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Old 09-06-2017, 05:43 PM
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A little lost and needing advice regarding a bad vet, and Ember's passing.

I'm still caught up on my Bird's passing. Or more, the actual events leading to it. Again. Do NOT take your small pet to Rutland veterinary in BC Canada. If you are in the area, go to Tri-lake.
The vet who saw my bird was just a money grubbing hack who's only interest was himself.
What I'm hung up on is whether or not I should pursue legal action. And how I should go about it if I do. I don't want anyone else to lose their animal because of this guy's negligence. But I'm not made of money. And I was stupid and didn't press to have an autopsy done on Ember. So the most proof I have is an X-ray, and statement of the other vet if she is willing to help.
If he hadn't been so incompetent and greedy, I feel like we could have caught it in time. Or done something sooner.
Is this just me being in the anger faze of grief? Or are my concerns valid? I'm leaving this here so maybe someone more balanced can advise me. Someone who can remove the emotion from the situation and think with a level head.


For those of you who may not know, my parrot grew ill, she started chewing on one leg, and so I took her to a vet. He gave me antibiotic and a soap to wash her leg with. He refused to do anything more than a test for mites and kept trying to give me this soap. And, like an idiot, I kept it up. Then he told me the next time, it would be amputation.
I took her to another vet after that, to double check. And this one did ACTUAL testing. X-rays and checked with other vets. sadly, we didn't catch it in time, and I had to put her to sleep.
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Re: A little lost and needing advice regarding a bad vet, and Ember's passing.

Grieving the loss of a feathered companion has no timetable, and you're bound to have flareups triggered by any number of associations. I can understand your desire to set the record straight and speak your reality.

Was curious and Googled the clinic. They certainly advertise the care of exotics including birds, but the vet bios don't disclose avian certification. Not surprising as many facilities seek to be all things to all patients. Knowing limitations is critical and I'd hope they would have protocol to advise a certified avian vet consultation when the situation is out of their zone.

Unsure about Canada, but in the U.S. companion animals are generally considered property with low financial "value." The barrier to legal action is high and the odds of prevailing difficult. Perhaps if you can prove outright recklessness or criminal behavior? A statement by the second treating vet may be of assistance, but often they are unwilling to intercede.
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Re: A little lost and needing advice regarding a bad vet, and Ember's passing.

You can write a review ... i think Yelp is in Canada and there may be other online review sites. That was poor vet care, but it's not likely you could win any judgement. You might consider writing a letter to the clinic's owners, and send a copy to the local paper. At least you will warn others..
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Re: A little lost and needing advice regarding a bad vet, and Ember's passing.

I have no expertise... only empathy. I think you're very brave for looking into all this. I'd like to add that the name "Ember" is particularly beautiful in memorial. Your darling's memory IS an ember. Warm, bright, enduring.
I wish you all the luck and peace and happiness in the world.
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Re: A little lost and needing advice regarding a bad vet, and Ember's passing.

Thank you. And yes, she lived up to the name too. A little spitfire with a warm attitude. She made our lives just a little brighter.
(Though, the irony that we had her cremated was not lost on me.)

And may the kindness you've shown to me return to you in three.
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Re: A little lost and needing advice regarding a bad vet, and Ember's passing.

Well, see, that's why I regret not having it looked into further. I'd only have the other vet's statement (maybe) and an X-ray. But I feel something needs to be done. People are trusting this hack with extremely delicate things. Such as surgeries and medicare. He even admitted to me that he's lost birds specifically for the amputations almost every time but gave that as my only other option after the soap.
I'm trying not to get emotional, but something needs to be done. Right?
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Re: A little lost and needing advice regarding a bad vet, and Ember's passing.

I think this would actually be our best step for now. People need to know about this. It's more important other animals are spared this fate, than my getting 'what's fair' so to speak.
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Re: A little lost and needing advice regarding a bad vet, and Ember's passing.

I'm so sorry for your loss <3
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Re: A little lost and needing advice regarding a bad vet, and Ember's passing.

Remember, as right as you may be, you still can be sued for anything you print!
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Re: A little lost and needing advice regarding a bad vet, and Ember's passing.

unless you have pretty much everything in writing from everyone involved you won't get anywhere.

At most you can argue false advertisement as they don't have Avian accreditation but that would most likely get thrown out of court. All you can say is it's a lesson to people to always make sure the vet is certified in avian care.

Do remember that these vets aren't purposefully distant or un-caring, they have to see the worst possible stuff and constantly have to put loved pets to sleep. They are extremely jaded people having to deliver horrific news daily to people. Some do handle it better but others have to switch off because otherwise they wouldn't be able to cope.

I know how you feel, there needs to be someone at fault, who needs to be blamed, but please try to move past it and remember the good that Ember gave. She wouldn't want you to be angry
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