Veterinary malpractice is what killed this woman's dog


How would you handle it if the veterinarian who's supposed to take care of your dog, will also be the cause of its death? This is every pet owner's nightmare.

Pets do not only give company, but they can also provide a sense of loyalty, protection, love and gratitude to their owners. Needless to say, pets are more than just domesticated animals because they also come close as a family. That being said, it is not surprising why a pet's death can be just as painful as a death of a loved one. In this woman's case, however, the person who's supposed to provide care for her dog is also the one who caused its premature death.

It was just supposed to be a regular trip to the vet, but an ex-Starstruck bet was not expecting that this will be the last time she will see her precious pet alive. Al-alawi was completely oblivious to the cruel fate that will befall her dog on the hands of a veterinarian who's supposed to take care of her puppy Bella, an 11-month old Pomeranian.

Mariam vented her frustrations on social media to raise awareness to other pet owners about the alleged veterinary malpractice that took the life of her dog. According to Mariam's post on Facebook last Monday, she brought her pet on Petcentric in Bonifacio Global City under the care of Dr. Marie Shella Ordinario for teeth cleaning also known as dental prophylaxis.

After paying the fees for her dog's blood test and examination, Dr. Ordinario called back a few days later to inform Mariam that her dog is healthy and ready for her dental prophylaxis. At about 12 p.m, she dropped by the clinic to leave her pet and was advised to come back around 7-8 p.m. Things took an unexpected turn after Dr. Ordinario called to relay the devastating news that her dog died.
She made me sign a waiver before leaving, I expected her to be a experienced doctor since the fee she is charging me is more than expensive then other vets. I called her at 4pm to check on my baby and she said that she was fine. 9 pm she called me and said that there was bad news. My dog died.

I would like to share my story of a Vet Malpractice to my Pomeranian which caused her DEATH. I brought my 11 months...
Posted by Mariam Al-alawi on Sunday, January 3, 2016

In the photo above, you will notice that the poor dog's eyes were open when she died. According to Mariam, her dog died due to an overdose of general anesthesia and what's more shocking is the veterinarian performed a dental extraction without Mariam's knowledge. Dr. Ordinario removed 16 milk teeth from the dog and even charged Mariam P600 for each tooth.

Mariam reasoned that it is not advisable to do that as it could lead to higher risks because her dog is small size and even close to a teacup dog. Apparently, the little dog's body did not endure too much general anesthesia. This news alone is devastating enough, but what aggravated Mariam is Dr. Ordinario's cold manner in telling her.

She had no remorse coldly saying "accidents happen" as if it were nothing. This is my precious baby. She never informed me of the risks or possible death. She told me maliit na na procedure, just cleaning her teeth. Never would have I expected to be staring at a lifeless corpse and burying my dog that day.

People on social media sympathized with Mariam and sided with her to achieve justice for her pet's death. If you found yourself facing a similar veterinary malpractice incident, what legal steps can you take? Below is a passage from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society's official website which could help in determining the steps needed to be done when you're victimized with veterinary malpractice.

A comprehensive investigation by a veterinarian or a team of licensed veterinary practitioners can determine whether there was malpractice done by another veterinarian in the treatment, surgery of your pet.

This service (investigation, necropsy) is something that we cannot offer as PAWS only has one vet that attends to charity cases, emergency cases and the giving of low-cost spay-neuter services. Due to this workload, the PAWS vet cannot conduct a full necropsy on all malpractice reports.

We suggest that malpractice cases/complaints be addressed to the PRC (Professional Regulatory Commission) or PVMA (Philippine Veterinary Medical Association). Note : It must be the aggrieved pet owner who submits and files the complaint (not any one else, not even a concerned citizen).

For more details, check out PAWS' official website at




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How would you handle it if the veterinarian who's supposed to take care of your dog, will also be the cause of its death? This is every pet owner's nightmare.
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