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The first section of this  page is devoted to the 'reality' regarding the veterinary profession; this is NOT to say that there are no 'good' veterinarians, but it SHOULD be obvious that the entire 'system' is 'broken':

from:  http://www.webspawner.com/users/vetsarenotmonitored/

Veterinarians are not really monitored


Do veterinary boards adequately regulate veterinarians?

Here is a veterinarian who is in a position to know and she says that the veterinary profession is not really monitored.

Quote:

"BOTTOM LINE: Be comfortable with your veterinarian. There are good veterinarians and there are bad veterinarians, as there are good and bad people in every profession. All that state associations can provide is information regarding any disciplinary actions against a particular veterinarian. We, as a pro-fession, are not really monitored, unfortunately."

Source



Oh, isn't that great! Veterinarians are not really monitored by the veterinary medical boards. It's no wonder there is so much veterinary malpractice today.




Here are more quotes that I found on this subject.


"The Veterinary Board does not adequately discipline veterinarians. Without the Board taking appropriate disciplinary action, the public will not be protected. In three of the past four fiscal years, the Board dismissed more than 90 percent of consumer complaints."

"The Board of Veterinary Medicine cannot provide assurance that it adequately protects the public from the risks associated with the practice of veterinary medicine. The board does not inspect veterinary facilities throughout Mississippi, has not developed a comprehensive process for handling complaints against veterinarians, and has not consistently imposed fines and penalties when disciplining veterinarians."

"Responses to questionnaires sent to persons on file as having filed complaints over the last two years indicate an unusually high level of dissatisfaction with the board and its ability to conduct investigations of complaints. Sixteen (16) of the 20 respondents indicated dissatisfaction with investigation of their complaints."

"Would you let a beloved companion animal be operated on by a vet that’s not accountable to anyone? Surprise, surprise.You don’t have a choice. That’s because the California Veterinary Medical Board---the state agency charged with protecting the public and its animals from veterinarians is, in my opinion, not doing its job. The Board is supposed to hold vets accountable when they violate the rules and regulations governing the practice of veterinary medicine, but it rarely does. The Board’s failure to create and maintain accountability by imposing meaningful penalties exposes our four-footed friends to avoidable and unnecessary pain, suffering and death.... Last year the Board closed over 85% of complaints received against veterinarians. "

"Thanks for the information. However no one should trust the Oregon Veterinary Medical Exam Board. Their job is NOT to protect the animals and the public but to protect and cover up for the vets. A great example is Dr. Daniel Koller who owns and works out of the Companion Pet Clinic on N.E. 82nd Avenue in Portland. There are documents that show he has abused negelected injuried and even killed animals left in his care. He has/had a vet practice in California and is also an attorney in CA...When I contacted the OVMEB about him they said he had a clean record with no complaints yet they had these and past records from California in their possession. They lied and protected this asshole."

"Veterinary boards seem to be more concerned with protecting veterinarians than doing what is right and informing people about abusive vets. There are two vets listed on the California Board website (www.vmb.ca.gov) who have had their licenses revoked and then stayed and are on five years probation, yet hold licenses to practice in Oregon. They are Sharon Zito (permitting unauthorized practice of surgery, unprofessional conduct, negligence, deception) and Grant Maurer (charges not listed, but told to abstain from using controlled drugs and undergo "fluid testing". ) If you check the Oregon Board website (www.ovmeb.state.or.us) it just says they were disciplined. Apparently a veterinarian in one state an be found by a vet board to have abused animals, or more often, the drugs used on animals, maybe have their license rovoked (maybe not--probation seems to be the popular alternative), and just go to another state and get licensed without anyone being informed. Shouldn't a veterinarian at least be required to post a notice in their clinic that informs potential clients they are on probation and which state their probation originated in? Should a veterinarian who has been found guilty of animal abuse (by the vet board, not necessarily in criminal court) in one state even be allowed to practice anywhere?"

"my point is that the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine is obviously remiss in its responsibilitys both to the Ethical Vets and to the Public in general. Their form of discipline even in the most disturbing of cases ammounts to nothing more than a hand slapping for the offender and a great disappointment for the victim.
The purpose of this post is to let it be known that the Louisiana Veterinary Practice Act is a document that is so full of loopholes that it is practically useless. It has little to no rules that address ethics, and those that are addressed are almost always
ignored by the Board itself in disciplinary actions. I suppose that could be expected in a forum that is "Of the Vet, By the Vet, For the Vet".We believe that Nobody in this world is above reproach and if you do wrong you should pay the price for your wrongdoing. The Board and Act both speak of routine inspections to be done at clinics and hospitals(another Farce!) though the director of the Board openly admits that they are rarely if ever done at all.

Source

"I symphatize with you and understand your feelings. I hope your beloved dog makes it. I had my share of malpractice and I tell you what I did about it. I live in California and the Board of Examiners in Veterinary Medicine seldom discipline veterinarians in case of negligence or malpractice."

"In Alabama and Florida, I saw that as a more significant problem
than here in Maryland, although outside of the board I certainly
see a lot of butt covering. It just seems to me that the
veterinary board is utterly ineffective as a method of discipline. They are so reluctant to act or to release any information to the public, that I don't feel that they are able to accomplish anything for their profession or the public. It is unfortunate."

"As I finalize me decisions regarding where I am applying for law
school in the fall, some of the vets that I work with have
expressed disappointment that I have chosen not to pursue vet
school, and even more disappointment, bordering on anger, that I
am choosing to pursue a career in law. It seems as though they
see it as some sort of a personal betrayal. I feel like they
have betrayed me. If the decent vets are not willing to really
fight for the integrity of their profession then they are no
better than the vets who are negligent. Not doing the right
thing can be just as bad as doing the wrong thing."

"The actions of boards must vary from state to state. Our State Board of Veterinarians is of no consequence. If complaints are made by a veterinarian concerning the ethics of another veterinarian, it is the complaining veterinarian who is brought before the board for discipline. If I provide the address of the board to someone who poses a complaint to the board about a problem with another veterinarian, I will be called before the board to explain my actions. Recently, our board, and all other professional boards, have delegated the investigating authority to the Labor Relations Board. The outcome of this is that a hand full of people are now investigating all the complaints made to all the boards. Of course, this has made it even more difficult for anyone to find any semblance of justice. The bottom line is exactly what you suggest. The foxes are indeed guarding the henhouse, and not only that, the foxes don`t want to hear any noise from themselves or the hens."



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Are All Veterinary Medical Boards Alike?



THE SECRECY MUST STOP

Secret Veterinary Board System

Vets want complaints to be secret

vet boards

senator blocking bill to regulate veterinarians

TheVeil Of Secrecy



THE NEED FOR "REAL" OVERSIGHT

The current system of vets having the oversight of vets is not working. We need "real" independent oversight of veterinarians so that our pets will be protected.


We spend billions of dollars a year on pet care and we deserve to have our pets adequately protected from bad veterinarians.

"The USA's 64 million pet owners now spend more than $18 billion a year on pet health care, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association,"
Source








This section of the page is devoted to just some of the "stories" veterinarians are and/or have been telling pet owners about the canine health damage/problems created by them from

All of these stories have been voluntarily submitted by those folks who've realized that their "trusted" veterinarian can no longer be trusted to be honest with them or to provide them with factual information vital to their beloved pets health and very LIVES.  These "veterinarian tails" are being divided into alphabetized categories of conditions, drug names and/or results/diagnoses, etc. when "things went wrong". 

While I do not yet have any "vet tails" regarding the many foods that so many veterinarians offer pet owners, you might want to also get educated as to what's actually in these pet food products by visiting: http://rimadyldeath.com/NUTRITION.html while you're here - it's a real "eye opener"!


For those who would like to submit a "veterinarian tail", please e-mail direct: GingerLSanchez@aol.com.  You may also use the Informational Survey below if you prefer:

SURVEY:  For those folks who have either lost a beloved pet or had their pet's health damaged/compromised after a visit to their veterinarian, you are invited to participate in an ongoing informational survey which will be posted on the site: http://rimadyldeath.com.  The purpose of this survey is to provide information on the Internet for all to see regarding the ongoing death/damage toll after veterinarian visits, as well as to provide readers with true experience stories regarding what veterinarians are telling pet owners for the page titled: "VET TAILS", in order to get some insights via "patterns" into general veterinarian care. To participate in this survey, just copy/paste the complete blank survey form provided here, fill in your own responses and e-mail it directly to: GingerLSanchez@aol.com:

Informational Internet Survey

1: State your e-mail address: [you have the option to remain totally anonymous if you have any concerns/fears about retaliation/harassment, personal safety, etc.]

2: Pet's name/species/breed/sex/age:

3: What 'drug' [or vaccination] your pet was given [Rimadyl, ProHeart6, Deramaxx, puppy shots, rabies, etc.] that resulted in a possible/suspected ADE [adverse drug reaction], and if known, the drug manufacturer name:

4: The approximate date of the event:

5: The adverse reaction[s] YOU observed and/or became aware of [nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, inability to walk, gastric ulceration, liver failure, kidney damage, death, lethargy, aggression, etc.] - please list ALL known and/or suspected symptoms/conditions:

6: What State, Country or Provence this occurred in:

7: Whether or not your veterinarian informed you of the potential/possible risks/side effects BEFORE dispensing the named drug/vaccination, stating whether such information was provided verbally and/or in written form: 

8: Where you learned about the potential/possible risks/side effects of the drug/vaccination [i.e., www.srdogs.com, group list, friend, Internet research, TV/news, etc.]: 

9: State whether or not you would still have allowed the drug/vaccination to be given to your pet had you KNOWN of the potential/possible risks/side effects: 

10: The original reason you took your pet to the veterinarian [toenail clipping, vaccinations, injury, any symptoms]: 

11: How was your pet's health/life affected after the drug/vaccination? 

12: If you question the truth/accuracy of anything your veterinarian told you about your pet's health, etc., you may use this area to "air" your doubts/concerns: 

13: Permission to post email address with Survey, ADEs Memorials page, and/or "VET TAILS" page?: 


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 ARTHRITIS:  EDITORIAL: "Arthritis" does not kill and/or cause death, but the casual and irresponsible prescribing/dispensing of deadly drugs by veterinarians certainly can and does - Ginger Sanchez

 
from:  mjmakesscents@hotmail.com

Sissy/Canine/Husky Catahoula Cur/Female/6 years (#81 on both the ADE Reports and ADEs Memorials pages)

Sissy has a doggy door and an automatic feeder so I didn’t notice much in her ‘bathroom’ habits.  What I did notice was an excessive thirst and aggression.  That really shocked me as Sissy was a very mild-tempered dog. One day she wouldn’t take her treats that was the day we took her to the Vet.  He apparently noticed something was seriously wrong and took blood tests and found her liver enzymes were off the chart.  An ex-ray showed her liver to be twice its normal size.  She vomited, and who knows what else they didn’t tell me, 3 days later, alone, in a cage, My beautiful Sissy died.

No mention whatsoever was made to me of the risks/dangers of this drug by the veterinarian.  I had to learn this information from the Internet: www.srdogs.com; had I known any of this information, I would not have allowed the drug to be given.  
 
On Jan 25th 2005 I took Sissy to the vet because she was having trouble walking.  I thought she may have developed hip dysphasia.  An ex-ray showed the early stages of arthritis and the vet prescribed Rimadyl. I gave Sissy Rimadyl for 1 week.  I was supposed to renew it, but I don’t really like medications much, so I stopped giving her the Rimadyl.  Three months later (almost to the day) Sissy was dead.  What a waste, please get this drug off the market!!
 
As far as any doubts I have about my Vet’s original diagnosis, I believe he was correct in diagnosing the arthritis.  We looked at the ex-ray together and I saw the small spaces it was causing between her bones.  I do believe I should have gone w/the natural treatments I had planned on.  Hey, the Rimadyl was only for a week, and she did seem to feel better……I pray I can save even just one dog and one dog-lover from the pain I have experienced.

Permission to post email address with Survey, ADEs Memorials page, and/or "VET TAILS" page?:  Yes you may include my email address.


RE: CHERRY EYE

From:  [contact information removed by request of pet owner]
Date:  Thu Mar 10, 2005  6:01 am

Subject:  Re: Cherry Eye
A VET TAILS submitter, wrote:
 
I have a Chow/Mix.  On 2/23 my dog was tested and retested several times by my regular veterinarian to learn that she was no longer heartworm positive.  On 3/01, I rushed her to the vet hospital to learn that she has Cherry Eye or Prolapse of the Gland of the Third Eyelid. It was out of her eye for about 1 1/2 hours on Tuesday. It went back in and had protruded 2 other times but immediately went back in. The cherry eye had been diagnosed Tuesday 3/1 when I went to the emergency vet hospital, and it was stated that the cause is unknownWhen in the emergency vet hospital, we were told to go back to a vet at the beginning of this week to determine if surgery was needed.  Per the ER facility, I started giving her Naeomycin & Polymyxin B Sulfates and Dexamehtasone Ophtalmic Ointment.
 
I would love to learn of an alternative mode of treatment/remedy that we may try prior to surgery.

UPDATE: I'd like to tell everyone that we haven't seen my dog's tear duct gland in days.  Yea!!!!  I am very hopeful that no surgery will be needed!

I'd also like to share what I learned about Cherry Eye and treatment.
 
First, I think I misunderstood the vet. She made a reference to my dog's age and having this problem.  I have learned that this is usually something puppies have.  Which makes sense if it is a structural problem. 

Second, I looked into the ointment the ER facility gave me for treatment of the "cherry eye":  "Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Dexamethasone Opthmalic Ointment". This is an anti-infective steroid.  THIS INFO IS QUOTED RIGHT FROM THE COMPANY THAT PRODUCES THE PRODUCT.  "The reactions due to the steroid components in decreasing order of frequency are: elevation of intraocular pressure (IOP) with possible development of glaucoma, and infrequent optic nerve damage, posterior sub-capsular cataract formation and delayed wound healing." AND "The possibility of fungal invasion must be considered in any persistent corneal ulceration where steroid treatment has been used."

You probably can guess that this stuff scares me, so I stopped using the ointment on Friday evening.  And from Saturday until today, I've been putting cucumber juice in her eye for any inflammation.  I got this natural remedy from my new book, "The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat" by Juliette de Bairacli Levy. 

Second, I did ask a bunch of dog groups who all gave me great advice.  And I also called a homotoxicologist expert to see if she thought it had anything to do with the Heartworm treatment.  Her advice was that she thought the Heart Worm treatment and my dog's Cherry Eye were totally unrelated.  She told me that there was NO hurry to do anything about the eye - not to rush off and have the surgery.  She said at my dog's age she may have just had something irritate the gland to cause it to inflame and pop out.  The homotoxicologist expert I checked with also said that she'd had a very young pup who had Cherry Eye, had the surgery, and the dog still ended up with dry eye later in life (which is not good).  She said there was a homeopathic treatment we could try but she wasn't sure that it would be effective called "Traumeel".  If it does return, we will try this prior to surgery.  

But yesterday, both of my dogs and I walked in very cold windy conditions and I thought it was good test for her eye and her eyes were fine...both watery from the wind (along with mine & the other dog's) but fine all the same.

When in the emergency hospital, we were told to go back to a vet at the beginning of this week to determine if surgery was needed but we will not bother doing that.  I will have our new vet look at her in April....unless she experiences more difficulties.

Perhaps something of this is helpful or of some interest to you or others. 


DOMITOR

NOTE:  It's a pretty sad commentary when veterinarians must call 'poison control' in order to get adequate information to cope with the damage done by FDA/CVM 'approved' drugs that are marketed to the unwary public.

#88=====================================  

Informational Internet Survey
[posted 3/22/06]
 
1: State your e-mail address: [you have the option to remain totally anonymous if you have any concerns/fears about retaliation/harassment, personal safety, etc.] CJOALMAL@sbcglobal.net
 
2: Pet's name/species/breed/sex/age: Noatak/Dog/Alaskan Malamute/M/6 mos
 
3: What 'drug' [or vaccination] your pet was given [Rimadyl, ProHeart6, Deramaxx, puppy shots, rabies, etc.] that resulted in a possible/suspected ADE [adverse drug reaction], and if known, the drug manufacturer name: Domitor w/Torbugesic  and Antisedan
 
4: The approximate date of the event: 3/19/06
 
5: The adverse reaction[s] YOU observed and/or became aware of [nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, inability to walk, gastric ulceration, liver failure, kidney damage, death, lethargy, aggression, etc.] - please list ALL known and/or suspected symptoms/conditions: Hypersalivation/seizures
 
6: What State, Country or Provence this occurred in: Connecticut
 
7: Whether or not your veterinarian informed you of the potential/possible risks/side effects BEFORE dispensing the named drug/vaccination, stating whether such information was provided verbally and/or in written form: He was given the Domitor because of the low incident of side effects/reactions; there were no thoughts given to the reversal (Antisedan) 
 
8: Where you learned about the potential/possible risks/side effects of the drug/vaccination [i.e., www.srdogs.com, group list, friend, Internet research, TV/news, etc.]:  The vet called poison control and they stated that in their data base there are rare but documented cases of ADE with Antisedan resulting in seizures
 
9: State whether or not you would still have allowed the drug/vaccination to be given to your pet had you KNOWN of the potential/possible risks/side effects: probably not 
 
10: The original reason you took your pet to the veterinarian [toenail clipping, vaccinations, injury, any symptoms]:  repair of a laceration on his ear
 
11: How was your pet's health/life affected after the drug/vaccination? He seems to be fine the vet feels that the seizures were a result of his sensitivity to the drug 
 
12: If you question the truth/accuracy of anything your veterinarian told you about your pet's health, etc., you may use this area to "air" your doubts/concerns: I don't question the info. that my vet gave me, she was just as surprised as we were when he started to have the seizures.  She immediately consulted her drug reference books and got on the phone with poison control to find out if this type of reaction had ever been documented.
 
13: Permission to post email address with Survey, ADEs Memorials page, and/or "VET TAILS" page?: Yes

HEARTWORM PREVENTION:
 
FROM: [name and e-mail address withheld due to fear of retaliation/reprisal]
POSTED: 3/13/05
 
My 10 1/2 year old companion dog died after receiving the 6 month injection for heartworm prevention, ten months after he received the shot. The veterinarian refuses to give me a copy of my complete file. I requested the file after the vet said that he had no knowledge of the shot having any possible adverse reactions, including deaths. When I tried to get the records, the veterinarian made it clear that he was hostile to any questions about the product he injected my dogs with.
 
The veterinarian said that he knew nothing about any risks/dangers posed by this product.  After getting information from the Internet, I explained to him that I had learned about
 
My dog had seizures almost every two months, four seizures in nine [9] months that I was AWARE of, after receiving the shot and then died after waking up with "instant pneumonia". It's strange how time release drugs apparently work. I have seen where other dogs have also died from the 6 month heartworm prevention injection.

My present concern now is that our other dog was also given the shot. Our second dog was given the shot just one week shy of her being four months old. The veterinarian knew her age as it is right there in his file on her. The warning label from the maker specifically TELLS the vet NOT to give the shot to dogs under 6 months of age.  The veterinarian had withheld all information about the product from me with my first dog.

I believe that he should be considered as practicing veterinary medicine in a DANGEROUS and RECKLESS manner. He apparently does not read the warning labels or "Dear Doctor" letters, forgets the information provided by the manufacturer or just doesn't care. I wish I could find out how many other people's pets he has endangered, but I can't;there are apparently no complaints filed against him in the records available to the public.
 
BEFORE the first dog had the shot I asked if it was safe, and were  there any side effects? And he had replied, "WE USED IT ON OUR DOGS IN THE MILITARY - IF IT IS SAFE ENOUGH FOR THEIR DOGS IT IS SAFE ENOUGH FOR YOUR DOG. DON'T WORRY - THERE ARE NO SIDE EFFECTS."
 
He did an ultrasound and blood work on the first dog, after the third seizure. I asked again about the 6 month heartworm prevention injection being the cause. I was told, "Absolutely not - your dog is fine and will live to be an old man." He lied again. I could have gone to someone else to try to save my first dogs life 5 months before if he would have told me the truth about the 6 month injection 
 
It is my understanding from the Internet that there are still dogs reacting and dying from the shot; 18 million doses were given out to the veterinarians for use in their practice before it was pulled from the market. The maker states that 1% will have an adverse reaction or die. That is 180,000 dogs/pets.
 


Hemangiosarcoma/Chemotherapy
and  Piroxicam (Pfizer)
Informational Internet Survey
 
1: State your e-mail address: [you have the option to remain totally anonymous if you have any concerns/fears about retaliation/harassment, personal safety, etc.]
sumico95@yahoo.com
 
2: Pet's name/species/breed/sex/age:
Boomer/Dog/Golden Retriever/Male, neutered/8
 
3: What 'drug' [or vaccination] your pet was given [Rimadyl, ProHeart6, Deramaxx, puppy shots, rabies, etc.] that resulted in a possible/suspected ADE [adverse drug reaction], and if known, the drug manufacturer name:
Piroxicam (Pfizer)
 
4: The approximate date of the event:  11/1/06
 
5: The adverse reaction[s] YOU observed and/or became aware of [nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, inability to walk, gastric ulceration, liver failure, kidney damage, death, lethargy, aggression, etc.] - please list ALL known and/or suspected symptoms/conditions:
Has Acute Renal Failure. Only symptom was that Boomer vomited 5 times in 6 days. He was still eating, drinking, and ran in an agility trial.
 
6: What State, Country or Provence this occurred in:
Louisiana/USA
 
7: Whether or not your veterinarian informed you of the potential/possible risks/side effects BEFORE dispensing the named drug/vaccination, stating whether such information was provided verbally and/or in written form: 
Never with regard to renal failure. Only GI upset was stressed and Boomer was given Pepcid daily.
 
8: Where you learned about the potential/possible risks/side effects of the drug/vaccination [i.e., www.srdogs.com, group list, friend, Internet research, TV/news, etc.]: 
From my own research using the internet and books and by joining the K9 Kidney yahoo group.
 
9: State whether or not you would still have allowed the drug/vaccination to be given to your pet had you KNOWN of the potential/possible risks/side effects: 
This drug was given as part of a regime for cancer (antiangiogenesis). Neither the vet nor oncologist told me that kidney failure was something to look for. I was advised of GI problems, which is in a boxed warning section in the drug pamphlet and overshadowed my reading of it. Boomer has an aggressive cancer. I may have chosen to give the drug for this aggressive cancer, but, if I had known the incidence of renal failure is so great, I would have been more alert to the signs and symptoms. I attributed the vomiting to GI irritation of the Piroxicam.
 
10: The original reason you took your pet to the veterinarian [toenail clipping, vaccinations, injury, any symptoms]:  Hemangiosarcoma/Chemotherapy
 
11: How was your pet's health/life affected after the drug/vaccination? 
He is still in acute renal failure and on IV fluids (11/13/06). His lab work was so high initially that it could not be read by the clinic. The vets were surprised he was even walking. It is still not known if he will have chronic renal failure.
 
12: If you question the truth/accuracy of anything your veterinarian told you about your pet's health, etc., you may use this area to "air" your doubts/concerns: 
Both the vet and oncologist keep blaming dehydration. I was with the dog constantly. I am a nurse. I watched him. He did vomit his food (5 times over 6 days) an hour after eating but not bile. He was drinking. His gums were pink and showed good capillary refill. He was alert and greeting Halloween costumes at the door. He was urinating (testing showed the urine contained little filtrate) and having bowel movements. I have questioned the Piroxicam, and Adriamycin, as a cause. No one points a finger. The oncologist, who I really like, said the ARF could be caused by
1.      Cancer. Boomer just had an ultrasound, chest X-ray, blood work on 10/18. All perfect.
2.      Drug Therapy
3.      Something else
He couldn’t rule out the drugs as one of three causes but keeps pushing for the ARF to be in the “something else” category.
Boomer has never been sick in his life before the cancer diagnosis in June 2006. I had a conventional vet friend on stand-by for emergencies and a holistic vet that we went for annual checkups and vaccine titers. On 11/1 I took Boomer to the oncologist since I thought the drugs were causing GI upset. Boomer was in a life-threatening situation and so remained under the care of a  regular vet at the clinic/hospital. He was in the hospital for 6 days. NO ONE questioned potential problems that could also cause renal failure and should be routinely ruled out. I had to ask to have Lepto testing, tick-borne disease testing, and testing for autoimmune disease. I am still realizing other things that need to be tested, such as pancreatitis (amylase and lipase were normal but these enzymes don’t always rise with pancreatitis). No abdominal X-ray was ordered. NO ONE asked me who my regular vet was or if Boomer had ever been vaccinated. He is on Soloxine and that is in his chart. However, I had to ask that this be started.  I was told to keep Boomer on Hill’s K/D. Boomer has been fed a raw diet since he was 4 months old. When I told the vet this, he made a face and turned his head away. He stayed on K/D while in the hospital and for 2 days when he came home while I read furiously about a kidney diet. He is now on a raw kidney diet and I figure the amount of protein, fats, carbs, CA, phosphorus for each meal. The vet told me Boomer would have to be on K/D the rest of his life. He said he could not handle protein. The low protein diet has been disproved and there are many articles about it, including studies done by Purina.
Boomer is getting care and his lab work has improved. But I feel that the direction of his prognosis rests with me making the calls, not the vet. And that is scary. I am a nurse, not a vet.  I could type on and on.  Thank you for the opportunity to “vent.”
 
13: Permission to post email address with Survey, ADEs Memorials page, and/or "VET TAILS" page?:  Yes

LYME DISEASE VACCINATION:

From:  [e-mail contact removed at request of pet owner]
Date:  Wed Mar 9, 2005  8:48 pm
Subject:  Lyme Disease Vaccine

Subject: Lyme Disease Vaccine
If anyone in the group has had their dogs vaccinated for Lyme disease, this may be of interest to you:

My collie, Maddie, passed away this past Feb. 8, just 2 wks. shy of her 14th B-day.  I got her when she was 3 mos. old from a pet store-she was too cute to resist!  She had a history of illnesses, starting w/ colitis, a massive infiltrative fatty tumor in her chest that was removed twice but grew back, a leaky heart valve, vestibular syndrome, & at 13 she was diagnosed w/ Idiopathic Peripheral Polyneuropathy-Laryngeal Paralysis Complex (AKA:  MS in humans), an auto-immune disease in which the body attacks it's own myelin sheath, resulting in faulty nerve transmission. 
 
The vet that diagnosed her said her condition was inherited, & gave her one year to live.  But something about her disease being inherited just didn't sit right w/ me.  I have mixed opinions when it comes to believing that auto-immune disorders are inherited rather than acquired.  

In rehashing everything over & over in my mind, I thought back to when she was 2.  After going for a walk around the block, sometimes she'd hyperventilate.  I'm sure this was the first sign of laryngeal paralysis.  In going thru her records, I saw in addition to rabies & distemper, she also got the Lyme disease vaccine at the age of 1, then again at 2, & 3.  An alarm went off.  I scanned the internet only to learn the Lymerix vaccine for humans was recalled.  Uh oh! 
 
Then I came across human studies that were done in New England in preparation for FDA approval.  These studies linked Lymerix to Polyneuropathy & other immune-mediated nervous system disorders.  If this could happen in people, I'm sure it could happen in pets too.  In fact, most veterinarians don't use the Lyme vaccine anymore, & openly discourage it, which is unusual.  Furthermore, I found letters written to the FDA by people who got the Lyme vaccine that have been permanently harmed, asking the FDA to recall the vaccine.  After reading those letters, I felt horrible.  I can imagine how rotten Maddie must have felt her whole life & all thanks to me.  How could I think I was doing the right thing (fool).  I'm sure her disease was connected to the Lyme vaccine, & was not some inherited coincidence.  After all, her first symptoms appeared when she was 2.
 
Lymerix was pulled from the market, but the manufacturer of this vaccine, Glaxo-Smith Kline, insists the recall was due to lack of demand.
  
Anyone interested should go to the following links:
http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/220652.htm
http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/01/briefing/3680b2_17.pdf.
http://www.astralgia.com/magazine/bitterfeud.htm
http://www.vin.com/VINDBPub/SearchPB/Proceedings/PR05000/PR00323.htm
  
Anna


METACAM:
from: jleckardt@earthlink.net

My Sedona, a Maltese Dog, female, 2 1/2 years old was given METACAM in October, 2004.  She'd had a c-section, was given METACAM for pain, and she died in my arms four hours later.  She never really seemed to recover from the anesthesia and was panting heavily. 

I called my Vet and explained what she was doing,  He advised me to give her Cal-Pho-Sol because he thought she was going into eclampsia, even though she was not nursing.  I did not have a necropsy performed on my Sedona. No information was given to me about METACAM; On the contrary, he assured me it was safe.  Had I known of the possible risks/dangers I would NEVER have allowed METACAM to be used.  Sedona was the love of my life and she died in my arms.

I believe that the Vets should give disclosures on all vaccinations, drugs, x-rays, etc., so that we can make informed decisions, rather than blindly trust the Vet. 

My dearest Sedona, if my tears and the pieces of my shattered heart could build a lane to the Rainbow Bridge, I would cross it and bring you back home again


RIMADYL:

FROM: aiwager@msn.com

I took my dog, ROXY, into the veterinarian for her annual exam and for some stiffness, although she was an active, happy dog with lots of energy.

The veterinarian prescribed/dispensed RIMADYL, never ran any tests and never provided any information to me about any of the side-effects of this drug.  Within a month, ROXY was dead.  She's now at the Rainbow Bridge: http://rainbowsbridge.com/residents/Roxy002/resident.HTM

I only learned about the RIMADYL side-effects, after it was too late, from local news and then a search for more information on the Internet.  There is no way I would have agreed to ROXY being given RIMADYL if my "trusted" veterinarian had told me the truth about this deadly drug.

After taking the RIMADYL, she began having problems: sluggish gait, inability to eat, difficulty with bowel moments and accidents in the house; reverting to "puppy" like behavior-tearing things up etc. Later, complete refusal of all food, falling over, etc. The sicker she got the more RIMADYL she was given by the veterinarian. The veterinarian said that the RIMADYL would make her feel better and then she would eat. I WAS NEVER TOLD ANYTHING ABOUT ANY POSSIBLE DRUG REACTION!

The day she died she woke up and ate. I thought is was a miracle, then we went outside to go to the bathroom and she was hemorrhaging blood from her rectum. She also had purple spots under her skin.  We drove her to the vet and put her to sleep. The vet said that she was likely in late stages of cancer.  Her death was based on the assumption of cancer. Since I trusted my vets judgement, I never requested an autopsy, she was cremated. Now that I see the pattern of secrecy among the veterinary community, I question whether I would have gotten the truth even if we had done an autopsy. All I have now is a photo and an urn that sits on my piano. If she had lived she would of moved with us to our new house on 12 acres. I was so excited for her thinking of all the fun she was going to have on all that land. She had been with us through thick and thin.  Never to be rewarded. She died on 03/28/2003. we moved to our new house on May 1st 2003 without her, thanks to RIMADYL and the ignorance and/or lies of the vet.


HOW trustworthy and/or qualified is a veterinatian who is totally unaware of the side effects of potentially deadly drugs they prescribe/administer ?

Ginger Sanchez

 

Informational Internet Survey

1: State your e-mail address: [you have the option to remain totally anonymous if you have any concerns/fears about retaliation/harassment, personal safety, etc.]
 
ginaspillane@hotmail.co.uk

2: Pet's name/species/breed/sex/age:
 
Kerry, border Collie Cross, bitch, 11yrs
 
3: What 'drug' [or vaccination] your pet was given [Rimadyl, ProHeart6, Deramaxx, puppy shots, rabies, etc.] that resulted in a possible/suspected ADE [adverse drug reaction], and if known, the drug manufacturer name:
 
Rimadyl
 
4: The approximate date of the event:
 
17th April 2008

 
5: The adverse reaction[s] YOU observed and/or became aware of [nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, inability to walk, gastric ulceration, liver failure, kidney damage, death, lethargy, aggression, etc.] - please list ALL known and/or suspected symptoms/conditions:
 
 Vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy,loss of appetite, uncharacteristic aggression, restlessness, stumbling/loss of balance,legs collapsing/splaying, depression, changing drinking habits, swollen stomach, death.
 
6: What State, Country or Provence this occurred in:
 
Oxford/United Kingom
 
7: Whether or not your veterinarian informed you of the potential/possible risks/side effects BEFORE dispensing the named drug/vaccination, stating whether such information was provided verbally and/or in written form:
 
Absolutely,Definately NOT
 
8: Where you learned about the potential/possible risks/side effects of the drug/vaccination [i.e., www.srdogs.com, group list, friend, Internet research, TV/news, etc.]:
 
Internet research after the death of Kerry and www.srdogs.com
 
9: State whether or not you would still have allowed the drug/vaccination to be given to your pet had you KNOWN of the potential/possible risks/side effects:
 
Definately NOT

10: The original reason you took your pet to the veterinarian [toenail clipping, vaccinations, injury, any symptoms]: 
 
Unconfirmed, arthritic condition (no blood tests done)

11: How was your pet's health/life affected after the drug/vaccination?  
 
Initially responded reasonably well but still had stiffness,
 
12: If you question the truth/accuracy of anything your veterinarian told you about your pet's health, etc., you may use this area to "air" your doubts/concerns: 
 
Since Kerrys death l have lost complete trust in the Veterinary proffession and l now dont believe anything i was told about her health, at the beginning of 2008 i discovered Glucosamine, l asked a locum vet at the surgery if it was ok to give it to Kerry, she said it was,after about 4 weeks l noticed Kerry was walking better and quicker, our walks got longer and within 2 months she was like a new dog, even her skin and fur were better than they ever were,my vet couldn`t believe the difference,surely this would have been an ldeal time to reduce or discontinue the administration of Rimadyl,when i took her to the vet 7 days before her death with what i now believe was an adverse reaction to Rimadyl instead of my vet telling me to discontinue giving Kerry Rimadyl she told me to increase the dose for 3 days,dispite not knowing what was wrong with her,this im sure sealed my lovely faithful dog`s fate.I cannot forgive myself for not researching Rimadyl before i gave it to her and for putting my blind trust in my vet.
 
13: Permission to post email address with Survey, ADEs Memorials page, and/or "VET TAILS" page?:
 
 YES Definately please post with survey.

 RIMADYL: casual use

From:  amandachance@yahoo.com

Our much beloved BAXTER (Boxer, Male, 7 1/2 years young) had a cut on his cheek and needed stitches; the vet said that it would help for "pain" and to be sure to finish the entire dosage of ten days (Rimadyl, Pfizer). BAXTER began the dose on 6-14-05, discontinued it on 6-19-05, and died in our arms on 6-22-05.  Before dying, BAXTER had seizures, was walking in circles, heaving and panting, his eyes rolled back in his head and he had a blue tongue, was running into walls, did not eat, did not drink, no urination, and eventually death occurred.  The veterinarian did not provide any information regarding potential side effects, symptoms or risks; NOTHING was said to me nor was anything in writing provided.  I only learned this information after frantically searching for a way to help BAXTER and came upon http://srdogs.com. BAXTER died and I will never forgive myself for continuing to give the RIMADYL to him, even though I had no way of knowing the risks/dangers, because I had trusted the veterinarian.  My vet asked to have a necropsy done; he never apologized, never said a word, but told my husband that it "might" have had something to do with the drug Rimadyl. If I had known of any of the potential risks, I would never have allowed it to be given to BAXTER. 


SEIZURES caused by rabies vaccinations
 
From: xandert@cableone.net 

Annie (a border collie/GSD cross, spayed female, 7 yrs this past December, 2004) was given the mandatory by law rabies vaccinations in March, 1999 and again in March, 2002.  State law does not allow for exemptions, even for medical reasons, in Arizona.  If I had known the March 2002 vaccination would spur seizures, I would have tried to find some way out of it. I can't recall the brand name, but both reactions were due to rabies vaccination.  The rabies vacc of preference at my old vet's office was ImRab3 produced by Merial, so so that's what was probably used for both of her injections. 

March 1999, severe dog aggression, which waned off after about a month; March 2002, severe dog aggression and what we now recognize as focal seizures.  The aggression waned off after about a month, but has recurred since then without further vaccination.  The focal seizures are permanent.  They never went away.  My "trusted" veterinarian at time NEVER told me of any risks and/or possible side effects from vaccinations, not a word. To learn about the known risks/dangers of vaccination, I had to go onto the Internet, started reading LOTS of books and joined various Yahoo groups after the damage was done.  Annie has permanent focal seizures which may eventually become full blown grand mal seizures.  The seizures have affected her tolerance for frustration, her focus, her short-term and long-term memory, and her behavior in a BIG way.  I haven't talked to my previous vet about Annie's health problems.  I quit taking my pets to that clinic after everything we went through with Xander. (Xander is listed as #65 on the ADE Reports and ADEs Memorial pages)


SKIN INFECTION ON PAWS [RIMADYL USED]:

from: duskgrrl@yahoo.com

Pet's name/species/breed/sex/age: Trampie/dog/cocker spaniel/f/13yr & 4months (Trampie is #83 on the ADE Reports and ADEs Memorial pages).

Feb -2005, Trampie taken to veterinarian for a skin infection on her paws and given RIMADYL.  After the RIMADYL: sleeping more often, confused, urinating often, not eating, drinking more fluids, depression, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, inability to walk, gastric ulceration, liver failure, anemia, yellowing of the eyes, pale gums, restlesness, hiper ventelating, death, Even though my baby was a senior dog ... I don't believe her organs could fail from one day to another... the vet should of done a blood test before giving rimadyl to her and I should of been told of the side effects and deaths caused by this drug. It was an irresponsible decision made by her Vet.

5/10/05 - Today i received a call from the Vet (finally) and she was shock to hear that I had to put my baby down. she herself said that it didn't appear to her that trampie had liver failure at that time on Oct,2004. So i said to her did you prescribed her Rimadyl? she said yes and i asked her: where was
the client sheet? she didn't know what it was.
 
I said to her well i've been researching liver failure on senior dogs and i came across a website that mentions rimadyl and it's side effects. I asked why wasn't i told of those side effects and the fact that the drug is killing senior dogs by causing liver failure. She said it's impossible that Trampie got liver failure from taking Rimadyl for 7 days... that if i didn't see those symptoms while she was on the medication ... there's no way it could of happened after. I told her you should of done a blood test prior to prescribing such potent drug... and she said that i didn't want to have her blood taken then. Which is not true because on my first visit on Oct 29,2004 she never mention that to me.
 
On my next visit January 1,2005 i had only 50 dollars on me, but offer to pay the balance next
week via my debit card, but the financial adviser at
the ASPCA BERGH ANIMAL HOSPITAL refused to take my offer therefore i couldn't get her blood test then .... I argued with the adviser for about 10 mins (it was a big show on the front desk) and walked right out with Trampie and took her to another Vet by the house the same day and he did the blood test. He told me something odd was going on in Trampie's liver .. that it might be from the previous medication and  told me to bring her back in two weeks for a follow up.
 
After saying all this on the phone to her .. she was quiet .. i asked her why didn't you give her something else instead of Rimadyl? she said that's the # 1 anti-inflammatory pain medicine around ... I said there's got to be an alternative ... she said that's all they use at the ASPCA BERGH ANIMAL HOSPITAL ... I was in shock ,,, after reading all your information Ginger ,,, i couldn't believe that such prestigious name could be receiving money from pfizer and killing senior dogs ALL IN THE NAME OF "MONEY" ... because the hospital has to make money from pfizer if that's the only medicine used for treatment right?
 
this hospital is shown on ANIMAL PLANET ANIMAL PRECINCT NY... and they have this Vet working there, but they're all in for the money and the cover up is ANIMAL PRECINCT where they save lives mean while silently they kill others.
Whatta shocker ... I hope that with my blood tests i
can do something .... the Vet at the ASPCA said that
without and autopsy i can't do much.


STANDARD VETERINARIAN CARE:
 
from: xandert@cableone.net
Ashlee Renee, dog, German Shepherd Dog, spayed female, deceased (Sept. 21, 1998)  Oh, where to begin.....  I'll list the vaccinations and medications line by line and add the dates they were given next to them.  (On Ashlee's page of my website, I have everything listed chronologically.)

VACCINATIONS:
Fort Dodge (Wyeth), Duramune DA2PP-CVK (distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus, coronavirus) -
11/08/96, 12/06/96, 01/03/97, 02/05/97
SmithKline, Defensor (1 yr rabies vacc) - 12/06/96
SmithKline, Defensor (3 yr rabies vacc) - 02/19/98
 
DRUGS - TOPICAL, ORAL & INJECTIBLE:
Antisedan - 02/19/98
Strongid T - 10/26/96 (deworming - no fecal test done)
Mitaban dips - 02/12/97, 02/28/97, 03/10/97, 06/02/97, 07/30/97, 08/06/97, 08/13/97, 08/20/97, 08/27/97, 01/14/98, 02/25/98
LymDyp - 02/19/98
EqStim injection (immunostimulant) - 05/21/97, 07/30/97, 08/06/97, 08/20/97, 08/27/97, 10/22/97, 10/29/97, 11/05/97, 03/06/98, 06/08/98, 07/03/98, 09/04/98
Triple Antibiotic Ointment (for "controlling" localized DM - didn't work) - 02/05/97
Clavamox, 250 mg (2/day, 7 days) - 02/12/97
Clavamox, 375 mg (2/day, 7 days) - 05/30/97, 07/02/97, 07/09/97, 07/30/97, 01/14/98, 02/11/98, 03/06/98, 03/31/98, 06/08/98, 08/07/98
Ivermectin injection - 08/13/97, 08/20/97, 08/27/97, 09/03/97, 10/22/97, 10/29/97, 11/05/97, 03/06/98
Interceptor - 06/08/98, 06/18/98, 07/03/98
Mita-Clear - 01/22/98
Synotic Solution - 10/22/97, 01/22/98
Domitor injection - 02/19/98
Gentocin opthalmic solution - 02/25/98
Rimadyl 100 mg - 02/25/98
 
Ashlee was spayed on 04/11/97.  She never needed anything for pain and was given nothing to "prevent" infection (Thank GOD!).  She developed a mild infection at the incision site, but I treated that topically with Neosporin and put a t-shirt on her to keep her from licking at it.  The infection cleared up without the need for antibiotics.

A whole, all-too-short lifetime, but I believe the initial turning point was that 4th puppy shot.  She was diagnosed with the demodex that very day, and I don't think it was any coincidence that the localized condition turned generalized right after that 4th puppy shot.  I believe the localized condition was her body's way of telling us it couldn't handle any more shots, but we didn't know that and vaccinated anyway.
 
Puppy shots caused minor lethargy and inappetance for about 24 hours or so following the shot.  Ashlee was diagnosed with demodectic mange during the same visit where she received her last puppy shot (series of 4).  Two weeks later we returned to the vet's office as the localized (and "not serious, so don't worry about it") condition had turned generalized and was already moving down her front legs and around the base of her tail.  She struggled not only with generalized demodex for the rest of her short life, but also secondary yeast and bacterial infections that often accompany the condition.  She developed chronic diarrhea from all the repeated antibiotics, and I am quite certain she had intestinal yeast overgrowth issues because of it, too.  Yeast infections developed on the bottoms of her feet as well as across her rear end where the demodex and bacterial infections hit her the hardest.

I was NEVER given ANY information or so much as a whispered word of doubt, suspicion or concern from the veterinarian about any risks or possible adverse reactions.  Later, after it was too late, I found the vital risk/adverse reaction information from researching on the internet, in books, via Yahoo groups, and pulling the pieces together with those aids.
 
Even AFTER Ashlee developed demodectic mange, the vet continued to vaccinate according to "schedule" for rabies.  (Lord, I wish I had known better........)  We did, not, however vaccinate her for parvo, distemper and what not again.  My vet advised against it because she was so sick all the time.
 
If I could go back, we would do everything different from day 1, starting with that very first vaccination.  If I had been told that the manufacturers package warnings say only to vaccinate HEALTHY animals, I most certainly would NOT have allowed ANY vaccination to be done the day Ashlee was diagnosed with the demodex.
 
Ashlee died due to puppy wellness checks and standard vaccination shots, when I thought that being a "responsible" new puppy owner meant going to a veterinarian and allowing all the recommended shots/vaccinations. Ashlee was euthanized at 2 years and 9 days of age when her immune system completely collapsed.  I am quite certain that all the vaccinations and drugs we dumped in and on her during her short life are what ultimately caused her immune collapse.  The body can only handle so many toxins before something gives.  To be honest, when I look at the list above and see what all we really put her through in that too short time, I am surprised her immune system didn't collapse much sooner than it did.
I believe my then vet WANTED to help Ashlee, but I also believe he was poorly educated about what the best way to do that was.  Vet schools are simply not teaching a holistic way of looking at animal wellness and care, so why should they look at dealing with disease holistically?  :(  Also, I have since become aware that demodex is MANY times strongly correlated with hypothyroidism.  Ashlee's thyroid levels were NEVER checked.  I will not put an animal through the mess we put Ashlee through.  Not EVER again if I have any say in the matter.  And like I told one vet about an argument we were having - "My animal.  I win."
 
If this information will help someone from having this sort of a tragedy happen to their pet, then Ashlee's death will not be in vain.  If anyone would like to read more details about Ashlee's life and struggles, they can read about her at http://myweb.cableone.net/bdturner/page1htm.


#1: VACCINATION [OVER vaccination and the aftermath of VET SCAMS]
VACCINATION/TREATMENT HISTORY:
 
1.    ( 09-02-99 ) 1st DHLPP by rescue
2.    ( 09-08-99 ) RABIES by rescue's Vet DURING SPAY !  (Ginger adopted me at 6 months of age )
3.    ( 09-13-99 ) 1st LYMES , CORONA, BORDATELLA  -  By my trusted 
Vet.  ~~~ I did request TITER's but was talked out of it !. She was ALSO was put on Heartgard Plus for a 100# dog BEFORE any results from blood draw.  ( vet did not have a smaller dose )
4.    ( 09-21-99 ) Final DA2PL & PARVO
5.    ( 10-05-99 ) Booster for LYMES, CORONA, BORDATELLA
6.    ( 11-10-99 ) Heartworm test.
7.    ( 10-2000 )  LAST and FINAL RABIES ever. ( by Holistic Vet with counteracting Nosode to the vaccine ingredients afterwards )
8.    ( 03-2002 )  Gave in and tried Pred for her scratching.  She had very violent gastric reactions on only 1/2 pill.

Chewing all four feet ( no hair, solid raw sores ), constant scratching from tip of nose to base of tail - the whole underside of her body,  both ears packed with crud,  acid reflux,  nausea,  vomiting,  diarrhea,  aggression to both humans and other dogs ( bit tech taking out spay sutures )  lethargy,  liver problems detoxing, problems keeping weight on, hyper sensitive immune system,  seizure like activity during scratching sessions. ( tried epilepsy medication to control but it knocked her out too deep ) She still suffers the same today.

No information was ever given to me by any of the veterinarian(s). When I questioned the high dose of Heartgard Plus, I was told that they use higher potencies when treating the disease so she would be just fine.  Each time I gave her one she broke out in hives. I started searching the Internet for the information the vets had failed to provide and found Catherine O'Driscoll's " What Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccines "  ( about a year after the damage was done )  

The original reason I took Ginger to the veterinarian was for a "Puppy Well Pet Visit". That was the last time she was healthy and she has struggled ever since.  She does not lead a normal life.  She is hyper-sensitive to almost everything. Suffers from major allergies.  She is limited on what she can eat and do.  MY LIFE HAS CHANGED ALSO.  I can not work out of the house, she needs constant watching or else she will chew and scratch herself bloody.

Since then I have been to over SEVEN (7)  different "Veterinarians " with Ginger's problems in a six year period, so far...
 
My Conventional Vet is the one that gave her way too many vaccines. She was not well after the first shot and it should have stopped there.  He prescribed Heartgard Plus the first day she came in to see him, without taking any blood for a test AND the dose was for a 100 # dog, gingers weight was 41 lbs.  Inside her ears were packed with brown/black crud, when she was brought in for her puppy check up he failed to look in them. I questioned what he thought of her ears and he said they looked fine. Took me over two years to clean them out. She bit the tech that was taking out her spay sutures so I was told she needed to be muzzled when she was there from then on.  He is also the vet that put her on her first elimination diet for her allergies ( she lost five pounds and never stopped scratching ). She was on three different kinds of antibiotics within six months for separate issues. Two different antihistamines.  He wanted to put her on prozac for dogs, he said he thought it was more emotional than environmental. He is also the Dr. that did the skin scrapings, found yeast and bacteria but never said anything on how to treat it. ( good thing, it probably would have been another toxin )  He did the Heska Allergy tests on her and came up with a long list of allergens and wanted to start desensitization shots, never took into consideration the condition of her immune system or how stressed she has become from the scratching.
 
Then I found my Holistic Vet who started turning things around. He did administer her first Rabies booster ( by law ) and did follow up with a nosode to counteract the vaccine. Had me change her food to all organic home cooked and started supplementing with herbs but nothing helped. He put her on Pred but she had a violent gastric reaction to 1/2 pill. He even tried an epilepsy medication because when she has a scratching fit nobody can stop her, she is very intense and goes for blood, that just knocked her out, she could not walk. When it came time for her three years Rabies booster, I said no and he said he could not write a waiver so I went searching for another Vet.

In the meantime, I was sucked into the spell of a Holistic/Homeopathic Quack that deals with healing animals long distance ( only after she rips you off for around $500.00 in healing crystal symbols, computer generated homeopathic sugar pills, photo readings, and blue/green shelf liners. ( I caught on early and got all my money back )  Although she did tell me that since I decided not to go with her, my dog would only suffer and die.

My next experience was to do a CBC on Ginger to see if something comes up. I brought her into my Conventional Vet ( Holistic Vet does not do blood work ) For the blood draw and serum prep. I wanted to mail the blood and have the test done by a Dr. that deals in Thyroid Issues in Canines.  I asked all three Doctors if Ginger should be fasted before the draw and each one said is was not necessary. The Thyroid was normal but the other numbers came back way off the chart. The Blood specialist said we should check for Addisons/Cushings so we did another test which came back normal.  Another complete blood test was done 6 weeks later ( again not fasting ) the numbers that were high on the first one were in normal range but there were other reading that were off. All without fasting, all a waste of Ginger's time. ( because that IS all that matters here )

I went on to find a Dr. that would give me a waiver for her Rabies booster and found a Traditional Chinese Medicine Vet that worked out of her home. She sent me off with some TCM herbs and an over the counter " human grade " super-pro-biotic.  Within a week Ginger was in full blown hives, the super-pro-biotic was first prescribed at to high of a dose and way to strong for her system.  She developed a major hive on her eyelid and when I called with my concerns I was told that maybe I should take her into a vet...?

I started working with a " true " homeopath, long distance again. The only thing that has come out of that experience, besides a lot of learning is now Ginger suffers from a major yeast infection all over, inside and out. But now I can deal with the hives via homeopathy. Good vibes here.

I also called into my home a N.A.E.T Practitioner. I have been told that this method has worked on dogs with allergies and being the good dog mommy I am I had to give it a go.  I had her come to my house two times, both sessions were over $300.00 in charges.  She was very awkward, very invasive of Ginger's space and really did not do anything but take my checks. Never sent me any information on what transpired,  just held little vials of something and snapped her fingers while holding/grabbing my dog. She sent me to a communicator that told me I need to give Ginger away because I was the reason she was scratching and as long as Ginger was with me she would never get better.

I still have hope that someday Ginger will be able to run and play without scratching but right now I am broke,
so is my trust in the Veterinary department.

NOTE: I did not get access to the net until 2003. My sister gave me Catherine O'Driscoll's book to read. I did not really find out how much damage was done by RIMADYL until 2003 either. It is no big deal what is written here but many do not have access to the Internet and it is frightening to think how many more have suffered or are suffering.  The Internet is a godsend for spreading information and I thank you for all you are doing.


#2: VACCINATION [OVER vaccination and the aftermath of VET SCAMS]

from: John Butrico:  john.Butrico@l-3com.com
Pet's name/species/breed/sex/age: Coco, Miniature Pinscher, female age 5

April 2005: 

Veterinarians do not inform of the possible risks of overvaccination (especially in small breeds).  They just continue to send reminders of past due vaccinations when there have been studies indicating that annual vaccinations are not necessary:  Dr. Ronald Schultz, Chairman of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, is at the forefront of vaccine research and is one of the world's leading authorities on veterinary vaccines. His challenge study results form the scientific base of the American Animal Hospital Association's (AAHA) 2003 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting Literature (Attachment 7). These studies are based on science - they are not arbitrary. The public, however, cannot access this data. The American Animal Hospital Association only makes this report available to veterinarians, not private citizens, and Maine's pet owners are unaware that the AAHA Guidelines state on Page 18 that: "We now know that booster injections are of no value in dogs already immune, and immunity from distemper infection and vaccination lasts for a minimum of 7 years based on challenge studies and up to 15 years (a lifetime) based on antibody titer." They further state that hepatitis and parvovirus vaccines have been proven to protect for a minimum of 7 years by challenge and up to 9 and 10 years based on antibody count. 

My dog developed Inflammatory Bowel Disease after receiving annual vaccinations.  She had been very allergic to vaccines in the past and required an injection of benadryl along with the shots.  The vet NEVER expressed any concern over this.  From website:  

http://www.vaccinetruth.org/animal_vaccines.htm  

 " I believe the massive vaccination program for canine parvovirus, which began some thirty plus years after we began vaccinating cats with feline parvovirus (panleukopenia virus), is creating this situation in dogs. If this is true, then the imminent future bodes poorly for dogs if the problem in cats is an indication. Furthermore, we have been seeing inflammatory bowel disease in dogs over the past five to ten years. Prior to this it was virtually nonexistent. I am certain that vaccination for parvovirus and coronavirus is a major cause. I commonly see inflammatory bowel disease that arises within a month or two after vaccination for one of these viruses."

I also believe after reading this that her Diabetes and my 15 year old Miniature Pinscher's Diabetes (strange TWO Min Pins developed diabetes) is a result of the auto immune suppressive effects of overimmunization.

Chronic diarrhea  developed after inoculations.  I am currently trying a Holistic Vet, but the dog is not responding well.

I will not continue to vaccinate my animals (despite the fact that the Vet even recommends full vaccination of my 15 year old diabetic dog). And I strongly suggest that other pet owners become informed as to the risks they are exposing their pets to.


VACCINATION [RABIES]
 
FROM: Joyttt@verizon.net
 
Twink’e / Dog  / Cocker Spaniel / 5 years, 6 months / Female:  Rabies shot  given January 29, 2005.  She developed cataracts in both eyes within 48 hours of the injection; she could lose her sight.  She also developed a cyst where the injection went in.  The vet did not inform me of the risks; I learned about the risks/dangers from Internet research. The vets have recommended she not be vaccinated again, however state law is mandatory.  If in 3 years I can’t get the law to allow exemptions she will not be licensed.  I do not blame our vet,  I blame the fact that due to all her allergies we weren't allowed to choose an informed decision.

VACCINATION [RABIES] and veterinarian denials of FACTS:
 
 
11: How was your pet's health/life affected after the drug/vaccination? Chronic yeast in the ears that just would NOT go away.  His immune system would kick up any time he got hold of anything that his system wasn't able to handle well.  Even a piece of a commercial dog cookie was enough to have the ears running with black tar.  Raw diet, homeopathy, and time have helped us get his immune system back on the right track.  I don't know what long-term issues (cancer, further autoimmune problems, etc) we will be confronted with, but we will be dealing with it holistically.

12: If you question the truth/accuracy of anything your veterinarian told you about your pet's health, etc., you may use this area to "air" your doubts/concerns: My previous vet (who treated Xander from puppyhood) pushes vaccinations heavily - the only difference between her and many others in my area being that she pushes them every 3 years instead of annually. She is also the same vet who declared that Xander receiving his puppy rabies vacc then developed AI disease less than 2 weeks later was merely a coincidence.  NO correlation she said.  Bull puckey!!!!  When Xander was about 18 months old and got so sick, her associate immediately jumped on the fact that I had given him raw chicken wings to encourage him to eat something and claimed he had salmonella poisoning from the chicken.  She completely IGNORED the fact that he was sick and THEN I gave him the chicken trying to get him to eat something.  She was NOT happy when I refused to allow her to treat him for salmonella.  Turned out, according to the other vet, that Xander had picked up some unknown virus that was afflicting dogs in our county.  It ran its course, and he did great without any medications.


 
VETERINARIAN MEDICAL RECORDS:
 
FROM: [name and e-mail address withheld due to fear of retaliation/reprisal]
 
I am running out of ideas as what to do next. Someone please help if you have an answer. I cannot believe that there is no justice for innocent dogs. We trust our pets lives to the Vets and they cannot always be trusted.  Thank you.

My dogs veterniarian refuses to give me my Complete file as requested from his staff two times in person on February 23, 2005 and February 28, 2005.

In my opinion he withholds this from me because of my concerns of his using Proheart 6 on my two dogs: Dog ONE was April 1, 2004 and dog TWO was May 17, 2004.

Before the first dog had the shot I asked if Proheart was safe and were there any side effects?

He rep lied "WE USED IT ON OUR DOGS IN THE MILITARY AND IF IT IS SAFE ENOUGH FOR THEIR DOGS IT IS SAFE ENOUGH FOR YOUR DOG. DON'T WORRY THERE ARE NO SIDE EFFECTS!"

This was TEN months after Ft Dodge mailed to the vets "Dear Dr"  letters and the revised warning label and the client information sheet that was never discussed with me or given to me.

My first dog began having SEIZURES 59 days later on May 29, 2004. When he had the third seizure on August 29, 2004 I took him to the vet for an exam. I asked if it was Proheart 6 and he replied that it was not PH6. Lets do an Echogram.  4 days later on September 3, 2004 we did the Echogram and blood work. Again I asked about PH6 and he said that he did not know what was causing the seizures but it was not PH6. "DON'T WORRY YOUR DOG WILL LIVE TO BE AN OLD MAN. IT IS OKAY FOR HIM TO EXERCISE HIM."
 
FIVE months later my dog woke up with what looked like instant Pneumonia. I called the vets office and was told that there was a lot of Canine Bronchitis going around and to bring him in. The DR will be in from 2:30-6:00PM. I explained that I could not bring him in until 4:30 when my wife would be home and could watch our children. At 4:30 PM the Vets office called and said the DR was going home because a storm was coming in. "Bring your dog in tomorrow morning, the Dr will be in at 9:30AM."
My dog died 4 hours later on the way to the Emergency Clinic. I called the Dr's office at 9:00AM to let the Dr know not to rush in my dog was dead.
Exactly 15 days later on February 23, 2005 I took dog TWO in for a heartworm test. I showed the DR the video of my first dogs last hours of his symptoms.

Dr. said "bring him in, let me check him out."  I said he's DEAD. I could not believe that he did not know that my dog was dead. I told his staff 15 days before.

Again I asked about the PH6 shot and he rep lied That he did not know about the shots adverse reactions/deaths complaints until December 2004. In each conversation that I asked about the Proheart 6 shot he alwasys became very defensive to my asking .
I called his office on March 1, 2005 after I found out about side effects that were being reported to FDA about Proheart 6. His voice really raised in his defense of Proheart 6 and he said that without an autopsy that he was not going to file. He asked how old my dog was. Again I could not believe that he did not know my dogs age.
Dog TWO received the shot on May 17, 2004 one week shy of being 4 months old. On the summary report I have from my visits. It clearly shows my dog's date of birth. The warning label from Ft. Dodge states: :do not give to dogs under 6 months of age."

I think the Vet's actions have shown that he reads the labels and forgets, does not read the label or just don't care. Never once has he said I am sorry to hear about your dogs death. Total strangers say I am sorry to hear that. If he would have told me the signs to look out for BEFORE the shot, AFTER the shot (5 months before my dog died), I would have sought treatment to try to save him.
 
Now he is still withholding ALL of my files. This is very vital to the health of my second dog as she approaches the TEN month period since receiving the PH6 shot. Daily I have to tell my daughter when she asks Daddy where is Perico, I tell her he's with baby Jesus.

Please help me get my complete file including this Vet's notes and open an investigation into his careless practice of medicine and see who else's pets he has treated and endangered in the same manner especially concerning Proheart 6.



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