We had to put our Gracie down yesterday, and man was it hard.
She had been under the weather for a bit, and the vet initially thought she had an upper respiratory infection. She took a turn for the worse this weekend, and the emergency vet found a tumor in her liver. Being the realistic people we are, we realized surgery on a 16 year old cat (with severe anemia, no less) was not going to end well.
I wanted to thank Dr. Franklin and the staff at the Pocono Veterinary Emergency Center. Dr. Franklin was very thorough, and very compassionate with us and with Gracie. And the staff couldn't have been more supportive.
For now we're keeping an eye on Hobbes and hoping he doesn't get too lonely all by himself. So far he seems to enjoy the attention.