Justice For Jack
Justice For Jack
The vetinary surgeons board needs to have a complete overhaul. There needs to be more focus on the structures and protocols they have in place. They need more information available to the public and to be properly monitored and screened to make sure they are following proper procedures and providing humane and professional care. At the moment there is not enough information provided on this department, they arent held accountable for negligence or malpractice, they need more governing and monitoring in place to protect our pets.
In July 2020, I had to take my parents 9 year old Schitzu X foxy (Jack) to the vet as he was looking very unwell. I spent over $300 for the vet to do a blood test and tell me he should be hospitalised as he had pancreatitis. As Jack wasnt my pet I took him home to let my parents know what was happening.
I took my Mum and Jack to the same vet the very next day where she told my Mum he needed to have blood tests to determine the issue and the outcome was exactly the same as the day prior.. however, instead of hospitalising Jack like she had told me the day before, the vet charged my Mum another $300+ and instructed her to take him home and bring him back to her at another vetinary practice close by when they opened the following day so she could place him on a drip for the day to help him.
So for the next 4 days my Mum was instructed to bring Jack to the vet where he was placed on a drip for the day and Mum would need to collect him at close of business as there is no one present after hours. My Mum was also charged around $300 every day that Jack spent in the vetinary practice.
On the Sunday, the vet was closed and Jack lay in his bed suffering and slowly dying. It was horrific to see, he was quite a small dog as it was but, he had lost so much weight; he couldnt walk properly, he had lost his vision and sense of awareness and he just wasnt himself.
On the Monday my parents took Jack to the same vet so he could be euthanised humanely to end his suffering, Jack was 9 years old - the lifespan of his breed averages about 15 years. Had he received proper treatment and been admitted to the animal hospital (as was suggested the first day he was taken to the vet but, not suggested or advised at any other visit ) Jack may still be here... the vetinary practice was negligent and the treatment Jack got was inhumane.
I complained to the Vetinary Surgeons Board (VSB) and received an email stating it would be 7 months before i received a response about my complaint.. well its now been 11 months and still not one word. Its disgusting. This department needs a complete overhaul and something needs to be done. Changes need to happen before other people lose their family pets to negligent vets.