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What to do when a veterinary specialist refuses to treat your companion animal?
alysoun posted:
Despite more than 20 years with as many companion animals, and despite being willing to spend whatever it takes for quality care, I am finding it harder and harder to obtain specialized veterinary care. 16 months ago, a surgeon recommended euthanizing one of my cats; I did persuade him to perform the needed surgery and my cat is still alive today. Then in January of this year, an oncologist denied chemotherapy to my dog, saying that he bit a nurse - and my dog died three weeks later. I wrote to the AVMA and to my state veterinary medical board to ask what I should do if I encounter this type of situation again. Both told me how to submit a complaint. I've done that too - but as I explained to them, these complaints can't bring my dog back from the dead, and my focus now is on preventing another of my companion animals from facing a similar situation. Neither the AVMA nor my state veterinary medical board has an answer for that one. Does anyone have any advice, short of bringing a lawyer with me every time I take an animal to a veterinary specialist?


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