Pet euthenasia is a complicated subject.
Being faced with having to put your pet to sleep can be a very emotional experience
for many pet owners (and don't under estimate the emotional drain on the vet)
There are some very good reasons for putting a pet to sleep and there are some
pretty average reasons.
My bottom line is that if, in my opinion, the pet has a poor quality of life and this
is unlikely to improve, then pet euthenasia is an option that needs to be considered.
Sometimes the decision is fairly straight forward (but still traumatic for the pet owner).
Examples here would include an old dog in end stage kidney failure that has no prospect of recovery or a pet that has been severely
injured with little hope of making a full recovery.
Unfortunately these decisions are often in the minority.
The more difficult decisions arise when:
(a) the pet is still young and could have a long
happy life if it could overcome it's present condition and
(b) The financial implications
of the treatment are such that it would severeley impact on a family's ability to
put food on their table.
In the end each individual case needs to be judged on it's merits.
The really upsetting cases are those where pets are brought in for euthenasia simply
because the pet no longer fits into someone's plans. Unfortunately this is a fact of
life, and despite the good work done by many animal shelters and rescue organisations,
the number of unwanted pets always seems to exceed the number of homes that are willing and
able to supply a home to an unwanted pet.
can be seen as an act of mercy in some cases or it can be misused and abused
to exempt people from taking responsibility for the care of their pets.
It is very rarely a straight forward decision!
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