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My Vet used the same needle to give three of...

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11 Jan 2022

My Vet used the same needle to give three of my guinea pigs SQ antibiotics. I am concerned about this but I was too embarrassed to question him. Is this appropriate practice? As well, should you put a used needle back into a vial to draw more medicine?
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11 Jan 2022

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11 Jan 2022
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

Hello, this is Dr. Linda & thanks for contacting JustAnswer.  I hope I can assist with your concerns today.

The answer to all of your questions is a big NO.  Needles should never, ever be used more than one time, & the veterinarian contaminated his vial by introducing a dirty needle into it.

Most likely your GPs will be fine, but if any of them develops a swelling or abscess where the injection was given, I definitely would find another veterinarian to treat them.

You can also file a complaint with the state veterinary medical board if you want to go that far.

Please continue with any additional questions or concerns you may have.

11 Jan 2022
Customer reply
11 Jan 2022
Do you have a suggestion on how I could anonymously report something like this without the Dr knowing who it was.
I live in a small town where of course everyone knows everyone. I don’t want to make it a bad situation for everyone.
11 Jan 2022
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11 Jan 2022
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

Yes, you can contact your state veterinary board.  You will need to give them as much information as possible, but they will never reveal your identity.  They work for you, & will investigate any complaints seriously.  And this was a serious violation .

What state are you in & I will get you the site information.

11 Jan 2022
Customer reply
11 Jan 2022
Nebraska.
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11 Jan 2022
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

Thank you.  Give me a few minutes to look this up.

11 Jan 2022
Customer reply
11 Jan 2022
One legal question maybe; I am unsure but if the clinic has cameras, will the investigator be able to look through the cameras to see what happened? I am pretty sure I did indeed see him inject one Guinea Pig, and keep the needle in his hand while he drew more medicine for The next pig, but I want to make sure that’s what I’m saying is not a false accusation.
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11 Jan 2022
What would the medical board do? Would he loose his license and his business because I don’t want to be the reason that something so severe happens. It is a private family owned business.
11 Jan 2022
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11 Jan 2022
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

If the cameras are in operation, & they are not routinely erased, these could be used to confirm the allegation, but I am not a lawyer.

If your allegation can be proven, the veterinarian will most likely be fined, require additional continuing education, & possibly be supervised by another veterinarian for some time.  He would not likely lose his license or his business over this.

Have you ever seen Dr. Pol on TV?  Most veterinarians abhor the way he runs his practice, & over the years there have been quite a few complaints against him ( from clients like you, & other veterinarians).  He has paid fines & forced to attend additional education seminars, but he is still in practice, & a TV star to boot.

If you are sure of what you witnessed, then go ahead & initiate the complaint.  Using needles in multiple animals or going into a multiuse vial with a dirty needle is just wrong.

Try this site.  There is  a spot for you to remain anonymous.

https://phcmlnt-dhhs.ne.gov/PublicComplaint

I would also send a written complaint to the State Board.  Put as much detail as what you saw in it.

State Veterinary Medical Board

PO Box 94986

301 Centennial Mall

South Lincoln, NE ###-##-####/p>

Please let me know if there is anything else I might help with.

11 Jan 2022
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11 Jan 2022
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

I hope you have found my information helpful, regardless of what you decide to do.  There is no need to worry about the veterinarian as if the board decides to investigate, it will be for a very good reason.

If there is anything else I might help with, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Take care & all the best to your little GPs.

11 Jan 2022
Customer reply
11 Jan 2022
Thank you so much.
11 Jan 2022
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11 Jan 2022
Dr Linda
Dr Linda

My pleasure!

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