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Oscar my Steer

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Oscar my Steer

Postby pat » Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:24 pm

Oscar will be 17 this year. just found him today down, he looks like he fell.
He looks horrible. his eyes are red, he would drink a little water. but, he can't get up. he is laying in mud icon-sad

I think this is going to be a sad day for me. Gary might have to shoot him to put him out of his misery. :cry:

I don't know what else I can do. don't know how to try and get him up. he is pretty big. I think this might be the last day of his life :cry:

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Re: Oscar my Steer

Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:36 pm

Maybe if you could get something around him you could lift him with the tractor. I've also seen them lifted in the bucket part of a bulldozer type to be moved inside. Then you could get something around him to hold him up inside and cleaned and warmed up.
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Re: Oscar my Steer

Postby pat » Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:47 pm

I think gary tried lifting him with the tractor, didn't work icon-sad
oscar looks really bad. I checked on him a little while ago, his one leg is stiff as a board, the other is flexible.

not sure why his eyes are red?

gary is coming home to shoot him soon, but, before he does, I will ask him to try again to move him to his house.
Oscar is so close to it icon-sad

guess, the fact of him being 17, his time is probably up icon-sad

thank you for your support and idea.
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Re: Oscar my Steer

Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:11 pm

Poor guy doesn't sound good.

Sounds like it could be tetanus. The redness being from the third eyelid showing. Has be been vaccinated for that? Though since the one leg is flexible maybe not but the eyes and stiff limb otherwise could fit.
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Re: Oscar my Steer

Postby pat » Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:43 pm

Mary,

he has arthritis, been giving him aspirins. this was the second time he fell.
at 17, I guess his time is up :cry:

Now, gary is not sure what type of gun to use. he is talking about a shotgun?
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Re: Oscar my Steer

Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:24 pm

A shot gun should not be used on mature bulls a .22 caliber riffle is prefered.

If a .22 inch rim - fire rifle is to be used for killing livestock, the muzzle should be held from 5 - 25cm away from the animal’s forehead and aimed down the length of the neck into the main bulk of the body; on no account must the muzzle of a rifle be held directly against the animal’s head, as this will result in severe in jury to the operator. Always use a round - nose, lead bullet

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Re: Oscar my Steer

Postby Ana » Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:08 pm

Oh Pat. :( I'm so sorry.
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Re: Oscar my Steer

Postby pat » Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:40 am

mary,
thank you for info. I printed it out and will show it to gary. last night, gary sat at the table for almost 2 hours with a gun.
he could not bring himself to kill Oscar. having Oscar for 17 years is a tough thing to do.
needless to say, the dirty deed was not done last night.

I can't take seeing Oscar this way. I went out this morning and covered him with more straw and hay. along with a blanket.
every time he see's gary or me he tries to get up.

I called my vet this morning, he is in the office, and is suppose to call me back. I might see if he can come over and inject him.
I don't know what else I can do, I won't touch a gun, so I won't do it.

I wonder if there is a slight chance of getting him back on his feet? I personally doubt it. icon-sad
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Re: Oscar my Steer

Postby pat » Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:42 am

Ana wrote:Oh Pat. :( I'm so sorry.


Thank you Ana, seems it is just a chain reaction of bad problems lately icon-sad
In the meantime, I have some weird virus, and have been pushing myself, can't get better.
even went to the dr on tuesday, meds are not working. I might have to cancel my surgery this tue. icon-sad
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Re: Oscar my Steer

Postby Kagney » Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:01 am

I'm so very sorry Pat.
I'm glad to hear that you're calling in your vet. If he is still trying to get up, then maybe there is something he can do for him, and he might have some other idea of getting him up. Regardless though, I'm glad neither you nor your husband will have to do it yourselves. After 17 years, no one should have to be in that situation.
At least Oscar will have help soon, whether its a last ditch effort at recovery or help with a peaceful crossing.
Hugs to you in your difficult time. :(
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Re: Oscar my Steer

Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:17 pm

He's been family for a long time so I understand. Hopefully the vet can come instead.
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Re: Oscar my Steer

Postby minervasden » Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:39 pm

Sorry to hear about Oscar. Living as a pet, I'm sure you gave him a great life. If it is his time, I know you have good memories to treasure.
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Re: Oscar my Steer

Postby pat » Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:29 pm

Thank you everyone.

This afternoon, Gary shot him with a pumpkin bullet (whatever that is) he read the info you supplied Mary to make sure he hits the right spot.

He died on the first bullet.., gary shot a second time just to make sure. He will be buried tomorrow near the recent pets that died. :cry:
He will be missed. Oscar was such a good guy and very sentimental. Sybil will miss him when she come out of hibernation, Oscar was her buddy.
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Re: Oscar my Steer

Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:33 pm

Glad it was quick. Sorry you had to be the ones to let him go.
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Re: Oscar my Steer

Postby pat » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:41 pm

I would have rather Oscar died on his own. but, I can't take an animal suffering. At least he at peace now with his other friends.

This has been such a horrible time from dec to today.

sammy (my cat) got hit by a car in December, two weeks later my sister dies.(of course I can't compare my sister with animals)
Jan 2 Daryl (my fox) dies. then today, Oscar dies :cry:

Again, thank you for your support..
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