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putting pets to sleep

I was wondering....is it ok to put your pets to sleep, if it is suffering?
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Good question. How are we to be sure that the animal no longer wishes to live?
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Is it okay? Well, I don't know how to answer that. I will say that I would never do it for the same basic reason that I think it's wrong to euthanize humans. I value life and see all life as a gift from God. I understand that suffering is so hard to see, but a good vet can presribe something so that your pet is not suffering in pain. Getting a pet means you are making a committment to take care of it until it dies. That can be a big responsibility, but it just doesn't seem fair to me to have it killed because it needs extra care and attention.

****This is just my opinion. I have 2 dogs that are like children to me, and I couldn't dream of having them put to sleep for any reason.****
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Before I was Orthodox, one of my "friends" asked me to take her cat to the vet to have it put to sleep. I even hate to use that terminology.

Anyway the vet had a very hard time even finding a vein as the cat was very sick. I would not go through that experience again. Plus it's not loving ... the cat was stressed in traveling in the car, stressed by the doctor, stressed at being placed on a cold examining table ... it's simply not humane ... worst, it's so expensive, at least here in California. There is the examination fee, the injection fee, the office fee, and the disposal fee. This is not natural.

I had three pets which I knew were dying, and one (a new-born goat) died in my arms. It was sad, but it knew it was loved. The others found a hiding place in a corner because they knew it was time. That is the best way. They knew that I loved them and they died in peace without stress and strangers.
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Originally Posted by Grand_Duchess-Elizaveta
****This is just my opinion. I have 2 dogs that are like children to me, and I couldn't dream of having them put to sleep for any reason.****
We had to put our family dog of 14 years to sleep in 2001. He was having violent seizures, and in the frenzy, was biting himself. We tried to treat him to the very last minute, but nothing worked, so we had to do it. I'm not a fan of killing any living being, but sometimes, it is necessary to put pets to sleep.

Man, am I ever not over that!
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Originally Posted by Julio
We had to put our family dog of 14 years to sleep in 2001. He was having violent seizures, and in the frenzy, was biting himself. We tried to treat him to the very last minute, but nothing worked, so we had to do it. I'm not a fan of killing any living being, but sometimes, it is necessary to put pets to sleep.

Man, am I ever not over that!
I'm sorry to hear that, Julio. One of my dogs is almost 9 now, and I literally cry every time I even think of him dying. He is the best dog in the world and has so many human qualities in his personality that it's almost scary.
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Oh God. My buppy is only 6 years old but I hope I NEVER have to think about this! I can't imagine putting a dog to sleep, but I understand why people would...

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Originally Posted by Julio
We had to put our family dog of 14 years to sleep in 2001. He was having violent seizures, and in the frenzy, was biting himself. We tried to treat him to the very last minute, but nothing worked, so we had to do it. I'm not a fan of killing any living being, but sometimes, it is necessary to put pets to sleep.

Man, am I ever not over that!
I had the same experience with my dog of 13 years. He had lung cancer, common in Labs, which had spread to his brain. One day he was fine and the next he had to be sedated to keep him from seizures with no hope of recovery. Like BoJangles, to this day I still grieve when I think of that day.
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It's hard. I've never euthenized a pet before, but I think it should be considered as a very last resort.
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I agree, Esran, that it should be a last resort, but sometimes it is the only kind thing left to do.

A neighbor's dog became so feeble that she could no longer get up on her feet. Think about it - the poor thing couldn't even get up to relieve herself. Fortunately, the veteranarian made a house call so they didn't have to move her.

I'm now watching my Curly, the best dog I've ever had, aging, and when the weather is exremely cold, he has difficulty getting up. He's twelve years old now, and I know that sometime in the next few years he will either die naturally or some health issue could make it necessary to euthanize him. It's not a pleasant thought.
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