Letter of Thanks: Pet care above par
To the Editor:
Last September our dog Sage collapsed while we were camping. We took her to our veterinarians at the Alpine Vet Clinic, where Dr. Hailey and Dr. Nedele quickly recognized the symptoms of serious anemia. They called Deer Creek Animal Hospital in Littleton, where the staff was waiting for us. She was so severe she needed two blood transfusions and four days at the hospital. Upon return to the Valley, she required large doses of steroids and frequent blood tests to monitor her levels. Huge thanks to Dr. Sue Tasillo and Lisa Jonas of the Granby Vet Clinic. They were nice enough to help by running the blood tests in the beginning, requiring appointments every few days. They had never spoken to us before, yet treated Sage like a longtime patient.
We worked with Dr Nedele, who was ultimately able to run the bloodwork, after they acquired the testing equipment. Sage needed weekly tests, as well as monitoring her steroids and other meds. She was treated with extreme kindness, even being allowed to stay in the car while her blood was taken. Understandably, she became much more reluctant to enter the clinic as time went on.
Sage was doing well, considering the severity of her illness. Recently she got very sick quite suddenly. It became obvious that her fight was over. Thanks to Dr. Nedele for going above and beyond to make her last moments as peaceful as possible.
While having a pet with a serious illness such as this is not pleasant, Dr. Hailey, Dr. Nedele and CVT Kim Huntington made the experience as good as possible. They were honest about her condition and prognosis at all times, which we appreciated. We knew it was only a matter of time, but they helped us give her a high quality of life to the end.
Heidi Weisskopf and Scott Jerke
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