We had to euthanize one of our fish last night :(

Peggi Peggi
Yesterday, last night more specifically, was a very sad day. I decided to share this with everyone, since this was a difficult moment for us. Hubby and I had to euthanize one of our fish, after having just lost two! It was terrible, and I was up all night feeling awful. Sure, he was just a fish, but he was our fish for about a year. Apparently, one of our fish was a carrier for TB, and was asymptomatic for just about a year, and then all of a sudden, he got lesions on his body. Our guppy caught it, his spine started to curve but we thought he had another problem, and he died. The, the carrier died, and then our algae eater became sick! He had this awful rash and couldn't breathe or move at all!

We wanted to put him down with clove oil and vodka (the most humane way), but it was too late and no stores were open. And I had to do the deed with a brick We were so sad! BUT as someone pointed out on a message board he was posting this on, at least we know we aren't sociopaths!

So, have you ever had to put a pet down using a method that wasn't conventional like that, for their own good? To put them out of their suffering? It is such a sad thing to do, if you are attached to the pet.
02/25/2012
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BobbiJay BobbiJay
When I was younger I lived on a farm and one of our pigs was sick so my dad had to shoot her. It was really sad because she just had a bunch of piglets.
02/25/2012
Peggi Peggi
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Originally posted by BobbiJay
When I was younger I lived on a farm and one of our pigs was sick so my dad had to shoot her. It was really sad because she just had a bunch of piglets.
Aw I'm sorry to hear that how sad! That's why I couldn't live on a farm, I love animals too much! I couldn't kill them if I raised them. I'd be too attached. They'd have names. Lol.
02/25/2012
BobbiJay BobbiJay
It was pretty traumatizing. I still don't like pork.
02/25/2012
Peggi Peggi
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Originally posted by BobbiJay
It was pretty traumatizing. I still don't like pork.
I guess not I can see why! What a horrible thing to have to go through. Even if it is to put an animal out of suffering it is never easy to let go especially as a child. I'm very sorry to hear that you went through such an experience!
02/25/2012
BobbiJay BobbiJay
I'm okay with it now. I realize that she was suffering and sometimes it is necessary to do something that will hurt you for the better.
02/25/2012
Beck Beck
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Originally posted by Peggi
Yesterday, last night more specifically, was a very sad day. I decided to share this with everyone, since this was a difficult moment for us. Hubby and I had to euthanize one of our fish, after having just lost two! It was terrible, and I was up ... More
I am sorry to hear this, but good news about this post is that I think this is what is wrong with one of our tanks. We had 15 fish, but are now down to 3. They all are curving at the spine and freaking out. How did you find out this was what is wrong? We would love to try to save what we have. At first we thought we had a fungus or ick, but the treatments for those didn't work.

Stop by my wall and let me know.
02/25/2012
SexyRayne SexyRayne
I am so sorry you had to go through this. I have had many pets pass away and it has been really hard. My husband is a srious animal lover and this would have destroyed him for weeks. Losing pets is always hard no matter what kind it is.
02/25/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
Sorry this has happened to you. I am glad you made this post though. I got fish for my son at Wal-mart and he had four now he is down to one and his algae eater, I will be keeping my eye out to see if that could be the problem. My son get's so attached to animals no matter what they are. I want to buy him more fish but I don't want to do it till I know what has killed the other fish.
02/25/2012
Kitka Kitka
My sympathies go out to you hun! We've never had to go through something like that, thank god, but I'm sure it was horrible to deal with. *hugs*
02/25/2012
Megan Jean Megan Jean
Thankfully, I've never had to have a pet of mine euthanized.
02/25/2012
Peggi Peggi
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Originally posted by Beck
I am sorry to hear this, but good news about this post is that I think this is what is wrong with one of our tanks. We had 15 fish, but are now down to 3. They all are curving at the spine and freaking out. How did you find out this was what is ... More
Done.
02/26/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Oh, my goodness! I'm so sorry you had to make that choice! *hugs*

Thankfully, I've never had to do anything like this, but I have lost pets before and it's never easy no matter how it happens.
02/26/2012
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