Friday, August 04, 2006

It's Twilight Time...

I just got home from the vet's with my two kitties. Tabitha got her annual shots and checkup, but Boston is quite ill and the vet and I discussed his future; she said I seriously need to think about putting him down.

He's on thyroid meds and heart meds. He is not responding well to the thyroid meds (he gets vomiting and diarhea) and he has a heart murmer and an enlarged heart. His breathing is terrible; he's literally gasping for air all the time, wheezing and his insides are all gurgling from his heart to his lungs to his digestive tract. His body is not oxiginated enough, and he keeps loosing weight. I knew this was coming, I just wasn't sure how far to let it go.

I give my vet credit; she discussed with me how his quality of life is not very good right now and it's not getting any better. So she gave him an injection of the meds to get him through the weekend and I'll probably take him in one day next week. As I told DS who was with me it's not like we didn't know it was coming, but it's always difficult.

I'm grateful my vet was so honest and up front with me. She only said what I had been thinking but you feel guilty saying it. I have a sister-in-law who works at a vet's and she's always into trying super-human treatments regardless of the cost, financially or emotionally. There come's a time when you have to realize... it's time.

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knitty_kat said...

I'm really sorry to hear about this. It is a very hard thing to do. As sad as it is, it sounds like it is truely for the best.

I think about it this way; if it were me in that condition, would I want to be medicated and continue on? Most people would say no.

Big Hugs to you, your family and kitties

JustApril said...

aaaaawwwww, SO sorry. I know what you mean about how at some point you have to draw a line about reasonable measures. We had a similar situation with our dog. It was an excruciating decision, but it was for the best in this case. We sure did cry a lot though. =(

Sharon said...

Oh that is so sad, I am so sorry to hear about Boston. Having been in the same situation a couple of years back, I know how difficult this is but I didn't want my beloved old (16 years) cat to suffer.

Big hugs are being sent your way.

Anonymous said...

Oh no! I am so sorry about Boston. (I'm crying- by the way!) We will very much miss hearing about the exploits of our George's doppleganger.
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