Lack of compassion, professionalism, and empathy.
This experience was the most horrific vet experience I have ever had, and I heed warning, that the situation is disturbing, so I suggest not reading if you feel it will be hard to handle.
I visited Koch-Stigge Veterinary clinic after relocating from another state. Tigger, my 15 year old cats health had fallen faster than we could handle. He had over the past year become unhappy and uncomfortable. After much thought, we decided it was in my cats best interest to no longer suffer. His quality of life wasn't what it should be, and he was suffering and uncomfortable.
My mother-in-law and I entered a near empty vet clinic for my 2:15 appointment, and a long time after, was greeted by Dr. Koch himself. He was wearing filthy mud/manure covered blue jeans and a flannel shirt. Not the clean sanitary attire you would expect a vet to be wearing for the evaluation of sick animals. I explained to him through sobs of Tigger's condition, and after evaluating my cat, agreed Tigger was having major repository issues and that my cat was having much difficulty breathing. His breathing was minimal and labored. I told Dr. Koch that I didn't want my cat to suffer any more. His way of communicating the euthanasia procedure to me came off in the style of "Just another day in the office."
I asked him if there was any extra measures of showing Tigger compassion through the process, and he told me sedating him before would make the experience for him the most tolerable. I write this compassionately, but I assure you, he was not. I informed him that I couldn't bare to be present.. He agreed and left to prepare. I said my good byes, told Tigger I loved him, and tried to comfort him. Dr. Koch came back in the room, grabbed Tigger and administered the sedative before my cat could protest. Before I had an opportunity to say anything. He said "This will make him fall asleep." This was after I told him I did NOT want to be present. Now I know it was just a sedative, but I was already emotionally distraught and couldn't handle process. I started sobbing and told my mother-in-law that I couldn't believe he had done that. After I had asked not to see it, and that it wasn't right.
What happened next I could have never mentally prepared myself for. While the doctor was out of the room the medication caused nausea and my cat, who already had trouble breathing, began suffocating on his own vomit. My mother in law started screaming for someone, and moments later a tech came in the room. I was hysterical. This was supposed to help him, yet it was literally suffocating him, causing more stress, pain, and discomfort. My mother-in-law pleaded with me to leave the room, that I didn't need to see him pass away like that, because I didn't want to see it in the first place.
I ran out of the vet in hysterics.
The experience was horrific, for my cat, and myself. I will forever be traumatized. Dr. Koch should have considered that when a sedative was administered, it would complicate his already impaired ability to breath. He should have chosen a nausea free sedative. Never take your beloved animals to this clinic.