(Closed) My dog could’ve died and vet told me not to worry about it. (kind of long)

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Honestly, I’d look for a new vet or only see Dr. Green from now on. Granted, that doesn’t help with emergency situations. Maybe call the emergency vet if Dr. Smith is the one answering the phone just for a second opinion. So glad Boris is going to be okay.

Post # 4
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’d treat it the same way if I called my pediatrician and he told me not to worry about my daughter and then she ended up very seriously ill: I’d find another vet. 

Post # 5
59 posts
Worker bee

Awwww, I’m so sorry to hear about this. It makes my heart break that because of someone’s dismissal, you almost lost your pet. 

I think you should speak directly with the doctor and ask what the situation was. What made her think that there was nothing to worry about? Regardless, I would write a review saying that you’ve had a bad experience here and that you don’t recommend using their services. It’s unfortunate because you got one good doctor, who did help you. But you don’t want others to put their pets at risk!

Again, so sorry to hear this, hopefully he is still doing well!

Post # 6
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

let go of the “what if” thinking. it will only drive you crazy. i know my dog has had a few close calls, but i just have to let them go.

i would find a new vet. i wouldn’t want to risk having to talk to the other vet in an emergency. alternatively, keep seeing dr. green and use a different emergency clinic (but then they don’t know your dog as well). find out if you can report dr. smith somewhere (who licenses vets?)

Post # 7
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

1. Never go to Dr. Smith again. Build a relationship with another vet clinic so you have a 2nd option if Dr. Smith is the only one available at your current vet clinic.

2. Report the Dr. Smith to your state Veterinary Medical Association. http://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/veterinarian-complaints.aspx

Post # 8
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think vets are a lot like doctors in that they have to SEE what is going on rather than being told. Honestly, I would of taken my dog to vet emerg, regardless of expense if that happened because even for humans, ODing on an inhaler is very dangerous. I am not placing judgement, as I know how emotional I get when I am dealing with a pet issue but a doctor can’t make a proper diagnosis over the phone, neither can a vet.

There isn’t really anything you can do about Dr. Smith, other than choose not to see him again.

p.s: I am glad your puppy baby is ok. Must be having a quite a comedown!

Post # 9
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I know exactly what you are going through…we actually had a dog die bc an emergency animal clinic told us not to worry about something that our dog ate. She died several days later. 

I would find another vet and I would make sure they know why you are leaving and taking your animals elsewhere. 


Post # 11
1882 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The only thing I would want to double check is the message from the answering service that Dr. Smith recieved/gave. The person who answered the phone could have messed up either your message or the message from the clinician. If they ahd a few calls on hold he/she could have picked up the wrong line and gave the wrong info-which also needs to be addressed. I only say this because I used to work in a vet off ice and it happened once. Everyone was okay, but the receptionist got in big trouble.

Post # 13
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If there’s one thing I’ve learned with all our dog trouble, you really need one super amazing vet who you can 100% trust in everything they tell you. Dogs are like our babies, and if a pediatrician told me “not to worry about it” after my baby ingested an inhaler, I’d run outta that office real fast and never come back. You need someone who will really listen, and not dismiss you and your emergencies because of their busy schedule.

Either you need to transfer all your care to Dr. Green, or find another office entirely. Good luck!


ETA: I’m glad he’s okay!

Post # 14
1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@stephinPA: I don’t have anything to add, but I just wanted to say that Boris is an adorable boy 🙂

Post # 16
2465 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

oh phew, i’m so glad Boris is okay! that sounds so scary! i think i agree with the other bees, i’d make sure to complain a lot about the first vet, and then find a new office

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