Still here and caring in our time of need.
BEL AIR, MARYLAND -- I did a review back on 12/14/2009 of this animal hospital. They were sweet and caring then when we had an emergency with our Charlie cat and had to put him to sleep.
On 7/16/10 we had to bring in Ramses, our 13 year old cat. This kitty had been diagnosed with IBD and bleeding ulcer (kind of like 'kitty Crohn's') a month before this and he had been responding well to the medications.
The vet (again, Dr. Fliflet, who put Charlie to sleep for us) saw us right away. She let us know that she was going to run a quick 'prick' blood test and then let us know what was wrong with our Ramses.
About 15 minutes later, Dr. Fliflet asked us to come into the exam room. She let us know that Ramsesâ Hemat and blood level was fatally low.
She then let us know our options (basically, the only thing that could be done was a blood transfusion).
Then she sat down with us and asked if she could just 'talk to us plainly' because she remembered us from before, that then, we only had Charlieâs best interest in mind and that I was a nurse.
She said that she felt that Ramses was bleeding out from gastrointestinal bleeding. That mostly likely, an ulcer had ruptured and that there was really nothing that could be done to save him. That they could try the transfusion, but, realistically, we would most likely go through 3-8 blood bags and Ramses would still die. That, in her opinion, he would only have less than a 5% chance to live.
She then said that she would give us a few minutes to talk things over and to just call her when we were ready with what we wanted to do.
I explained everything to my husband in laymanâs terms and we decided that we would let Ramses go. That it would be selfish to waist that much blood that could go to an animal that could be saved.
Ramses was so low on blood and his veins were so fragile from blood loss, that they could not even get one to hold for a needle to give the euthanasia.
Dr. Fliflet finally had to give Ramses an intramuscular shot to put him into a deep sleep and then finish the euthanasia with an anesthesia gas to stop his heart.
I have never seen a vet cry with something like this before, but she sat with us and cried for Ramses.
It's never, ever easy to make a decision to put a beloved pet down. But this place has made a very, very hard thing to do just a bit easier twice now, and I thank them for that.