I brought my dog Annie in because I was concerned that she wasn't eating. I was expecting bad news but after running blood tests, Dr. Smith told me that with an antibiotic injection and a steroid injection in addition to injecting some fluid under the skin, she would start feeling better and we could address some of the other problems she had. She gave me hope that Annie would improve. The next day, Annie couldn't even stand up and she died that night. I am so distressed and heartbroken. On top of it all, I was charged almost $300. I feel that a properly trained veterinarian would have given a more accurate diagnosis and not given me hope when there was none.
Jan, I am so very sorry to hear about Annie's passing. It is always so painful to lose a loved pet. After speaking with Dr Smith, she said that Annie was very sick and very old. She had significant heart disease, dental disease and she was very malnourished. She did recommend medication and chest X-rays but they were declined and she did not want to press Little Annie too hard. She did talk to you about the extreme dangers of heart failure and the concern for her being so thin. She wanted to make sure that the remaining time that you had with her was as good as it could be. All of our hearts are breaking for you. Dr Smith is an excellent doctor who did what she could with a very sick little dog. I would be happy to talk to you further about this. Please, let me know how I can help and if you would like to talk. Cheryl Pfeffer, DVM, CVA