Thursday, January 31, 2008

Dogs on Thursday - a sad post

This post is about Abby - not our Abby, but our niece's Abby. Doesn't she look beautiful in her Christmas photo?

Sweet little three-year old Abby died two weeks ago. Unexpectedly. From kidney failure. From prescribed medication that carried no warning that it could cause kidney failure in some dogs. I just haven't been able to write about it before now because it makes me so incredibly sad.

Abby was rescued/adopted from Last Hope, a no-kill pet shelter (just like our Abby) and found herself the spoiled princess of two doting "parents".

Abby had a problem with one of her legs for quite some time. At Christmas our niece mentioned how much she disliked her vet because he was always pushing for the most expensive treatment without providing other, less costly or invasive, options. She sensed he cared more about bringing in money than the well being of her pet.

My husband and I suggested she give our vet a call. We love our vet and so do our dogs, Abby and Sophia. They practically drag us inside whenever we go there. Our vet cares for our animals as if they were her own. She will give us all of our options but ultimately lets us make our decision - especially when it involves a lot of money (like when Sophia was diagnosed with White Shaker Dog syndrome).

Our niece did bring her Abby there and called us to let us know how happy she was with the vet and to thank us for recommending her. Abby needed an x-ray (not an ultrasound which is what the other vet said had to be done) and it was determined that the solution was indeed surgery on her leg.

(The rest of this story I'm writing from what my husband shared with me so I don't have all of the details.) Abby was scheduled for surgery and prescribed pre-surgery medication - not sure exactly what it was or what it was for.

Apparently it caused her kidneys to fail! The vet made an emergency house call to try and save little Abby. But it was too late and Abby died. The vet immediately contacted the manufacturer of the medication to find out why it would have caused kidney failure in a dog. They told the vet that this medication has caused kidney failure in "a few dogs"! Why didn't they provide a warning! The vet would have never knowingly prescribed a medication that could cause kidney failure.

I know the vet feels terrible, as do we, but we're not heartbroken like our niece and her husband. They lost their precious little Abby. If you've ever lost a pet you know how they feel.

If you want to say anything to my niece (I'll just call her S) leave a comment or send me an email (sewingbysharon [at] gmail [dot] com) and I'll make sure it gets to her. Pin It


  1. Please tell your neice how very, very sorry I am to hear about Abby. I've loved and lost pets and I know how it hurts.
    Be glad for the time she was with you... you obviously gave her a loving, happy, sweet life.
    I'm just about crying myself right now.

  2. So sad. There are no words for the loss of a beloved pet.


  3. Anonymous10:02 PM

    I'm so sorry to read this post. Our dogs are older now and one had a close call not long ago after a "well dog" visit to the vet. It could have been coincidence, but I wonder if perhaps older dogs don't react differently to vaccinations, etc. Again, so sorry about Abby.

    BTW, we have had wonderful experiences with the university veterinary clinic near us. It may require a referral from your vet -- not sure. In the waiting room I have met people who have come great distances just to bring their pet for treatment by a specialist in a particular field.

    5 Cats, 3 Dogs

  4. Oh Sharon, I'm so very, very sorry for the loss of your neice and her husband.

    Hopefully the meds will come with a warning in the future. g

  5. That is so sad! Losing a beloved pet is so difficult. Losing one because of such irresponsibility is even harder. I feel for your niece!

  6. I'm very sorry for your niece and for you, too. How very sad for poor Abby. She looked like a beautiful dog.

  7. marty8:11 AM

    It is so hard to lose a family pet as it is close to losing a child. Know that many prayers are coming your way and hugs to your niece and her hubby. May this post be a wake-up call to pharmaceuticals to label their meds correctly. No one should have to go thru something like this.

  8. Oh, my, S.
    I am so sorry. Im welling up and nearly in tears. I, too have lost pets and it never gets easier. Sudden unexpected loss is much more difficult than the natural flow of life and there is little I can say to make the pain go away. Grieve all you need to, then adopt again. That new rescued dog will be forever grateful, and it will serve to honor Abby's memory. You will never forget her.

  9. That's so sad! I've lost many pets in my lifetime, and you never forget how wonderful each and every one is. It's horrible what happened to Abby. I give my very best to you all.

  10. I read this last night and it's been on my mind. I'm thankful for my pets' health right now, and I sometimes take that for granted. Actually I do often. I'm sorry for your niece, I'd appreciate it if you tell her I've said a prayer on her behalf, and on Abby's. Such hope in that puppy face there is, I hate that she isn't here anymore. And I hope she finds a way to open her heart to another dog when she's ready. I'm thinking that'd be a great gift to Abby, that another dog was saved.


  11. Dear S, I am so sorry for your loss and you are in my thoughts. I lost my cat 6 months ago--also an unexpected loss, which I think makes it so much harder. Please take comfort in the fact that you were doing the very best you could for little Abby and you made her life so much better in the short time she was with you.

  12. I am so, so sorry for you! We lost our beloved Bubba Joe to liver failure from medicine for the pain of his back. He was not quite 7 years old and it was very hard to deal with. But I know without this medicine his life would have been full of horrible pain and it was the only med that worked. I will keep you all in my prayers.



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