Hey guys, i browse these forums occasionally and i had just had the most depressing thing happen to me. I wish this never happens to anyone.
My jack russell terrier was only two and a half years old and had a false pregnancy, therefore my local vet told me to get it desexed as it was more vulnerable to uterine infections. I accepted thinking it would be a sin not to, i asked if she was capable and he replied yes confidently so we booked the appointment for tomorrow.
I got back from work after midnight and started researching what exactly happens, i found out it had about a 0.25% of dying, i took my chances and was paranoid what if my dog dies? How will i handle it? I snapped myself out of it thinking i was a complete idiot for thinking like an overcautious care bear.
I read that food and water not to be given after midnight. As i come home, my dog always greets me from sleeping then eats and drinks from her bowl. So i ring up the vet and reschedule it tomorrow, he seemed annoyed and probably thought i was too paranoid. He wanted the procedure to happen even though it was his fault for not telling me the precautions.
The day had come and i was so scared, my dog took an injection and flinched in pain. She never done that and was shaking, she was never like this when we had boosters and worming. The vet seemed like a cranky guy, although at the back of my mind, i wanted to calm her down until the actual operation. I thought to myself, this vet's going to think i have mental issues since i cancelled the appointment beforehand and i always ask silly questions the past visits. ( Now i learnt to do it my way)
I got the call 45 minutes later that she had a heart attack, i hung up the phone and rushed to the vet. Instead of a lively pink tongue, it was purple. I started balling my eyes out. The vet tried showing empathy and saying that he would have never expected this, the last one to die from it was 18 months ago. He does 3 desexes a day. The cause either was from an allergy. He told me it was unpreventable and these things happen. I researched more at home and realised a blood test could have saved her although the vet never told me same with the precautions for the surgery.
My family just buried it straight away and didn't want to do an autopsy as it won't get her back.
My question is, is the vet required to offer me the blood test and he said the surgery was going well until he stitched her up then she twitched and had a heart attack. He tried adrenaline shot too apparently, does that sound possible or do you think it's more of malpractice?