Bickley couple Robin and Sue McGibbon campaign for dog drug ban

News Shopper: Sue and Robin McGibbon have been left heartbroken by the death of their dog Abby Sue and Robin McGibbon have been left heartbroken by the death of their dog Abby

A HEARTBROKEN couple have begun a campaign to outlaw a drug their vet has stopped prescribing following the death of their dog.

Robin McGibbon and his wife, Sue, 56,have written to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons urging it to warn vets about the anti-inflammatory drug carprofen.

And former national newspaper journalist Mr McGibbon is also mounting a media campaign to raise awareness of what happened to their dog Abby.

Carprofen had been prescribed to treat the 13-year-old black Labrador’s arthritis but six days after she was given her first tablet she had to be put to sleep.

Her kidneys were not functioning properly, there were problems with her liver and she had lost all feeling in her back legs.

Mrs McGibbon, of Burford Road, Bickley, said: “Rob and I were devastated. And we still are.

“The drug was prescribed in good faith, but we feel it has robbed us of whatever time our lovely Abby had left.

“Everybody should be aware that if this drug is mentioned to them then they should think about an alternative treatment for their pet.”

Author Mr McGibbon, 67, said: “The shock is indescribable.

“We want to stop anyone else from going through what Abby and we went through.

“People say she lived to a good age, and she would have been 14 in May, as if that makes it [her death] alright.”

Paul Grant had been Abby’s vet ever since she was a puppy and the McGibbons do not blame him for what happened.

No post-mortem examination was carried out but he says carprofen seems the most likely reason for her death.

Mr Grant said: “I will not use it to treat an animal again and I will make other vets aware of what happened.

“Abby was an older dog with arthritis but relatively well in other respects and it should not have had that effect on her.

“We have used it for many years and sometimes the animals get upset stomachs with it but in Abby’s case she got very bad, very quickly.

“It is extremely upsetting.”

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7:27am Fri 30 Mar 12

Witchkid says...

I sympathise with this couple, and agree entirely that this drug should be banned. Carprofen is a NSAID, similar to ibuprofen, which is toxic to animals! I have had dogs over the years who've had arthritis, and found that adding glucosamine/chondroi
tin to their food regularly eased the pain and kept them mobile. The only painkiller my vet has precribed in extreme cases is Metacam and even this was reduced to the maintenance dose as soon as possible.

At the end of the day, the drug companies are only interested in making as much money as possible. They experiment on animals, yet they still can't get it right!
I sympathise with this couple, and agree entirely that this drug should be banned. Carprofen is a NSAID, similar to ibuprofen, which is toxic to animals! I have had dogs over the years who've had arthritis, and found that adding glucosamine/chondroi tin to their food regularly eased the pain and kept them mobile. The only painkiller my vet has precribed in extreme cases is Metacam and even this was reduced to the maintenance dose as soon as possible. At the end of the day, the drug companies are only interested in making as much money as possible. They experiment on animals, yet they still can't get it right! Witchkid

9:03pm Mon 2 Apr 12

KathyR says...

I am presently involved in a lawsuit against my former Vet who prescribed Rimadyl (Carprofen) for my dog. My other dog was already taking it and he said other one could also have it w/o looking at her records at all..Court date was to be Wednesday, April 4th but they have asked for a new date and we must accept one time..Next court date is May 9th. When he said that, within less than 3 weeks and 4 pills later she was in ER, and we spent $5000 trying to save her and $1600 in Litigation. She suffered horribly and didn't eat for a week.We have a Lawyer but can't afford him or expert Vet so we are representing ourselves. I asked ER Vet if a half of 1 pill could kill a dog not in the best of health and she said yes..Her blood levels showed a toxin, they said it was anti-freeze or Rimadyl..It wasn't antifreeze..This case is a he said/she said but I was their main pet sitting referral for several yrs and have no reason to lie..There was a class action lawsuit some yrs ago and Pfizer was supposed to have sent warnings out that bottles should be labeled and blood work recommended prior to use..Dogs do well on Rimadyl, except the ones who die, which are many..What does it take to simply put warning labels and demand blood work prior to use..Very very sad stories..Something needs to be done but it seems it will take someone of notoriety to impact a change..I even used to get rebate coupons, they really push this drug more than safety or alternate treatments, sadly..
I am presently involved in a lawsuit against my former Vet who prescribed Rimadyl (Carprofen) for my dog. My other dog was already taking it and he said other one could also have it w/o looking at her records at all..Court date was to be Wednesday, April 4th but they have asked for a new date and we must accept one time..Next court date is May 9th. When he said that, within less than 3 weeks and 4 pills later she was in ER, and we spent $5000 trying to save her and $1600 in Litigation. She suffered horribly and didn't eat for a week.We have a Lawyer but can't afford him or expert Vet so we are representing ourselves. I asked ER Vet if a half of 1 pill could kill a dog not in the best of health and she said yes..Her blood levels showed a toxin, they said it was anti-freeze or Rimadyl..It wasn't antifreeze..This case is a he said/she said but I was their main pet sitting referral for several yrs and have no reason to lie..There was a class action lawsuit some yrs ago and Pfizer was supposed to have sent warnings out that bottles should be labeled and blood work recommended prior to use..Dogs do well on Rimadyl, except the ones who die, which are many..What does it take to simply put warning labels and demand blood work prior to use..Very very sad stories..Something needs to be done but it seems it will take someone of notoriety to impact a change..I even used to get rebate coupons, they really push this drug more than safety or alternate treatments, sadly.. KathyR

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