On July 2nd, Chelsea Graham introduced her three-year-old Italian Mastiff, Draco, to Laurel Oaks Animal Hospital in Georgia for a heartworm check and photographs. That day, Draco arrived on the clinic “a perfectly healthy” canine.

Graham knew her canine’s nervousness made him just a little troublesome on the vet. His dimension would additionally present a little bit of a problem for vet techs making an attempt to restrain him. She says she informed vets Draco was a little bit of a troublesome canine, and he confirmed them too.

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During the go to, vet data point out that Draco “lunged” at technicians. The vet prescribed him nervousness meds and had him return once more a couple of days later. Apparently, the medication didn’t work. Draco clawed a muzzle off.

Though they mentioned sedation, vet data observe they determined to attempt to restrain Draco as a substitute. Graham defined:

“These are medical professionals and I trusted them and I trust their opinions. So, I said ‘Ok, go ahead and do it.’”

Something Goes Wrong

Graham says she then watched what occurred subsequent. This is her account of these occasions:

He was pushed into a corner where he was held down and a slip lead of the leash was led through the crack of the door… [A vet tech] was restraining him on the other side of the door with a leash, which ultimately ended up in him losing consciousness.”


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The vet data then point out the physician received the blood pattern and gave Draco his photographs. After that:

“[Draco] wasn’t moving. From the entanglement of things over his face he was not breathing. He was carried immediately to surgery where we began resuscitation.”

Since the state of affairs turned grave, Graham requested the physician if Draco was okay. When it grew to become clear he actually was not, Graham began to panic.

The Seizures Wouldn’t Stop

Evidently, whereas being restrained, Draco suffered some mind injury and began having seizures. Doctors monitored Draco for the subsequent three days. Afterwards, Graham introduced Draco to a crucial care vet.


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The crucial care vet allegedly informed Graham she might need to make a troublesome resolution.

“They said if the seizures don’t stop within the next four hours on the night that they recommend putting him to sleep. The seizures didn’t stop. So I ended up having to make the hard decision to put him to sleep.”

Laurel Oaks waived the preliminary vet invoice and paid over $3,000 of the crucial care vet invoice as properly. Still, no amount of cash will convey Draco again.

Can And Should The Animal Hospital Be Held Accountable?

It’s troublesome to think about bringing your canine to the vet for a routine go to solely to need to say goodbye to them ceaselessly a couple of days later. Hoping to stop this from taking place to anybody else, Graham reported the incident to the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine and to Georgia’s Consumer Protection Division.

“I really want Draco’s story heard, and I want to prevent anything like this to ever happen to anyone ever again.”

Currently, the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine is reviewing Graham’s criticism. The Consumer Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Law forwarded the criticism to the Professional Licensing Boards Division inside the Secretary of State’s workplace as properly.


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The vet’s lawyer suggested them to not remark. When First Coast News reached out to them although, the supervisor did point out that there are two sides to each story. It’s affordable to notice that many of the info on this story comes from both official vet data or Graham’s personal account.

Regardless of who or what’s in charge for Draco’s demise, his loss is tragic.

“My world revolved around him. I live by myself and when I didn’t have anything to do, I was with Draco taking him places and now I feel kind of lost.”

Rest in peace Draco.

H/T: First Coast News
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