Boulder, CO dog owners sue Pfizer over death of golden retriever

Boulder, CO dog owners sue Pfizer over death of golden retriever! Click here for the link to the article!

08/24/2011 10:16:16 AM MDT

Owners of a Boulder dog, who died after surgery, are suing a drug maker for alleged negligence. Shelley Smith and Christopher Cooper have filed a civil lawsuit against Pfizer Inc., the maker of the of the drug Rimadyl, according to the lawsuit filing.

The suit, filed by the Animal Law Center, centers on the July 2009 death of a golden retriever named Sophie. In May of 2009, a Longmont veterinarian performed surgery for a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament on Sophie. “Following the surgery, the veterinarian prescribed several medications including Rimadyl, which is an anti-inflammatory drug,” the filing said. Eleven days later, the dog began “experiencing symptoms described by two Pfizer veterinarians as Rimadyl toxicity.”

Sophie was hospitalized for 13 days and released but she continued to suffer, the lawsuit said. On July 26, 2009, Sophie died from severe liver degradation. The suit accuses Pfizer of negligence for its lack of properly informing pet owners of the risks associated with the use of Rimadyl. Lawyers representing Sophie’s owners said they want Pfizer to conduct more research on Rimadyl to “determine its wide-ranging effects on all breeds.”

This is exactly my beef with Pfizer! They don’t disclose the risks associated with their vaccines! Vaccine associated sarcoma is NOT listed as a possible side effect on any of the vaccines Chicken was given. Dr. Regina E. Tan from Pfizer blames the FDA for the lack of warning. Pfizer knows that risks. They should print them. A phone call has already been made to the lawyer in Boulder, CO. I hope more pet owners begin to sue. The only way to get through to Pfizer is to hit them in their pocketbook! Remember what Pfizer did to Chicken when your doctor or veterinarian wants to prescribe Pfizer products to you…

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3 Responses to Boulder, CO dog owners sue Pfizer over death of golden retriever

  1. Allison Nicolas says:

    Hello and I’m so happy to find your page! I am living in Canada so I’m unsure if you’d be able to help me in any way but any advice would be so greatly appreciated!

    My 8 year old beagle Trixie was rescued from a puppy mill 4 years ago and has only one eye… She’s been through so much but such a wonderful dog.. She sleeps with my 3 kitties 🙂 I’ve put so much time into training her and feeding holistic food and treats and making her a happy healthy dog!

    Recently Trixie developed 2 tumors which we immediately had removed. They were tested and both were caused by the rabies vaccine she had 2 months earlier. One was on the vaccine site and her entire right bum cheek had to be removed… The other was on her side near her rib cage. We are now finding more and more lumps and I will do anything to save her she’s such a special dog to me!

    What steps did you take in treatment of the cancer? And how did you start taking on the company… Any help you can offer I just don’t know what to do 😦

  2. Allison, I am so sorry to hear about Trixie. I took Chicken to a board certified surgeon who removed the tumor very aggressively. About three weeks later, Chicken began twenty-one radiation therapy treatments. After that, she had two rounds of CCNU chemotherapy. I wrote a letter to the vet who gave the vaccines to Chicken asking him to contact Pfizer. Here is a copy of that letter:
    _______________ Road
    Cincinnati, OH 452____
    December 28, 2010

    ______________, D.V.M
    ________ Animal Hospital
    _________________ Road

    Dear ___________:
    On November 18, 2010 I noticed that Chicken had a very large lump on the back of her neck in her scruff resulting in the following care:
    • December 2, 2010 Chicken had the lump surgically removed by Dr. Michele Muldoon at Animal Care Center ($1738.56).
    • December 9, 2010 the histiopathology reported that Chicken had a vaccine associated malignant fibrous histiocytoma (attached).
    • December 15, 2010 Chicken’s stitches were removed.
    • December 17, 2010 we met with Dr. Cheryl Harris, a board certified veterinary oncologist. She recommended that Chicken undergo radiation therapy ($85.00).
    • December 27, 2010 we consulted with Dr. Dave Denman, a radiation oncologist at Animal Care Center. He recommended 21-23 radiation therapy sessions for Chicken.
    • December 28, 2010 Chicken began radiation therapy treatments (estimate $4230.30-$5018.30).
    I am requesting that you report an adverse reaction to Pfizer Animal Health (1-800-366-5288) today. I also expect compensation from Pfizer Animal Health.
    Chicken received the following vaccines from Pfizer Animal Health:
    • 09-06-03 Leukocell 2, Defensor 3 lot #318A
    • 08-18-04 Leukocell 2, Defensor 3 lot #318A
    • 08-16-05 Leukocell 2, Defensor 3 lot #318A
    • 08-04-06 Leukocell 2, Defensor 3 lot #318A
    • 11-14-07 Leukocell 2, Defensor 3 lot #318A
    • 12-28-09 Leukocell 2, Defensor 3 lot #318A

    If you go back and read the blog from the beginning, you can follow her story. I wish you the best of luck and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need anything!


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