Sad to say, BF now has one less of the Victory Dogs. A pit named Bonita needed some dental work. To save some much needed time, the BF clinic skipped the pre-surgical tests which check for any indications of problems.
With our pets, before the first time they get anesthesia the vet will do an exam and run tests to see if there is a strong indication of an adverse reaction. This time, BF just didn’t bother to do it, and the dog died. The pre-surgical anesthesia blood panel was skipped.
BF tried keeping this a secret, but it came out on their forums. BF then posted a news article with their spin. According to that,
“Best Friends’ Medical Director Dr. Michael Dix said, “I can’t even tell you how many physical exams we’ve done on Bonita in the last six months.” Between the blood work, the x-rays, and the physicals, she was no stranger to the clinic. Yet aside from the fact her weight never really increased, she proved healthy in all the exams and blood work.”
Now, if he had said they did check but then it went bad, then this would be a he-said/she-said. However, they went too far as usual. Either he is lying about those last six months, or else this dog got a lot of care while another one dying in pain was being ignored. That other dog lost one-half her body weight, and they ignored it. I know of other cases, including a ripped claw that had to wait days for treatment because the vet doesn’t do anesthesia when working on a holliday. (No, of course that makes no sense, but it’s BF.)
And, of course, the BF Staff Cheerleaders responded to start off the “nice” comments.
People are running around at Best Friends Animal Society today. First BF tried to hide the death of Bonita, one of the Vicktory Pits there who wasn’t screened for anesthesia reaction before dental work. When this appeared on several forums, BF explained all in an article including all the blood tests that she’s had in the past. But, people noticed there was nothing about an anesthesia panel said then, or later.
Many of the comments are from the BF Staff Cheerleaders, but a few are from “real” people and other donors have started taking notice.
Enough calls started coming in that BF had to pull some people off other duties to answer them all. And they prepared “scripts” with exactly how to answer the questions. To just say there were “blood tests” but no more details and no direct answers. BF staff were warned to say nothing to nobody unless it’s in a script.
Sadly, this is only the latest and not the worst such story.