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Old July 6th, 2018, 11:29 AM
Staciewells1 Staciewells1 is offline
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After the emergency...

Hey, all! Iíve come out of lurkdom to ask for some advice.

The short version is this:
Rosie, our 3.5 year old mixed breed terrier, just had emergency surgery to remove an empty 13-gallon trash bag from her small intestine. The only place she could have gotten this was at her vetís while she was being boarded. They told me she had pooped in her crate and she had to have a bath. I chalked it up to nerves at the time, but wasn't really worried. Afterward, it dawned on me that the few times sheís pooped inside, she immediately tried to eat it. (I suspect the people who owned her before us punished her for pooping inside.) So, it makes since that if they used trash bags as a cage liner, she would have frantically eaten the bag. We donít buy garbage bags in either white or 13-gallon size. Even if we did, I would have noticed her eating a garbage bag! So, technically, I canít PROVE she ate the bag there, but itís the only logical place.

Iím really torn. On one hand, I understand it was an accident, and the people at her vetís office are good to Rosie. On the other hand, if they had walked her enough, she wouldnít have pooped in her crate. And someone should have noticed a trash bag was missing.

I havenít confronted anyone yet. I think I should let them know weíre leaving their service and why. We have insurance, but it wonít cover the entire cost of the surgery. The hubs thinks we should try to recoup some of the cost, or get a refund for the cost of boarding- since they didnít do a very good job of watching her. Money isnít my primary concern, but maybe losing some money will make them be more careful in the future. What do you guys think?

Iím sorry if this is all over the place, but Iím still a little emotional about the whole thing.
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Old July 7th, 2018, 05:55 AM
Longblades Longblades is offline
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I'm so glad to read she is all right now. If she ate the garbage bag while at the Vet's you should not have to foot the bill. However I can't imagine a Vet being dumb enough to line a crate with a bag. But maybe she got it from outside her crate? You could always bring it up with them. My friend's dog was badly injured while boarding at the Vet, it was indisputably the Vet's fault and they paid the bills.

Oh, an idea. How long was she at the Vet's? Impossible she ingested a bag before she got to the Vet? Bags can stay in side for days. My dog scarfed one up on a walk and it took nearly a week to exit.
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Old July 7th, 2018, 07:53 AM
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Happy the actual trauma is over!

For sure your emotion is evident in this post....Longblades makes excellent sense though with regard to a 'potential digestive timeline' for lack of a better phrase.

At the end of the day...imo...if you can't prove it, if all you have is a hunch...then it's a mistake to accuse them. Of course leave their service for any reason though.

Idea - call them up as another customer and make up something about your pet's sensitive skin. Ask them what they line their cages with.

Hope that may help
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