Compassionate and Empathetic

Written by Gary and Sue Bergmann | Topsfield, MA Hospital: Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

Our beloved Golden Retriever Mazey, just 2 days short of her 11th birthday, became ill very suddenly. We were directed to MVRH by our vet and Dr. Sarah Allen took charge of evaluating and testing her immediately. Mazey was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, a vicious and malignant cancer that spreads rapidly, and a ruptured tumor on her spleen was causing bleeding internally. Of all the options Dr. Allen offered, euthanasia was really the only one, since surgery without complications had little chance of success, extending her life perhaps 3 to 6 months.

Dr. Allen and the entire staff serving us were compassionate and empathetic, explaining everything and answering all of our questions. The dignity and privacy they afforded us were greatly appreciated in the face of a heart wrenching decision. When the time came, we were escorted to a small and comfortable room, Mazey came in for our last goodbyes, and Dr. Allen aided her departure.

I can’t adequately express how much we appreciated Dr. Allen and the MVRH staff’s support at such a trying time. She also sent us a very thoughtful note with Mazey’s paw print, arriving on her birthday.

Thank you Dr. Allen and all the staff at MVRH.

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