I have a friend who called her vet to get her 3 year old Maltese put down. Dog was a pet store leftover who had allergies. The vet had her sign over the dog and the tech took him home. She had another dog at home, he's now with me. Woman should not have ever had a pet.
As for the original vet, I hope he gets investigated and sanctioned. And I hope Lola/Tinker has a happy life.
This is just making me realize how good our vet is, and how right we were to have our dog and cat put down a couple of years ago. They were so ravaged by cancer that they were dead within 20 seconds of being injected. And they let us stay in the room to say goodbye.
Ugh, those were bad days. The only form I remember signing was about whether we wanted them to be cremated or not. They also made clay paw prints for each one, which was nice.
I'm happy the dog is alive and well, but that vet should be sanctioned for pulling something so shady.
What would happen if you just don't have the money to save the dog? For example, cancer drugs or surgery cost a lot of money. People might love their pets, but not be willing to give up their retirement funds. Do they automatically lose their pets to a richer family?
And who knows what the vet eventually did with the dog. Perhaps he took it to the humane society, where the same outcome (the healthy dog being put down) was likely considering 4 million dogs and cats are put down per year. If that happened, the vet was paid for a service that the humane society performed.
Who cares if he did eventually have to put the dog down or take it to the Humane Society where they put it down? At least he TRIED to find the dog a home. This is a living thing we are talking about here, how can some of you be so cruel? I am getting very upset that all you want to think about is how the doctor was lying and committing "fraud." WTF!? How about focusing on the fact that the doctor tried to SAVE this perfectly healthy animal?
Life is not black and white, there are many shades of gray. Sometimes we do something that is wrong because it is right.
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A quick thanks to everyone who responded about my former vet and Buddy. I feel better now about the experience and will also be more careful regarding my current sweet, goofy, hopefully healthy forever companion.
I just think that the doctor should be upfront about it. If the vet said "we don't kill a healthy animal, but we can help you find a new home for that dog" and charged the guy accordingly, wouldn't he have accomplished the same thing?
But there are some people who can't even afford relatively small veterinary bills. I'd like there to be some support for those people, but yeah, where do you draw the line? For example, homeless people can benefit from having pets, but they usually aren't able to provide pets with proper care.
From what mlp said, the man went in saying he didn't want the dog and wanted it put to sleep. The vet said okay. If it's not okay (and I agree with the vet, it's not okay to put a healthy animal to sleep), the vet should say so, and provide other options (like the vet himself finding the dog a home, for a fee if necessary). That's his (or her) job.
Well, it worked out well for both healthy young dogs, didn't it!! I could care less about how the people felt. If a young dog gets a second chance at life in a loving home, then that's what is most important IMO.
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In all of these, IMO the vet could have been more honest as suggested by few other posters as well.
Look, the problem isn't that the dog is alive, that's a great and wonderful thing, the problem is that the owner was told that the dog had died when the vet clearly did not intend to put the dog down at all. Why not let the patient's owner make an informed choice? We have that requirement for humans, for crying out loud, so it would make sense to hold veterinary care professionals to the same standard.
The vet told her the owner the dog died, and she and her little girl mourned the loss of their pet.