From: "Lloyd Cole" - email@example.com
Subject: Proheart 6
Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2002 22:06:45 -0500
I wish I had known about this sooner. On July 30th of 2002, we took our miniature schnauzer Greta to her vet for her routine check up and shots.
While we were waiting and filling out the paperwork, the vet assistant asked if we were interested in Proheart6 being given to Greta.
She went on to say how great it was, no more looking at the calendar to see when she was due for her tablet, and all that it would be more economical $48.00 vs. the $ 246.00 six months of Heartguard costs. I asked if it was safe and she assured me that it was totally safe and that there wasn’t any interaction with the Heartguard medication that Greta had been on so it would be ok. I called my wife and told her about it and that they assured me that it was ok. So we decided to let them give the shot to Greta, which they did.
We didn’t notice any changes in our baby, she was as bouncy and alert as any 4 year old schnauzer- in other words she was normal and healthy. About 9 later on 9 August is when the horror story began. Our neighbor came over to give Greta her afternoon walk, as my wife was recovering from surgery on her foot and couldn’t do this.
She had just finished putting her leash on, when Greta gave a yelp and began to have a seizure which lasted about a minute. The neighbor immediately rushed her over to the vet , who ran some tests and found that her white blood cell count was up. Since he couldn’t determine the cause of the seizure, which Greta had never had in her entire life, he attributed the white count to be a by product of the seizure. He sent her home with some antibiotics and told us to give them to her for the week end .
She was ok afterwards and showed any more symptoms for the remainder of the day. On Saturday morning , she got up, went through her normal routine-walk, eating a round of play and so forth. About ½ hour later, she got sick and threw up her breakfast. We called her vet, who told us not to give the antibiotics any more and that if she got worse to bring her to the office on Monday and not to worry about it.
She got steadily worse as the week end went by and we tried to call him but he wasn’t available. Greta got weaker, refusing to eat and only drinking water and some Gatorade. By Monday morning, she was so weak she couldn’t get out of the bed. I immediately rushed her to the vet and let him take care of it. By 10:00 am (he finally got in to the office at 9:00 ) he called us and told us that the outlook wasn’t good.
Her auto immune system had gone haywire and her auto bodies were coating the red cells and causing them to clump together. This in turn caused her white cells to attack the red cells and destroying them. When the red cells are destroyed they release the hemoglobin and the kidneys and liver tries to filter this stuff out. This causes these organs to become overworked and start to break down. In the meantime, because there isn’t enough red cells to carry the oxygen to the cells, the brain tells the lungs and heart to work harder to get the oxygenated cells going. This in turns causes these organs to start to deteriorate. The dog gets very jaundiced, and passes blood in the urine ands so forth. She has no energy and is weak. Within a very short time the dog then simply dies from the stress. According to the info I’ve been able to glean, there isn’t any pain, thank God.
The doctor didn’t recognize it and treated her with steroids to suppress the immune system, but was unable to get the clumping to stop. By Thursday, the 15th, Greta was so weak that there wasn’t any reason to prolong her suffering. So we let the doctor put her to sleep. She died in our arms and we watched the chemical give her peace.
There is NO WAY that anyone can tell me that this damn medication didn’t cause my dog’s death! She was healthy without ANYKIND of signs of illness until 9 days AFTER this vaccine was given to her. Nor was her breed predisposed to developing this disorder. This vaccine was the only thing that was changed in her regimen and I can’t help but think that this “miracle drug” was the cause of my beloved schnauzer’s demise.
It’s a crime that these companies can create drugs that are supposedly safe and get the FDA to approve them for use, only to find that our dogs and cats are “beta testers” for them. How many of our beloved friends have paid with their lives, damaged their health all to line these bozos pockets? I think –no- it’s time that the FDA start Getting tougher on these companies and have them make sure their “protection” do just that- protect.
It’s time we the survivors start to speak for our pets-they that HAVE no voice and are at the mercy of this . It’s time WE do more than just sit back and cry and look at the pictures or the empty bed, or the unused toys and wish that they were still here. We MUST do everything possible to insure that the cure isn’t worse than the illness. We MUST ASK the vet for as much proof and do as much research about stuff that they are pushing on us to use on our babies. We MUST be knowledgeable to ALL the risks possible before we even think about using their vaccines. We must also insure that the vet knows as much about the medication as possible. After all it’s a matter of trust.
Our babies trust us to take care of them by giving them the best possible food, shelter, health care and love. We in turn entrust our vets to give them their best possible care health wise and they trust the drug companies to give them the best and safest medicines for our pets. When one breaks that trust, it usually the one at the bottom of the chain that has to pay the biggest price- the life of a beloved pet. ENOUGH!!!!
If I had known about the possible side effects of this medication, Greta would not have gotten the shot and she’d be here now a healthy 5 year old.
Don’t let this happen to your pet.