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Do I have any recourse against my vet who prescribed Baytril?

Q:

Do I have any recourse against a vet who prescribed Baytril to my cat unbeknownst to me. He was in for a simple abscess repair and he died from the effects and she freely admits it was the Baytril. She called the manufacturer to see how to reverse the effects to no avail.

A:

I am so sorry to hear about your cat. Every state has a veterinary licensing board. You can contact the State of Nevada Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, 775-688-1788 or go online to www.nvvetboard.us to access the consumer complaint form. The Board does not resolve financial disputes but has the authority to investigate complaints regarding the care of animals, such as complaints for malpractice and misconduct. One can also sue a veterinarian for monetary damages. In court, one would normally need to show that the veterinarian acted incompetently and/or negligently and caused injury or death. When medicines are administered, the issue sometimes is whether the medicine and dosage given were appropriate under the circumstances. Veterinary hospitals often have pet ‘parents’ sign forms which give some latitude to veterinarians when treating an animal, and that may include the administration of an antibiotic. However, if a veterinarian’s conduct in choosing a particular medicine or dosage falls below what is deemed the acceptable professional standard of care, the veterinarian may still be held liable. Although the monetary awards in veterinary malpractice cases tend not to be substantial since many courts still view animals as property, a few courts have considered emotional distress and the special bond between the animal and human guardian.


Submitted by Cat 911, NV
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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