Monday, September 11, 2006

But that's not my job...

Today I took my dog to the vet. He had to get his teeth cleaned and also had a small cyst growing on his tail to be removed. At 5:30 pm he was ready for me to take him home. Unfortunately it wasn't until I got home that I noticed he still had a bandage on his leg. At first I thought it was just an ID tag but on closer inspection realized that they left the IV tubes in his leg! I went to get the phone to call them fast, because they close at 6pm. Before I could get them on the line my dog had pulled the "caps" off of the IV tubes, so blood started just running out. It turned out that the veterinary office was already closed and I had to call an emergency number all the while holding his leg trying to put pressure on it to stop the bleeding. At last I got someone on the phone and they told me to go ahead and pull the tubes out and apply cotton and the bleeding would stop. So there I was with scissors trying to cut the bandage off, which was difficult, because it kept bleeding all over and was very slippery and my dog was quickly losing the desire to cooperate. I finally got the bandage off so I could remove the tubes and sure enough it stopped bleeding. Something tells me I won't be going back to that vet anytime soon!

6 comments:

rgmb said...

ah, poor pooch!

unfortunately medical incompetence is everywhere. I hope you're going to call them anyway. If I were you I'd speak directly to the vet so he will be aware of this from you, otherwise the tech who made this error may hide it from him.

this is your week for animal adventure.

Zataod said...

I hope your dog is recovering nicely.

I hope you contact the vet and they can improve their procedures for discharging animals.

Katherine said...

Hi rgmb,

I did speak to them this morning and will speak to the vet later. It certainly has been an animal adventure week.

Katherine said...

Hi zataod,

He is recovering very well, thanks. They said that they were short of help at the vets and a dog that had eaten poison was just coming in as I was checking out. I think they were distracted.

Katherine said...

rgmb,

You called it. When I spoke to the vet later it seemed no one had told her about the incident. She's now looking into it.

rgmb said...

katherine, isn't it funny (?) how I referred to the vet as "he"? when I wrote that and then reread it later, I knew that I was making a huge mistake by assuming.....some old habits and mindsets die hard...

glad you spoke to her and that the problem will be resolved. : )

Also glad he's recovering well. : )