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|10-08-2019, 04:09 AM||#1|
Donating YT 3000 Club Member
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: E.Stroudsburg, Pa.
How your vet sees euthanasia.....
So, you bring me this puppy - she kisses my face, devours the cookies I offer, and our friendship starts.
Several visits later, he starts to learn where all the cookie jars are in the clinic, and that lady in the white coat, well sheís okay....
Fast forward many visits later, now I am in love with your dog and your whole family because, well, you are just really really good people and I have not only watched that pup turn into a really sweet family member, but I got to watch the kids grow every year and be a very small part of your journey.
So many adventures, so little time.....
And here we are, fifteen or so odd years later, having to say goodbye.
Heís got heart disease and I canít fix it anymore. Sheís got cancer and there is no cure. He has arthritis and the meds just arenít working. I want her to live forever for you. I want that so badly it hurts. I feel like I have failed him and you when I have run out of options to keep them, and you, comfortable and happy.
So now itís time, and I am supposed to be professional. Objective. I am the doctor. Calm. Cool. Collected. Always under control.
I have known you and her for a third of my life, and most of my professional career.
But I keep it together. My superhuman amazing technicians have put the catheter in. My support staff from reception to assistants have done all the paperwork. Trust me they may not show it but their hearts are breaking for you. They have been there. They know. And they know you and care about you too.
And I have the needle in the pocket of my white coat. The same pocket that was always full of treats for him. I take a deep yoga breath and come into the room. Gotta stay strong now.......
Sheís giving me that sweet look she always does, the one that is followed by puppy kisses and a glance at the cookie jar. But she is too weak now. She is ready. You are not. I am not. But this s**t has to happen because we love her too much to let her suffer.
She would keep going as long as we asked her too. But we canít ask her to anymore. Itís not fair to her. I wish our human hearts could be so giving all the time. I wish I could be the person my dog thinks I am. I wish I wish i wish I could find a way for them to live forever. But I donít have those magical powers. I am just a vet.
So we kiss him back, not much left of his body that still works, but that old tail wags, just enough that I lose my s**t on the inside but I try not to cry. Gotta stay strong.
Her body relaxes, she is in your arms and your are sobbing. Another family has lost one of its most cherished members. I put my stethoscope to her heart to make sure it has stopped but she is held so tight to your chest that maybe that is your heart I hear pounding or maybe itís mine and all the blood rushing through my ears as I try so so so hard not to turn into a blubbering mess. Confirmed, he has passed.
You lay him gently on the table and we hug tightly as you go to leave.
The door closes behind you and I donít know if you hear this, but I sob hysterically into your pets ear. She is gone, he will be missed, and you have to face what I know will be one of the hardest parts of today.
Entering that house and they are not there to greet you.
Please know that I know how you feel. As you leave the clinic I just wish with every fibre of my being that you never had to face that. I wish they could live forever.
And please know, I am so grateful that I was a small part of your journey.
Love always, Your vet.
Joan, mom to Cody RIP Matese Schnae Kajon Kia forever in my A House Is Not A Home Without A Dog
|10-08-2019, 06:00 AM||#2|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Kissimmee, FL
Thank you so much for posting this. I am sure that it will be helpful to many of our members...including one who posted they are at this point today.
Having had to make the decision to help several of our dearly loved pets leave for the rainbow bridge, I know how heartbreaking that time can be. Our current vet is so gentle and kind that he has been known to tear up himself when speaking of our dear little Tucker who was the first loss he experienced as a vet. He is always calm with our boys, and they know his is a loving touch. God bless these special healers who have the strength to help us humans when we must face the fact that it is time to make the decision which is the final act of love we can offer our companions!
Joy...Mommy to Tyrone and Gus
r.i.p. beloved Ozzie and Tucker, and Beauregarde the poodle
|10-15-2019, 09:25 PM||#4|
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Wow, nice post...
Kat Infinity Chloe
|10-16-2019, 08:25 AM||#5|
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
I should not have opened this. I'm sitting here crying at work after reading this. Kaji crossed the rainbow bridge one year ago on Monday (the 21st). This his me so hard.
We miss you Kaji