Anchorage, AK asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Personal Injury for Alaska

Q: I have a 14 and a half year old American dog. The veteran neutered him without my permission. What can I do?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: I'm truly sorry to hear about your situation. In general, veterinarians should obtain explicit consent before performing any medical procedures on a pet, including neutering. If they performed a procedure without the owner's permission, they may be liable for professional negligence or even a breach of contract, depending on the specifics of the agreement. You have the right to ask for a detailed explanation from the veterinarian or the clinic about why they performed the procedure without consent. Document all communications and retain any paperwork provided by the clinic.

If you believe the vet acted improperly, you may consider pursuing legal action against the clinic. It would be advisable to consult with an attorney familiar with animal law or professional negligence in Alaska to discuss your options. Remember to act promptly, as statutes of limitations may apply to your potential claims.

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