VCA killed ny dog:
I hope this post helps dogs owners in general to avoid my mistake.
As I've posted to this page a few weeks ago, when my 12 years old GS Big lost control of his back legs. He did x-rays, ultrasound and a spine MRI scan to find out the cause of his issue. In the end, we found out that he was a healthy older GS with an inflammation on his spine cord due to several slipped discs. In a way, we felt relieved that this would be treatable and with physiotherapy and acupuncture he would recover over time. The doctor Sammut Veronique DVM at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital prescribed Prednisone 10mg, a steroid that would help with the inflammation. He was supposed to take twice a day for 10 days and then once a day for another month. There was never a follow-up from the hospital to check on him after the drug was prescribed.
Two and half weeks into the treatment (including physiotherapy), Big died in his sleep.
When the drug was prescribed, the doctor explained to us the side effects of this drug: increased thirst and urination, increased hunger, panting, all that my Big showed during the treatment. But they didn't tell me that Prednisone also can cause blood clots. Now I know that my healthy best friend was killed by this awful drug. I'm sure that with the alternative treatments, he would had recovered over time and I would still have him alive today. As always, the drugs that are supposed to help us, cause more harm than good. I trusted the doctor and gave my baby a drug that was supposed to help him and I'm left with the feeling that I failed him and his trust on me.
RIP my beloved Big 5/23/2004 - 6/23/2016
I read this report with interest as we can find no one with this name in our database. I would be happy to help Ms Samuals determine who in fact saw her pet if I had the correct information. Its also possible that she is simply confused.
David Bruyette DVMD ACVIM
Dr. David Bruyette is a QUACK!!!:
Bruyette is rude and indefferent. He seemed to care less about my dog. She had been vometing and had diarrhea. He examined her but couldn't begin to come to any reasonable conclusion. Kept saying she had Hyperthyroidism or some kind of complicated adrenal problem. One of the student interns examined her, took her tempeature and pulled me aside to tell me she had a mild case of heatstroke, probably over stressed. He told me how to cool her down and to take her home and give her lots of water, air conditioning and make sure she rests. .She's fine. Bruyette wanted to keep her for upwards of a week and possibly perform surgery. When he noticed me leaving he told me in no uncertain terms never to come back and told the receptionist to make sure and collect for my bill before I leave. He charged me $175 for his lousy advise. I took her to another Vet just to be safe and he told me the same thing (mild heatstroke) and didn't even charge me for the visit. Whatever you do don't go to VCA or this HACK DAVID BRUYETTE!!!