In Memory of Stempy
"They say that memories are golden. Well, maybe that is true. We never wanted memories. We only wanted you."
Stempy - 1999 - 2 years oldJuly 17, 1997 - September 30, 2005; align=Stempy - 1999 - 2 years old
We firmly believe that Stempy was a victim of VETERINARY NEGLIGENCE & SUBSTANDARD CARE that resulted in his preventable death at the hands of BAD vet
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Complaint Sources

Acepromazine - Mike Richards, DVM

Acepromazine Maleate for Veterinary Use - Barbara Forney, VMD

Calcium Oxalate Urolithiasis -

Calcium Oxalate Urolithiasis in the Canine - Dana Dolinsek, DVM

Improving Management of Urolithiasis: Carl A Osborne, DVM

What is Urolithiasis? - Canine Inherited Disorders Database

Diagnosis - Long Beach Animal Hospital

Urolithiasis - American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Hill's Prescription Diet for Dogs


Veterinary Abuse Network

American Shih Tzu Club

American Kennel Club

Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

PETA - Veterinary Negligence Factsheet

American Veterinary Medical Law Association (AVMLA)

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Rhonda's Realm - Shih Tzu Links

Forever Pets

Pet Loss Support Page

Pet Loss Grief Support Site

Granite Pet Memorials - A Friend Remembered

Veterinary Negligence Resources

Legal Beagles-Veterinarians howl over the rise in local animal lawsuits.

If You Suspect Veterinary Malpractice...

Veterinary Specialty Organizations
American Board of Veterinary Practitioners
Dee Ann Walker, CAE, Executive Director
618 Church St, Suite 220
Nashville, TN 37215
Phone: 615-254-3687
Fax: 615-254-7047
Web site:
American Board of Veterinary Toxicology
Dr. Patricia Talcott, Secretary-Treasurer
University of Idaho
Department of Food Science and Toxicology
Holm Research Center
2222 Sixth Street
Moscow, ID 83844-2201
Phone: 208-885-7081
Fax: 208-885-8937
Web site:

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
Dr. Melvin W. Balk, Executive Director
96 Chester Street
Chester, NH 03036
Phone: 603-887-2467
Fax: 603-887-0097
Web site:

American College of Poultry Veterinarians
Dr. Sherrill Davison, Secretary/Treasurer
University of Pennsylvania
382 West Street Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Phone: 610-444-5800, Ext 2710
Fax: 610-925-8106
Web site:

American College of Theriogenologists
Charles Franz, DVM
PO Box 3065
Montgomery, AL 36109
Phone: 334-395-4666
Fax: 334-270-3399
Web site:

American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists
Dr. John Benson, Executive Secretary
2511 CR 500E
Mahomet, IL 61853
Phone: 217-333-5345
Fax: 217-244-1475
Web site:

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Dr. Bonnie V. Beaver, Executive Director
Texas A&M University
Department of Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
4474 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4474
Phone: 979-845-2351
Fax: 979-845-6978
Web site:

American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology
Dr. Albert Boeckh, Secretary-Treasurer
Merial Limited
Pharmaceutical R&D
3239 Satellite Blvd., Building 500 - #258
Duluth, GA 30096
Phone: 678-638-3634
Fax: 678-638-3636
Web site:
American College of Veterinary Dermatology
Ms. Alexis Borich, Executive Secretary
5610 Kearney Mesa Road, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: 858-560-9393
Fax: 858-560-0206
Web site:

American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Dr. Armelle de Laforcade, Executive Secretary
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536
Phone: 508-839-5395 (ext. 84415)
Fax: 508-839-7922
Web site:

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Ms. June Pooley, Executive Director
1997 Wadsworth, Suite A
Lakewood, CO 80214
Phone: 303-231-9933 or 800-245-9081
Fax: 303-231-0880
Web site:
American College of Veterinary Microbiologists
Dr. Chris Hayhow, Secretary-Treasurer
30705 W. 84th Circle
DeSoto, KS 66018
Phone: 913-894-0230
Fax: 913-894-0236
Web site:

American College of Veterinary Nutrition
Dr. Wilbur Amand, Executive Director
6 North Pennell Road
Media, PA 19063-5520
Phone: 610-892-4812
Fax: 610-892-4813
Web site:

American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
Ms. Stacee Daniel, Executive Director
PO Box 1311
Meridian, ID 83680
Phone: 208-466-7624
Fax: 208-466-7693
Web site:

American College of Veterinary Pathologists
Ms. Wendy Coe, Executive Director
ACVP Executive Offices
2810 Crossroads Drive, Suite 3800
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: 608-443-2466 Ext 149
Fax: 608-443-2478
Web site:

American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
Dr. David W. Dreesen, Executive Vice President
P.O. Box 119
Winterville, GA 30683-0119
Phone: 706-742-2689
Fax: 706-742-8910
E-mail: or
Web site:

American College of Veterinary Radiology
Dr. Robert Pechman, Executive Director
777 E. Park Drive
PO Box 8820
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8820
Phone: 717-558-7865
Fax: 717-558-7841
Web site:

American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Alan J. Lipowitz, DVM, Executive Secretary
Ann T. Loew, EdM, Executive Director
11 N. Washington St., Suite 720
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-610-2000
Fax: 301-610-0371
Web site:

American College of Zoological Medicine
Dr. Craig A. Harms, Secretary
North Carolina State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Clinical Sciences
Center for Marine Sciences and Technology
303 College Circle
Morehead City, NC 28557
Phone: 252-222-6339
Fax: 252-222-6311
Web site:

American Veterinary Dental College
Colin E. Harvey, BVSC, FRCVS, DipACVS, AVDC, Secretary
University of Pennsylvania
VHUP 3113
3900 Delancey Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6043
Phone: 215-898-5903
Fax: 215-898-9937
Web site:

State Veterinary Medical Associations

Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association  

California Veterinary Medical Association

Colorado Veterinary Medical Association

Delaware Veterinary Medical Association

District of Columbia

Florida Veterinary Medical Association

Idaho Veterinary Medical Association   
Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association

Indiana Veterinary Medical Association

Iowa Veterinary Medical Association

Kansas Veterinary Medical Association

Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association

Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association

Maine Veterinary Medical Association        

Maryland Veterinary Medical Association

Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association

Michigan Veterinary Medical Association
Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

Missouri Veterinary Medical Association

Montana Veterinary Medical Association

Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association

New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association

New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association

New York State Veterinary Medical Society

North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association

North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association

Ohio Veterinary Medical Association

Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association

Oregon Veterinary Medical Association

Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association

Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association

Texas Veterinary Medical Association

Virginia Veterinary Medical Association

Washington State Veterinary Medical Association

West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association

Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association

Veterinary Colleges

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges  

Auburn University

Tuskegee University

University of California-Davis

Colorado State University

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Illinois

Purdue University

Iowa State University

Kansas State University

Louisiana State University

Tufts University

Michigan State University   

University of Minnesota

Mississippi State University

University of Missouri

Cornell University

North Carolina State University

The Ohio State University

Oklahoma State University

Oregon State University

University of Pennsylvania

University of Tennessee

Texas A&M University

Virginia Tech and University of Maryland

Washington State University

University of Wisconsin-Madison


University of Montreal
University of Prince Edward Island

Ontario Veterinary College

University of Saskatchewan

West Indies

Ross University

St. George's University


Coalition for Reuniting Pets and Families

Companion Animal Parasite Council

National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues

National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy

World Small Animal Veterinary Association

WSAVA 2007 World Congress, Sydney, Australia

State Boards

Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 1968
Decatur, AL 35602-1968
Telephone: 205/353-3544
Fax: 205/350-5629

Alaska Veterinary Medical Board
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Telephone: 907/465-5470Fax: 907/465-2974

Arizona Veterinary Medical Examining Board
1400 West Washington, Room 230
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Telephone: 602/364-1PET
Fax: 602/542-3093

Arkansas Veterinary Medical Examining Board
P.O. Box 8505
Little Rock, AR 72215
Telephone: 501/224-2836
Fax: 501/224-1100

California Board of Examiners in Veterinary Medicine
1420 Howe Avenue, Suite 6Sacramento, CA 95825
Telephone: 916/263-2610
Fax: 916/263-2621

Colorado Veterinary Medical Examining
Suite 1310, 1560 Broadway
Denver, CO 80202-5146
Telephone: 303/894-7755
Fax: 303/894-7764

Connecticut Board of Veterinary Medicine
410 Capitol Avenue, MS #13 PHO
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Telephone: 860/509-7648
Fax: 860/509-7553

Delaware Board of Veterinary Medicine
Cannon Bldg. Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd
Dover, DE 19904
Telephone: 302/744-4506
Fax: 302/739-2711

District of Columbia Board of Veterinary Examiners
  941 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 7246
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone: 202/442-4370
Fax: 202/442-4528

Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0787
Telephone: 850/487-1820
Fax: 850/922-2918
Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217
Telephone: 478/207-1686
Fax: 478/207-1699
Hawaii Board of Veterinary
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Telephone: 808/586-2699
Fax: 808/586-2874
Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 7249
Boise, ID 83707
Telephone: 208/332-8588
Fax: 208/334-4062

Illinois Veterinary Licensing and Disciplinary Board
320 West Washington
Springfield, IL 62786
Telephone: 217/782-0218
Fax: 217/782-7645

Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
 402 West Washington Street, Room 041
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Telephone: 317/232-2960
Fax: 317/233-4236

Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine
Wallace Building, Second Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319
Telephone: 515/281-5305
Fax: 515/281-4282

Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners
P.O. Box 242
Wamego, KS 66547-0242
Telephone: 785/456-8781
Fax: 785/456-8782

Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners
P.O. Box 1360
Frankfort, KY 40602
Telephone: 502/564-3296
Fax: 502/564-4818

Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine
263 Third Street. Suite 104
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Telephone: 225/342-2176
Fax: 225/342-2142

Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Telephone: 207/624-8689
Fax: 207/624-8637

Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
50 Harry S Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
Telephone: 410/841-5862
Fax: 410/841-5999
Laura Downes, Executive Director

Massachusetts Board of Veterinary Medicine
239 Causeway St Ste 400
Boston, MA 02114-2130
Telephone: 617/727-3080
Fax: 617/727-2366

Michigan State Board of Veterinary Medicine

P.O. Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909
Telephone: 517/373-9102
Fax: 517/373-2179

Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine
2829 University Avenue SE #540
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3250
Telephone: 612/617-2170
Fax: 612/617-2172
Mississippi Board of Veterinary Medicine
209 South Lafayette Street
Starkville, MS 39759
Telephone: 662/324-9380
Fax: 662/324-9380

Missouri Veterinary Medical Board
P.O. Box 633
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Telephone: 573/751-0031
Fax: 573/526-3856

Montana Board of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 200513, 301 S. Park, 4th Floor
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Telephone: 406/841-2394
Fax: 406/841/2305

Nebraska Board of Examiners in Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 94986, 301 Centennial Mall
South Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
Telephone: 402/471-2118
Fax: 402/471-3577

Nevada Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
4600 Kietzke Lane
Bldg. O-265
Reno, Nevada, 89502
Telephone: (775)688-1788
Fax: (775)688-1808

New Hampshire Board of Veterinary Medicine
25 Capitol St, Rm 228
P.O. Box 2042
Concord, NH 03302-2042
Telephone: 603/271-3706

New Jersey Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 45020
Newark, NJ 07101
Telephone: 973/504-6500
Fax: 973/648-3355

New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine
1650 University Boulevard N.E. #400C
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Telephone: 505/841-9112
Fax: 505/841-9127

New York State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
NY State Education Department, 89 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12234-1000
Telephone: 518/4743817x210
Fax: 518/473-6282

North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board
P. O. Box 37549
Raleigh, NC  27627
Telephone: (919) 854-5601
Fax:  (919) 854-5606

North Dakota Veterinary Medical Examining Board
P.O. Box 5001
Bismarck, ND 58502-5001
Telephone: 701/328-9540
Fax: 701/224-0435

Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board
77 South High Street - 16th Floor
Columbus, OH 43266-0116
Telephone: 614/644-5281
Fax: 614/644-9038

Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
201 NE 38th Terr Suite 1
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Telephone: 405/524-9006
Fax: 405/524-9012

Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board
Suite 407, 800 N.E. Oregon Street
Portland, OR 97232
Telephone: 503/731-4051
Fax: 503/731-4207

Pennsylvania State Board of Veterinary Medicine
PO Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Telephone: 717/783-7134
Fax: 717/787-7769

Rhode Island Board of Examiners in Veterinary Medicine
3 Capitol Hill, Room 104
Providence, RI 02908
Telephone: 401/222-2827
Fax: 401/222-1272

South Carolina Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211-1329
Telephone: 803/896-4598
Fax: 803/896-4719

South Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
411 South Fort Street
Pierre, SD 57501-4503
Telephone: 605/773-3321
Fax: 605/773-5459

Tennessee Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
1st Floor, Cordell Hull Building, 426 5th Avenue
North Nashville, TN 37247-1010
Telephone: 888/310-4650
Fax: 615/532-5369

Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-810
Austin, TX 78701-3942
Telephone: 512/305-7555
Fax: 512.305-7556

Utah Veterinary Board
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
Telephone: 801/530-6628
Fax: 801/530-6511

Vermont State Veterinary Board
26 Terrace St Drawer 09
Montpelier, VT 05609-1106
Telephone: 802/828-2875
Fax: 802/828-2465

Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine
6606 W. Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23230
Telephone: 804/662-9915
Fax: 804/662-7098
Washington Veterinary Board of Governors
310 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
Telephone: 360/236-4876
Fax: 360-664-9077

West Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine
5509 Big Tyler Road, Suite 3
Cross Lanes, WV 25313
Telephone (304) 776-8032
Fax: (304) 776-8256

Wisconsin Veterinary Examining Board
 1400 E Washington Ave, Rm 178
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
Telephone: 608/266-2811
Fax: 608/267-0644

Wyoming Board of Veterinary Medicine
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 201
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Telephone: 307/777-3507
Fax: 307/777-3508

We'll Meet Again 

We'll meet again
 Don't know where
 Don't know when
 But I know we'll meet again some sunny day

 Keep smilin' through
 Just like you
 always do
 Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away

 So will you please say hello
 To the folks that I know
 Tell them I won't be long

 They'll be happy to know
 That as you saw me go
I was singing this song

 We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day

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Stempy - Christmas 2004 - 7 years old

What happened to Stempy?

Stempy had a problem with bladder stones. This is a condition that needs to be monitored and managed. There is much more to managing this condition than just a diet change.  (Read this at  to learn about Stempy's condition.) Stempy was already on a prescription diet from his previous vet due to a previous problem with stones. This was dealt with by his prior vet nonsurgically. We changed vets in the Fall of 2003 because we never saw the same vet twice at our old clinic. We wanted a vet who would get to know our dogs. It was then that we made the worst decision of our lives in our choice of a new vet. 

Dr. Ann Thomas - Rodeo Drive Veterinary Hospital (aka Rodeo Dr. Vet Rodeo Dr Veterinary Hospital Canine & Cat Corral , Rodeo Drive Animal ) - was a solo practitioner close to home. We had started buying Stempy’s prescription diet from Dr. Thomas in September 2003. Since Dr. Thomas had never seen Stempy, she required us to provide his records from his previous veterinarian in order to dispense his prescription diet. (*-Note that in Stempy’s records from Dr. Thomas, she claims that his previous records contained no mention of his bladder stone history. If that is the case, then what in the world was she doing dispensing a prescription diet to Stempy without ever seeing him? Isn't that a failure to establish a vet/patient relationship?) Dr. Thomas sold us Stempy’s prescription diet several times before doctor and patient ever met.

Stempy met Dr. Thomas (aka  Ann K Thomas DVM Ann Thomas DVM Ann K. Thomas DVM Ann Thomas, DVM Ann K. Thomas, DVM Ann K Thomas, DVM Dr. Ann K. Thomas, DVM ) , of Rodeo Drive Veterinary Hospital (aka Rodeo Dr. Vet Rodeo Dr Veterinary Hospital Canine & Cat Corral  Rodeo Drive Animal ), for the first time under adverse circumstances. In November of 2003, Stempy had a urethral obstruction (Dr. Thomas and the Texas Vet Board need to read and reread and STUDY this link on urethral obstruction and this link on canine retrograde urohydropropulsion: a standard of care ) caused by a bladder stone blocking his urethra. This is a medical emergency.   Of course, all we knew at the time is that Stempy couldn’t go pee and he was very uncomfortable. Dr. Thomas was able to wash the obstruction back to his bladder. As she should, she took radiographs to see the stone, and she did a urinalysis. Based on the urinalysis, she changed his diet. She sent Stempy home wearing a catheter to wait a few days for a cystotomy to be performed. We informed Dr. Thomas of a few seizure-like episodes Stempy had experienced in his past because we were worried it would cause problems with his anesthesia. Dr. Thomas responded to this information by saying, “Oh really.” (Dr. Thomas denies this conversation ever occurred – we remember it vividly) Stempy had his cystotomy and recovered well from surgery. Based on lab results, Dr. Thomas again changed Stempy’s diet. Stempy had one additional urinalysis at one post surgical follow up appointment that contradicted the lab results and her again changing his diet. She paid no attention and should have changed his diet again, but did not...she left him on a diet not even formulated for bladder stones and had him on this wrong diet for the remainder of his life.

From our extensive research after Stempy’s death (also see Consider page of this website), we learned that Dr. Thomas did not follow proper protocol starting with this very first surgery. Dr. Thomas failed to take post surgical radiographs after the cystotomy to verify removal of all stones. Dr. Thomas failed to recommend quarterly urinalyses to monitor his urine. This is a MUST for bladder stone patients as many patients form new stones in the future. Dr. Thomas failed to recommend twice yearly radiographs. This is a MUST with the goal being to catch new stones forming while they are small enough to be removed non-surgically.

(Read for yourself - many examples /recommendations from veterinary professionals prove Dr. Thomas did not follow normal protocol: click here,  and here,  and here,  and here, and here, and here)

There were several opportunities to recommend a urinalysis or radiograph to us to monitor Stempy’s condition. Dr. Thomas never recommended anything.  (See Timeline page of this website.)

In March of 2005, Stempy again had a urethral obstruction. We were not sure that is what it was at the time. Dr. Thomas failed to take radiographs to ensure her diagnosis. She again washed the stone back to the bladder to relieve the obstruction. A cystotomy was scheduled for the following week and Stempy was sent home wearing a catheter again. When we went to pick up Stempy post surgery, somehow the stone had magically disappeared, so no cystotomy was performed. We were never shown radiographs to back up Dr. Thomas’ claim. No future monitoring was recommended or performed. 

In September 2005, Stempy again had a urethral obstruction that unblocked itself just prior to going to see Dr. Thomas. Despite his prior history, Dr. Thomas failed to take radiographs and failed to diagnose bladder stones, even though she was told he was obstructed and had been for a day until just prior to coming in. She said he just had elevated sperm in his urine and sent him home.  This event right here is a FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE and is BELOW the standard of care ESPECIALLY with his PRIOR HISTORY of stones WITH THIS VET!

WHY, please tell us, WHY wouldn't you take an x-ray when you have just been told that he had been blocked for a full day AND that WE suspected stones again?  Stempy had already had TWO prior episodes WITH HER. This is a MAJOR FAILURE on her part. She must have had an aversion to using her x-ray machine - was it outdated? Looking back on his care, we believe she purposely avoided using her x-ray machine multiple times - when any other vet would have AT LEAST recommended an x-ray! VIOLATION? We believe so. How could the Texas Vet Board just dismiss this case?.

ONLY TWO WEEKS LATER, Stempy again experienced a urethral obstruction from most likely the SAME STONE. FROM MOST LIKELY THE SAME STONE THAT FIRST OBSTRUCTED HIM BACK IN MARCH 2005!  (Calcium Oxalate stones do NOT dissolve or just disappear - MAJOR FAILURE BY DR. THOMAS - INEXCUSABLE!) She AGAIN failed to take radiographs to confirm diagnosis, location, and amount. She FAILED to properly wash the stone back to the bladder and tried jamming the catheter in to push the stone back to the bladder. She stated in his records that she was unable to collect a urine specimen. She sent Stempy home wearing a catheter and scheduled a cystotomy for the coming week.

How would she PASS a catheter and NOT be able to obtain a urine specimen? In fact, how did she relieve the distended bladder caused by the obstruction and yet NOT be able to obtain a urine specimen?  As we now know, she had LODGED the catheter to the stone, so much so that she told us the she was unable to remove the catheter. So this begs the question: How did she relieve the distended bladder? There was no cystocentesis done. Did she damage his urethra with the very forceful - and unsuccessful - catheterization? The FAILURE to x-ray on this day is OUTRAGEOUS. Yet, the Texas Vet Board looks the other way.

Dr. Thomas ONLY had permission to perform a cystotomy - nothing else. She did NOT perform a cystotomy. She had lodged the catheter to the stone with the forceful catheterization she had performed. She was unable to remove the catheter. She told us that Stempy, himself, removed the catheter, although this is not what she wrote in his records.She performed an unauthorized procedure which she said was a perineal urethrostomy. This is not the procedure she performed, as admitted by the board. SO SHE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW  WHAT SURGERY SHE PERFORMED? WAS SHE JUST MAKING STUFF UP AS SHE WENT ALONG? Her own vet tech stated she had NEVER performed that type of surgery before. She cut our little boy from his anus to his scrotum - a NINE cm incision - and NO NEW permanent or temporary opening was made - as would be expected with a urethrotomy or a urethrostomy. Remember - we had ONLY authorized a cystotomy. THAT'S IT. NOTHING ELSE. As previously mentioned, three days before this unauthorized surgery, Dr. Thomas had failed to wash the stone back to the bladder and had instead lodged the catheter to the stone. She would have known this if she would have taken a radiograph three days earlier when he was brought in. Instead, Stempy was either still obstructed for those three days or she had damaged his urethra and/or  bladder when she attempted the forceful catheterization.  Read this link on urethral obstruction and this link on canine retrograde urohydropropulsion: a standard of care again. Instead of referring us to a specialist, Dr. Thomas tried to fix her own screwup.  If Stempy was in an emergency situation the day of surgery, then SHE is the one who put him there with her FAILURES three days earlier. INEXCUSABLE. Are these not violations? COME ON!!

Stempy was in extreme pain post surgery. We took him back to her EVERY DAY post surgery. Stempy was not eating and was only dribbling urine. She never properly examined him. She just kept changing his pain medicine. Then she gave us a tranquilizer with no pain killing abilities (Acepromazine) and led us to believe it was yet another pain killer. This tranquilizer lowers the seizure threshold and is not recommended for brachycephalic breeds. 

Two days post surgery, Dr. Thomas’ clinic DENIED care to Stempy when his condition was deteriorating.  The clinic stated that Stempy would be IN PAIN for 2 or 3 more days and then he would be fine and NOT to bring him in - YET they had just taken him completely OFF of painkillers! How INHUMANE is THAT? Violation? Evidently not in Texas.

The very next morning, three days post surgery….Stempy passed away. He was found unconscious and lifeless on his pillow. We rushed him to this vet to no avail.

It is our contention that Stempy passed away because of that unauthorized “surgery” that Dr. Thomas had NEVER performed before that would have NEVER have been needed had Dr. Thomas taken radiographs as needed and properly diagnosed and treated his condition. There is NO DOUBT in our minds that Dr. Thomas is 100% responsible for Stempy’s preventable death.  Her attitude and failure to properly care for him those 3 days after his unauthorized surgery - to the point that the clinic DENIED Stempy care the night before he died - is deeply disturbing. Did she WANT Stempy to die?

She butchered our little boy!

(**NOTE: Dr. Thomas never recommended or performed any blood tests prior to ANY of the surgical procedures she performed. Check the Records.)

(Visit the Expert Opinion page of this website.)

Greg & Cindy Munson

(Visit all the various pages of this website for detailed information of the aforementioned events.)

Do you need to check the DISCIPLINARY RECORDS
of a Texas veterinarian?

If you only want PART of the story, with incomplete information, including many disciplined vets who are not even included in the list...

click here.

If you want MUCH MUCH MORE of
the story, with disciplinary information
that is actually USEFUL to Texas citizens...

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MUFFY                        STEMPY
You are loved.
Muffy's Guardian AngelBurning candle.Burning candle.Stempy's Guardian Angel

In Memory of
Muffy Munson
the best doggie in the whole world!

Muffy - Our backyard - circa 2003
February 10, 1988
October 10, 2005

Muffy, our beloved female Lhasa Apso, passed away due to old age and cancer 10 days after Stempy on October 10, 2005 at the grand old age of
¾ years old.

She is dearly loved and dearly missed!


Stempy's Spirit soars.....

Stempy - our back porch - circa 2003

Stempy - June 1998 - 11 months old

Stempy's spot in the bed.

Cindy and Stempy circa 2002.

Stempy was an AKC champion-sired
male Shih Tzu. He was only 8 years old. He was truly a once in a lifetime dog.
In our opinion, he had about half
of his life taken away from him due
to the negligent and substandard
care he received at the hands
of his vet. Unfortunately,
Stempy's veterinarian was:

Rodeo Dr. Veterinary Hospital
Rodeo Dr. Veterinary Hospital
Mesquite, Texas

In our opinion,
we think the DVM means:

(D)oesn't know

Be sure to click the page links at the top of the page to learn all about the veterinary negligence that Stempy endured for 2 years because we were all-trusting of this vet. If only we had researched two years prior.....

You MUST do your research NOW

No matter how great you "think" your vet may be, do not leave it to chance!

There is no 2nd chance for Stempy!

We miss you, little boy!

We will
NOT let you die in vain!


Let us repeat that....


What happened to Stempy? Here's a timeline...
In our opinion, ANN K. THOMAS, DVM is an incompetent vet based on our experience with her and we would NEVER, under any circumstances, recommend her to anybody with a pet!
In our opinion, Stempy is also a victim of the TEXAS STATE BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EXAMINERS' complaint system that is supposed to PROTECT OUR PETS, but, instead, may very well be protecting GUILTY VETS!  Approximately 90% of ALL consumer complaints filed in Texas against veterinarians are DISMISSED as no violation found!
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Stempy - 1999 - 2 years oldStempy after getting buzzed at the groomer.Stempy after getting buzzed at the groomer.Stempy's last Christmas. 2004.Stempy on our back porch.Stempy - March 2005
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