March 4, 2009

Unnecessary Roughness

This little guy had his second vet appointment today. We were establishing him as a patient with the vet we have always used for shadow. Note that I said the vet we have always used for shadow, not the vet we LOVE for shadow. There is a husband/wife team of doctors at our vet clinic (which will remain nameless, but not because I want to protect it). We like the wife but the husband usually has NO bedside manner with the pets and we try to avoid him. Having quickly made the appointment during my workday, I failed to request the wife. Dan and Reagan were on duty today to bring Hudson for his appointment, which was to include his second round of shots and a look at his itchy skin. The breeder had taken him with his siblings to their first appointment for the initial shots and had previously had their flaky skin tested for anything more problematic that just plain dryness. 3 weeks ago the skin condition was nothing and today upon recheck.....the vet SLICED our puppy open trying to obtain a "scraping" of the dryness. Hudson required 2 STAPLES to close the doctor inflicted wound...STAPLES..because his skin is so thin that regular stitches wouldn't hold the cut closed. Needless to say, Reagan is completely traumatized by SEEING this as it occurred to her precious baby and then apparently witnessing the vet stapling him closed which prompted much yelping from him. In case you are wondering the doctor did give the crying Reagan a half hearted apology for what he had done. The breeder happened to call our house about an hour after this ordeal to remind us about a party this weekend that we are attending and Reagan could barely explain to her what had happened. When I got on the phone with her she was LIVID. She had tried desperately to encourage us to switch to the vet she uses, but we were hesitant because of the distance and therefore inconvenience. She asked what the heck this guy was thinking, using any kind of scalpel next to a little yorkie to scrape skin. She explained that her vet had merely parted the puppy's skin and used a piece of tape to remove skin cells which she then viewed under a microscope to determine that he did not have a skin disease or illness that required medication. Our so called "vet" has recently given up his equine practice....I think he thought he was still working on a horse rather than a 1.4 pound dog. Where is the common sense when you are working on a fidgety, little, fragile yorkie. This idiot is never getting his hands on Hudson again. Oh, yeah....we left with a wounded animal and PAID $67.00 for the pain and suffering of Hudson and a completely hysterical Reagan. At the very least he could have comp'd the visit. A longer drive to Saratoga is in order and the breeder even offered to help us in a pinch if we ever needed her to drive him there. Now we can just hope that he heals without issue. He is on antibiotics and is supposed to return in 10 days to have the staples removed. The new Vet will remove the staples....I'll be calling them in the morning. Shadow's coming too.

6 comments:

reneƩ said...

oh my goodness!!!!!!!
how terrible!
let reagan know that i would have reacted in exactly the same way had i seen that happen to one of my animals.
although i may have also told him off...

Allison said...

Poor Hudson. Poor Reagan.
I hope he heals well. I will be getting the name of the new vet from you for Sandler's surgery. We are now Boy-cotting the Vet in town!

smallpines said...

So sorry for the pup, and for Reagan. That's absolutely awful. I can't even imagine watching this happen. Terrible. Make sure you talk about it plenty. I'm sure lots of folks would not want their animals treated clumsily. If the fool doc had at least said, "I'm so sorry," and gone out of his way to make a fuss about his gaff and how bad he felt, it would be different. Ugh.

Tracey said...

Oh no!! The poor little puppy!! Hope he heals quickly. Glad you found out about this vet over this, rather than something even worse...

Jennifer W said...

yikes. I would have been just as traumatized as Reagan was. I'm glad you are switching, if only for her sanity.

SHERI said...

THEY PAID!! ARE YOU NUTS! YOU BETTER GO BACK AND GET YOUR $67!!! DOC WOULD HAVE GOTTEN A CAN OF WHUP-ASS