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Can You Sue Your Vet For Emotional Trauma?

By August 23, 2003

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In this ABC news story, an eight year old Sheltie dies after a trip to the veterinarian in 2001. Now the owners of "Lucky" want to sue the attending veterinarian to recover damages for the pain and suffering of their loss. Should pet owners be able to sue vets for pain and suffering in pet malpractice suits? Read the story and vote in the poll here.


March 11, 2009 at 12:08 am
(1) shaifergirl says:

Yes, a pet is living soul and should not be considered property, their worth “Priceless”. We are grieving the lost of our cat Katie, whom we took to the vet for constipation in Orlando area, was sedated at the Dr’s recommendation (due to her fighting and biting) came back in the am to pick her up….dead, he said, “she probably had a weak heart. ” CONSTIPATION, MY GOD IS THERE NO JUSTICE??? I am so so sorry for your great loss and grief, may the Lord heal us all.

March 11, 2009 at 12:16 am
(2) shaifergirl says:

Yes, people have sued over alot less. I never buried property before. Vets should be held accountable, and should take the meticulous precautions when dealing with our loved ones. I wish someone would start a lobby group to change these archaic, insensitive, ridiculous animal laws. Why, if a person kills an animal, they do time, isn’t it the same??

September 20, 2009 at 2:40 pm
(3) Petlover says:

Exactly, when a person was found guilty of animal cruelty, he/she is fined or will do jail time for the offence. Yet, when a vet kills your animal, there is no way you can sue him/her for damages. Vets charged an exorbitant amount of money to treat animals, yet, they’re not responsible when your pet dies while in the vet’s care. Animal laws need to be changed.

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