You, my friend are a 5 star pet owner and veterinary client. Thank you for a fresh perspective in this thread and for being such and understanding person. Luckily, about 60% of my current clients are like you. My sincere sympathies for you and your dog regarding the lymphosarcoma. The only good news is it won't take long. Quoting: Anonymous Coward 721505
I had a similar experience. - A blind Client, Jim, had a service dog, Addie. Addie was diagnosed with a Mast cell tumor. Until that point, she was a shining star, as far as service dogs go. We had a fundraiser to put together enough money to get Addie surgery and chemo-therapy. The surgery went as well as could be expected, but not as well as we'd hoped. A month or so into her chemotherapy, she walked Jim out into traffic on main street. Not a good thing. The chemo really made her sick, and she just wasn't able to work.
Addie was retired shortly after that and came to live with my family. I'd hoped that I could keep her around. It was an adjustment for her to transistion from a working service dog to family pet/clinic dog, but it didn't take her too long. She came to work at the clinic every day and was a tremendous help. She immediately knew if a dog or people agressive dog came in the door, and had a very subtle way of approaching them sideways and showing them how to act in the clinic. She always knew when there was a problem in the clinic I needed to know about she would stand outside the surgery door and bark or would come around the corner into the pharmacy and give me her "follow me" look that meant I'd better get out front. She was right 99% of the time. We'd given the kids a bichon puppy a couple of months before Addie joined our family, and Addie essentially taught the puppy how to be a service dog, and to take care of us. She even potty trained the little poop machine.
Anyway, after two years, Addie slowed down at home. She would wind up and be "on" at work, but as soon as we were home, she'd eat, and head straight to her bed. Then one day, about 5 months later, she just couldn't get up after her lunchtime nap. I'd been monitoring her decline and I knew during the last month that her kidneys were going to shut down at any time. We called her former owner, and all the family and staff in. We had a very tearful couple of hours saying good bye, and put her to sleep in the lobby of the clinic. That's been 4 years ago. It still feels like we're missing a member of the family. The good news is, we still have the puppy she trained. Chet is always there if any of the kids come in the door crying. She taught him to diagnose when something was wrong. If I come home from work with a headache, chettie won't leave my side. He's been through flu, strep, colds, he's even there through seasonal allergies.
I've been somewhat short to some on this thread, because parts of it tended toward looking like "Gripe about your vet - Fest, 2009". I even, at some points tried to turn it into "Gripe about your clients right back", but I do truly feel for you and you're dog's cancer. Thank you for sharing your experiences. God's speed to you and yours.
Thank you, my friend, for your kind words, and thank you for your service.
Your experience with Addie speaks to, and about, many veterinarians. Hearts of gold and never ending compassion for both animals and humans.The world is a better place because of people like you.
Maybe later I can write more, but now is still an emotional time. Thank you for understanding, your support, and kind words.
My dog is still doing well and most of the time you wouldn't know there was anything wrong with him. He's a little more tired than usual.That's all.
I can't bear the thought of losing him, but know I have to. You have an idea of how much your words meant to me. Thank you for your kindness. Thank you for Addie, and Jim, and for everyone who's lives you've touched.
I'll come back to this thread later. Just can't right now, but wanted you to know how much your kindness meant to me. Thank you.