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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':
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.
"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."
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.
"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
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
Permission to post email address with Survey, ADEs Memorials page, and/or "VET TAILS" page?: Yes you may include my email address.
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.
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
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.
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 ?
Informational Internet Survey
RIMADYL: casual use
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.
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]:
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.
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.
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.
from: John Butrico: john.Butrico@l-3com.com 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."
Pet's name/species/breed/sex/age: Coco, Miniature Pinscher, female age 5
from: John Butrico: john.Butrico@l-3com.com
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:
" 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.
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] 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.
May my beloved partner ROMI rest in peace - no matter wherever her bits and pieces/frozen carcass may be held hostage.
[what's in YOUR "urn" ?]