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Im a sorry to half to tell you all this but my little Red boy has passed away this morning.

On Thursday morning I had woken up hearing Damien heaving, I thought to myself oh no what did he get himself into . I had noticed that he had vomited up some small chunk of wood, so I had just thought well ill keep an eye on him, we all know how puppies like to get into stuff.

Late morning he had an appontment with a local Doberman breeder to get his ears re-taped, we go there every week to let him run and socialize with some other dobies.As soon as Judy took a look at him she said that he was dehydrated, and asked what had happened. So after explaining the story to her we had agreed to bring him into the vet asap.

I got to the 1st vet at 4pm we went in to see what was going on with him .The vet pretty well told me that his heart was very erratic and all over the place, and that I should just keep him on fluids for the night, and then go get his heart checked out because she said it was not good. She had told Mel and I that he could possibly have Parvo but was not sure ,she did absolutley no testing on him she was more concerned about his heart then what was causing his heart to beat like this.

I immediately called my breeder and spoke with her on what had just happened, she called the vet immediately and was really upset , because he had just got his first shots 3 weeks ago and had the whole litter looked over bye their vet and there was nothing wrong with Damien. She was also upset that the vet had said it could be parvo but never treated for it and just sent me home. I did not know what parvo was just to let you know and did not know how serious it was.

Around 11 pm he was looking a lot worse then he had at 4 pm. I had been force feeding him with a syringe (Gatorade for the dehydration & kibble mushed up to give him something) I also gave him some Pepto Bismol to help his little tummy. Bye 12:30am he was getting really bad could not lay down and was moaning in pain, so I had said to Mel lets go to the emergency I cant handle this anymore I could not wait the night out.

We got there and they rushed him in and they did a parvo test and gave him IV, The Parvo test came back negative so I was a little relived. The vet had said that they were going to do ex-rays and do blood work and would call us back in the morning .She said his heart had went back down to normal and was feeling more relaxed with the pain killers.

We got a call in the morning that he had passed away in the early morning and could not hold on any longer ..he was bleeding from the nose and had
died from some sort of poison ingestion.I broke down and could not belive what had happened, I thought he was going to pull through.

We Have been looking around the house all day on what he could have been into , but there is honestly nothing I can think of. Until i was told that there has been alot of cases in my neiborhood of people throwing treats into yards that are coated with either anti freeze or Rat poison cause they just hate dogs.

I did not know that this kind of stuff was going on. It seemed like a really nice area and the dogs were going to have a lot of room outside to play.

Mel and I have been just having a horible time with this, we had saved & saved and did research on a reputible Breeder , Got are little guy and was getting very excited on showing him.Everybody that had seen him could not belive how beutiful he was and what great temperment he had, he was not afraid of anything, he was ready to take on the world.

I am having a really hard time with this, and having a hard time to not blame myself for what has happened.I feel at fault for not watching him every second on what he was doing.

I loved him so much and just want him back I miss you Damien:sadcry:
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Thank you both for your kind words

It's been a really long day and just when i start to feel a bit better, I remember something about him, or think about how much pain he was in.

I feel so awful right now.
 

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Thanks everyone

I am just looking back and thinking to myself , if the 1st vet would of treated him, maybe he would be still here with me.

When he got tested for Parvo the 2nd vet had also told me that it could of been still in the early stages, and that is why it did not show up.

I know my breeder is very upset right now, she said it's just awful they put so much work into him and now to see what has happened. I am going to speak with her more on Monday when i have a few days to clear my head.

The lady that was helping me out with Damien ears offered us to burry him at her house with the other dobies.I agreed and was in a better mood when leaving, we put him in the Red section right beside another Doberman that she had lost in St louis when showing him. I felt at ease when leaving, because Judy was reassuring me that it was not my fault, and that I was doing everything in my power to help him and that's what great owners do.

It's just very up setting I only had him 3 weeks but I was with him like glue for that time either going for a 1 hour long drive to get his ears re-taped or bringing him to the mall to socialize with other people.

Thanks again everyone

Ryan
 

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The whole vet issue just has me so so mad, the reason I had gone to him was he was highly recommended bye another Doberman breeder here in Ottawa. I don’t know if we could of saved him, but I had told the 2nd vet if it cost me $5000 I will do it I don’t care. but it was just too late.

Okie-dobie

my breeder is from Woodstock, Ontario and she had told me the same story, I will be getting in contact with my local police to find out if anything like this has been reported
 

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Hi everyone

Thanks for all your kind comments, It does help out alot.

I have had a few days to clear my head and this is what I am trying to pursue. I feel the first Vet Damien had seen gave a complete lack of treatment with regard to the presenting symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. She must surely have noticed his abdominal discomfort and yet chose not to do any blood work, parvo test or to provide any kind of supportive care for those symptoms. I paid $60 to be told that he had a heart problem.

I plan on taking legal action on what has transpired. My breeder has spoken with quite a few vets over the weekend, and they have all told her that this was not the proper way to treat a puppy, and at the least should be reprimanded.

I am gathering paperwork over the next few days to help my case before going further with this. I do know that I must word myself properly, because I know that vets do like to stick together. I will let you all know what transpires over the next week.

Ps. I don't know how much to look into this, but when I brought Damien to the first vet, the 2 ladies that looked at him, appear to know my breeder and have a personal problem with her over not selling a puppy to one of them.( this is what my breeder has told me) does this have anything to do with Damien and a personal vendetta I sure a hell hope not.
 

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Micdobe

pursue your complaint based on the negligence rather than getting into the personal issues between the vet and the breeder.

That is exactly what I plan on doing Im leaving the personal crap out of it , just staying to the facts.
 

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Sorry Micdobe

I also should of mentioned, that yes when I brought him there the vet had brought an assistant to take a look at him also.This was the lady that had wanted a puppy from my breeder.
 
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