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How Do I Know When To Have My Dog Euthanized

Does my dog have to be euthanized?

Two weeks ago, I found a couple of ticks on my dog. I got rid of them. I figured that was it and she hasn't been acting strange or out of the ordinary. But today, when I checked her she was completely infested with ticks...engorged and all! I almost threw up. I was able to get rid of most of them today, except maybe in the ears. I'm scared to take her to the vet. What if they have to put her down? I know this probably sounds stupid, but have you ever heard of a dog being put down for a tick infestation? I know I'll end up taking her anyway, but I just wanted to know if anyone else has had this experience before.


Should we euthanize our 15 year old dog?

I’ve had my dog Rain since I was 8. My parents didn’t want a dog but I convinced them to adopt her. At that age I didn’t know about dog anatomy or conditions they could develop and my family had no interest in learning about them. Now I’m close to graduating college and I can’t help noticing all the pain she’s in. My family is blind to it because she has been deteriorating slowly. It hurts to know the issues she has and how much pain they cause her but they can’t grasp it because she still manages to walk around and eat but she spends most of the time in her bed(even though we have a doggy door and a big backyard she used to love). My family doesn’t have the money necessary to treat her with her medical conditions. She has tumors on her back and chest, hip displasia, and periodontal disease(I know this is preventable by brushing their teeth but I didn’t know as a kid that this was necessary and I can’t convince them to do it while I’m away). I can’t handle guilt tripping right now. Please let me know in your opinion if you believe it’s more humane to put her down or let her live her days out. Thank you

Should I Euthanize My Dog?

I have a pit bull, his name is Kronik. Kronik has had chronic ear infections from the time he was a small pup.
We have run the gammit on treatment, surgery, changing his diet, constant vet visits. We are about $6000.00 into his vet bills.
Nothing has worked. I know he is in pain, and now he is starting to act aggressive (I think the infection has started to enter his brain)
I don't want him to suffer. And I certainly dont want him to go crazy. I have a young child. Kronik adores him, but if he is willing to snarl at me, It scares me to think of what he could do to my son.
I feel bad. I want my dog to live and be happy. But on the other hand, I dont want him to suffer and I dont want him to end up hurting someone.
And now that I am contemplating putting him down, I feel guilty. I would drive him to his death. And then carry him out to my car.
And he would be none the wiser.
I dont know what to do. Suggestions?

We have to euthanize our dog. Should the kids be there?

It is unfortunately time to say goodbye to our family dog. It will be done on Saturday evening. My two sons are insisting they want to be there, in the room when it happens. I at first told them NO. I have had to do this more than a few times over the years. It is AWFUL to hold your pet when its life ends, and my youngest isn't quite 12. They both threw a fit, and are really working themselves and each other over this. I still feel like this is NOT something they need to witness, and should either stay home, or in the waiting room at them most.

Anyone with experience with children and euthanizing pets would be helpful. I feel I need to stick to my guns, and their upset is misdirected grief over the loss of control when something you love dies - but frankly I feel pressure to give in because I don't have the will to make it a fight, I am too upset.

Should I stick to my guns for their own good, or will they resent being unable to stand by our dog till the very end? I feel I am too emotional today to think clearly, and I need to keep up a strong front for them whatever happens, to model healthy ways of working threw grief.

My dog is being euthanized tomorrow, how can I heal?

If you've read my previous questions you know why we have to do this. If you're interested, it's all up for you to read should you please.
I'm a psychology major so I'm very familiar with the stages of grieving and all that but learning about what it is and how to recognize it is a completely different ballpark than actually going through it. One second I'm in a state of denial and/or bliss about her going somewhere pleasant and waiting for me on the rainbow bridge. The next second I'm asking a higher power for a last chance and to find a way to make her better. Then (and most of the time) I'm in a state of pure depression and can't think of anything without it somehow relating to her. I don't know if I can ever heal and I feel so guilty. Perhaps there was something else I could have done, or if I had done it sooner, or if I did it more that she'd be okay. I want to know that euthanizing her (for behavioral reasons) is the right thing for HER too and not just the rest of the world. I know it's horrible to say but this would be so much easier if I came out of it with stitches because then I would know that she really wasn't "right."
How can I get through this? Will things get better after all is said and done since I won't keep thinking "this is the last time I will ever play fetch with her" and "this is the last time I'll be giving her a steak." Or will it only get worse and I realize she is no longer there. What helped you survive and are you ever really happy again? And is there anything you wish did before your dog was euthanized that you've always regretted not doing later?

Thank you everyone.

Do Dogs Fear Death Before Euthanized?

I think more than anything else, they sense your sadness, and maybe sense they are about to be separated from you. If you can, (I know it is hard to set up), but have the vet come to your home and put her down there. That way it will be some place she feels safe, and comfortable, not someplace strange and scary.

Without going into how I know this, I know that dogs have a spirit and intelligence that survives beyond this life. You will see you dog again. This will just be a temporary separation. When you see her again, she'll be whole and healthy, and hanging out with all the other dogs who have been a part of your life.

A Little Dog Angel (by: Noah M. Holland)

High up in the courts of heaven today
a little dog angel waits;
with the other angels she will not play,
but she sits alone at the gates.
"For I know my master will come" says she,
"and when he comes he will call for me."

The other angels pass her by
As they hurry toward the throne,
And she watches them with a wistful eye
as she sits at the gates alone.
"But I know if I just wait patiently
that someday my master will call for me."

And her master, down on earth below,
as he sits in her easy chair,
forgets sometimes, and whispers low
to the dog who is not there.
And the little dog angel cocks her ears
and dreams that her master's voice she hears.

And when at last her master waits
outside in the dark and cold,
for the hand of death to open the door,
that leads to those courts of gold,
he will hear a sound through the gathering dark,
a little dog angel's bark.

"Dogs go to heaven, because without them, it just wouldn't be heaven."

Be strong for you dog, she will fear your fear more then anything else. I know it hurts.

Best of luck to you all.

I have two dogs and one is going to be euthanized. Should I take the surviving dog with us when we put her brother to sleep?

No. Don’t make the vet’s office the place to go to die.I asked my vet about this with my cats.My vet is one of the most grounded, practical people I have ever met.She said to take the body home and let the other pets see it, smell it, watch it not breathe, sit beside it for a while, all so they know that pet is no longer alive.So that’s what I think you should do.

How do I euthanize my dog at home humanely?

When my pup reached the venerable age of 14, I felt I had to start thinking about the end of her life. I wanted to come up with some criteria to make the most important decision in both of our lives? I commend you for taking the time to do some research. Initially I was hoping to let her die naturally of old age. However, this doesn't always happen in a nice way. There can be a lot of suffering for the dog. For my dog, her last year was one where she became increasingly weak. She still loved to sit by me, but she had to be carried carefully because she could no longer jump up or down from the furniture. She still loved to eat, but she sometimes slipped and I'd find her eating her dinner laying on the floor by her bowl. These things broke my heart but I didn't know if I could have her put to sleep. I didn't know if it was the right time for her. I finally came up with this criteria: #1 it's about the quality of her life. I decided if she no longer wanted to eat or she could not sleep from pain or anxiety or she could no longer eliminate properly then it was time.I thought to use a home visit vet for the euthanasia but all the ones I called were very strict about planning it weeks in advance. I just couldn't do that. I was worried about taking her to a vet because on that difficult day you simply don't want any problems or attitude from anybody. I even researched how I might do it myself but quickly understood that it might not work and she would still be alive but suffering! I gave up that notion pretty fast. Finally, I found a vet I could trust, (although this was the first time I ever saw this particular vet) and when the criteria were met on rainy winter morning I drove her there, in her bed with her blanket and toy. This vet examined her and comforted me that it was indeed the right time as she was not going to get better no matter what he could do for her. He said she might suffer if I tried to keep her going longer just because I couldn't bear to let her go. I held her in my arms in her blanket and the vet gave her a shot to relax her. The next shot caused her to seem to breathe in deeply and she was already gone at that point. In my opinion this is the most humane method for dog and human. Animals live in the moment and they don't know about the future. The best death is the one that happens quickly and you don't know is coming. I hope I can accomplish that for myself when the time comes.