Blue Springs, MO asked in Animal / Dog Law, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death for Missouri

Q: I took my dog to my vet for concerns, blood tests were taken, they informed me it was hormonal, she passed weeks later

About a month later I had to rush her to the animal hospital for kidney failure, I had to put her to sleep and it’s devastated me and my family . She was only 5, great health and had a good home and we all loved her. This happened about a month ago so I’ve been trying to get over her passing. I’m not sure what to do or think but I had them thoroughly check for everything . I haven’t called the vet where I took her to get checked out yet.

1 Lawyer Answer
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: I'm sorry to hear about your puppy. You posted on a legal page but didn't ask a specific legal question.

If you are wanting to sue the vet, but I doubt you'll find that to be a very good option unless you paid many thousand of dollars for the puppy, our willing to spend potentially thousands more on legal fees, are willing to spend hundreds per hour on a vet as an expert witness, and can prove that your vet was negligent. Unfortunately, under Missouri law, dogs aren't valued the same as a person, but as personal property, just like your other personal property items. The "fair market value" of a pet is generally far less than its sentimental value. For that reason, it generally is not worth suing over a pet.

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