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Horrible news for Oscar
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14 June 2010 - 9:49 am
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I woke up this morning to find that Oscar had passed away.  I'm so upset right now.  I really do feel like he had an internal injury when they let us bring him home.  My husband took his body back to the vet's office today and they will do an autopsy to see if they can find out what caused his death. 

I'm just glad that he got to spend the last few hours of his life at home getting tons of love from his family.  I had him sleep right next to my bed last night and would occasionally reach down to scratch him when I would hear him getting resless.  Even though he had to have been in horrible pain and dying he would still wag his tail.  He was always such a happy and agreeable boy he wanted his mom to know that everything was ok. 

I want to thank you all for your kind words and support during Oscar's surgery.  Being able to come here and post and get feedback on what to expect during his recovery really did help me a lot. 

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14 June 2010 - 10:17 am
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Oh no. I'm so, so sorry 🙁

Your love for Oscar has been evident in all of your posts - I know your heart must be breaking right now. I'm sorry this had to happen the way it did, and I'm glad you're able to find peace in the fact that he spent his last few hours at home where he could be loved and snuggled by those who meant the most to him.

Sending warm thoughts you way, run free sweet boy.

Edmonton, Alberta
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14 June 2010 - 10:19 am
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Oh that is beyond words terrible. I am SO VERY sorry!!

I don't even know what to say beyond that.


Catie -

Birthday – November 4 2003

Amputation – January 13 2010

Crossed the Bridge – June 2 2011

 Catie Caitlin 

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14 June 2010 - 10:33 am
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Oh how tragic. We feel so sorry for you... I had just replied to your post-op concerns post only to see this topic minutes later.

It sounds like Oscar may have been a victim of bloat, totally unrelated to the amputation. Please accept our deepest condolences. And thank you for sharing Oscar's story here.

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This is so very sad, we can't imagine the shock. Please know that you did everything you could to give him a chance at a pain-free life, and he knew that as well. Your bond will never be broken.

We are so deeply sorry. If you want to talk, we're here OK? {{{{hugs]}}}}

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14 June 2010 - 11:55 am
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OMG.......this is just devastating for you!!!!!!!!!!!  Just horrible...I, too, just don't know what to say....hugs to you....

Tracy & Maggie

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13


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I'm so shocked and saddened by the news of Oscar.  I know your hearts are just so broken. 

Oh, my heart just aches - how tragic.  I really, really hope you get some resolution on the autopsy.  The wondering is so hard. 

 It does sound like it was bloat OR it could have been a blood clot.  I know I had one to die suddenly within 2 days of a successful knee surgery and it wasn't bloat - the vet concluded a blood clot passed through the lungs.  If it's any consolation, if it was a blood clot there wouldn't have been anything you could have done. Sometimes they just happen.

You and your poor husband.

Yes, please, please come back and talk and let us know if you find out anything.

Sending you a big hug,

Comet's mom


Her Retired AvatarComet - 1999 to 2011

She departed us unexpectedly  January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.

She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.

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14 June 2010 - 12:47 pm
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Oh my, I am so so sorry. I am speechless and so sad for your loss of Oscar.


Jo Ann & Tasha

Tasha 8 years old, First cancer diagnosis 6/26/09, Last cancer diagnosis 9/26/09, Amputation 10/01/09, Loving our girl moment by moment.

Tasha lost her battle and became my Angel on May 4 2011. Forever in my heart….

Atlanta, GA
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14 June 2010 - 1:07 pm
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We are so sorry to hear that, and understand how hard it is to lose your beloved friend when you know you've done your best for him.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jane, Cathy, and Angel Skyler

Skyler – 10 year old Golden Retriever.  Diagnosed with Mast Cell Tumor on 2-26-10.  Right rear leg amputated on 3-4-10.  Crossed Rainbow Bridge on 6-11-10.  Chloe – Joined her sister on 4-4-11, due to hemangiosarcoma.  The beloved Golden Girls are now back together.

Coquitlam, B.C. Canada
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14 June 2010 - 1:44 pm
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I am so very sorry to hear about Oscar's passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you!


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this is the worst possible news.  our hearts go out to you - what a brave man oscar was.   we are so sorry for your loss, the tears won't stop for a while.  i hate having to say it so often in the past several days, but remember that love never ends.

charon & gayle

Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

Love Never Ends


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Oh I'm so sorry!  I can't imagine waking up to that!  My Ruthie also lost her battle last night.  My heart goes out to you and I don't have to imagine your tears.

He sounds like such a wonderful boy.  They are incredible creatures that give so much to the very end.  His spirit will be with you forever.

I'm out of words,

Pat & Angel Ruthie

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I am devastated to read this.  I am so very sorry.  I'm glad Oscar was able to spend his last hours at home, surrounded by those who loved him.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Amputation on 11/10/09, due to Histiocytic Sarcoma in left elbow. Angel Harley earned his wings on 06/24/10.

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Oh I am so sorry to hear about Oscar.  I know your heart is breaking.  This is awful.  We'll keep you in our hearts... please know we are all here for you.

Sending lots and lots of hugs across the miles,

Holly and Zuzu and Susan

Holly joined the world of tripawds on 12/29/2009. She has a big little sister, Zuzu, who idolizes Holly and tries to make all of her toys into tripawds in Holly's honor. And she's enjoying life one hop at a time!

Wesley Chapel, FL
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I'm so sorry to hear about Oscar... cry What a shock it must have been for you this morning. I'm so sorry that you had to go through this.

At least Oscar got to be home with you his final hours... You did your best to help him... there was nothing you could have done to prevent this... I don't know what else to tell you except that we are all here for you.

You're in my thoughts and prayers...

Angel Jake's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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