Redefine the Fairness to Pet Owners Act so that it is inclusive of misdiagnosed animals
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Prescribing the MOST efficient tools to pet owners to help determine medication administration should be part of the Fairness to Pet Owners Act.
For example: Diabetic animals require a glucometer to have their blood tested regularly so that their medication can be administered effectively. Using glucometers is not standard practice. I was instructed to use urine testing and its LIMITATIONS WERE NOT explained to me. Humans use blood testing in conjunction with urine testing why wouldn't animals?
I was also not given a choice of insulin (human or animal). Animal insulin is most like an animals composition which reduces the risk of complications.
In addition, if the American Veterinary Medical Associations ethics called "The Principles" were being utilized my animals quality of life may have been maintained instead of seriously impaired. My dogs primary physician should have been able to educate me and evaluate my animal; I did not need to see a specialist. Had proper intervention been established early on his quality of life may have been protected. He was very high functioning until he was given insulin. Once he entered into a crisis we were not treated with respect.
PLEASE INCLUDE ENFORCING THE AVMA ETHICS IN THE FAIRNESS TO PET OWNERS ACT
In my animals circumstances because he immediately declined and presented with an allergic reaction having a glucometer on hand would have been ideal in addition to being on the insulin that is designed for his species (not humans) may have prevented the allergic reaction. Supplementing him with thyroid medication which was prescribed by another doctor significantly helped him.
He had rapidly lost weight, went blind, couldn't walk on his own and suffered further complications. Without further diagnosis and additional medication being prescribed my animal could have died.
The initial prescribing specialist said I could sling him around and failed to give me a prescription she had noted in her case notes. The prescribers name at the pharmacy was a doctor I had never even met. I was given 10 pages of other animals records and they wouldn't release his diagnostic records to me. The Connecticut Dept. of Health did not verify that I received them in a timely manner which I did not; years passed and I still didn't get them in form that could be reviewed for clinical assessment.
It is also important for medication to be distributed responsibly when diagnosis has not yet been determined. Treating the symptoms incorrectly may in fact exasperate the underlying cause. Before sending me to a specialist, my animals primary physician prescribed prednisone which should not be given to a diabetic dog. He also treated him aggressively with antibiotics for a tic disease that he does not have a titer for.
PLEASE REVISE THE FAIRNESS TO PET OWNERS ACT
Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S. 1200)
"Introduced in House (07/23/2015) Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2015 Directs the Federal Trade Commission to require prescribers of animal drugs to verify prescriptions and provide copies of prescriptions to pet owners, pet owner designees, and pharmacies, without the prescriber demanding payment or establishing other conditions. Applies these requirements to medication for a domesticated household animal that consumers are not allowed to purchase without a prescription.
Treats a violation of this Act as an unfair or deceptive act or practice under the Federal Trade Commission Act."
All veterinarians are expected to adhere to a progressive code of ethical conduct known as the"Principles" . This is a great concept if it is utilized and enforced.
* Did you know that animals are considered property(similar to a car)and historically there have been few legal ramifications for malpractice. How does this translate into how owners and animals are treated?
**** ALWAYS BE SURE TO (obtain a copy)OF THE REFERRAL FORM FROM THE PRIMARY DOCTOR TO THE SPECIALTY PHYSICIAN TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS ACCURATE before they start examining your animal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE BENEFIT MUST OUTWEIGH THE RISK!!
In addition to the treatment we endured, I now find it concerning that my personal experience included an entity that predominantly influences the market and claims to be setting a standard of care(they have over 700 small animal veterinary hospitals across the United States and Canada, a nationwide clinical laboratory and diagnostic imaging company). According to one source, VCA has "1 of the 10 most over paid CEO's". In fact the CEO is also the chairman and the president of Veterinary Centers of America Antech Inc. .
IT IS CONCERNING WHEN A COMPANIES EMPLOYEES FILE AN ONGOING LAW SUITE AGAINST THEM BECAUSE THEY FEEL VIOLATED. I wonder how this effects their work performance?
The AVMA DOES NOT support this bill, they think it is an administrative burden
Animal based insulin's have been used safely and effectively for over 70 years although some animals and people may have better results with other kinds. Vetsulin is the only FDA approved insulin for animals.
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