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jilldemo
17:03:11 Thu
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Neutering, a simple operation.

This week, a healthy young boxer male 2 1/2 years, went into a reputable Vetinary Surgery in Aberdeen to be neutered.
When time had come to pick him up, 7 hours later. The owner was told that complications had arose. The wound had turned to internal bleeding into the scrotum and another operation was needed, he would be kept overnight. A follow-up call was made after the 2nd Op, to see how it had gone. There was now further complications, the main artery at this wound was now leaking into his stomach and a 3rd Op will be needed. This 3rd Op was successful and they kept him for another night for observation.
When asked about the bill(which was expected to be spiralling to unknown heights) the vet's assistant said that there would be no addition to the original neutering bill. Aye, Hello. whilst this was a real bonus to the owner, the facts are that the 1st Op. was probably botched by the "practice" putting the poor victim at a real risk to his life. You think that when you make sure the vet knows that a standard muzzel or ACP is not acceptable to boxers, that you have covered all the bases. Not so.
After 2 days the Boxer got home, tired and sore. Hopefully he will heel with no further complications.
Please remember this, if you feel you must send your baby to the vet for a "SIMPLE" operation.

  
jacquie
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Jill
Thanky you so much for your help with this. I was so angry last night when I found out!
As you said, you think you have asked all the relevent questions only for something like this to happen:sad:
Guess you wont be recomending that vet then?

  
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The owner shopped around, and this was the most reasonable for such a simple operation.
Something else to watch for when entrusting "THE LIFE" of your baby.

  
jacquie
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I totally agree.


  
Dawn01
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yeah in most vets most of them are students and they do most of the ops



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gingerboy
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If anybody in South Wales wants a good vet let me know - Lynnes parents have used ours for the past 20 years and they have been superb. A friend of ours who is a farmer also uses them as do the local prison which has an open farm for the inmates.

The care they have given Molly and Tash has been 1st rate so no complaints about ours, fortunately they are a well established practice which seems to attract and retain quality staff. Just glad we have been so lucky.

That said the example Jill has posted does sound horrendous - how on earth a supposed competent and highly trained professional can make so many errors is beyond me!!

So far we have received first class service form our vets but I do know of others in the area that do have a reputation for not being as good. Ours is not the cheapest but as the old saying goes "you get what you pay for".

Ultimately though we all expect same standards of care regardless of geography and price - if only this was the case, their was an article in dogs today Jan issue all about the huge differences in standards of care and treatment of pets, unfortunately it did not make pleasent reading. The good news is that the powers that be are now investing more time and money in ensuring that new standards are enforced / adhered to - only time will tell how effective they will be, fingers crossed they get rid of some fo the dead wood so to speak.

Jill I hope the boxer in question makes a speedy recovery and finds a vets that can / will provide a substantially better level of care and expertise in the future.

anyway enough from me - take care all, Paul

  
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It's shocking!!!

There were a couple in our village who owner a white boxer called Casper - he was the first one I ever saw. When I got Sasha, I was desperate for them to meet her, but then I saw them with a brindle.

When I met them at the vets one day, the husband nearly broke down when he saw Sasha and could hardly stroke her. Apparently Casper (age 7) had been for basic op on his leg and, due to complications and illness from the bodged op, ended up being put down to stop his pain!!!! I couldn't believe such a sad story. The scary thing was that the vets we were going to chose (their prices seemed more reasonable) were the ones that killed Casper.

In the end we chose the same vets we used for my Katie because of the kind way they treated her when we had to lose her - Caspers owners had just joined our practise because she had heard of their wonderful reputation, so we feel safe.

Such a tragic thing that animals should suffer at the hands of these monsters - if it were humans they wouldn't stay in practise. Whilst I don't know the ins and outs of this particular story or the full extent of Caspers story, we should bear in mind that complications do arise beyond anyones understanding and that this happens in humans to - not everything can be foreseen. Again, I don't know what happened in this poor boys case, but it sounds absolutely tragic.

I hope he is well on his way to a full recovery and that his owners have the peace of mind to trust another vet in the future.

Karen :wave:




  

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