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My rottweiler had survived an amputation due to osteosarcoma and two years of happy life after that. Unfortunately he made it two years and three months -- which by all accounts is an amazing survival rate for osteosarcoma. When the time came for him to be euthanized, I turned to Dr. Shanan, whom a friend had referred after her own experience for the same purpose.
Dr. Shanan was amazing. He is not my regular vet. I visited him on a Friday afternoon distraught over my pet's sudden downturn. Of course Dr. Shanan told me that he couldn't give a professional opinion without seeing my pooch. (I couldn't bring him to that original visit because he was 90 lbs. and he could no longer help me help him into the car, even with a harness, and I had no one at such last minute to help me.) I returned on Monday with my little guy after a weekend of terrible pain for him. Dr. Shanan clearly saw that I had not had sleep all weekend and recommended that both me and the dog get some rest in one of his exam rooms. This also gave him a
By the end of that session I knew what had to be done, as difficult as that conclusion was. Dr. Shanan scheduled me for the following evening. This allowed me to alert people close to us who wanted to come say goodbye. As painful as it was, the entire experience was beautiful, and not at all gruesome. Friends and family members were able to visit my little guy on his last day. And you know what? He knew it was time, and he was ready for it. I think Dr. Shanan's compassion, knowledge, and peaceful demeanor helped my dog to let go. I think Dr. Shanan did the same for me.
While I have focused on Dr. Shanan throughout this review, I want to also acknowledge his staff. The people there were absolutely amazing, from the moment I walked in that Friday afternoon until the day I picked up his ashes.
If you have a pet whom you treat like family and want to ensure that it is comfortable in its final moments, I highly recommend Dr. Shanan. Having an in-home euthanasia is not gruesome or as sad as one might think. I'm glad that my dog passed in his own living room surrounded by loved ones rather than on a cold steel exam table in an unfamiliar environment.
The service provided was absolutely fantastic. Dr.
They listened to my concerns during the exam, didn't waste a minute of my time and even sent me a lengthy followup email based on some questions I had.
Dr. Dobner and her assistant were prompt, provided expert care, a thorough exam, and were very gentle with a frightened cat.
Without hesitation, I would gladly call on Dr. Dobner in the future.
Thank you very much Dr. Dobner!
My dog had been diagnosed with cancer. We treated that with an oncologist which I was told would happen. However, he also then got a second, different cancer. In discussing my options with the oncologist I determined that treating the cancers would add only months to his prognosis so I opted to keep him comfortable. I learned there was a vet who specialized in hospice care. At the time of diagnosis I was told he could live about 3-4 months. That turned into 8 months. I know life expectancies are not always correct, but I also believe that keeping the dog comfortable so he could enjoy life, eat a healthy diet, and spend quality time with family added some time. Dr. Shanan enabled that.
My regular vet recommended him because of his skill in helping terminally ill animals to be comfortable, and he also makes house visits. He managed my dog's discomfort and pain with various medicines. He was always just a phone call away. That support and treatment allowed my dog to spend his last months as happy as in his first months. He died at age13 playing and eating until the last day. I never had to say I am putting the dog down so he could avoid pain, we had drugs for that and I enjoyed my pet as long as possible.
I gave them an A for price because I believe that their prices are in line with other vets, but I really don't know and, if I ever get another dog, I doubt if I will know because I'll be using them.
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