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The vet changed our dog's operation - where do we stand?

Q:

Hi, I was just wondering where I legally stand. I took my dog to the vets and found out he had a dislocated knee cap on his left side as we had noticed limping and our dog seemed to not be comfortable on his left leg... Anyways, he went for the operation and everything went well and it wasn't until I got him home I realized he had been operated on his right knee! We immediately phoned our vet who apologized for not mentioning it when we collected him but said his right leg was worse and then said our dog would need the other leg done in the future! I feel he should have phoned me before doing the procedure as now I feel that he's only done the right leg (which had no signs of illness) so that we have to go back and have the poorly leg operated on.

A:

Every state has a veterinary licensing board. These boards can take disciplinary actions against veterinarians. In the United Kingdom, one should contact the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to file a complaint against a veterinarian. Individuals who believe a veterinarian committed malpractice or otherwise acted inappropriately may also sue a veterinarian. It is important to review veterinary records along with forms that may have been signed at a veterinary hospital. Sometimes these forms give veterinarians discretion during the course of performing veterinary procedures.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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