home from work I go pick some wild flowers and lay them on his grave. He really was my best friend.