Re: What has happened to reasonable humane care for a cat or dog that is obviously very sick or old
posted at 9/4/2013 4:37 PM EDT
@Keane, Thank you, that's exactly the point I was trying to make. They had me going back and forth for a month getting all kinds of meds in an attempt to keep her comfortable. Each time I asked them, is she suffering? Am I making things worse? None of them would give me a straight answer, just psychobabble.
When what I really needed was support to help me make a very difficult decision.
Even when they told me she had less than a week left they were advocating procedures ($$) that might keep her temporarily comfortable.
I did find a very nice vet (spoke on the phone) that makes home visits for euthanasia, most vets no longer do, even though it would have been more expensive, I think it would have been well worth it.
She was the only one who warned me and said, don't wait too long, they can get very sick fast.
But because I kept getting the runaround, the timing wasn't right and I had to go to the cold creepy clinic where they make you fill out all kinds of paperwork and wait a long time, and ask you over and over again if you are comfortable with this? Amatuer hour.
She had Hemangiosarcoma, a monster cancer, silent killer, often there are no symptoms till it's too late. Seems to be a genetic link, especially with Goldens, German Shepherds, Corgis. Tends to affect medium and large dogs.
Sorry for the loss of your dog, 17 years is wonderful, mine got 9 1/2 good years, that's more than a lot of them get, we have to look at it this way.