|Barked: Thu Apr 30, '09 10:18pm PST |
|I've been to approximately two dozen veterinary clinics in our area. Since my regular veterinarian is located 45 minutes from my home, I occasionally use other clinics in a pinch. Most recently, I visited the nearby Banfield several times with dogs who needed only routine care. While we saw three different veterinarians, I noticed a disturbing trend. The veterinarians seem to rush through routine procedures to the point of being completely careless. Today was the worst visit of all and, as a result, I will never use their clinic again.
We took Shiloh in today for her annuals. After waiting in an exam room for approximately an hour and half, the tech came in to take her temperature and vitals. He then stated he would take her in the back for her heartworm test and vaccinations. We requested that they do the procedures in the exam room. When the veterinarian finally came in, it was clear she was out of the loop and in a hurry. Without even introducing herself, she asked the reason for our visit, which we had already detailed to both the receptionist and tech.
While administering the parvo/distemper vaccine, the vet looked away to read the computer screen and accidentally pulled the needle out, squirting some of the contents onto Shiloh's back. She then debated out loud whether or not she should administer another parvo/distemper vaccine. She ultimately decided it was necessary. So, Shiloh was given nearly two parvo/distemper vaccinations and a rabies vaccinations and off we went.
About an hour later, Shiloh's face ballooned up. By the time we arrived at the emergency vet, she was gasping for air and struggling to stand. They rushed her to the back where the veterinarian immediately began working on her. Her temperature was above 104 degrees. They gave her a steroid and an antihistamine, which fortunately quickly took affect. She is now home resting.
I am wondering, though, if the double dose the of parvo/distemper vaccine could have caused the reaction. She's never had a reaction to any vaccinations before. I did, as I always do, request the vaccinate that does not contain leptospirosis. So, I also wonder if they mistakenly gave her the combo vaccine with lepto. I really want to prevent her from going through this ever again.