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  • Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice - Euthanasia

    Thanks so much to Houndhill for recommending this organization and our experience was so great I wanted to share it here. My elderly dog has been close to "that time" for a while but last night he got lost/confused in my room overnight and I didn't wake up immediately. By the time I did he was pretty traumatized, disoriented, had defecated and walked through it and into the wall repeatedly. When I took him out he was still disoriented and didn't settle for a while. I knew it was time before something worse happened.

    I searched my zip code and there was a vet in my area - filled out the online form and they called me right away. They were available today in my area but not again until Thursday and I wasn't sure I should wait so I scheduled the euthanasia for this afternoon.

    I can't say enough good things about the vet or the care. I will always keep a Lap of Love fund available to use for all my other dogs. It's not cheap but it was worth every single penny not to have to take my old blind, deaf dog to a busy clinic but have him go peacefully in his own bed with us all there.

    Here is the website - https://www.lapoflove.com/
    Last edited by S1969; Jun. 18, 2017, 09:13 PM.

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    I am sorry you had to say goodbye to your friend, but relieved to hear that it was peaceful

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      Originally posted by S1969 View Post
      I can't say enough good things about the vet or the care. I will always keep a Lap of Love fund available to use for all my other dogs. It's not cheap but it was worth every single penny not to have to take my old blind, deaf dog to a busy clinic but have him go peacefully in his own bed with us all there.

      Here is the website - https://www.lapoflove.com/
      Whole heartedly agree. It is the last gift we can give them. Both of my old men left this world after sniffing around the backyard and meeting a new friend, then being fed gourmet meat before laying down in the grass under the sun. The same vet attended each dog. She was extremely kind, quiet, and compassionate to both four- and two-leggeds.

      It is expensive. It is very emotionally difficult to schedule the appt, like you are scheduling a haircut, and welcome a stranger into your home to do this. The phone call that the vet is X minutes away is almost panic-inducing. I have decided my pet's peace is worth every penny and will give this last gift to every pet I will own (emergency euthanasia would be the exception).

      Some people have asked me about the process. I'll skip the euthasol part because I think most COTHers have seen that. After she confirms the dog is deceased, you can stay as long as you like. You can let other pets inspect the body, if you wish. I opted to have the vet take the body for private cremation. The vet gingerly put the dog in a basket, covered the body with a blanket and left the head out, then carefully carried him away. I get a call a few weeks later to pick up the ashes from my primary care vet.

      Hugs, S1969. Even when you know it's right, it's still hard.

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      • #4
        Hugs S1969.
        ~Veronica
        "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
        http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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          Originally posted by Bicoastal View Post
          Some people have asked me about the process. I'll skip the euthasol part because I think most COTHers have seen that. After she confirms the dog is deceased, you can stay as long as you like. You can let other pets inspect the body, if you wish. I opted to have the vet take the body for private cremation. The vet gingerly put the dog in a basket, covered the body with a blanket and left the head out, then carefully carried him away. I get a call a few weeks later to pick up the ashes from my primary care vet.

          Hugs, S1969. Even when you know it's right, it's still hard.
          Exactly the same here. She gave him a quick once over but immediately agreed that she felt it was time - not too early and not too late. She spent some time talking about how hard this is for owners but reassuring me that it was the best thing, and waiting usually is a mistake (I had said that i was second-guessing my timing a little, because while he had been very disoriented the night before he seemed pretty normal while she was there.). We gave him lots of pets, some treats, and we sat and chatted for a while. He had been asleep so we just let him lounge in his bed and eat.

          Then she gave him an anti-anxiety cocktail that put him in a very relaxed stage for a while, and then he fell very deeply asleep. Then the actual euthanasia which was very peaceful since he was already asleep. She asked if I wanted a pawprint and I said yes,so she made one, and snipped some hair and put it in a little bag for us. Then she and the vet resident took everything out of the house and let us bring our other dogs in --- depending on the dogs, etc., you could choose to have them present. We didn't but brought them in afterwards. Interesting reactions - one boy was sad, one boy was concerned and curious, and the bitch didn't seem to care. LOL.

          I also chose a private cremation and they wrapped him up in a blanket and carried him out for us - leaving his head just hooded like a towel. He looked like he was sleeping. It really was the best possible experience for something so difficult. I will definitely do this again. It made it much easier than taking him to the clinic, even though I love my vet.

          Oh, just editing because I remembered - the vet is also notifying my regular vet clinic of my dog's death so that I didn't have to make that call.
          Last edited by S1969; Jun. 19, 2017, 02:27 PM.

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          • #6
            I don't know if it was the same organization but a friend of mine that does agility, etc. with us just recently did the same thing with one of her older boys. He had been ill and under care with her regular vet and specialists for some time fighting Lymphoma and there was the point where it became apparent he was going downhill steadily and his time was coming. She opted to have in home euthanasia done and said the vet that came was just lovely and so very caring. No rushing of time spent afterwards, let her other dog come and see, etc. She has big dogs - Rhodesian Ridgebacks - and opted for private cremation. The only thing she had to make sure of was that there were a couple people in the house at the time to help the vet get the dog on a stretcher and carry out to her van afterwards.

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            • #7
              I'm glad your last gift to your dog was able to be as peaceful as you wrote. So sorry you had to make this decision but glad you had the support that helped you through this difficult time.

              I am lucky because my regular vet has a mobile practice and she lives just down the road from me.

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              • #8
                S1969, so sorry for your loss. My two BT boys said to give you a hug {{}}
                No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt
                For you to insult me, I must first value your opinion - Unknown
                Pleasure Portrait 1989-2016...sleep well my girl

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                  Originally posted by S1969 View Post
                  Thanks so much to Houndhill for recommending this organization and our experience was so great I wanted to share it here. My elderly dog has been close to "that time" for a while but last night he got lost/confused in my room overnight and I didn't wake up immediately. By the time I did he was pretty traumatized, disoriented, had defecated and walked through it and into the wall repeatedly. When I took him out he was still disoriented and didn't settle for a while. I knew it was time before something worse happened.

                  I searched my zip code and there was a vet in my area - filled out the online form and they called me right away. They were available today in my area but not again until Thursday and I wasn't sure I should wait so I scheduled the euthanasia for this afternoon.

                  I can't say enough good things about the vet or the care. I will always keep a Lap of Love fund available to use for all my other dogs. It's not cheap but it was worth every single penny not to have to take my old blind, deaf dog to a busy clinic but have him go peacefully in his own bed with us all there.

                  Here is the website - https://www.lapoflove.com/
                  I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved old friend, S1969! Am just seeing this now.

                  I am glad if I was able to help in some small way with such a hard thing.

                  Thank you for sharing about it.

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                  • #10
                    I'm so sorry S1969

                    I opted to let my last 2 Doberboys go at home as well. It's a small comfort at a difficult time. I'm glad your boy got to leave this world at home with you too.
                    "look deep into his pedigree. Look for the name of a one-of-a-kind horse who lends to his kin a fierce tenacity, a will of iron, a look of eagles. Look & know that Slew is still very much with us."

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                    • #11
                      We used heartsandhalos.com when it was time to say goodbye to our boys. Wonderful people and we are so grateful to have had this option.

                      The link appears to not be working for some reason.

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