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Was It Right To Put My Dog Down

Should a sick dog be put down?

I wrote an answer not too long ago about when I had to put my dog down.Jordan Yates's answer to Which event in life made you cry as though you'd never stop?As hard as the decision was, it is not one my family regrets.A year before we put my dog down, my grandparents were forced to put their dog down.They did not offer their dog the graceful last few days that we did. Their dog had many health issues, which they tried to remedy with a number of medications. That worked for awhile, but the dog’s health continued to deteriorate.The vet suggested putting the dog down. They said that the dog wouldn’t get better, and that though there were ways to keep the dog alive, it wasn’t worth the pain the dog would be in.They kept the dog alive.It lost several pounds, which turned the pug into nothing more than a sack of bones. It couldn’t eat on its own. It struggled to drink. It couldn’t walk, so it had to wear a diaper.It didn’t even look like a dog.It looked miserable. And sad.My grandpa couldn’t stand the idea of putting his dog down. He loved that dog. He couldn’t imagine life without it.They were letting it die a slow, agonizing natural death, because they couldn’t let go.It was horrifying.Finally, my grandma booked the appointment, and the pug was no more.When people tell me that we shouldn’t put dogs down because it’s disrespectful, and because they deserve to die a natural death, I think about that pug.I think about the dog, laying sideways on a chair, pissing in a diaper because its legs couldn’t hold it up. I think about the fact that my grandma had to force-feed it to keep it alive. I think about the fact that the dog was either highly drugged or constantly in pain— no matter which, it was no way to live.Keeping a dying dog alive solely because you don’t want to put it down is selfish. It’s cruel. The dog deserves to die with dignity.No one should have to live in pain.As ideal and peaceful as a natural death sounds, it can be terrifying and agonizing for a dog.If a dog is sick, and there is no solution that will keep the dog functioning, happy, and mostly pain-free, put the dog down.It is the most difficult decision a pet owner can make, but it’s better for everyone in the end.

Would it be right to put down a blind, old dog?

The dog is a 12 year old Boston terrier already has had one eye amputated and it seems his other eye is going blind. He belongs to my boyfriend's grandpa,before you say "mind your own business" I just want to know if it's possible he could still live a decent life and maybe try to convince his owner to let him live awhile longer just to see if he'll adjust to being blind or if it would just be better to put him down. Other than being blind the dog doesn't seem to have any other issues health wise. He is a farm dog and is often let out at night, we also have predators like coyotes around the area so if that makes a difference just putting that out there. Also curious as to if the vet would put the dog to sleep tomorrow when we take him to get examined to see for sure if he is totally blind or if they would make the owner schedule for the euthanasia.

I put my dog down today, did I do the right thing?

Thank you for the A2A.I'm so sorry your dog died today. Responsible dog ownership often ends up in the place where the dog is suffering and it has gone beyond the owner's abilities to relieve that suffering. Sure, we would all love for our dogs to be active and healthy right up until the end, eat a big dinner, lay down for the usual after dinner nap and never wake up. But that doesn't happen very often.When that day comes, a responsible trades the dog's pain for their own.You are feeling terrible pain and doubt now. Maybe this pain and doubt that you feel is for the best because if you were not capable of feeling that way, you would not have been as good and loving an owner for so many years. It sounds to me like you did your best for your dog, even up to the point where you had to make a decision that you knew would lead only to your own grief. I believe that when we take the lives of our pets into our hands, from the very beginning it is incumbent upon us to make the right decisions for our pets. I think you did that today.Again, I'm so sorry. I wish I had the magical words that could comfort you.

Do I need to put my dog down?

My dad is convinced that we need to put down or give away our bull mastiff because he attacked me yesterday. It only lasted about ten seconds but he bit me several times hard, each time drawing blood. I know he wasn't playing because his bites do not hurt when he plays.he was genuinely angry and growling and didn't stop biting until my mom pulled him away from him. But right after the incident he was back to normal. He isn't usually like this, he usually never bites. He's only three years old and I think there are better solutions than to give up on him completely. But my dad is worried about the safety of my family and wants him out. Is there a way to ensure that my dog never does this again or do we really have to get rid of him?

Should I put my blind dog down?

About ten days ago, my beagle, who has never been sick before, started developing eye problems. We took him to the vet a couple of times and then to the emergency pet hospital, who said he has panuveitis with retinal detachment. So he's blind and they said in order to treat his condition it will require many follow up appointments and medications that have to be regularly adjusted, along with some lifestyle changes in the home.

My husband would like to euthanize him, because he thinks I've already started to become hypersensitive to the needs of a blind dog (i.e. I will never allow the furniture to be moved, he can't play with his brother, etc.) and that will seriously alter our lifestyle. He's probably right about this. Simply put, he doesn't believe in doing that on account of the dog. We've spent about all the money we can treating him. I view the dog as a companion and don't mind him being blind, but my husband views dogs as a tool, and thinks he's starting to drain our financial and emotional resources.

So should I have my dog euthanized?

Should i put my dog down because a torn ACL?

I'm sorry you're going through this. And I'm sorry for you dog too. I totally understand financial issues with vet emergencies. I'm a fully functioning adult, and I still had to borrow over $1500 from my parents for an illness that nearly ended my border collie.

I'd only trust yelp so far. People usually only take time to write reviews if they're angry or disgusted. I bet a lot of people had positive experiences, just like your friend. I'd visit this vet yourself, ask for a little tour, and explain your situation. A lot of places will also set up a payment plan with you, if you work it out in advance. The Humane Society is a good resource for help and ideas.

She is old, so you need to decide if the surgery would extend her QUALITY of life, not just the time. Make sure she's LIVING her life, not just existing. You may decide, that financially a good idea or not, that maybe this is an injury she can't recover from.

Good luck. I do not envy your situation.

Should I watch my dog get put down?

Aw, I'm so sorry. This is a personal decision, there's no right or wrong answer.

I stayed with both of my dogs when they were put to sleep. I didn't have to think about it - these dogs had stuck with me for 11 and 12 years, always by my side, so how could I ever leave them alone in their last moments? I wanted them to be surrounded by love and as much familiarity as possible in the vet's office. I think it's a horrible thing for any creature to have to die alone, and to me, leaving them alone with strangers would be letting them die alone. Both of my dogs went very peacefully with their heads in my lap.

I do understand that some people feel that getting emotional would upset the dog, or that they themselves can't handle it. But most vets sedate the dog prior to injecting the euthanasia solution, so the dog isn't really aware after that. I spent as much time as I needed with my dogs alone before calling the vet in, so I'd already said my goodbyes, and then the vet came in, injected the sedative, which is when I let myself lose it completely. The dogs weren't aware of it. And my dogs had seen me crying many times, nothing that would upset them anyway.

Honestly, I was a complete mess both times. I cried like I've never cried in my entire life, it felt like my heart was going to explode... best way I can describe it, don't mean to upset you... But it's not like anyone is going to judge you for that, the vets and techs understand. I'm pretty sure I got snot all over the tech's shoulder when she hugged me :)

It also provides closure. Seeing the dog's body, knowing that the dog is gone, is helpful in accepting the death, as well as giving the owner "proof" that the euthanasia worked (it's probably impossible that it wouldn't work, but, you know, irrational fears).

But again, this is just how I feel about it. It's up to you to make the decision for your dog.

I'm so sorry about your dog. This is never an easy thing to go through. Allow yourself all the time to grieve that you need. Adjusting to life without your dog takes time, it's going to be tough for a while, but time really does heal all, and eventually you'll smile, rather than cry, when you think about her.

Can the vet force me to put my dog down?

My dog is extremely old, and his health is declining. He drink a lot but doesnt eat much so hes gotten a bit skinny. He goes to the vet tomorrow and I'm scared. I'm not ready to put him down because for every bad day he has, he also has good days.

My question is, can the vet force us to put him down?

When is it time to put your dog down?

May I go now
Don't you think the time is right?
May I say good-bye to pain-filled days
and endless lonely nights?
I've lived my life and done my best,
an example tried to be,
So can I take that step beyond
and set my spirit free?
I didn't want to go at first.
I fought with all my might!
But something seems to draw me now
to a warm and loving light.
I want to go! I really do!
It's difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can
to live just one more day .
To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you're sad and are afraid
because I see your tears.
I'll not be far, I promise that,
and hope you'll always know
that my spirit will be close to you
wherever you may go.
Thank you so for loving me.
You know I loved you too.
That's why it's hard to say good-bye
and end this life with you.
So hold me now, just one more time,
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
you'll let me go today.


Copyright © Susan A. Jackson
Written for a beloved pet and friend.