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Pet of the Month: Rocky

Rocky was born July 29, 2012. He was 8 days old when we first saw him. When we brought him home on September 28 at 9 weeks old he was just 1 lb. 1 oz. He is a sweet, smart and friendly pup who loves everyone including children and other dogs. He loves to go for walks, play on the beach, play fetch and tug-of-war with his toys, and hang out with his older “brother” Angel.

In early November of 2014, we woke up on a Sunday morning and noticed that Rocky’s eyes were dilated and didn’t respond to light. His vision seemed to be impaired though he was able to see some. We took him to Del Valle the next day and were referred to an ophthalmologist. The ophthalmologist said that a spinal tap was required to determine the cause of the inflammation to his optic nerve. Unfortunately, there were complications during the tap so not enough fluid was removed to test and Rocky came out of anesthesia with terrible equilibrium issues to the point where he could not walk or even stand up without falling over. It’s been a long journey of recovery for him. During the first week or so, we had to hold him constantly because he could not stand up on his own. We hand fed him and gave him water with a dropper. We slept on the floor on an air mattress for 6 weeks for fear of him falling out of bed. Continue Reading


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If you have questions for your Del Valle Pet Hospital veterinarian, stop by our veterinary hospital in Livermore or call (925) 443-6000 to schedule an appointment.


Pet Loss & Grief

Having to cope with the death of a pet can be as difficult as coping with the death of a human family member. Grief is a normal and healthy emotion that accompanies the loss of a loved one, and we should never suppress or simply ignore our feeling of loss. There is no right or wrong way for people to feel as they grieve the loss of their pet; each person experiences loss and grief in his or her own way. Deciding to euthanize a pet can be one of the hardest decisions of our lives. Your decision is a personal one, but your veterinarian, family, and friends can assist you and support you during this difficult time. You need to consider not only what is best for your pet, but what is best for you and your family. Quality of life is the most important consideration for pets and their families.

Resources

Support Groups
*SAGE Pet Caregiver Support Group
www.sagecenters.com

Online Resources
*Pet Loss Support Page
www.pet-loss.net

*Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
www.aplb.org

*Argus Institute Grief Resources
www.argusinstitute.colostate.edu

Books
*Grieving the Death of a Pet
By Betty J. Carmack

*Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet
By Gary Kowalski

*Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults & Children
By Herbert A. Nieburg & Arlene Fisher

Support Hotline
*ASPCA Pet Loss Support Hotline
(877)474-3310, 7 days a week

Especially For Children
*Dog Heaven or Cat Heaven
By Cynthia Rylant

*Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
By Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen

*The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
By Judith Viorst

*When A Pet Dies
By Fred Rogers

*I’ll Always Love You
By Hans Wilhem

*Desser the Best Cat Ever
By Maggie Smith

If you have questions for your Del Valle Pet Hospital veterinarian, stop by our veterinary hospital in Livermore or call (925) 443-6000 to schedule an appointment.