On Monday morning, we put Buttons to sleep. She became critically ill and went downhill very fast.
Buttons came to us at 5 months old. She just celebrated her 14th birthday on January 1st.
We took her to our vet who asked to do an X-ray and some blood work before we made any decisions. She had acute pancreatitis, fever of 105, was breathing on one lung and some other issue with her stomach, that we feel was cancer. She was in terrible pain.
Vet told us even if she was able to stabilize her from the pancreatitis and bring her fever down, we would then have to deal with her lung issue, which could be fluid or cancer, as well as her stomach issue, which could be the same. She went on to say that given her age, mortality was high.
We really had no choice. Buttons hated being poked, prodded or even groomed. Through the years, she had her share of health issues. We did not want to see her suffer in pain any longer.
It has taken me 4 days to write this post. We are heartbroken. Gracie is grieving her friend terribly. This is the worst thing we have to do as pet parents. It never gets easier, but the joy Buttons brought us for 14 years was well worth it. She even helped me to win a contest here on Active Rain!
RIP my baby Buttons. You were so loved. Fly free with the other butterflies.