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Pet’s Accidental Death at Vet: To Sue or Not to Sue?

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Q: I went to a vet recently with a pet who needed treatment. Our pet fell from a 5 ft tall table during treatment and suffered internal bleeding and passed away the next day. The manager said that they will not charge us for hospital treatment as it was their fault. I understand this was an accident but I am hurt that the pet hospital did not do cpr and did not try harder. They did try though for free but they did not do cpr as they said we cant do this for free and I dont think they did the operation because we did not pay. The blood count of the pet was 10 percent and the pet had a seizure and stopped breathing but they refuse to do cpr for free. I am so upset we all are . 

1. Is it haraam to sue the vets for the accidental death of our pet even though this vet is a good person and helped our pet for many years? We had a good friendship with this vet until this accident. All my friends are angry and saying to sue him for letting the pet drop from the table. I feel guilty to sue and I dont want to because this man has been good in the past but I cant stop being upset as it was his fault for not telling me to hold the pet.

2. Did Allah take this pet from us or was it an accident that Allah did not plan? If Allah knew then did Allah punish me or did Allah free this pet from pain of disability and emotional pain from not being healthy?



1. We suggest that you don’t sue them. These situations are sometimes inevitable.

2. Insha Allah, you will be rewarded for the patience. Who knows, Allah Ta`ala will give you something better in Jannah. Even if you wish for the pet to be returned to you it is also possible in the hereafter.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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