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Trouble is her only friend and he's back again
Makes her body older than it really is
And she says it's high time she went away
No ones got much to say in this town
Trouble is the only way is down, down, down

As strong as you were
Tender you go
I'm watching you breathing
For the last time
A song for your heart
But when it is quiet
I know what it means
And I'll carry you home
I'll carry you home

If she had wings she would fly away
And another day god will give her some
Trouble is the only way is down,down,down

As strong as you were
Tender you go
I'm watching you breathing for the last time
A song for your heart
But when it is quiet
I know what it means
I'll carry you home
I'll carry you home

And they're all born pretty
in New York City tonight
and someones little girl
was taken from the world tonight
under the Stars and Stripes

As strong as you were
Tender you go
I'm watching you breathing for the last time
A song for your heart
But when it is quiet
I know what it means
And I'll carry you home

As strong as you were
Tender you go
I'm watching you breathing for the last time
A song for your heart
But when it is quiet
I know what it means
And I'll carry you home

I'll carry you home


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My Best Friend was 11 years old when she died due to what I believe was a serious toxic reaction to Rimadyl and the incompetence of my once trusted vet who failed to discuss the potentially fatal side effects with me. 
 
Had I known the facts I would never have risked Kerry's life by giving her Rimadyl.  I always believed that vets were animal lovers but since the death of Kerry I now think for most of them It is just a career choice and I don't think I could ever trust one again. 
 
Kerry was given Rimadyl for 'unconfirmed' arthritis; my vet never discussed any potential side effects with me and no tests were done prior or during treatment to check for liver and kidney function/  
 
Some days Kerry was unwilling to take her pills but she would always take them in the end to please me and I like a fool insisted she should take them thinking her arthritis would get worse if she didn't.  Most times when she needed a new prescription for Rimadyl I would only have to ring the practice and the pills would be ready to pick up without the vet seeing Kerry.  When I think back Kerry still suffered stiffness in her leg despite me giving her the Rimady.
 
Around December 2007 I started giving Kerry Glucosamine supplements and within weeks she was like a young puppy, all the stiffness was gone.  She would run into the house and jump onto the settee and run up and down the stairs, even her coat improved.  When I took her for a check up on the 8th of February even Kerry's vet couldn't believe the difference in her.  
 
Just over 9 weeks later she was dead, she starting being unwell so I took her to the vet on 10/4/2008.  She was having difficulty standing and she seemed 'drunk'; her stomach was swollen and she was listless; she had been vomiting and she had diarrhea; she was restless and panting, all signs of an adverse reaction to Rimadyl. 
 
The vet failed to recognize the serious symptoms Kerry was having and instead of telling me to discontinue the Rimadyl she told me to increase the dose for 3 days !  This, I'm certain sealed Kerry's fate.  Over the next few days she seemed to improve and on the morning of the 16th of April she seemed to have recovered.  She scoffed her breakfast and was playful and appeared well.  I had to go into work for 4 hours and I couldn't wait to get home to see her and take her for a walk. Unfortunately when I did get home Kerry was unwell and had been sick on her bed and was laying in it.  I decided to see how she was overnight and in the morning she was still unwell so I decided to take her to the vet when I got home from work at 2pm.  When I got home she was waiting by the door for me;  I took her into the garden where she had a drink.  I sat down on a step and she stood next to me with her face pressed against me.  She then laid down next to me and 5 minutes later she died while I cradled her head and spoke to her.  
 
I couldn't believe she had died; I still can't now.  My life changed that day: no more walks in the park and cuddles on the settee.  She went everywhere with me and I can't get used to being without her; she's the last thing I think of at night and the first thing I think of when I wake up.  
 
I feel she was let down by the vet we put our complete trust in.  Why aren't we given ' Client Information Sheets' ?  I was given no information at all, written or verbally by my vet; the only 'advice' I was given was when the Receptionist at the practice said to make sure I gave Kerry the Rimadyl with food as it could cause stomach upsets.  
 
I have contacted Pfizer who manufacture Rimadyl to ask If they could email me a copy of the client information sheet and I was told they don't supply one and they rely on the vets to discuss the potential side effects with their clients, something most of them are failing to do.  They said that all the information was on the leaflet attached to the pill container, to understand the leaflet one would have to have medical training, the data sheet doesn't give any of the side effects to look out for, they say the information is in the ' public domain '; yes it is but not in the form that ' ordinary ' people would understand and not available to all as a lot of people do not have access to computers or use computers ( elderly etc ) and therefore blindly trust their vet and their ' advice '.
 
I have been sending posters to vets for them to display in their surgery's warning people of the side effects to watch out for, despite sending out 48 of these posters I've had only 2 replies: 
 
one thanking me for taking the time to make people aware of potential side effects:
 
I received today your flyer on Rimadyl. Thank you for taking the time to write this, and for your increasing the awareness of the side effects of pharmaceuticals.
 
I write to inform you that it is an obligation that veterinary surgeons speak about possible side effects of drugs with all of our pharmaceuticals. Rimadyl is a Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and is the same family as carprofen, Zubrin, Previcox, aspirin and even paracetemol. All of these have very rare side effects that can lead to renal disease worsening (but should never cause it), and possibly gastro-intestinal irritation. The liver issues that would be even rarer, are because the liver has to break down the drug, as the liver does with all drugs, including alcohol.
 
I wanted to write that although it will be of no comfort to you in the loss of your beloved pet, these side effects are very rare and I have never seen them in many years of using the drugs. We do have the possibility of taking blood tests, ultrasound scanning livers and kidneys, and testing their function. The problem is that people sometimes perceive that veterinary surgeons are very expensive, and to warrant these tests on every case that goes onto NSAIDs would quickly send our clients to another practice!
 
What I would agree with, as I already do, is to make owners aware of the tests and the possible side effects, and allow them to have an informed choice. For this, I thank you for the leaflet.
 
Yours,
 
and the other from the head vet at the practice where Kerry was ' treated ', still defending Rimadyl and telling me he was not prepared to enter into any further discussion about it.
 
This is the reply I had from Kerry's vet after sending him a poster to display, I've sent posters to warning people of the potential side effects to watch out for, I've had 2 responses, one from a vet thanking me for warning people and this one from Kerry's vet.
 
Dear Mrs Spillane
Thank you for your letter dated 3rd October. I do appreciate your concerns regarding the use of Rimadyl (carprofen), but feel that the scale of your concerns is unreasonable. Hundreds of dogs are treated every month in our practice and hundreds of others, with no adverse effects whatsoever, but I am of course aware of possible side effects of this drug.
 
I will not be displaying the poster you have provided, as I do not wish to cause undue concern to the hundreds of clients whose dogs receive this treatment. Some of the symptoms described on your poster are not recognised as adverse effects of this drug (as described on the data sheet accompanying the pack of Rimadyl tablets), and in my view are incorrect. As a close analogy, you will not see posters warning of the potential side effects of paracetamol in any pharmacy! Thousands of human and veterinary medications have potential side effects but they are still used with great benefit to patients; indeed there are very, very few medicines in use today with no known side effects. A balanced view of medicine use and risk is essential to Western medicine.
 
I think we take reasonable steps to monitor adverse effects of medications used in our practice, and will continue to do so. I am not prepared to enter into any further discussion with you on this subject.
 
I try to make as many people aware of the potential side effects as I possibly can, It should be a legal requirement that any drugs prescribed for our precious pets are discussed with us and alternative treatment offered so pet owners can make an informed choice as to their pets treatment.
 
I reported my vet to the RCVS for failing to inform me of Rimadyl's potential side effects and she was given 'advice ' by the college on client communication.
 

 

this photo was taken after Kerry had yawned and her lip was stuck to her teeth. l like to think she is showing her teeth to the vets!

 

 

"Waiting for Mum."

I miss ' My Girl ' every waking moment,
Kerry R.I.P   love Mum.x


May my beloved partner ROMI rest in peace  - no matter wherever her bits and pieces/frozen carcass may be held hostage.

                                      

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