Vet clinic accidentally kills cat with dog drug

“What I think now is his death sentence was sealed the moment she injected him.”

cat killed by vet clinic on giving wrong drug

On the left is Bosco, about 12-years-of-age and on the right is pensioner Lillian Carr, Bosco’s former owner. Bosco is now dead and cremated because unfortunately a veterinary nurse administered a dog drug (we don’t know the name) to Bosco that poisoned him.

Bosco was in for teeth cleaning and to check out a possible cancerous growth on his lip. As is normal, Carr was nervous about things but she’d been with the same vet for 40 years.

The mistake was discovered after Bosco had returned home. Carr received a telephone call by a nurse at the clinic who said:

‘We’ve got to come and get Bosco, he’s been given the wrong medicine’,

Carr thought Bosco would pull through but he went downhill over a period of a week. She was told that he was dying. She had no hope of a recovery and agreed euthanasia.

The clinic staff behaved nicely after the accident. Of course, there was a refund for all costs and a full apology which was unopened by Lillian Carr.

These things happen. Apparently, there were two syringes in the room and the nurse picked up the wrong one. That does seem careless.

The location is New Zealand.

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Vet clinic accidentally kills cat with dog drug — 3 Comments

  1. Most important was the fact that the clinic admitted its mistake which is definitely rare as a lawsuit could be raised against it by the cats owner Lillian Carr.It was destiny and carelessness that resulted in the death of the cat “Bosco” and my deep sympathies for the owner.Its not easy getting over the loss of a pet companion especially when its due to veterinary negligence, something that could have been avoided.

  2. Two syringes near each other? Doesn’t seem very professional, since syringes aren’t labeled.

    Although we do know of hospital cases where the wrong arm or leg has been treated or amputated.

    Nowadays they check once, twice, and even 3 times to make sure.

  3. I’m very sorry for Lillian. It’s always heartbreaking when a much loved pet dies, but when it’s in circumstances like this, the emotional pain must be unbearable.

    At least the clinic were decent enough to admit their mistake and appear to have done all they could to save Bosco. If their apology is genuine and heartfelt, then I have some sympathy for the vet nurse who administered the injection. I’m sure killing someone’s pet by accident is something they deeply regret and feel guilty about.

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