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Would your vet let you pay in advance for the services and cremation (if you go that route)? That might ... but I figure I will be a wreck when that time comes, and it's one less thing to think about.

That's a really good point. After Murphy was put down here, I'm surpised that my bank cashed the cheque considering how shaky the writing was.

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We've discussed future euthanasia already and when the time comes, my vet is going to come to our house. Also, ... in the world for an ailing, geriatric dog as we have lots of love and patience to give them. Terri

So sorry to hear about Mojo - I understand what you're going through. And your love and patience will count a lot for both your dogs.

We have Dylan, 10, with cancer in remission, hip dysplasia and seizures, still hanging in there and enjoying life, at a slow pace. Gordo and Chile, 12, have heart murmurs, and Chile has arthritis in her knees. Only Oppie, 8, is still acting like a pup.
We all wish the best for you, Mojo and Luke.
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We've discussed future euthanasia already and when the time comes, my vet is going to come to our house.

Would your vet let you pay in advance for the services and cremation (if you go that route)?

Yes. It's what we did when it was time to say goodbye to Darcy. We didn't want to have to walk out of there and do it afterwards. In her case, we had it done there, but it still helped enormously to be able to leave through the back door and not have to stop first at the front desk.
That might make things easier when the time comes. I
have thought about doing that, even though my oldest are 7 and youngest are 1 and 3.5. Eric thinks I am morbid, but I figure I will be a wreck when that time comes, and it's one less thing to think about.

I don't find it morbid at all. Better to have all this planned in advance so as to be able to focus on the important thing at hand without distractions that would be better taken care of beforehand.
Your dogs are lucky to have you and DH!! Emotion: smile We'll be thinking about Mojo, and sending good thoughts his way.

Thanks to everyone for their words of support.
I'm keeping a diary of his progression as it occurs. I will be giving any and all information to my vet, too. This is his first case of this particular type of cancer as well, and he wants to send any and all information on it to LSUs oncology department and at the same time, keep up on what happens to Mojo.
Last night, Mojo was standing with his feet on the sofa looking out the window, and when he tried to push himself off, his back legs folded enough for him to fall into an odd sitting position that he couldn't get out of. I had to pull the coffee table away from him and pull him around so he could get his back feet under himself. He limped for awhile afterwards, and today is having problems with traction when he tries to hurry on the brick or wood floor.
At this point, I'm thinking he just injured himself a bit. We're going to try and keep him quiet today and see if his limping improves.
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We all wish the best for you, Mojo and Luke.

If everyone will read this as intended as a group messsage please, thanks for ALL your supportive words. I just didn't want to individually thank each and every one of you in a separate post, even though I wanted to.
I've read them all and I thank you, even though I haven't said so up until now.
Thanks.
Terri and the old,sweet dawgs.
Yes. It's what we did when it was time to say goodbye to Darcy. We didn't want to have to ... but it still helped enormously to be able to leave through the back door and not have to stop first

I'm glad they will let you do that. I work at a vet e-clinic, and when owners have to make that decision, I always make sure we do all the payment stuff first so they can leave discreetly and when they want to. I feel horrible that we have to deal with payment stuff at that time, but it has to be done.
At this point, I'm thinking he just injured himself a bit. We're going to try and keep him quiet today and see if his limping improves.

I sure hope he just injured himself. We'll continue to think good thoughts for him.

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I'm glad they will let you do that. I work at a vet e-clinic, and when owners have to make ... I feel horrible that we have to deal with payment stuff at that time, but it has to be done.

When I had to put Buck to sleep, they told me not to worry about it - they'd bill me. Since in all other cases you can't leave without paying, I considered that very thoughtful.
The vet also sent me a sympathy card.
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I always make sure we do all the

payment stuff first so they can leave discreetly and when ... stuff at that time, but it has to be done.

When I had to put Buck to sleep, they told me not to worry about it - they'd bill me. Since in all other cases you can't leave without paying, I considered that very thoughtful.

I guess I'm really lucky (or just have a great relationship with my vet). There was no charge when we said goodbye to Teddy 4 years ago. She hasn't charged me for a number of things over the years though, so I guess it's just what I'm needing and the friendship we have.
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I guess I'm really lucky (or just have a great relationship with my vet). There was no charge when we ... number of things over the years though, so I guess it's just what I'm needing and the friendship we have.

That's the advantage of having a good vet/client relationship. Unfortunately, we don't have that at an e-clinic cuz we don't have regular clients who come to us for normal things. Also, we can't do billing, either, because a good chunk of people who come to us won't ever pay us. and we do need to be paid, otherwise we can't stay open. We can't absorb losses through routine exams, vaccinations, and product sales. (because we don't do them) It sucks for our clients, but that's the way it is.

-Abby
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I guess I'm really lucky (or just have a great relationship with my vet). There was no charge when we said goodbye to Teddy 4 years ago.

It sounds like you have luck AND a great relationship with your vet.
A couple of years before Murphy died, her vet sold her practice to take up professional golf (really). The vets who bought the practice were young, recently married (to each other), and had a newborn. There's no way they could have given me a freebie even though we had a great relationship from day one. That's where the luck comes into it, I guess - a long term relationship with a vet with a stable practice.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.