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  1. Horrible End of Life Experience

    My yorkie developed seizures and partial paralysis quite suddenly due to a series of hereditary issues. After seeing a specialist and spending over $1600, we learned it would cost over $18,000 for a surgery that my dog only had a 50% chance of surviving. We couldn’t afford the cost and decide to set an appointment to euthanize her. She was only 9-years-old. Her seizures got worse the two days before the procedure and we called our vet who had cared for her since we added her to our family, and brought her in a day early. This is a difficult time for anyone but the experience was compounded by the terrible and insensitive treatment we received. We waited at over an hour in a consultation room while my dog suffered through a few seizures. The walls were extremely thin and we were right behind the reception desk where a lot of laughing, joking and talking could be heard. When the vet and tech finally came in, it took 15 minutes and 4 times before the vet let the tech try and was able to get a vein since my dog was dehydrated at this point causing even more stress on my dog and making this experience more traumatic for my pet and family. Afterward while we were greiving my dog we had to make choices about cremation and then we were asked to pay. Needless to say that was the last time my family ever set foot in that clinic. Our new clinic has a much more private layout. I’m writing this to see if others have had a similar experience and if any of you have any ideas in how the care, handling and planning of after life care can be improved.
  2. Feel so so lost and sad

    My beautiful cat Shakira (Bengal) started being sick and sleeping more - then I noticed her belly looked extended- after some blood results they said she had pancreatitis but also did a ultra sound just to rule anything else out which sadly showed a mass near her intestines/bowel and that the belly extension was fluid - the vets carried out a major operation removing the mass and draining the fluid - whilst she was recovering I got the devastating news it was pancreatic cancer and that although the mass had a clear radious of cancer cells she had cancer cells in the belly fluid - I was told this is a rare but aggressive cancer and that no more treatment was available for her - they also could not give me a time span of how long she had left. I nursed her at home, it was heartbreaking because I could see she was desperately trying to get better from the big operation but I knew it was all in vein as the cancer would be taking hold. I had a little caravan holiday booked with my family so I decided to bring her with me thinking at least I can spend quailty time with her and nurse her properly - sadly a couple of days in she was going downhill, she seemed very uncomfortable and the pain killers were making her spaced out - she then stopped eating and I was having to syringe feed her against her will and then she started vomiting and she was so weak and skinny and very depressed, her fur although still beautiful was looking unkept with shaved bits still from the operation and she just could not get comfortable and her head was hanging over he water bowl - I made the hard, sad decision to have her euthanised - the vet had a feel of her tummy before he sedated her and confirmed the cancer had quickly returned and that without a doubt she was in a lot of discomfort- I know I made the right decision but I now have the horrible road of grief - I returned home from the holiday today and the house does not feel like home even though I have my two dogs - one of my dogs (Gizmo a Pomeranian) is so depressed. I can't get the thought out of my head of Shakira's eyes going dark when she was euthanised it was like the windows to the soul went dark - I just miss her terribly - she was a house cat and I work from home so she was part of my everyday life - so so sad Such a horrible cancer!!! (She lasted 3 weeks from diagnoses to euthanasia)