Letter: For dog and family, the misery of a missed diagnosis

Posted 10/7/20

To the editor:

We noticed our dog wasn’t feeling well. We made an appointment with a local veterinary practice. The veterinarian said our dog was fighting off a virus. They then prescribed …

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Letter: For dog and family, the misery of a missed diagnosis

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To the editor:

We noticed our dog wasn’t feeling well. We made an appointment with a local veterinary practice. The veterinarian said our dog was fighting off a virus. They then prescribed some medication. They said he will be fine.

The next day he had taken a turn for the worse. We called the veterinarian again and they assured us that he would be fine. We did not feel comfortable. We then took him for a second opinion.

That veterinarian examined him and told us that his lymph nodes and spleen were swollen and that it was very possible he was in stage five of cancer. Lymphoma was the diagnosis and blood tests were conducted to confirm it.

All the family can do now is give our dog the medication that this veterinarian prescribed and make him as comfortable as possible.

If the medical condition of our dog was properly diagnosed during the initial visit, our dog would have a chance to live a longer life.

Signed: Unfortunate animal lover.

Sandy Fitzgerald

Tiverton

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