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post #1 of 12
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Today a co-worker told me a terrible story. When she took her cat to the vet to be neutered....the vet also DECLAWED him. The whole thing was a accident....but I just can`t imagine such an accident happening with any reputable vet.I don`t know what I would have done if I had entrusted one of my precious babies to the care of what I thought was a vetrinary professional and found that he had done such damage to him.
post #2 of 12
If this were me, poor poor kitty. I wouldn't pay the bill and I would give the vet a big piece of my mind and report him to the state. That is what I would do.
post #3 of 12
someone is woefully negligent in that office if they accidentally did any kind of surgery that you didn't request. Next time they will accidentally neuter someone's cat who is a breeder, and then there will be a lawsuit. I would not only speak to the vet, I would also contact whatever the vet version of the AMA is and lodge a formal complaint, before getting a new vet. I know an animal does not legally have the same rights as a human so there would be no compensation for pain and suffering, but I wonder if the owner could sue for property damage? Esp. if there are personality changes, since pet ownership is about your relationship with the animal. I'm really steamed by this!
post #4 of 12
I would refuse to pay the bill and report the vet to the state also, and I would file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. I would never again do business with that clinic.

post #5 of 12
Sounds like a case for Judge Judy! I would be suing that sob, and reporting him to every agency that might possibly take a piece of him!
post #6 of 12
I've been thinking about this and trying to put myself in this persons shoes, and I can't even begin to imagine how it feels, or what I would do. There's no doubt I would do something, but I don't know what. Contact a lawyer, check with other respected vets, file a grievance with whoever monitors what the vets do. Oh, ya and NEVER go back there again.

The whole thing is so sad.
post #7 of 12
Is it malpractice? Can vets have malpractice filed against them?
post #8 of 12
I read that story and I honestly just want to cry. I can't put myself in your friend's shoes ~ it hurts too much. I tried to imagine how I would feel if I picked Spawn up from the vet's (not mine, she doesn't declaw!) and this had happened; just the thought alone brings tears of rage and heartbreak to my eyes.

I would definately contact a lawyer. I would sue. I might not win (actually I honestly think I would, but even so...) but I'd sure get the publicity out to the rest of the public. You never know, a new law may be born out of it. If nothing else EVERYONE would know what happened. I'd call the local newspaper, also, just for good measure. (Hey, there might be a cat loving lawyer out there that would take the case free of charge!)
post #9 of 12

Jin, I agree totally! Jerk!!!!

post #10 of 12
Oh my gosh!! I would have been so mad! That poor cat!!!!! And your co-worker must have felt so awful! I certainly hope she didn't pay for any of it!!!!! I hope she turns this vet into the state!!!!
post #11 of 12

If I were that person I would be furious and make someone pay for the tragic mistake! I just hope it was not the vet I go to (seeing as you're from CT). The damage has been done and unfortunately, the cat has been traumatized both physically and emotionally. I pray the cat doesn't develope behavioral or litterbox problems.

What a horrible story.
post #12 of 12
I can't believe that a vet would do something like that! I hope that he gets a serious punishment so that this will NEVER happen again. I hope that your co-worker didn't pay for anything! I sure wouldn't.
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