I had a weimaraner whose uterus was torn during the delivery of her puppies. She had gotten an infection and was sent home on an IV with lots of antibiotics. The infection was gotten rid of and the veterinarian recommended spaying her. I agreed, so I took her to get fixed. I picked her up at 1:00-2:00 that day. She seemed fine until about 8:30 that night. All of a sudden she had a small bowel movement with stringy blood in it. I immediately called the vet & he was to meet me at his office. As soon as I had hung up the phone, she started having difficulty breathing. My husband started CPR on her and continued to do it until we got to his office 8 minutes or so later. His efforts did no good, she was dead. The only explanation he had after looking at blood here and there throughout her bowels, was that she suddenly died from developing DIC. I think that he accidentally clipped a small spot on the intestines since the blood was there and pooled up in her abdominal cavity. Very little of the blood had clotted. It was like she had slowly bled to death from very small cut. Can anyone shed some light on this for me? I loved her so much!!!!!
Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know there is risk involved with surgeries but if in fact he did nick that colon,shouldn't he be held responsible? Is there such a thing as malpratice lawsuits when Vets are involved?
I am so sorry!! I know how you feel, something similar happened to my GSD after her spay. It was just a "routine" spay, no pregnancy or anything. It is just devastating to lose a treasured pet that way.
I filed a complaint with the state vet board and after an investigation they said he was negligent and did not perform to the "standard of care" His punishment? He had to take a remedial class!!! I was going to take him to small claims court but my husband was very ill at the time and I never did.
Accidents happen. In this case, I would question if a proper blood panel and workup was performed PRIOR TO her surgery. I know that it seems hard, but if you are serious about taking them to court, ect, than you should have an autopsy performed. Nicking the bowl [and leaving it unchecked] is serious, and I'd think would put your vet on grounds to be sued.
My Shih Tzu was spayed after a difficult delievery. I was helped to prep when a vet tech literally came running into the room with the blood panel results. Her blood was too thin - if they had continued with the surgery she would have bled out on the table. Thankfully we were able to complete the surgery a week later. Sometimes the little things can make a big difference.
My condolences. I can't say enough how sorry I am.I also had a terrible experience having one of my females spayed. Basically her insides wound up on her outside.I had to have emergency sugery done on her. It was a nightmare. She opened right up.Then 8 months later I had to pts due to bladder cancer.In all honesty even though that happened to Noey ,which was a freak accident, I would still opt to have any female dog spayed and any male nuetered.Accidents do happen .
I'm so sorry for your loss !!! I had a person who bought a Yorkie from me who died after she was spayed. she never woke up. I felt so bad becasue I require a spay/neuter contract( and still do). The vet never did the blood test that was asked for, and didn't stay with the pup until it woke up. Yorkies can sometimes have a hard time coming out of the general. They got all their $$ back and the price of the pup, from the vet. ( because of failing to due the pre-spay blood work.) It doesn't happen that often, but it seems to be the small ones if it does. take care
I'm so sorry for your loss...it is heartbreaking to lose a mama after giving birth. As for the DIC, your vet may be telling you the truth. Here is a link to a website that is fairly simple to understand. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000573.htm As a nurse, I know that DIC is often referred to as "death is coming", by healthcare professionals. Your blood basically starts clotting anywhere in your body, not just where the incision/injury is, and your blood also sends out "messengers" to thin the blood for no reason. Not many people pull out of DIC, it is an awful occurence. If there was a small cut on her bowel and she hadn't had DIC, then the blood could have been easily stopped. However, if she did have DIC, this small cut would have been lethal, as the blood does not clot where it's supposed to. Again, I am sorry for your loss, and I hope this information sheds some light on the DIC issue.