Cat - Malpractice?
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This is our poor cat.
Our cat is in pain, her pupils are of different size. And she's dizzy. We think the Vet did this... and tried to cover it up.
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The boring details...
I brought my cat Jowls, to get an allergy test performed by (name witheld) DVM. In a previous conversation with the doctor, I requested that Jowls’ ears get cleaned while she was still sedated for the allergy test. The doctor agreed to do it. This happened on 10-01-2001.
I learned the importance of keeping my cat’s ears clean from Doctor Eric Bonder. He showed me little sores in her ears caused by earwax buildup. He said if I did not keep her ears clean, the little sores would become larger. I shared this knowledge with the doctor. When I first requested to get my cat’s ears cleaned by the doctor, I asked if a veterinarian-dermatologist would normally clean cat’s ears. She said yes.
When I came to get Jowls after her allergy test and ear cleaning, her eye pupils were two different sizes. I was told by the doctor that both of my cat’s eardrums had been punctured sometime in the past before she had contact with her ears. She told me that when she went to clean the inside of Jowls’ ears, because of the previous injury to her ears, that caused Jowls’ pupils to be two different sizes. After she told me that, she gave me an antibiotic called Clavamox and told me to give it to my cat soon to prevent an ear infection. The doctor said Jowls’ eyes would return to normal in about 1 or 2 weeks. Another doctor cleaned my cat’s ears about 3 months ago, on 07-03-01 while Jowls was sedated for an anal gland procedure. This Doctor reported no eardrum puncture; my cat’s eye pupils were the same size, and she appeared not to be in pain.
On 10-01-01, I brought Jowls home from the Dermatology Clinic for Animals and she just lay on my bed with two different sized eye pupils and would occasionally groan. I became afraid for her health and I called the Eye Clinic for Animals. An eye doctor in the clinic reassured me that my cat had no pain in her eyes and that eye pupils can differ in cats if the ears are unbalanced inside. She said Jowls’ eyes would return to normal in about 3 weeks.
After that conversation, I still watched Jowls lay on my bed and groan occasionally. Jowls was also dizzy. She fell and hit her head when she tried to get up. I was worried that my cat was in pain because of her ears, so I brought her into the Cottonwood Animal Hospital later in the same day that I brought her home from the Dermatology Clinic for Animals.
Upon arriving at the Cottonwood Animal Hospital, Jowls was seen by Doctor David Shupe DVM. I told him what had just happened to Jowls that day and I said I hoped he could do something to make her feel better. He and another veterinarian named Doctor Emch both examined her eyes. Doctor Shupe tried to look into Jowls’ ears with the ear scope, but she would whimper and cry whenever he tried to look. We decided it was too painful for her at that time. Both Doctor Shupe and Doctor Emch were uncertain about my cat’s eyes and they told me I could leave her at their hospital overnight to be monitored. Because Jowls hates being at veterinarian hospitals so much, I decided to take her home and monitor her myself. The doctors said that would be alright. She got through the night and I took the next day off from work to be with her. Jowls still remained sick, but stable that day.
When I stayed home to be with Jowls, I called Doctor Shupe and asked him if a cat developed a punctured eardrum, would an infection occur immediately after the puncture or would it wait and occur after some time passed and then infect the ear to a point where an antibiotic should be administered. He said if an infection were to occur, it would happen immediately after the injury and not wait for time to pass and then become infected. I also asked him if there was a way to tell if an eardrum puncture occurred a long time ago or if it occurred recently. He said you can tell by looking for scar tissue.
After hearing that from him, I made an appointment to have him examine Jowls’ ears while she was sedated. She had to be sedated so she would feel no pain. Doctor Shupe did that procedure on 10-06-01. After the procedure, he told me that he saw evidence of a current injury healing in one ear. He said he saw a blood vessel showing where there shouldn’t be one and it occurred to rush blood to a current eardrum injury to make it heal. Also, he had to clean my cat’s ears because they had earwax and debris in them.
I was charged for an ear cleaning gone bad by the doctor. The antibiotic cost me $43.40. The supposed “ear cleaning” cost me $30.00.
Later that day, the trip to the Cottonwood Animal Hospital, to get a third opinion, cost me $31.50. Later that week, the ear exam with sedation cost me $73.00 and the second ear cleaning cost $13.00. All of this adds up to $190.90. Not to mention the day of work I missed to stay home with Jowls! I do not like paying for your mistake.
|Our second cat, Ashley tried to swallow a
needle. Here is a negative of its X-ray.
The needle is embedded in its palate. Click / tap image to enlarge.
Utah Veterinary Board
Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
P. O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT
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