Sam is my 8 year old German Shepherd / Rottweiler companion, about 55 lbs.
Sam’s visit began at Banfield Pet Hospital at 9:28 am on Nov. 2, 2021, with Takaai Tamura, DVM. Sam was presented for Lethargy / low energy symptoms.
Previously on October 15th, Sam had received 60 mg of Cytopoint injectable by Dr. Staton. By November 2nd, Sam’s energy level was lethargic to the point of - not eating or drinking water.
Dr. Tamura ran diagnostic blood tests, then determined that Sam may have Addison’s disease. Sam needed an emergency IV for fluids. Dr. Tamura referred me to Sage emergency hospital.
At Sage, Dr. Gerado Martin del Campo diagnosed Lethargy, Weight Loss, Anorexia, Elevated Renal Values and Abnormal Electrolytes. He recommended to admit Sam for emergency treatment and further tests. I elected to treat Sam at home with outpatient hospice care from me. Sage injected Sam with fluids and sent him home with Amoxi/clavu tablets and an appetite stimulant.
Sam’s energy level at home is low but stable. I hand feed him boiled chicken about 4 ounces at a time, until he will take no more. He drinks water in proportion with his movement and eating habits. Please note that Sam does not present any other symptoms of Addison Disease such as vomiting, diarrhea, drinking, and urinating excessively, stomach pain, stomach problems, bloody stools, low temperature, shaking, or joint pain.
I called the Zoetis help desk on November 4th and spoke with their representative: Jacklyn. We created a case file for reference: #2021-68360.
Jacklyn recorded all the information about Sam’s recent history with Cytopoint. We agreed that his present lethargic condition could be related to the Cytopoint injection administered on October 15th. This condition may resolve itself without further expensive tests and hospital treatment.
Jacklyn also invited Sam’s DVMs to contact the Zoetis veterinarians for consultation at their phone number: 1-888-Zoetis1 (1-888-963-8471). Please reference case number: 2021-68360.
Below are the published statistics on the known effects of Cytopoint.
Please note that Sam presents:
Anorexia 6.2% (10)
Lethargy 5.6% (9)
The cost of Sam’s emergency episode is ongoing at:
Sage Pet Hospital $385.14
Banfield Hospital $210.00 + $72/mo wellness program
As of 11/06, Sam's energy level is very low, he won't eat anything, but he drinks water and milk occasionally.
He is alert, happy, in no distress or showing any other signs of Addison's.
I continue to give him hospice care at home. I pray he recovers with the Grace of God
his wonderful Creator!
Conclusion: This letter is Notice to all parties that I request the full medical and financial assistance of the Principals, Doctors and Agents of the manufacturer, Zoetis, and of Banfield Pet Hospital to resolve Sam’s condition and return him to full health.
Thank You for your attention and for your compassionate concern about Sam’s health, and for my life’s stability.