We would like to publicly recognize Dr. Timothy Monroe and Aimee from the Northland Veterinary Hospital in Gouverneur for their exceptional end-of-life care for the animals they serve. Our 13-year-old cat, Hunter, recently began a short battle with a terminal liver condition.
As his condition worsened, our family was left with the difficult decision on how to move forward with Hunters care. The decision to euthanize our beloved pet was not entered into lightly. With the informed decision process of working alongside Dr. Monroe, the decision was made with Hunters best interest in mind.
People do not like to discuss euthanizing their pets; however, we felt so strongly about the care we received, we are writing to share our experience.
On the night of June 28, we made a call to emergency after hours and were greeted by Aimee. We discussed our concerns that Hunter was not improving and feared he was suffering. Aimee recognized the end of his life was likely near. We were able to discuss our end-of-life wishes for Hunter before what was likely to come the following day.
The morning of June 29, Aimee conducted a thorough examination to determine the status of Hunters condition. At this point, he had lost more weight and the hardening of his liver was now able to be felt. It was also noted the jaundice had spread down to his legs. The time had come to say goodbye.
Aimee provided humane and compassionate care not only to Hunter but to both of us as well. Each step was discussed at a pace that was controlled by us. Aimee even shared her own personal experience of the loss of a terminally ill pet. In turn, Aimee took the time to listen to us share some of our memories.
We were provided time alone with Hunter prior to the procedure with words of love and tears. Once we were ready and the process began and ended, Hunter passed quickly and painlessly with us right there to comfort him. He appeared more peaceful in death. This is when we knew we had made the right decision.
We will be forever in debt for the care that Hunter received in his final weeks of life. Thank you, Dr. Monroe, for having Aimee be a part of your staff. Her professionalism and empathy are unmatched in the world of veterinary care.
Kristin Rielly and Robert Engleman Jr.