I have to respond to the advice your vet gave you (the euthenasia).
I came home one Sunday, after leaving a seemingly fine 15 year old cat, to
find her partially blind, yowling, and panting for breath.
I immeditely took her to an all-night emergency vet, and after several
anxious hours, was told to go home...I would get a call.
About 2:00 am, I got the call: after looking at the x-ray and blood tests,
the vet had determined that my cat had cancer (a tumor in her lungs), had
fluid build up in the chest cavity...recommendation: immediate
euthenasia...to "put the poor kitty out of her suffering".
I fell apart, but my fiance was practical enough to want a second opinion.
He looked for a specialist in the area, and had me pick up my little girl for
her next apointment. But by the time I picked her up, she looked like she
was just about gone...very little life left in her at all. I was so afraid
of prolonging any agony she may have been in.
THANK GOD I took her to the new vet. I had an ultrasound done, and the
problem turned out to be with her heart. I started her on meds while the
next rounds of tests were being done, and, ulitmately, found out that it was
her thyroid that was causing all of the problems.
This all happened over two months ago. My baby is steadily gaining weight,
and is almost back to her old self. I am so thankful when she jumps in my
lap for her nightly petting.
I know she still has some serious health issues, but had I listened to that
first vet, my little girl would be long gone. Luckily she has a couple of
the nicest and most compassionate doctors I've ever come across.
I guess I'm just trying to say that it's definately worth it to try ALL
avenues before throwing in the towel. I'm just glad that I found that out!