Depressed dog gets dose of kindness mixed in with his meds
The Delaquis family found a 'special prescription' of Milk-Bones mixed in with their dog Diesel’s medicine
"He just felt really sad and wanted to see her again," said nine-year-old Gage Delaquis.
In early January, Kricket was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, a terminal condition. The family made the hard decision to put her down days later. Diesel had known Kricket his entire life. The dogs had three litters of puppies together and were inseparable.
"Diesel has only ever known Kricket, so once Kricket was gone, Diesel sort of had panic attacks," said Ginette Van Roose, who has owned the dogs since they were puppies.
"They were very close, they were never separated...once she was gone he just couldn't cope."
"You could just see him all of a sudden start to panic and have these anxiety attacks and we couldn't fix it," said Van Roose.
Their vet prescribed the dog the anti-anxiety drug, Xanax, but after being on it for a few weeks and seeing little change, the vet then prescribed a different medicine, Trazodone, an anti-depressant.
The Delaquis family filled Diesel's prescription at their local pharmacy, the Shoppers Drug Mart on Sage Creek Boulevard. When they got home and opened the bag they realized there was a "special prescription" inside.
"We opened the bag and realized that there were two bottles...one was the medication and the other was four Milk-Bones in a prescription bottle," said Van Roose.
The bottle had a prescription label that read "chew one treat twice daily."
Pharmacist hid 'surprise' in bag
"When I noticed it was for a dog … I provided Diesel with another prescription," said pharmacist Sonal Purohit, who likes to treat all of her patients with a little extra something.
Purohit said she has a close relationship with all of her patients, but has a real soft spot when it comes to pets. She didn't know at the time why Diesel was put on this medication, she simply wanted to make his day a little easier.
Purohit also didn't know how much it would mean to a family who was grieving the loss of a pet, and struggling to help their other dog.
"I just thought, this is seriously the nicest thing that anybody could ever have done," said Van Roose. "It meant so much to us to know that somebody is thinking of us."
Van Roose took a photo of the Milk-Bone prescription label and sent it to the Sage Creek Residents' Association Facebook page where it was shared with the group on Wednesday.
"There's a lot of people in the world that probably do nice things for others and people just don't either appreciate it or recognize it, and just I wanted her to know that I did," said Van Roose.
As for Diesel, the family is hoping the new medicine helps, but they worry he may not get over the loss.
"I think it's like those old people love stories that you see, that they just can't live without each other. They spend their whole lives together, and then one goes and the other one goes shortly after," said Van Roose, adding the treats helped.