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We sent Beau across the bridge yesterday. His bowels and kidneys had begun to shut down and he was in great pain. Our house is a very sad place now. My Akita who always looked after her little brother and has been disturbingly docile thru this; growled and tried to prevent the vet(normally her friend) from entering the room. Since then, she has been moping, and I am worried about her psyche. I have had to make her come out of the darkened bedroom several times as she either lays in his places or goes to lay by herself in the bedroom. I am watching her carefully as these are very emotional dogs and she has never been without her little brother.
We sent Beau to A&M for an autopsy. We want to document just what happened to him. After much research and consultation with other vets, we know that the cancer that he was diagnosed with(hemangiosarcoma in the left rear femur) was not what did him in. The surgeons' either incompetance or negligence was the cause. Once we have more proof on paper we are planning to file suit against him and the surgical facility. We sent him in for this operation to give ham a chance at further life with us even if he had three legs. As we can tell now, for them, it was just about the money! The surgeon got done with him and left for a ski vacation... When we picked him up they told us he was heavily sedated and had a fentinol patch for pain, so not to expect much, but the truth is they only put the patch on just before we got him. They said he had been up and about, but previously when we called, the tech told us that when she checked on him he barely knew she was there. Now that we have the post-op surgical notes. They noted that he was not able to use the other leg after surgery but did nothing as our surgeon had gone on vacation. When we called them about the problem they passed it off saying that perhaps he was over or under mecicated, but that as it was the holidays and our surgeon was still vacationing we would have to wait till he came back perhaps the next Friday or Monday. Had they done something when they noticed the problem, or when we began asking for help, my beau might have stood a chance at some recovery. For them, however, it was a matter of covering their mistakes and moving on. We can only hope that what we and our dog have gone thru can be prevented for someone else. If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area be very careful where you take your animal as the big name surgery center here may well do to your dog what they have done to mine.
Thanks to all of you who have been here to help and offer you advice and caring. Your kindness has helped.
I am very sorry for your loss. I hope and pray that you find the answers you seek and ultimately peace. You and Beau fought so hard, and your strenght is an inspiration.
Many good thoughts are headed your way,
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oh pat...this is so tragic. i'm so very sorry...words cannot convey. you did everything you could, gave him every chance you could, gave him love, a home, a family. there was nothing more you could do.
my thoughts are with you at this terrible time.
Oh, Pat, this is so horrible... Losing Beau is so very hard and due to negligence is unbelievably painful...
My deepest sympathies.. At least Beau is free from pain now, and he will meet you at the Bridge. Believe Pat, and Beau will be there waiting for you...
Tears today for your loss, I am so very sorry!
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I just read all your posts about your sweet little Beau. I have been in tears at what you went through. He was a beautiful dog and God knows you did all that was humanly possible for him. I have heard so many horror stories from this forum about doctors that just seem to care more about the money than the dogs they are supposed to care for. I guess I am so blessed to have had a doctor that cared so much that I could almost see a tear in his eye when I picked up my dog Luke and was just so happy he could walk out to my husband and me. I know the love you had for your little boy and I really admire all your courage and the fight you put up for his life. You did the best you could and finally did the best for him. Dogs live in the moment and don't see the future as us humans do. They don't deserve to live a life in pain and our last gift to them is to let them go. My prayers are with you and your family human and animal. I lost a dog at a very young age from liver disease and have the most wonderful memories of her short life. I know after some time you will rejoyce in all the best of Beau and the memories will be one of the best things in your life.
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