Oak Ridge Animal Hospital

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3308 Edgefield Rd A
Greensboro, NC 27409
(336) 665-0002

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1posted: July 14th, 2008

Oak Ridge Animal Hospital


I lost my Susie, our 9 year old beagle, on May 30 when she was brought to the vet's for teeth cleaning. We had the prescreening done several weeks before to be sure no physical problem would cause any concern during the procedure . Less than two hours after being dropped off she was gone. The vet said it just happened--no reason other than her breathing became irregular and heart stopped. After some questioning the vet admitted a week later that a mistake was made by the vet technician during the procedure. (I was led to believe the vet-not a technician-would be taking care of the dental procedure). A valve was turned to check for leaks in the breathing tube and was not "released completely" (which sounds like it was not turned back on) so she soon was unable to breath and died. What I do know is that if it was a mistake in the procedure there should have been some kind of oversight when using life sustaining equipment on living animals to ensure it is done correctly. To lose her because somone turned a valve the wrong way is terrible and breaks my heart. There is no way anyone can tell me this could not have been avoided. To me the actions of the vet and staff amount to negligence. At this point in time all we have done is send a complaint to the NC Veterinary board -- but this won't bring her back. We lost our baby and it could have been easily avoided. She was perfectly healthy! I miss her and feel that unless I tell everyone I can to avoid this veterinarian her death will mean nothing. She was so full of life! We will always love her and miss her.

 

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