Today I had to have "Grandpa" our adopted elderly hamster euthanized. She was quite old, but she had a good three weeks here in our home.
She was as active as a three year old hamster could be and liked her carrots, but in the last week she began to fail.
We have an obligation to our animals to put their needs ahead of our emotions. It is hard to put an animal down, but it is the human and humane thing to do.
I like to think that Grandpa is in heaven with a full coat of fur, no itchy patches and all of the energy she needs to dig, run and play.