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My puppy died less than 2 hours after leaving the vet - what are my rights?

Q:

On 6/22/13 my dog gave birth to 3 Maltese puppies 2 girl and 1 boy. The girl was not doing well so on 6/25/13 I called the vet and was told to bring her in, they examined her and stated that her heart rate was low, she had eclipsed lip and that she would need surgery when she gets to about 3 months. I left the vet and within 1 to 1 1/2 hours the puppy died. I paid the vet $44 for the exam and $7 for the milk. I would like to know what are my rights since my puppy died less than 2 hours after leaving the vet.

A:

I am so sorry to hear about your puppy. Every state has a veterinary licensing board. These boards can take disciplinary action against veterinarians, although these boards tend not to get involved in fee disputes. If you wish to file a complaint, contact the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine at 850-487-1395. One can also sue a veterinarian for money. However, sometimes fee disputes can be worked out amicably making a lawsuit unnecessary. I suggest that your dog be spayed after the puppies are weaned and a veterinarian determines that it is safe for your dog to be spayed.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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