I just got an email from our Vet's office saying that in 2 weeks they will close up. This is very disappointing to me, because our Cliffie is so close to the end of his life. I was so depending on them to help me deal with all of this. This is not the only Vet service he has had in the past 15 years, but during the past few years we have been there, I have been so happy with the service and care he has had. They have been so personable.... all of them! I was just getting excited about being able to take him to be groomed there his next time. I took him in a few weeks ago because of some rectal bleeding that was due to anal sac infection...sorry I know that is kinda gross, but it happens. They had just told me they were going to start the grooming service and I could bring him in the next time. We have boarded him there and taken him there for all of this shots yearly and he gets an allergy shot every so often. Last year when he had his annual check and shots, I talked to them about his age and what should I do if he should happen to expire at home. They reassured me that they had a service that could pick him up and dispose of his body or if I was able I could bring him in and they would dispose of his body. I tried to prepare myself this time because our last dog of 11 years got hit by a truck right in front of our house and died instantly, and I was so in shock and grief I had to get out the yellow pages and try and figure out what to do. It was very traumatic, as we had a teen age visitor (our daughter's friend) from out of town staying with us. She was due to get back to the airport right around this time. My husband had to put our dog, Arthur, in a wrapped blanket while we drove her to the airport. Then we took his body to a place that would cremate him. Oddly enough it was right next door to the company truck that hit and killed him. I never blamed the truck driver and to tell you the truth, I don't think he was even aware that he had hit and killed him. It was a large delivery truck and Arthur ran under the back tires. He was a small Lhasa Apso dog. I was getting ready to take him to the groomers before we took our friend to the airport and he got off his leash and took off. He had been ill for some time with occasional seizures and when he had these he would lose control of his bladder and bowels. I was never able to make the decision to have him put down. I feel that when a pet is so obviously suffering and in severe pain, it may make the decision to do that easier. The delivery truck accident happened before I had to make that call.
Now here I am with a new dilemma with our Cliffie. I can not see any obvious signs of intense pain coming from his behavior yet. He has skin problems and cannot hear or obey orders very well and occasionally has trouble jumping up on furniture etc. Now I need to find another service to help me with all of these things that are to come. I haven't called the office yet but I am going to guess the economy is the culprit of the closing. Sorry about the long winded post today.