To our clients and community,
We do this job because we love animals. It always hurts our hearts to see one pass no matter what the cause, and we don’t soon forget. We respect the right to free speech and always want our clients to be happy, but when a story results in threats and actual attacks from strangers across the country it’s time to share our side of things.
In January 2017 we saw a patient named Gracie. During this visit we noted concerning mammary growths were present. Spaying had been recommended for Gracie when younger to help prevent certain health problems, such as prevention of mammary tumors, but the owner chose instead to breed her. That is an owner’s right to choose. We now again recommended a spay, growth removal, and histopathology (a more in-depth examination of the growths by a specialist).
We saw Gracie again for the recommended procedures in early February and asked the owner to call us in 7-10 days for test results. The test results did take some time to come in, but on February 23 we called the owner and left a voicemail message to call us because the results we received showed very concerning and aggressive growths were present. We did not receive a call. At this time the sad prognosis for Gracie was that she had 6-12 months to live.
Gracie visited us again three times over the summer for various reasons and again on November 6. Each time, she was treated for her presenting symptoms, and, according to follow-up with her owner, responded to treatment.
During an exam on November 28th it was noted that Gracie was suffering from a number of additional internal growths that seriously threatened her health. At this time we discussed options, including referral to cancer care specialists, hospice, and non-traditional treatments.
On November 30 we spoke with Gracie’s owners, who chose to go with non-traditional treatment. One of our jobs is to be a guardian of safety for the pets who come through our door, and before proceeding any further we consulted directly with the manufacturer of the Neoplasene X treatment, Buck Mountain.
On December 1 we started treatment for Gracie. Though we followed best practices for veterinarians through all stages of administering treatment, Gracie did quickly begin to show signs that something was wrong. We immediately started treatment with medications commonly used in these situations, but unfortunately the possible causes of the signs we were seeing – including growths that had spread to the brain, a blood clot, or a negative reaction to the drug itself – all pointed to a poor outlook for Gracie. After an overnight stay and serious discussion among our doctors, and with a heavy heart, we did recommend Gracie be euthanized. Gracie had cancer in the brain, chest and abdomen. Her family chose to take Gracie against medical advice and to prolong treatment.
We understand that this is hard, and this is the type of situation our doctors remember long after it’s over. Unfortunately, there are risks to any medical procedure, and though we work hard to minimize them the sad reality is that this pet was already suffering from significant illness not of our causing and this was an effort to do what we could to treat the issues at hand. Ultimately, we can only work within the parameters of the family’s wishes.
Dr. Bosilevac kept in communication with the emergency facility Gracie’s owner chose to utilize throughout Gracie’s care there, and it saddened him along with the rest of our staff when we heard of her passing. While we regret that any of this happened, we feel strongly that we followed best practices in our treatment throughout. If there is ever a question about our service or the treatment received at Best Care Pet Hospital we are happy to talk. You can always reach us directly at 402-734-1494.
Thank you for your time.
Best Care Pet Hospital