We have been dog owners for 20 + years and had always had labs. When our precious Lab died in August, we decided we needed to look at other breeds so after much research decided to get a Mastiff. We took our healthy 11 week old Mastiff to a brand new Banfield Hospital within a Pet Smart in East Peoria Il for his vaccines.
He was given 5 vaccines (Corona, Distemper, Parvo DAPP, Leptospirosis 4 way, Giardia, Lyme Disease) and was sent home with topical flee medication and de-wormer which we were to give him within the next few days. Interestingly, they also gave him Benadryl 50 mg Im, which in the 20 years we have had dogs has never been done. I was told by the vet after his death that they sometimes do that to help with adverse symptoms- Like you would give your child tylenol with their vaccines.
He was vaccinated at 9 am on a Friday and by that evening he was lethargic and whimpered whenever he was touched. I read the info they sent home with us and felt a little better when it said those symptoms were not too uncommon. On Saturday he was still very lethargic but did eat and drink and all body functions were working normally.
On Sunday he had one BM and slept the entire day. He did not eat or drink at all that day.By evening he started having diarrhea and was still very achy. I went online and read about vaccine reactions and became worried by his sypmtoms.
On Monday I attempted to take him to Banfield but they were not open. Because he was by this time vomiting and having diarrhea, I took him to the vet we had seen for 20 years with out labs. He immediately said he was over vaccinated (I took the records from Banfield with us) and gave him a steroid injection and Reglan which helps calm their tummies. He said he should be better by Tuesday. I took him home and he slept all day. He tried to eat but vomited everything up. By Monday night he would not come out of his crate and was having vomiting and diarrhea frequently. I was afraid he was going to die in the night. I stayed up with him all night that night.
On Tuesday morning, my husband took him to Banfield. When he got there, the vet who had seen our puppy twice before was not there so we chose to take him to our former vet who had seen him the day before. They admitted him for IV fluids. We racked our brains trying to figure out if he could have eaten something that was causing him to have a bowel obstruction- xrays were negative. His bowel gas pattern was normal and no foreign object was seen.
On Wednesday my son and I went to see him. It was the most horrible sight I had ever seen. (I am a nurse) He was wretching and sighing with every exhalation. I told my son I thought he was dying. They repeated another xray which again was negative. On Thursday, 6 days after the vaccines, the vet called to say that he was not any better. At 1130 am as my husband was pulling into the vet parking lot to go see the puppy, I received a call saying he had sat up in his kennel and then slumped over and died. Our precious 11 week old puppy dead.
An autopsy was done which showed congestion of the spleen,kidneys, lungs with intra alveolar hemorrhage. He did not have Parvo. Banfield's physicians take no responsibility for his death saying things like..."we give 100's of thousands of vaccines every year and few dog have complications". Well that may be true,but our dog died. The internist our vet consulted said without a doubt it was the vaccines that caused his early demise.
Our vet told us that the fact they gave Benadryl tells him they were expecting a reaction of some kind. Our family lost our precious lab on August 5th and our 11 week old puppy on Oct 15th. I would not recommend ever taking a pet there. They did let us out of the "Wellness Plan" we paid for... or should I call it The Death Plan. That was big of them since their over vaccination of our pet was the cause of death.
I am not satisfied with the way they have handled this situation and am considering notifying our local newspaper. People need to know. Our number is 309-693-2729. If any more of you have these same stories, we can band together and perhaps get the word out.
Product or Service Mentioned: Banfield Pet Hospital Pet Vaccination.
Monetary Loss: $2300.