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