Andrea Martinez, Ziggy
Andrea Martinez’s dog Ziggy was accidentally euthanized by a vet who called the wrong owner. (Picture: Fox 5)

A veterinarian mistakenly euthanized a family’s pet dachshund after mixing him up with another dog who had the same name.

Andrea Martinez said her family brought their dog named Ziggy to an animal hospital in Davis County, Utah after the dog had been experiencing breathing trouble and problems eating.

A veterinarian recommended that Ziggy undergo surgery and Martinez’s family agreed to leave him at the hospital overnight for the procedure, despite worries over the cost.

‘He was our baby, it was my daughter’s best friend, my dog’s best friend, it was ours. Money wasn’t an issue,’ Martinez told KUTV.

The Martinez family returned home from the animal hospital and were told they would get a call after the surgery. That call came at 2:30am – Ziggy didn’t survive, the vet said.

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‘He kept beating around the bush about it, but he was saying it like we should have known,’ Martinez said. She was then briefly put on hold.

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‘He got back on there and he apologized and said, “I’m so sorry that this happened, we got confused and ended up calling another dog’s mom,'” she continued.

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That dog, whose family the vet called, was also named Ziggy.

Martinez said she learned that the vet called the other dog’s family to get permission to put Ziggy down.

‘They were still in the middle of surgery when they called the other person asking, “it’s going to be more expensive, it’s going to be a more extended surgery, do you want to continue it or do you want to let him go?” They chose to let him go,” Martinez said.

Ziggy
Martinez’s family is devastated by Ziggy’s unexpected death, she said. (Picture: KUTV)

It is unclear what Ziggy’s life would have been like if the vet had been given approval to continue the surgery, he was reportedly in bad condition before he died.

‘I just wish we would’ve had the say, I wish we would’ve been able to say we tried everything that we could have,’ Martinez said.

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The veterinarian apologized and waived the Martinez family’s bill.

They were also given an urn with Ziggy’s remains, a plaque and memorial Christmas ornament.

Martinez later expressed her grief in a Facebook, writing: ‘They let a stranger decide my dog’s fate. They robbed me of the choice of saying “at least we tried.”

‘Ziggy followed me EVERYWHERE and cuddled me every single night. He made my anxiety bearable. I feel so sick that this happened.’

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