A pet hospital will investigate OAP’s claim that a Westie dog died after taking eye medication

A pet hospital is to investigate a pensioner’s claims that his dog had seizures and died after taking prescribed medication for an eye condition.

Dennis King said he took his West Highland Terrier Alfie to PDSA Middlesbrough after suffering a corneal ulcer.

The 74-year-old veteran said his 13-year-old pet had undergone surgery and been prescribed Amoxiclav tablets.

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Dennis claims he gave Alfie the 0.5mg dose, which was to be taken twice a day, but soon after he started suffering from what he describes as severe vomiting and seizures .

Dennis said he had contacted Acklam Road Hospital in Middlesbrough twice to try to get an emergency appointment, but no one answered him.

Dennis said Alfie’s health deteriorated and he died at his home in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

Now the PDSA says it will investigate Dennis’ claim and has expressed sympathy for the loss of Alfie.



Alfie, Dennis King’s dog

Dennis said: “Alfie was a lovely little boy. He would sit and watch me and jump into my lap or stand up in my recliner.

“I’m really saddened because I’ve had him since he was eight weeks old. He was 13 when he died and it really is a lonely place now without him. I don’t think any other dog would replace him.

“He was unique, he was special, he sat with me in the car with his harness in the front seat everywhere I went.”

Dennis says the drug’s side effects include those similar to what he thinks Alfie suffered – vomiting and seizures.

And he says if he had known it could happen, he wouldn’t have given the medicine to his dog.

He added: “I tried to contact the vet on the phone. They said they would call me back, they never called me back. I did that twice.

“I am very angry with them.”



Dennis said Alfie suffered from vomiting and seizures
Dennis said Alfie suffered from vomiting and seizures

Ex-Mason Dennis, who was previously a Movement NCO in the British Army’s Royal Irish Regiment, said he was now considered disabled, due to spinal problems, and could claim free pet treatment through the PDSA.

Dennis said he took Alfie, whom he calls his “little mate”, to hospital for treatment on Thursday January 13 and died in the early hours of Saturday January 15.

Dennis, who cremated Alfie on Tuesday January 18, added: “Alfie died in the early hours of Saturday around two o’clock. I was up with him all night.

“I never left him alone. From the age of eight weeks until his death, I was with him.

“If you get medication from vets, ask them what the side effects are, then you can choose if you want to give it to your dog or not.”

A PDSA spokesman said: “We are truly sorry to hear of Alfie’s loss and send our sincere condolences to his family.

“Due to customer confidentiality rules, we are unable to comment on individual cases.

“We aim to provide a caring and professional service at all times, and our vets and veterinary nurses work to the highest guidelines and standards of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

“We take all complaints very seriously and will always thoroughly investigate any concerns raised. We encourage Mr. King to contact us directly so that we can look into this for him.”

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