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 (ex. glucose meter) to help them determine what amount of medication to administer (insulin) should be a part of the Fairness to Pet Owners Act.
Please enforce the FDA Regulations in relation to off label use of human medications in animals( especially human insulin which may not require a prescription).
Ideally, please go on to support a "Best Practice" standard to establish and treat a diagnosis of Diabetes which is presently loosely regulated.
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 right from the start of treatment 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 and this is why FDA APPROVED animal insulin exists. My dog was placed on human insulin and had a complete break down which his VCA doctor did not even attempt to correct. I was told I could "SLING HIM AROUND" when he couldn't walk.
DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR ANIMAL WHILE YOUR SEEKING HELP FOR YOUR VERY HEALTHY SENIOR DOG WHO IS HAVING AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO A MEDICATION THAT IS NOT FDA APPROVED FOR DOGS
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. In fact I had to ask the Ct. Dept. of Health to assist me in obtaining my animals records.
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 was able to walk again for short distances.
He had swelling around his eyes, had a drunken gait, had extreme hind end weakness, didn't like receiving the shot, 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. VCA left him a crisis without acknowledging what they had done. My primary veterinarian wouldn't take us back and claimed that he was now a "complicated case". VCA redirected me back to them. This was taking place while my animal was in a crisis and they wouldn't give me his records.
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. I ultimately proved my case!
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. . I was unable to obtain my records from VCA and had to request the Dept. of Health to assist me. I was given 10 pages of others animals records along with some of my dogs records and a link to my dogs diagnostics records that expired after a time period instead of a hard copy. There was a physicians name on the prescribing log that I had never even met and the radiologists opinion was not on my dogs discharge sheet. There was a recommended emergency prescription in my dogs case notes but it was never dispensed to me nor was it called in to the pharmacy. I called three times during the week to make sure my dogs records were there when I arrived and they weren't.
IT WAS VERY DISHEARTENING TO DISCOVER THAT VCA MAY BE UNDERMING THEIR OWN STOCK HOLDERS, VETERINARIANS, AND THE PUBLIC THAT THEY SERVE.
I SHOULD HAVE RESEARCHED VCA BEFORE I TOOK MY ANIMAL THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"The Nation’s 10 Most Overpaid CEOs" CLICK ON LINK ABOVE
"VCA Inc.: Gentle giant or takeover threat? " CLICK ON LINK ABOVE
"When VCA Antech, Inc. bought MediMedia Animal Health and its Vetstreet.com business in July for $146 million, Vetstreet's data from nearly 5,000 practices moved under the same corporate umbrella as the nation's largest chain of stand-alone veterinary hospitals." CLICK ON LINK ABOVE
"One of the largest providers of veterinary diagnostic laboratory services in the United States is winning suits against clinics and clinic owners who sought to cancel extended service contracts with the company before their terms were up." CLICK ON LINK ABOVE
"VCA: Why This Pet-Care Provider Is Seeing New Highs In Market "
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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? CLICK ON LINK ABOVE
The AVMA DOES NOT support this bill, they think it is an administrative burden.
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(I joined the K9Diabetes Forum and discovered another persons dog did terrible with human insulin as well / Soaphie & Sydney's Mom/click on the link above)
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.
ABOUT LARYNGEAL PARALYSIS AND THYROID HORMONES
The physicians failed to assess my dogs thyroid level prior to insulin administration which complicated matters; perhaps this is why he wasn't supplemented and was allowed to cascade into a crisis. Had I not taken action when they told me I could "sling him around".he may have died or required emergency laryngeal paralysis surgery known as a tie back surgery (they sow the folds in the throat back so the animal can breathe).
He was very high functioning before he clearly had an allergic reaction to the HUMAN INSULIN which may have impacted his thyroid functioning. He was treated with Benadryl which reduced the swelling around his eyes but did not remedy the other aspects of the decline.
** Please note that I am not a doctor and a licensed professional with a good work history should be consulted for their professional opinion. You may want to research scholarly articles before making any serious decisions as well as get a second opinion.
** This petition may change over time as more information becomes available. I did my best to utilize credible sources please verify what is being read for accuracy.
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