This past week, our family lost our wonderful five year old Maltipoo, Cooper. He went to the vet for a normal teeth cleaning and because of the office's negligence, he is now gone. The vet explained that a cap on the anesthesia should've been open but was closed. This caused a build up of pressure in the anesthesia bag and his lungs, leading to cardio collapse. There was no monitoring of any type. My biggest fear is that my little guy suffered. Our vet said he did not believe he did but it is difficult for me to trust him at this point. Has anyone had any experience with this? Apparently, he was given a sedative and an injection prior to the gas anesthesia, so I am hoping this knocked him out and he did not know what was happened. He was a wonderful little boy, full of life and love, and is now gone forever. If anyone has any information, it would be greatly appreciated.
I am soooo extremely sorry for your loss. There is nothing worse then losing someone due to another's negligence. I do believe your vet when he tells you your dog did not suffer. I am sure his death did not happen immediately when given the inhalant anesthetic so therefore he would have been already asleep and would have not known or felt anything at that point. I am also glad that your vet told you the truth about what happened and did not lie to you about the cause of death. Not that that makes you feel any better.
I am so sorry for your loss! It is horribly plainful to lose a pet, especially when it was unexpected like with your guy.
Vets are only human like the rest of us and DO make mistakes. We dint like to hear this when our pets lives are in their hands, but sadly its true. Everyone makes errors and most of us are lucky enough that no one knows or the error is small enough that it isnt a big deal.
I am very glad the vet was honest with you, that was very big of him. He could have easily said it was a normal comlication from the anesthesia but he chose to tell you the truth.
It wont bring your baby back, but makes your vet a good one in my book, if nothing else, just for his honesty.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain.
I'm sure it will be hard for us in the future anytime anesthesia is used. I know now to ask lots of questions beforehand and make sure the new vet monitors the animal at all times. Our vet had no monitoring.
I am SO sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine what you are going through, but you have my sympathies. As much as people say that at least the vet was honest, I would have a difficult time going back to him. Yes, we do all make mistakes, but hopefully they don't have a life/death outcome. There just isn't room for error in the operating room and when something happens, it would be hard to return with another dog.
I have a friend who is a dental hygienist and she cleans dogs teeth. She loves dogs and has a great calming effect on them. There are people that would like to make money on the side, and if dogs are calm, ask them if they would be willing to clean teeth.
I have never had the teeth cleaned by a vet, as I have heard of this happening too much and we all know there is a risk with general anesthesia.
He is your friend, partner, defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devot
I lost my little Lilly (2 1/2 years) this past Wednesday on a routine dental cleaning. She was the light of our life. She was so cute, very tiny, full of energy, and always happy. I took care of her and my other Yorkie like they were my children. I was in shock when the Vet called and asked me to "Sit down" I was hysterical. My sweet little soul was so frightened going to the vet, so I brought my other dog to keep her comfortable and not feel alone. I wish I NEVER took her to have this done, but the Vet always said that teeth cleaning is imperative in the health of the dog. Lilly died 12 minutes into the procedure. She has had two previous anesthetics in the past without any issues. My regular Vet, who I trusted, with my life was no longer working at the Clinic. I was told that this new Vet had 8 years of experience. I never even got to meet her before Lilly's procedure. We asked that an autopsy be done, at an independent clinic unassociated with this clinic. We asked many questions. I work as a nurse, in pediatric anesthesia, so I was aware of the procedures and drugs. I found out that they sent Lilly over the the University for an autopsy. The Doctor called me at home stating that Lilly had a slightly enlarged heart, and the cause of death was a cardiomyopathy. We were upset to find that this doctor is on staff at the Clinic we had Lilly done. The Owner of the Clinic called as well. I expressed my extreme anger that our wishes were not granted. We wanted an independant lab to do this autopsy. The pathologist called me again, later that night telling me that Lilly had a VERY enlarged heart. The information kept changing. I asked him if he did a drug toxicology or biopsy of Lilly's heart to determine this diagnosis, and he said that this was not done. I know Lilly was not monitored during the procedure because I have her chart. The technician did the cleaning and I don't think the Vet was in the room. Any information for how we should handle this would be greatly appreciated. I contacted my friend, also a VET, and she is going to review the chart. I know it is soon after Lilly's death, but her life was cut short too soon. I feel VERY GUILTY about bringing her in. If i didn't , she would still be with me today. I am sooooo devastated. I want her back. I can't stop crying. My entire family is completely devastated. Little Gucci (my other dog seems so depressed, and has been looking for Lilly in the house. She won't leave my side. I've requested that another autopsy be done. If there has been negligence, we feel we have to stop this in order to save the next pet that comes in. Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Grief stricken--Nicole
I had the light of my life die during a tooth extraction about 4 years ago, but I didn't blame the vet. I knew there are ALWAYS RISKS WITH GENERAL ANESTHESIA.... even humans just die some times due to bad reactions or what ever. It's risky. People die from anesthesia getting cosmetic surgery. It can happen.
Still doesn't bring your dog back.
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I just lost my Ally this past Monday after a dental cleaning :(
Ally was five years old and she was a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This was her second teeth cleaning (first was at age 3) and she was spayed...so she had no previous issues with anethesia (other than being VERY tired after words).
I waited an extra year to do this cleaning because it scares me SO much to put such small dogs under (she was the runt of the litter, so she only weighed 12 lbs). During my yearly with Ally this past November, the vets took a look at her teeth and said there was one tooth that was bad, but not THAT bad and I would need to schedule a dental. The vet even said "Not right away or anything, but maybe mid next year". The vets that did the cleaning did say that that one bad tooth fell out, which they were surprised about...because they remarked it didn't look that bad either. They said the rest of her teeth were fine and that her gums were fine...no infections or pus or anything like that.
Her teeth cleaning was done around 2pm and she came out of the anesthesia without any issues. We were told we could pick her up at 5.
I went to the vet at 5 with my mom (the vet was near my parents' house and that's where she went the first time for her teeth cleaning and my mom thinks highly of this vet).
They brought her out and her tail was wagging and she wanted to get to me, just like normal. I held her as they went over the post-op care.
We went outside and she peed outside (and walked like she was drunk, which mom said was normal).
We got into my car and I passed her off to my mom, the passenger, to hold as I drove us back to my parents' house. A 10 minute drive, if that.
We didn't even make it home. She make a weird snoring sound and then went completely limp in my mom's lap and peed all over her. We both kept calling her name (her eyes were open) and rubbing her chest, but nothing was working.
I sped back to the vet...going 80 in a 35 with my hazards on. We got back to the vet in about 5 minutes. They took her back and worked on her for about 15 minutes....they came back out and said that she was gone and they never even got close to bringing her back.
At first, I didn't want them to do an autopsy because the thought of them cutting into my baby made me sick....but I changed my mind yesterday and gave the permission. Maybe Ally could teach them something...and maybe save another dog and another dog's owner from this horrific situation.
So far, they have found NOTHING. Her heart was fine, lungs were clear....nothing. They took various tissue samples and sent them off to UGA...should hear back in 1-2 weeks.
I have heard and read stories of dogs coding on the table..but even the vets said this was a new one on them....Ally was fine for over 3 hours.
Has anyone else every experienced this? I know I will get another dog, someday...and I know I'm going to be absolutly terrified to do another dental cleaning again.
What a tragedy!!! My heart goes out to you !!! IT sounds like your vet "manned up" and told you it was their fault, that is commendable. The negligence however, is unforgiveable !! Teeth cleaning is important, and you were very responsible to schedule this. Vets can now do anesthesia free teeth cleaning,they do it while your dog is awake and, although dogs don't love it, it isn't bad! Many vets do this. If your vet doesn't, call around and find one who does.
Give yourself time to process this unimaginable grief, and then honor your fur-baby by bringing a new furry life into your heart and home.
On Saturday May.11,2013 My daughter took her 2 pound Tiny Toy Poodle in for a dental cleaning at Banfield Hospital in Natomas Petsmart only to receieve a call no more than 2 hours later stating that we needed to come to the hospital right away due to the fact that the dog had just went into cardiac arrest. Now,mind you that this dog had no previous health problems.We are desvastated behind this and can't figure out why this happened.They stated that his veins started collapsing and he started bleeding out of control.You think that you're doing what is best for the dog by listening to the doctor and you end up having to bury your best friend. My daughter's dog was like my grandkid and I am furious to know that these people could be so careless if it is indeed their fault. We are waiting on the autoposy report and if it is their fault they will be served with a law suit. I have my own pet and now that I've seen how this has affected my daughter and the damage it has done to our family mentally I would never ever take my beloved dog there...