Turbo had been mis-diagnosed by VCA Animal Hospital in Burbank, CA. She had a neurological problem that the vet missed, and chose to ignore my numerous calls regarding my concern for her behavior (losing balance, tripping, panting, pacing, walking in circles). The vet proceeded to put her under general anesthetic for a dental cleaning and to extract 1 abscessed tooth, she pull 10 of her teeth out (I regret giving them the okay to do what they felt was necessary, I sure wasn’t expecting it to go from 1 to 10 teeth!), without giving antibiotics prior to the surgery, over medicated her with other pills (TURBO WAS 16 YEARS OLD BTW). After the surgery her symptoms worsened. Again, the vet disregarded several calls afterwards. Five days later, the vet agrees to see her, evaluates her, says she is perfectly fine, then prescribes more medication! That night she had a seizure and would eventually have to be put down from the damage caused. I watched my poor little girl fall over, walk into walls, and lose control of her motor and body functions for a week, hoping that we might get lucky with a good recovery. Her last night, she collapsed on the floor. We took her back to emergency but unfortunately the damage was too great and we had to make the difficult decision to end her suffering. It is THE OPINION OF FOUR OTHER VETS that Turbo should not have had the surgery given the symptoms, the lack of antibiotics prior to surgery very well could have caused her demise, the doses prescribed on the other medications were 3 times or more, the needed amount for a 16lb dog. I regret trusting our dog’s life to VCA and I hope that this will encourage others to go elsewhere or at least get a second opinion. I now have names of highly recommended, respected vets. Feel free to contact me if you would like their info. OUR HEARTS ARE BROKEN. BY THE WAY, ABERMAN (VCA VET) WAS DIRECTLY NOTIFIED OF THE SEIZURE BY ONE OF HER TECHNICIANS DECEMBER 24TH IN THE MORNING, AS OF 1-4-09, I HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY COMMUNICATION FROM ABERMAN.
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