Would you euthanize your pet?

comatose-kitty comatose-kitty
Let's say your cat, dog, whatever is dying slowly, constantly sleeping and barely able to move. Would you euthanize them?
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Yes
78  (94%)
No
2  (2%)
Other
3  (4%)
Total votes: 83
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09/28/2012
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Cat E. Cat E.
Yes, almost 1 1/2 years ago I had to have my elderly cat put down. She was dying from kidney disease. Anyone with a heart would do that. The thought of a sweet pet dying makes me really sad.
09/28/2012
Zandrock Zandrock
Yes. I think if you are saving it pain and suffering it is good to do.
09/28/2012
XYCopperheadSly XYCopperheadSly
Yes. I would. It's what I would want for myself if I was dying a slow terrible death.
09/28/2012
Zombirella Zombirella
I hate to do it, but yes. My dog of 16 years had to be put down 2yrs ago. It still brings tears to my eyes thinking or talking about it. I loved that dog so much, I miss his sweet personality. It was suspected that he had cancer, the day he had to be put down, he lost control of his bowels, then he had a stroke and could barely even walk. It was the worst thing I've been through so far in life. I didn't want to go and see it happen but he loved me and I wanted him to know I was there. I just held his paw and stoked his nose, kept telling him he was a good boy and I love him, then I just sat there for the longest time crying on him . I don't even want to think about how bad it's going to be when a human that is close to me dies. I was a mess for a week or so after it happened. I didn't want to let him go but there was nothing they could do, he was in pain, you could just see it in his face.
Honestly though, I think the option should be available for terminally ill humans, but I won't go into that.
09/28/2012
Sera26 Sera26
Yes, unfortunately I had to have my dog put down last fall. It was the worst day of my life. I couldn't watch him suffer anymore though. He had kidney failure. Our family dog that passed away a couple of years before him got very sick on a weekend. I couldn't even get him into a vet (I live in a small town, all were closed) and I had to see him die a slow, agonizing death. I couldn't let that happen to another pet of mine.
09/28/2012
travelnurse travelnurse
Yes I had to do this several years ago, The poor dog was suffering so and couldn't walk or eat. I am assuming that she swelled so bad due to kidney failure. I held her as she died.
09/28/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
Yes, I've had to do it once. My dog couldn't walk without yelping in pain and he lost his teeth and couldn't eat anymore. It was really tough but he was miserable.
09/28/2012
RebelRebelJen RebelRebelJen
Quote:
Originally posted by comatose-kitty
Let's say your cat, dog, whatever is dying slowly, constantly sleeping and barely able to move. Would you euthanize them?
If the animal is in pain, why make them suffer?
09/28/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
Quote:
Originally posted by comatose-kitty
Let's say your cat, dog, whatever is dying slowly, constantly sleeping and barely able to move. Would you euthanize them?
No. Sorry. I don't have the heart to even think about my pet dying period. I've had a horrible, horrible two weeks with my 6 year old kitty being missing and then was up ALL night until 9 AM this morning because my other cat came in at 5 AM sick as hell and then went outside and I spent hours out there calling for her. I flipped because my Patsie's experience exactly two weeks ago (also on a Thursday night) happened similarly. She went out Thursday night somehow two weeks ago and I've yet to see her. So I totally thought since Fuzz came in so sick lastnight, thursday night, I got to worrying someone had been poisioning my babies. Not fun. Ever. Fuzzy came home though.

So I'm really not in a place where I can say what I would do. I don't want to ever go through anything like that, and I don't care to think about it if I don't have to. There's enough pain and heartache alone without me needing to go there in my mind right now. I'm just going to pray that God makes sure it never comes to that with me and my babies.

My grandmother, also a MAJOR cat person like me has had to have her babies put down so many times. She's gone through more heartache losing her husband and tons of kitties that I can't even begin to comprehend what it'd be like I have lost kitties, but darn! I just can only take so much loss.

So I guess I'd only be able to really answer that question if I had to. I wouldn't do it though unless it was a definite must! My neighbor has a cat, Leroy (I love Leroy! He's my fav out of their bunch) and he's like a million years old -- not really. He's like 16. But the vet told them sometime last year to put him down and she was so heartbroken, but scheduled an appt! Then Little ol' Leroy gets better before his death appointment. So I'm so glad she did not listen to that vet because he insisted Leroy was not better, that it was all in her head and she needed to get him down there! That was over a year ago and Leroy is still alive and kickin'. Just fine, I might add. So there's no way I'd euthanize unless there was no chance of my baby getting better and being able to live happily and longer. No way. Leroy sleeps a lot, but he's a very happy and loving cat. He has allergies, but does not ever seem old and beat down. It blew my mind that he wanted to continue with the appointment to put him down, even after realizing nothing was actually wrong, he had only been experiencing a bout of allergy!
09/28/2012
glasskitten glasskitten
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Originally posted by Zombirella
I hate to do it, but yes. My dog of 16 years had to be put down 2yrs ago. It still brings tears to my eyes thinking or talking about it. I loved that dog so much, I miss his sweet personality. It was suspected that he had cancer, the day he had to be ... More
This brought a tear to my eye. I'm sorry for your loss. He was lucky to have you, as you obviously loved him very much. It's amazing how these thing can hurt so long after. *hugs*
09/28/2012
GirlOnGirl GirlOnGirl
I've had to do this before and yes, I would do it again to prevent my pet from suffering.
09/28/2012
glasskitten glasskitten
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Originally posted by kendra30752
No. Sorry. I don't have the heart to even think about my pet dying period. I've had a horrible, horrible two weeks with my 6 year old kitty being missing and then was up ALL night until 9 AM this morning because my other cat came in at 5 AM ... More
What on earth is wrong with that vet?! Seriously, there is something terribly wrong with that individual to be so hell-bent on putting that cat down even after knowing they misdiagnosed him. And suggesting his getting better was all in your friend's head???
09/28/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
Yes I would. We have done it before to two dogs. It was sad.
09/28/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by comatose-kitty
Let's say your cat, dog, whatever is dying slowly, constantly sleeping and barely able to move. Would you euthanize them?
My mom has an old foster dog who has arthritis so bad that her whole body shakes when she's simply standing. Some days I wonder if she should be put out of her misery.
09/28/2012
Trysexual Trysexual
This topic makes me very sad to even consider, but yes I would if they were suffering badly like some of these posts speak of. Dreadful day to ponder.
09/28/2012
Ryuson Ryuson
Yea, because if it was going to be months of them suffering or putting them down quietly, I'd pick the latter.
09/28/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
We've had to put down several of our pets. Our first Malamute had liver cancer (she was 12 or so, which is OLD for a Malamute) and it spread to her brain and the she had a huge tumor in her stomach and she started having seizures. She was miserable. Keeping her alive just for ourselves would have been really selfish. Our old rescue dog, Cocoa, was so old (about 17) and had severe arthritis and other problems. She was bitten by an other dog and then a week later feel down the stairs and we think she broke a vertebrae. She stopped eating, couldn't walk and became incontinent. It was TIME to put her down. Again, keeping her alive would have been selfish on our part.

Our second Malamute got hold of a woodchuck just before it went into hibernation. We have a lot of land and we didn't catch what happened until she got sick. Then we found the gutted 'chuck. She lingered and suffered and spent time at two different veterinary hospitals (and we spent over $2,000) trying to keep her alive, and she died during treatment. I have never seen a dog in so much pain. She had pancreatitis which is a terribly painful condition, the enzymes from the pancreas release into the blood and the body starts to digest itself. We didn't know it was pancreatitis and that she also had peritonitis until about 2 or 3 days into the illness. I've NEVER seen an animal is no much pain. If we ever have an animal diagnosed with pancreatitis again, we would have them put down in a minute! It's one of the worst things you can watch a living thing go through.

I've done it and I'd do it again, if the animal was suffering. I've seen people keep animals alive long after they are happy and it's torture IMO to force them to stay alive when they are in severe pain that won't get better just so the owner doesn't want to go through grief.

Cats and dogs live less time than humans. They don't always die easily. I'm glad we have the technology to let them go peacefully, rather than have to watch them suffer when their time comes.
09/28/2012
Zombirella Zombirella
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Originally posted by glasskitten
This brought a tear to my eye. I'm sorry for your loss. He was lucky to have you, as you obviously loved him very much. It's amazing how these thing can hurt so long after. *hugs*
Thanks. He was my baby. My fiance went out and bought me this stuffed wiener dog I had been wanting from Hallmark. I put Bo's collar on it and it stays on my bed . I also bought an angel wiener dog necklace with his name engraved on it and wore it for the longest time, it really helped. Some people think I'm weird but he meant a lot to me. I'd like to have another dog some day.
09/28/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by comatose-kitty
Let's say your cat, dog, whatever is dying slowly, constantly sleeping and barely able to move. Would you euthanize them?
It is the hardest thing to do. Also the most compassionate. We often keep pets alive FAR longer then we should, out of OUR desire not to miss them, and yet we gain little letting them suffer, when we KNOW they are not going to get better. I have cried like a baby when I have had to put down a pet. It is a heart wrenching thing, but I am able to do so, knowing that I fought hard with them, using every scrap of information and technology possible to help them get better or live a healthier life, up to that point.

I am the lady who had her 9 year old dog get a kidney transplant and top drawer treatment for the dogs diabetes and kidney failure.

We LOVE our dogs...they are FAMILY.
09/28/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Zombirella
Thanks. He was my baby. My fiance went out and bought me this stuffed wiener dog I had been wanting from Hallmark. I put Bo's collar on it and it stays on my bed . I also bought an angel wiener dog necklace with his name engraved on it and wore ... More
You obviously gave him a good home and LOVE.The two most important things that any soul could ask for in life. No pet lives long enough, so we always get these holes in our hearts, but obviously that pup was lucky to have found YOU.
09/28/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by Trysexual
This topic makes me very sad to even consider, but yes I would if they were suffering badly like some of these posts speak of. Dreadful day to ponder.
You are so right. It has been two years since the last dog we had to let go of....dying of cancer, after a heroic year of chemo and radiation, surgery and supportive feedings. However, we still miss that little guy, DAILY. We have three dogs now...including a young pup, but they are ALL like children. Unique in their own, loving way.
09/28/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by Lildrummrgurl7
Yes, I've had to do it once. My dog couldn't walk without yelping in pain and he lost his teeth and couldn't eat anymore. It was really tough but he was miserable.
And it IS hard...even though you KNOW you did the right thing by him.
09/28/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
It would be hard, but I would put them down if they were really really sick and had no chance of coming around.

It's not something I like to think about, but you have to with pets. At some point in time, unless they run away, they'll be around you when they pass.
09/28/2012
Nora Nora
We had to euthanize a cat a few years ago because she had cancer. We put it off as long as we possibly could, but when it became apparent that she was suffering, we had to make the call.

I have had two other pets that we made appointments for due to their age and their inability to perform basic daily functions (like standing or peeing on their own), but they both went naturally hours to days before the scheduled appointment time.

I think it's easier emotionally when they pass on their own...we still feel very guilty about ending our pet's life, even though it was what was best for her.
09/28/2012
Tuesday Tuesday
I've done it with one cat who was older and having kidney failure. As he was lying motionless on the vet's table, the vet put the syringe on the table as she explained what she was going to do. The cat's last action was to swipe his tail and brush the syringe off the table. A comedian to the end. I miss that little guy.
09/28/2012
Supervixen Supervixen
It's cruel to allow your pet to languish in pain. The humane thing to do, the loving thing to do, is to put them down when it is time. It's not easy, it's heart wrenching, but it has to be done. Our family dog had to be put down after 14 long, happy years. There was nothing we could do for him, and he could no longer control his bowel movements, he had trouble moving, and you could tell he was miserable. We couldn't bear it--he was such a lively, playful dog, even in his old age. He always had a puppiness about him, so when he became sick, it was awful. He was like a different dog.

When he was younger, he became sick with parvo, and nearly died. We took him to the vet in time though, and he survived. We were so scared we were going to lose him, but we didn't give up hope! When he did pass, we were told by the vet that he had tumors that would have been impossible to detect until it became too late--because he was acting as happy and as lively as can be, until all of a sudden. We couldn't know that something was wrong with him.

It's an unfortunate thing about having pets. You know that you are going to have to let go of them one day, and they are going to die before you go. You also have to be prepared to make tough choices, like putting them down when they become too ill be live happily. It's awful, but they do give you many years of happiness when they are around. It's best to remember them that way.
09/28/2012
Tuesday Tuesday
Also, it angers me when I hear of people choosing extra medical measures to keep a pet alive when all it's really accomplishing is giving the animal more weeks of suffering.
09/28/2012
Kitka Kitka
I had to do it last Christmas.. well shortly after since no one was open that weekend, I still wish someone had been open out of the kindness of their heart but no such luck. My poor kitty was dying from Feline Leukemia and it was a terrible thing to watch happen. We all miss her a lot but we try to stay positive and remember the happy/good times we had with her. Anyway, the three boys we have now keep us in good spirits with their silly kitten antics.
09/28/2012
Sima-pusya Sima-pusya
Yes
09/28/2012
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