When we first got Hurley ( our adorable black lab ), he was a bit sick. Had an upper respiratory infection, and we got antibiotics and treated him with that. He seemed to do just fine after that. Well, the weekend before last, he got sick. Really sick.  I took him in to see an emergency vet on Wed. night of last week, after the antibiotics weren't helping him and he was getting worse. She said that the first things in her mind wereParvo and Distemper, both which can be extremely fatal for dogs...especially one as young as Hurley. She said it's likely he was a carrier from day 1. She wanted to hospitalize and treat immediately, but it was going to be over $1,000.00 just to get started. I told her that I would take him to the shelter clinic the next day.

I took him in on Thursday, and the vet said that they would put him in the hospital there, start an IV, do antibiotics and B12 and all of that good stuff, but said he didn't look good at all. He hadn't eaten in days, would barely drink anything, had goo coming from his eyes and nose...and looked just terrible. The vet was a bit insensitive ( I suppose this comes from being a shelter vet ), and said we needed to go up to the front desk and get an animal exchange certificate. I explained that we wanted to keep Hurley if he got better, so he said to get the certificate anyway, and then call back and see how Hurley was doing.

I tried calling Friday and Saturday with no luck of getting a hold of anyone. Today I tried for over an hour before finally speaking to someone in the shelter. He looked up our record, and said that they euthanized Hurley on June 29th. The same day I took him in. They didn't even give him a chance, and they didn't even run any of the tests that they said they would. I understand that they are a public shelter and have limited funds...but why tell a family that you're going to run tests and try to make him better, only to kill him once you're gone? I cried quietly as I hung up.

The worst part is, Kaitlyn knew that I was on the phone trying to check on him. She ran up and asked if Hurley had passed the test, and I started crying more. I explained to her that Hurley was too sick to help, and he had died. I didn't have the heart to tell her that they killed him.  I feel just awful. We didn't have the money to hospitalize him...but I have to wonder what would have happened had we tried more antibiotics at home. I know he was really sick. I do. But I had grown really attached to him.

The kids now want to know if we're going to get another puppy. I told them that I just don't know right now.


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Jun. 2, 2008 at 7:35 PM I'm so sorry!!! I have a dog named Harley and he had parvo and thank God I found a vet that would take payments!!  He was in the hospital for a week and then finally came home and so far so good but it cost us $800.  I'm really sorry for your loss! It sounds like they didnt even try!!! But I do know that those tests come back fast and maybe it was not fixable!! Either way there is NO excuse for not calling you!!! 

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 8:20 PM

I'm so sorry! That's very tough to go through.

 Be careful with any new puppies, because Parvo and Distemper (or maybe one or the other, I don't remember) can live in the soil for up to 5 years. This is what our vet told us when our dog had distemper. So ANY dogs coming onto the property have to have vaccines, or it can infect them too.

 I hope your kids are doing okay with it all. :(

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 8:27 PM I am so so sorry.  How sad and how crappy for them to do that without talking to you.

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 9:19 PM That's terrible!!! I can't believe they killed him without at least informing you! Sorry for you guys...

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 9:39 PM I am so sorry for your loss. hugs.

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 9:39 PM That's awful that they lied to you, I'm really sorry.

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 10:03 PM

I'm so sorry you had to go through this. Sadly, it is exactly why I do not like shelters. They have lied to me many times over and I can't stand it. I had a good experience once, when I fostered a beagle for a rescue. They spent crazy amounts on this dog to get him well. I know, I was the one administering meds.

I feel for Hurley, shelters are complete BS in my mind, They should've just told you the truth! At least he would've had a chance. You did nothing wrong. You were lied to. (((HUGS)))

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 2:03 PM I'm so sorry. I know never to take a sick animal to our shelter--it's their policy that if they so much as sneeze, they euthanize them, just so they can sort through all the animals they get in. But they don't have their own clinic, they use a vet that's near me and actually a really good vet. I'm so sorry you're going through this. *hugs* That's just a horrible thing that no one should ever go through.

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Nov. 24, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Holistic health care is a great way to go for animals to. Most herbs work just as good in animals, and my iguana had amazing results with accupunture and the vibe machine at the hospital I work at. If you do decide to get another pet, and have any pet health questions, I am like you with your pregnancy advocating when it comes to pet health care today :P I have been a vet tech for years and seen many hospitals do things that made me have to quite right then and there because its all for the $$$.

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