It's with great sadness and tears in my eyes that I am emailing to let you know that we had to have Scamp put to sleep yesterday.
He started with severe diarrhoea last Monday, over the week it got worse (to the point where he was passing only blood). We tried antibiotics and he deteriorated so stayed in the vets overnight on Friday. We brought him home Saturday. He wasn't himself, wouldn't eat anything at all (including roast chicken I’d cooked for him), he could barely walk and just lay in his bed staring into space. He wasn’t his usual happy self. He was the same yesterday and we felt it wasn’t fair on him as he was suffering. He'd had a lump on his good leg for the last six months, I’d been measuring it (as the vet had advised) and it had grown by 1 and a 1/2 cm. And he'd lost over a kilo in the last 6 weeks despite eating the same. We don't know for sure but both us and the vets suspect the lump was probably a cancer tumour but given he'd got muscle wastage from his knee problem there wasn't any point in doing tests to find that out as he couldn't have had his good leg amputated as wouldn't be able to stand and given his age, there seemed little point.
Scamp was such a lovely happy boy and had become a massive part of our family since last May when we fostered him. He was a delight to have, was great company for our dog Poppy and it was our absolute pleasure to give him a loving home. We are all very upset and missing him terribly.
Thank you for allowing us to foster him and I'm sorry to email with bad news,