FDA Issues Dog Treats Warning
So as some of you may remember I made a post almost a week ago about my 2 1/2 year old boxer Cash, who recently started vomiting after giving him antibiotics along with panacur after brought home a 10week old boxer puppy...
well here is the nightmare I am now dealing with...
After Cash first started throwing up I immediately contacted the vet and took him off all medication, a day later Cash was still throwing up. I brought him back into the vet and they tell me he doesnt really seem sick enough for a bowel obstruction, and they think it was stress from the new puppy and that I should give him benedryl and pepcid. So I do, and it helps and he seems to be ok for that day..that night Cash is again vomiting but this time it seems to be more severe..next morning I call the vet and they say I can bring him in and leave him there...I decide to instead call my old vet from before I moved since she also has boxers.
She tells me to bring him to the nearest animal clinic for xrays and blood tests and have them sent to her..which I do... Upon entering I am in tears..I dont know what is wrong with my Cashie and I am scared for a bowel obstruction...I explain to the vet the situation that has been brewing for a few days and before even doing xrays he explains to me that cancer runs high in boxers and so does a form of Crohns Disease or it could be an underlying liver disorder...I just burst in to tears! The tech comes in to give me 2 estimates one being more expensive but with more thorough blood work and more xrays and I tell them to do whatever they can to diagnose and treat my dog.
The vet takes Cash back to do xrays and I am left alone with all of these thoughts swimming around my head...all I can hear is the vet along with his techs laughing and joking around which does not seem to be very professional or sensitive to my emotions at the time.
The vet comes in and directs me to a room where 3 other dogs are locked in, to review the xrays. He shows me that there is a lot of gas in Cash's intestine which is abnormal and he can not be sure of the reasoning but it would also point to a form of crohns. He then said he would like to do another xray to check for mega esophagus and I agree. Upon closing the door he says to his tech "We need to do another xray" she responds "of the boxer uhhh" he then says very loudly "yeah, i know but if if she had the funds available we could just sedate him to get better xrays." UM? EXCUSE ME?! when was this option given to me? No one ever said that he was being difficult and they could sedate him for better pictures! Also, did I not say "please do whatever you can to diagnose and treat my dog"...yes I think I did...Now mind you I rushed into the nearest vet as soon as the opened still in my pjs and I am a mess from being up all night and crying...is he judging me based on how im dressed?
At this point I just want my xrays and blood work faxed to my other vet. The doctor comes back in tells me the chest xray was fine says the other xrays are poor quality and they could do better ones if we sedate him so now im going to pay twice? I tell him no because I feel this was a ploy for more money...this guy is worried about how to get the most money out of me not the wellfare of Cash.
As I am leaving I ask the tech for the xrays and the bloodwork and my mother (who is a nurse) calls me to check in..she has a few questions for the vet so i ask him if he would mind speaking to her and he says "I dont spend 45mins explaining something to just explain it to someone else"...Well that just threw me over the edge! I respond with " I am sorry I am wasting your precious time and keeping you from joking and flirting with your staff!" He tells me how difficult it is to deal with clients who are crying over funds..I went ballistic! I told him that it is very unprofessional to talk to anyone like that and that I had said I would do whatever it takes and what heartless person would assume I am crying because of money! I am clearly and very understandably concerned and scared for my baby!
Then this guy rips the xrays out of my hand and said he will not hand them over without written request from my vet. Well everything said and done I got what I needed to my vet, she tells me to get my dog over to the animal hospital down the street from her office (they are a small practice) because he has pancreatitis (the other vet never mentioned to me)..which I do
Now at the animal hospital, they have to get Cash on IVs and antibiotics and anti nausea medication. Upon further test they confirm pancreatitis and suggest it was to do eating something that he shouldnt have or been poisoned of some sort...I have no idea how this could have happened, and I start thinking that someone may have thrown something over the fence...all kinds of things...but I keep a tight house and yard and I know it couldnt have been a plant or cleaners or anything like that.
So Cash has been in the hospital since yesterday afternoon and he is a pretty sick pup
A few hours ago I get a call from my aunt in Chicago who just watched Fox news and said that there is a recall brewing on Chicken Jerky Dog treats that are from China and sold at places like Costco...light bulb.
Upon research I find that these Waggin Trains treats I bought and have been feeding to my dog for the past month are on that list...FML
So I am almost positive that this is the reason my dog has become so ill! Not only do I feel completely guilty and responsible for this happening to him but I am also completely outraged at the fact that there are claims of dogs not just getting sick but dying from this! and this has not been pulled off the shelves!
Early today I had also given one of these treats to my puppy! again FML!
I hope this reaches others so that you guys will not have the same issues that I have run into with my precious Cash.
Also, the amount of heartless vets who are just looking for paychecks is just unbelievable to me!
best to all of you!