Drs. Ladrone - End of Life Decision
Posted 18 July 2012 - 09:56 AM
What options you were given.
Is their a particular day or time if you're planning ahead.
Anything else you can tell me good or bad about your experience?
I really don't want a discussion here but just would like some experiences others have had and how best to plan for this.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:07 PM
I could not find how to send you a private message.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 01:58 PM
Posted 18 July 2012 - 02:29 PM
The Ladrons neither waited too long nor tried to put our last Maine Coon, "Sunshine" gently to sleep.
Now if we could just find someone who would do this for us when our time comes.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 02:50 PM
Dr. Hector met me at the clinic one Sunday morning, when one of our dogs took a totally unexpected turn for the worse. A test and examination showed the hopelessness of the situation and rather than put our boy through any suffering, my husband came and we held him and talked to him while Dr Hector administered the medication. Very peaceful, but for the big, empty place in our lives---now partially filled by a new addition to the family.
I'd also say dicuss for one of the Vets to come to the house, if you can plan for that.
We opted for cremation and got the ashes back a short time later.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 04:49 PM
Posted 18 July 2012 - 04:51 PM
PS. I don't know who Little Feather is so I imagine she/he will be surprised.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 07:29 PM
And since they recently built their own crematorium (near their boarding facilites by the Chapala airport) they can absolutely guarantee that your individual animal can be cremated by itself, so you don't need to wonder about what (or who) you are getting back.
Be brave, Francisco. And keep in mind that you are now at the point where your responsibility is to your dog's needs, and not to your desire to keep him longer than you should.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 08:21 PM
It was an extremely stressful morning. Hopefully Willy will be with us for at least a few more years. His problem is being caused by bacteria in his mouth. We use to get his teeth cleaned regularly, but at about 12 a few vets(in U.S.) told us he was too old to go under anesthesia. Willy will be getting his teeth cleaned next week.
Francisco...this is a very difficult decision. None of us wants to say goodbye a moment to soon to these wonderful, loving members of our family.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 08:57 PM
it was 30.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 09:08 PM
Posted 18 July 2012 - 09:30 PM
Posted 19 July 2012 - 03:29 PM
I could not agree more! They have been truly incredible for us. Not only did they provide middle-of-the-night emergency attention that required leaving a family celebration in Guadalajara and driving to Ajijic, but they handled ME and my near hysteria with incredible and gentle understanding - even with tears flowing for his loss of a long-term patient.
There simply is no one like Dr. Antonio Ladron in my experience.
Posted 20 July 2012 - 03:25 PM
Amazing! The next day we found this letter to Hector from Patches.
The time has come I think you know -
the Lord is calling so I must go.
I wish it wasn't so - I love you so much
I wish I could stay - I don't want to go.
You're the best doctor a cat ever had -
so kind and gentle, never mean or mad.
I'll never forget the day that we met,
I was so lucky to have you for my Vet.
You opened your door and showed me your heart.
I'll never forget you - we'll never part.
You loved me and cared for me over the years -
you taught me everything and took away my fears.
Now it's time and I must go.
But before I do - I want you to know.
It hurts so much to lose you my friend,
but you’ll be with me – even to end.
P.S. Dale helped me with the big words.
Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:33 PM
Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:58 PM
I'm new to this board and apologize if it's been posted in the past...it has always helped ease my sadness.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run
and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals that had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent; Her eager body quivers.
Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands
again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
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