ChaChee's StoryTo whom it may concern, I have a very heartbreaking story to tell about my little dog ChaChee........ Last week ChaChee became ill, he began vomiting he was lethargic and very weak, he was losing weight rapidly and couldn't hold him self up on his own. Within 2 days I couldn't do any more for him at home, he needed to go to the hospital. I took him to a hospital by my home in Holbrook. Chachee was going to be 2 years old on April 23rd, 2007.
I have had ChaChee by my side since the second he was born. So on Monday the 12th of March I took a very sick dog to the hospital by my home. They said he was very sick and put him on oxygen and had the doctor look at him. They said he need to be put on an i.v. and oxygen and start treatment right away....I said of course.
After the doctor examined ChaChee they came to me and said they needed $500 and change to start treatment....I said I didn't have that kind of money on me at this time I had 200 dollars I told them I am disabled, and I could give them what I have and pay the rest off, but they would not accept partial payments.
They said NO! We don't do payments. Go to West Islip they do a credit plan....BUT they just told me the dog needed treatment immediately......they refused and proceeded to bill me $65.00 and sent me away hysterical with my pup......Got to Islip they rushed Chachee into the back hooked him up to the iv put him on the oxygen while he was in with the doctor I went out to fill the forms for the credit and they would'nt accept me because I didnt have a credit card....(if I had a credit card would I even need the help for payments?) I told them I have 200 dollars I will sign anything to prove I will pay them, take what I have now and please help my dog.
Now get this with what they just told about Chachee's condition they wanted even more money to start then the first hospital and then they REFUSED payments and wouldn't take the $200 and immediately took Chachee off the oxygen and stopped all treatment. Then they handed me a summary of ChaChees condition and on it said owner is aware dog will die without treatment....and sent me away..with a new bill for $300 and change.
So, with no help while my poor pup just laid there so quietly...he was so much more to me than a dog ..He was like one of my kids...So.Hysterically I went to several other hospitals with the paper work...and not one place would take payments no one would help my dog, one vet was even down right cruel ...He came out and said if you can get my staff to work for payments then I'll take payments, no one from his staff even would look at me ......So I took Chachee home called several other hospitals with the same results $500 or more(sorry).....
Even the ASPCA gave me 3 numbers to call. One said come in tomorrow as a walk in - they are open 24 hours, I explained the urgency and that Chachee wouldn't make it through the night without treatment....all we can do is have you come in as a walk in tomorrow is the best I can do....the other couldn't help me and the last I got a machine. Chachee passed away at 2:20am on the13th of March......How can a Vet take an oath and so many of them don't even come close to what I read as their oath.
Being admitted into the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the PROTECTION OF ANIMAL HEALTH, THE RELIEF OF ANIMAL SUFFERING, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.
I will practice my profession conscientoulsy,with dignity and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my Knowledge and competence.......
Well the inhumane way Chachee and I were treated doesn't even come close to thier oath its all about MONEY not the dog or I would'nt be writing you this letter right now.......
And don't you know it even gets worse the dog food Chachee had been eating since day one was IAMS beef pouches in gravy and eukenuba pink bag for small dogs....I have been feeding him piosen all this time and now he is gone ,,,and all his symptoms were the same as the food causes....how sad ..how very sad theres nothing that can ever replace my Chachee.......And I don't ever want anyone to suffer the way we suffered and still suffering even now its Heartbreaking. You give your dog whats suppose to be the best foods out there and this is the end results...Its almost two weeks now since Chachee past and I will not stop fighting for my dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!