Is it acceptable to wait from Monday to Friday to X-Ray and operate on a dog with suspected blockage?
On Monday, we brought our six year old dog to the vet because he was vomiting.
The vet said it was either gastroenteritis or a blockage in the intestines, and that our dog was dehydrated and kept him in.
They put him on a drip. The next day, Tuesday, we were told that our dog was eating and may be able to come home on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, they said that they rather keep an eye on him for another day.
On Thursday afternoon the vet phoned and said that our dog was vomitting again and that he needed an Xray as a matter of urgency.
Should they go ahead? We said of course, and that they should do whatever it takes.
When we phoned on Thursday evening for the results, they told us that they had not been able to x-ray him, because another dog, an emergency, had come in for X-Ray.
On Friday, they did the X-ray and found that there was an obstruction in our dogs bowels and operated. They removed a stone. We were told that the dog was recovering.
On Saturday, we phoned at numerous times but were told by the receptionist that the vet will phone back. In the evening a vet phoned and told us to prepare for the worst, and then 10 minutes later, he phoned again and told us that the dog was dead.
He explained that he probably died of Sepsis, because he went downhill so quickly, and that there are bacteria on stones which are alien to a dog's system and may have caused the sepsis.
I am terribly upset and feel that if our dog had been X-Rayed and operated on when we first brought him to the vets, he may be still with us. My question: is it acceptable to wait from Monday to Friday to X-Ray and operate on a dog with suspected blockage? I just want to know for peace of mind. Thank you very much, Karin