(John Arendt - Summerland Review)

(John Arendt - Summerland Review)

LETTER: Thanks to team at veterinary clinic

Summerland Animal Clinic showed compassion to senior dog

Dear Editor:

Our senior dog Porter recently passed away at the age of 14 years and three months. We want to express our deepest thanks to Dr. Julie Woodward and the entire team at the Summerland Animal Clinic for their care of Porter throughout the last couple of years of his life, in sickness, and in death.

In February, Porter suddenly got very sick. Summerland Animal Clinic was able to squeeze him in right away for an appointment, where Dr. Julie ran a number of tests. It did not look good for Porter, but Dr. Julie recommended a new medication for him that would hopefully help, or would at least reduce his pain for the remainder of his days. She did further re-checks a number of times in the following couple of weeks until it was clear that he was going to pull through.

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As the weeks went on, however, our Porter continued to age and deteriorate. In July, Porter got a bad eye infection and scratch on his eye, again requiring an emergency visit to see Dr. Julie at Summerland Animal Clinic. This required multiple re-checks within a couple of weeks as it wasn’t healing well. Despite being fully booked, the team did all they could to squeeze us in for re-checks, and Dr. Julie even came in early to see Porter before her other patients.

Finally, it was clear that his pain and diseases were getting to be too much for him, and the end was nearing. Dr. Julie talked to us with such kindness and compassion as we prepared for Porter’s final days.

Porter was a member of our family, and while nothing could prepare us for the loss of a family member, Dr. Julie and her team did all they could to help. They treated us and Porter so kindly in his final days. It was an incredibly difficult and stressful time for our family, but the care and treatment we all received from Dr. Julie and the entire team at Summerland Animal Clinic made a very painful time more bearable. We are very grateful to have had these extra few months with Porter. We are so thankful and fortunate to have such professional, kind, and caring people in our small community of Summerland. Thank you Dr. Julie and the entire team at Summerland Animal Clinic.

Kim Lawton, John Arendt, and Merlot (Porter’s sister)


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