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Paisley -almost the worst week ever!! :(

Hi Folks -
Let me start out by saying that is only because of Dr. Palmer at Garden State Vet Hospital that my 12 week old puppy is still alive. I brought her home tonight so thrilled to see her almost back to her old self. I am posting this for everyone else to learn from my mistake...sorry it's a little gross...

Last Saturday night, Paisley started with some diarrhea. She has not been food motivated since I bought her home and would only eat very little kibble. I was told that her weight was normal at her first vet visit with me at 10 weeks and 3.3 lbs I was searching to find treats that she would like to help in training. I found a chew treat for puppies by Nylabone that she LOVED! She ate part of that on Friday night, so I thought the tummy trouble was from a new treat. She had also been caught sniffing and licking around the cat litter on that same day. Saturday, I took her to the beach and she ran around and licked a little sand. All of these things, I thought, may contribute to a sour tummy. Sunday, she barely ate at all and the tummy troubles continued but she continued to drink and bounce around the house. Monday, she was a little out of it and the tummy trouble got pretty bad and so I called the vet (Shark River Vet) and she was seen at 1pm. She was still drinking and urinating and not throwing up. I brought a semi-solid stool sample with me wrapped up in the puppy pad that also had urine and diarrhea in it. The vet checked her out and I offered the sample and he said not to worry about it and put her on Clavamox and special canned food. I specifically asked him 3 times about testing for parasites and he said no, that she would be throwing up if she had a parasite. We came home and the sample was thrown out at the vet's office. I blame myself for not demanding the test, but I do feel that the vet was negligent.

At 5:30pm, Paisley starts vomiting. I run her to the emergency vet (Garden State) since the regular vet had closed at 4pm. They admitted her right away, at this point she was still lethargic and had watery diarrhea and vomiting- long story short - she almost died twice and was in the hospital from Monday evening until about an hour ago, when I was finally allowed to pick her up. Her protein and glucose levels were dangerously low and white count was up. The vet was very surprised that she didn't go into cardiac arrest. They couldn't figure out what the cause was until late Wednesday night when they could get a semi-firm sample to test for parasites. By this time, she had an ultra-sound and dozens of other tests with nothing conclusive. When the parasite test came back positive for Coccidia, the vet was alarmed that this test could have been done at the first vet on Monday with the firm sample and the puppy treated with the correct medication immediately instead of waiting 2+ days. The delay in treating her is very dangerous for a puppy this small.

Not only did this situation put my puppy at a HUGE risk and cause me a tremendous amount upsetment but it also cost thousands of dollars. Of course, I understand that this is part of the deal when adopting a new pet but I just really feel that if she had been treated properly, a lot of this situation could have been avoided. I had just purchased pet insurance that does not kick in for 30 days. Now the question for you...what would you do?? I am never using that same vet again and plan to go in there on Monday and raise hell. I didn't even want to speak to them this week while Paisley was in the hospital. Now that she is home and recovering, I am ready for a war!! I want to let them know about the mistake they made and let them know that all of my pet-loving friends will know about this going forward.

Any insight would be appreciated!

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Wow, poor Paisley as well as you. I am glad that she is home and on the mend. Kudos to Garden State vet. Yes, I would never go to the first vet again except to raise hell as you said. That is weird they didn't test for parasites as I thought all new puppies were tested. Hugs to you both.

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What a terrable vet! Maddie come home from her breeders with Coccidia I had no idea it was such a life threatening parasite. All she had was bad diarrhea my vet immediately took a sample. I think the first vet owes you the money for the emergency vet. I would just bring the bill and talk with the vet. I don't understand why the emergency vet did an ultra sound the Coccidia shows up under a scope?

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That's a horror story worth remembering for all of us. The money is one issue -- but what his negligence put poor Paisley through is downright evil.

I'm pretty sure that vets have malpractice insurance. Maybe you should talk with an attorney!

Please let us know how sweet little Paisley is doing.

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Hi -
To my delight, Paisley is bouncing around the house this morning and eating better than when I first got her. She gobbled down a serving of the special food the vet gave me. Her left front leg is a little wobbly from the IV for 4 days and is shaved down.

To answer your question, the reason she was given an ultrasound is because they couldn't figure out what was wrong with her and thought she may have an blockage intestine caused by the sickness. This was before they could test her for parasites.

Thank GOD that so far she seems so much better!!
Thank you for your concern and kind words...

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I can't even imagine how frantic you must have been. Thank heaven she is on the mend now. Wow!
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I was never comfortable that it's called "practicing" medicine. So glad she's okay.
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I would try out another vet but if you have a gut feeling about something, like testing for parasites, I would tell the vet to go ahead and do it or find another get that will.

Glad paisley is doing well. Try to enjoy the time you have with him/her.

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did the ER vet seem shocked that your vet didn't check right away for this? Yeah I would be talking to him about it for sure. If it were me I'd ask for a refund to the unneeded after tests . If he was'nt game for that , I'd say SEE YA.

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I'm surprised a semi-solid stool was required. Kai came home from the breeder's with coccidia. I found out when I brought him to the vet for a routine puppy exam and provided the required sample. When the vet's office called to tell me she asked if he had diarrhea (no). Within a few days my other dog got a serious case of diarrhea and I brought in what amounted to liquid. They said no problem and also indicated they could, if needed, get a sample direct from the dog. Makes sense to me!

So glad Paisley is bouncing back!
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