“Terminal Exploratory”

“Terminal Exploratory”:

A Terminal Exploratory is some pet’s “last chance” and it’s set up to be “kind of affordable” ….and here is why it “kind of” is:

When you’re out of treatment options and things are going badly, you arrive at the only hope being to “actually LOOK” in the belly or access an ominous tumor and fix what (and if) you can.

As often happens in these cases; if you can’t fix what you’ve diagnosed, you let the pet Go To Heaven while it’s still anesthetized, on the table.

Cost is rather conservative, because we give them anesthesia before we euthanize anyway.

It’s only ‘more expensive’ in the joyous event that we discover something we actually CAN FIX and so I do that.

And it happens sometimes; so it’s worth considering. But unfortunately, and most-often, we’re confirming an inoperable tumor or some other terminally-‘broken’ internal “thing” and we end up letting them go in peace.

For a “Terminal Exploratory” you prepare to part, and breathe a prayer and let me look in there.

It settles:

  1. What’s wrong
  2. Is it fixable?
  3. Is euthanasia right?

It’s usually just confirmatory in terminal cases without stacking up a lot of expense; but there ARE rarely cases we’ve been VERY lucky, and salvaged a life.

I’m sorry you’re even having to consider this.
Doc Johnson

Author: Dr. Erik Johnson
Dr. Erik Johnson is the author of several texts on companion animal and fish health. Johnson Veterinary Services has been operating in Marietta, GA since 1996. Dr Johnson graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Dr Johnson has lived in Marietta Georgia since 1976.