Back in 2007, we took our dog in after he collapsed in our living room. We had to wait a little bit, only because they had an emergency case come in just before us. When they took him in back and asked us what happened, we explained that he just collapsed and started to whine like he was in pain. That was on Aug 6. We came in the next day to see what our options were, and when the explained that he had a mass in his heart valve, and fluid around his lungs and liver, and said that at best it surgery could give him maybe a few more yrs, to only a few months. We decided the best thing to do was to put him to sleep, but not until the next day. That same night around 11:30, they called us saying that he had had another episode. We knew he wouldn't hold on til the morning, so we said we would be there soon. At 12:10 Aug 9, Brutus went to sleep. We had him cremated, so we would come back to get his ashes. A few days after he was put down, we received a card in the mail from them saying they were sorry about our loss.