I have a story to tell and it’s not a good one. I recently went to the vet and it was the worst experience! This is what I learned from this vet visit from hell!
This post is gonna be a little bit different from my normal posts, because it’s not gonna be so cheerful, but it will be informative and please continue to read on if you have a pet that you care about as this contains some very important information about choosing a good vet to take your dog to.
Where it all began…..
Last Thursday, I took my dog Cooper to the vet because he was having problems with his skin being really red, irritated and itchy. I knew it wasn’t fleas because I give him flea and heartworm meds every month and I also didn’t see any on him.
I had recently started using this new vet in my area and had read good reviews online thinking this might be a good vet. There were some bad reviews but they were far less than the good. I figured I would check them out. Since I worked during the day, and didn’t have anyone to take him to the vet or me, I dropped him off at that vet the first two times for his shots. BIG mistake.
You won’t believe what happens next…
When I took him to the vet this past Thursday, I was able to take him myself and got to meet the vet for the first time. When he walked into the exam room, he was friendly and said hello and everything seemed fine. As soon as I put Cooper on the exam table for the vet to examine him, my dog started freaking out. I’ve never seen him this scared of a vet before in my life, but I just chalked it up to being nerves.
Well, as soon as the vet started poking around his face, Cooper bit him and apparently this pissed off the vet because he began to choke my dog to the point that he was screaming! I immediately told him to stop and do you know what his response was? “Well, he bit me.” Uh yeah he did, and your response is to choke him?
Needless to say, I grabbed my dog and his leash and got the heck out of there. First of all, my dog has never acted that way at a vet before and I had never seen him so terrified. This got me to thinking, both times that I had dropped him off there while I was at work, what was that vet doing to my dog? Maybe he has done this before to my dog and that’s why when I put him up on the table near that vet he started freaking out!
What happened after……
I left the vet so upset not just because this happened to my dog (in front of me no less), but because this might be happening to other animals that go to that vet. I went home and researched what I could do about a vet who is mistreating animals and was surprised to find that there isn’t much that you can do.
You can file a complaint with your veterinary state board, but what I found out, is that few veterinarians ever get in trouble and if they do they are only fined or put on probation but it is so rare that a vet’s license is pulled. THAT IS APPALLING! So say that your dog dies because of something your vet did or failed to do, the most that would happen is they would be fined or put on probation!
Why is that?!?!?
Well, there are two “explanations” for this.
1. In the U.S., only the state licensing boards have jurisdiction over vet’s licenses, meaning they only have the power to authorize disciplinary actions or fines.
2. As awful as it may sound, in the U.S. judicial system, pets are considered property and therefore not given the protected rights that humans have.
So, what can you do?
Well, you can spread the word to other people about the bad vet and cause them to lose customers. I would shame and name that vet right now on here if it weren’t for them being able to sue me for defamation of character. I will, however, be writing a scathing review on google!
I basically just want anyone who has a pet and is reading this to know, do your research before going to a new vet. Don’t just read reviews online like I did, because they aren’t always 100% accurate. Ask a family member or friend who they would recommend and do a background check on the vet to make sure they haven’t had a lot of complaints filed against them.
I learned my lesson from this and just so you know, I ended up taking my dog to a better vet farther away (it was worth it though) and that vet was kind, professional, and had no problems with Cooper. He’s home now, safe and his skin is looking a little better each day. If you want to know where you can file a complaint click this link.
On a much more positive note, since you are here reading about my pet, you might be interested in this post as well.
Thank you for reading and please leave a comment below letting me know how you found your vet, or what you would do in that situation!