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- 2596 days ago -
On November 10, 2011 I lost my best friend. Bailey was the sweetest, most loving dog, and was the greatest support for me through the tough years of my life. At only 8 years old, I was sure that Bailey and I would have several more years together...more


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Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 7:44 am
Please read the heartbreaking story of Bailey, a beloved pet whom lost his life to an untrained, uncaring and possibly unlicensed vet. On November 10, 2011 I lost my best friend. Bailey was the sweetest, most loving dog, and was the greatest support for me through the tough years of my life. At only 8 years old, I was sure that Bailey and I would have several more years together. During September 2010, I brought Bailey to our local Veterinarian, Dr. Jaipal Rana for an ulcerated growth on her back limb. I was told that it was nothing, and was sent on my way. One month later, with this growth still bleeding and my first aid being of no help, I brought her back to Dr. Rana. He said it was a "possible hemangioma", or a benign growth on a blood vessel, and it can be removed, no problem. The growth was removed, and the pathology report came back as just that, a "possible hemangioma". The report stated that the growth was so necrotic that it was hard to diagnose. Fast forward almost 8 months later...Bailey begins to show a lump over her right kidney. I bring her once again to Dr. Rana, and was told that it was a "possible fatty tumor trapped underneath muscle tissue" and there was no need to worry. After a couple of months, and now having a bigger lump, I bring Bailey back in for further testing. I didn't want to open her up and risk exposing a possible cancer to oxygen. Whether or not that's an old wives tale, it holds true, and I didn't want the 'possible' cancer to spread like wildfire. Dr. Rana suggested a needle aspiration and sonogram as a guide. I agreed. First Sono showed a white mass under the skin, which I was told was possibly cancer. The pathology report for the biopsy came back as inconclusive as the Dr. had hit the wrong spot (even though I paid for a sonogram so that he wouldn't). We went in yet again, to do another needle biopsy with yet another sonogram. This sono showed a black mass, with no white to be seen. The doctor ADMITTED to me at this time that 'he had never seen this before and didn't know what it was'. Second biopsy results showed basically bruising, and blood was the only thing in that needle that was sent to the lab. Basically, he nicked a vein/artery when he was in the first time. He then said that it's not cancer, that I was crazy, and that I should just let it be.
One month after, with a second large lump on my dog, we went to a holistic veterinarian who agreed to do a biopsy. Results from the lab that he uses showed that Bailey in fact had cancer, and it was a hemangiosarcoma, the MOST aggressive cancer in canines.
Now, the reason for my long story is that hemangiosarcoma is common in white dogs (which Bailey was), and can start in a solely dermal location, usually on a limb. The 2nd veterinarian agreed with me that the "growth" on her leg was probably the start of it, and the viscal cancer was a metastasis. I did some google research on Canine Hemangiosarcoma and came to a conclusion in MINUTES, but this Veterinarian thought I was crazy.
Had the growth on her leg been taken seriously, and had he removed it properly with good margins, I would still have my best friend. Had the cancer spread in her leg, I could have removed her leg, and I would still have my best friend. Bottom line here is that this Doctor truly and ultimately made the wrong call, and my poor baby is gone.
I would like the State of New York to change the way animals are viewed, more so as family than that of property, so that people like Dr. Rana can be held accountable for their actions. I would also like the State of New York to perform a full investigation on this Doctor to make sure he is actually educated, licensed, and doesn't have fake paper degrees hanging in his practice.
Thank you for reading Bailey's story, and please sign this petition to make 'Bailey's Law' a reality in NYS.

Regina P (65)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 7:55 am
Noted & signed on 12/05/11. Thank you

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 8:12 am
already signed & shared, TU

Shelli S (374)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 8:41 am
I cringe hearing stories, like this. Poor Bailey suffered and left to soon, because of a incompetence. I think almost all of us, have horror stories like this..Hugs to Bailey and his owner. Signed and noted.

Sylvia W (46)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 9:00 am
Signed and noted. Most vets, like most doctors, mean well and really do try to do the best possible job. However, there are also those in both fields who should never be allowed near a patient; they are more interested in lining their pockets than in the well being of their patients. These are the ones for which malpractice law was created, and clearly such law is needed for veterinarians as well as human doctors.

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 9:54 am
Noted and signed.

. (0)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 10:26 am
US residents only.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 5:39 pm
signed noted

. (0)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 2:54 am
Why didn't she get a second opinion immediately? Surely that was the obvious way to go....

Emma S (239)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 5:17 am
Signed. Thanks, Elizabeth.

Kari Knabe (14)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 8:58 am
Signed. Sorry for your loss!

Nancy Roussy (79)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 9:18 am
Signed and noted, thank you!

Vicky P (476)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 1:44 pm
signed and noted
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