What is the name of your state? SC
The animal Hospital is in NC
I took my rare blue chihuahua in on a Sunday (the vet was open for regular business) he had not eaten or drank in 3 days and was vomiting and had bloody water stools. I feared he might be dehydrated (he only weighed 4lbs healthy!). For the little medical attention they did they charged me over $260. Part of that was to send his x-rays to a radiologist for examination later that week.
I did as I was instucted by the vet and the dog died in my arms that Monday night. I had a autopsy done and it was determined the dog died from dehydration. I requested some of my money back- since I feel they overcharged me for the services they gave me and did not do enough to save the 2 year old dog.
The vet told me on the phone that the dog's symptoms were not life threatening when he saw him. i have the x-rays. They refuse to give me any monies because they feel they didn't do anything wrong.
Do I have a case? what do I sue for? Is it malpractice, wrongful death, or is it considered a consumer liability problem since dogs are personal property. And which state do I file the case?
I know they could have saved him if just given the IV fluids he needed. The autopsy shows no signifigant abnormalities, no infections just signs of severe dehydration. Now I am out a $400 stud dog (proven with a litter last year), $40 autopsy and a $260 plus vet payment on a dog I no longer have.