September 4th 2008 3:14 pm
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This is Hope's Mommy writing: This is a very sad day for us. We had to help Hope cross the Rainbow Bridge today.
She had started limping about a month ago & then week before last, her left hind leg started swelling & she started losing weight. We took her to the vet & they said she had a broken leg but were not able to determine how it happened since she is an indoor cat & doesnt jump up on high things. They indicated the break was very unusual looking & took xrays of her legs & hips. It was determined she had bone cancer & they recommended several options - 1) leaving it as it was and letting nature takes it course (they were pretty sure the cancer had spread). 2) putting a pin in to try to get the bone to grow back. 3) amputation.
They recommended we try to get her strength up some before the surgery & put her on pain meds while we made the decision.
We decided to let the doctor do the surgery this week. They said she was in a lot of pain. We felt amputation was the best option.
We took her to the vet's office on Tuesday & her surgery was this morning. She had a tough time during surgery & they had to "save" her several times. Then about 3 hours ago, they called to say she wasnt doing well and had stopped breathing several times & they thought the end was near. They put her on IVs of heart meds & oxygen.
We went to tell her goodbye & stayed with her while she crossed the bridge. This is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. But she is no longer suffering & she had a good life with us. Her brothers & sisters love her so much. They are looking for her tonight.
Our sweet Butterball is running & jumping with her friends (I think of Pea & what a good friend she was to Hope). Bet they are having a good time together.
Please say a purrer for us tonight.
Hope & Pea - be sweet & take care of each other.
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