Pet Euthanasia vs. Natural Death

Updated on March 15, 2018
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Adrienne is a former veterinary hospital assistant, certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, and author of "Brain Training for Dogs."


Euthanasia or Natural Death: Making the Big Choice

As your pet grows older or advances in the progression of a deadly disease, you may start thinking about those dreaded final days. Will you have your dog or cat put to sleep at the vet's office or will you let him die at home? These are big decisions, and despite what people may tell you, it's also a personal choice based on your pet's personality, your personal beliefs and your pet's condition and level of pain. Unless your pet passes on to a better life in his sleep or suddenly out of the blue, these decisions will need to be thought over carefully. Important questions to ask yourself are: is my pet in any pain? is he very fractious when at the vet's office? how do I deal with death? Will I be able to bare watching my pet stop moving, and refusing food and water? what are my beliefs on death? Do I have a hard time accepting death? Is my pet's pain well under control?

In the United States, I have noticed many pet owners are often very quick to choose the euthanasia option. Indeed, many pet owners think this is the only choice or they may feel that allowing a pet to die at home is unacceptable. In other countries, pets often die at home, either because there is simply no other choice or they perceive death differently. This article will tackle both views. There is really no right or wrong way to die, it just inevitably happens as we are all common mortals. All that matters is that the pet isn't in any major pain.


About Pet Euthanasia

The good thing about pet euthanasia is that it is quick and for the most part painless. The pet is booked at the vet's office which reserves special time slots specifically for this procedure. More often than not, the appointment is either early in the morning or late in the evening when the hospital is quieter and the vets aren't busy as during normal business hours. This is also a good time for cats, as there are likely no dogs around to add up to the stress.

When you call for your appointment, you may be asked several questions such as what you will want to do with your beloved pet's body. Options include communal cremation, private cremation and burial. In communal cremation, your pet's body is cremated together with other pets and the ashes are often spread in a pet cemetery. In private cremation, your pet is cremated individually, and the ashes will be returned to you. For burial, your pet's body will be returned to you if you wish to bury in your yard (check your local ordinances for this) or it may be given to a company that runs a pet cemetery.

Other questions you may be asked is if you want to be present for the procedure. This again, is a personal choice. Some owners cannot bare the thought, others may want to be with their pet for their last moments. And last but not least, even though it sounds inappropriate, the staff may ask you if your pet has bitten or scratched anyone in the past days. Don't get offended by this question, as this is asked so to abide to rabies's law in many states.

If you are debating if it's time for your pet, you may find this article helpful on "Determining dog quality of life" This article has a helpful link to the HHHHHMM scale crafted by a veterinarian. When the day comes, your vet may inject a sedative to make your pet more comfortable and then he will finally inject a dose of brightly colored pentobarbital, a liquid barbiturate often used for anesthesia. In this case though, it will be an overdose amount, and because the barbiturate depresses the central nervous system, the dog or cat drifts into an anesthesia- like sleep, that will ultimately halt the pet's breathing and cause cardiac arrest--thus the terminology to put a "pet to sleep" For more details about the euthanasia appointment read "what happens when your pet is put to sleep"

Advantages of Pet Euthanasia

The main advantage of pet euthanasia is that it's mostly pain free and often peaceful. The only pain most pets feel is the prick of the injection. If your pet is in pain because of his underlying health problem, he will finally be pain free. Many people wished euthanasia was a legal option for humans because it frees from pain and can be a blessing for the terminally ill. The first euthanasia appointment I assisted had the owner crying and as he hugged his family, he remarked while sobbing "it was so peaceful" Those words have never left my mind as they felt very relieving.

Another advantage is that it is quick. I had seen countless pets in agony, finally get the peace they deserved very quickly. Most pets lose consciousness within seconds, just as when you are given an anesthetic and asked to count backwards.

Disadvantages of Pet Euthanasia

A big disadvantage is that you will have to drive to your vet's office. This can be a problem if your pet has mobility problems or is in lots of pain when you touch him. Also, some pets may not do well in the car. Some cats get panicky the moment they see their carrier, others may get carsick.

Another big problem is that some pets do terribly at the vet's office. Some cats are extremely fractious, and even though sick, may get an adrenaline rush and fight being put in the carrier and being handled by the vet. Some owners couldn't bear thinking of their cat's last moments spent fighting at the vet. Many wish their cats can peacefully die at home.

dog natural death versus euthanasia
dog natural death versus euthanasia

About Natural Death

Natural death has always been around. This was what happened to animals before there were vet offices and anesthetics. The pet fell ill and eventually died in his home or yard. Natural death is common in humans since euthanasia is not an option. Natural death doesn't necessarily mean an uncomfortable death; pets now can also be prescribed pain killers to help them better cope with the pain in their final days.

During natural death, you will see your pet's health decline and reach several stages. Some of these stages your pet may not go through if you elect for euthanasia prior to when they unfold. If you decide to let your dog die at home, you will need to learn how to recognize pain and must acknowledge and accept all the events as they unfold.

Pain management is crucial if you want your pet to die at home. The problem with pain though is that often cats and dogs tend to hide pain. In cats, pain is a sign of weakness which could make them vulnerable to prey. They therefore prefer to hide rather than manifest it. Dogs are often stoic and will not necessarily manifest pain in obvious ways.

Investigators at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine once observed dogs after a routine spay surgery. As they monitored the dogs, the researchers noticed how when they interacted with the dogs, they would hide their pain by greeting and wagging their tails. When the researchers left, they soon where back to being restless and in discomfort. This suggests that when around their favorite humans, their affection and enthusiasm may mask their pain.

Observing for the most subtle signs of pain is important if you chose natural death. Pets don't have to vocalize to be in pain; they may show pain through acting lethargic, losing their appetite, exhibiting behavioral changes and hiding or moving around less. When in doubt, best to see a vet to make an assessment. Blood pressure measurements done by the vet may be helpful indicators as blood pressure rises when a pet is in pain. Learning about the pet's normal pulse and respiration rate may help recognize pain at home. Rapid breathing and a rapid pulse are all signs of pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesic drugs prescribed by a vet today can help make a pet more comfortable.

As the pet nears death, he may refuse food and water at some point. This may be difficult to accept, since as pet owners, we were always used to nourish and nurture. Yet, this is a normal stage of death. The body no longer needs fuel as it shuts down. Yet, hydrating the pet may help him be more comfortable. Your vet can teach you how to give sub-q fluids; however, in some conditions, such as edema, fluids may make the condition worse and cause breathing difficulties. Consult with your vet.

Hospice care for pets is a new trend. Some offer this care until the very end, others endure in it until they feel the need to use euthanasia. The end of life stage include symptoms such as anorexia, behavior changes, decreased urine production, different breathing patterns, decreased alertness. In this reverse transition period, where the body starts shutting down, we need to no longer focus on quality of life, but quality of death, claims Dr. Wynn.

Everybody wishes a pet to die peacefully, perhaps in his sleep. Unfortunately, this is not common. If you are considering having your pet die naturally at home, you will need to keep in mind that there may be a chance you may have at some point the urgent need to have the pet put out of its misery. Always best to have a vet's number always available for sudden changes if the pet's condition takes a turn for the worst.

Advantages of Natural Death

The pet gets to die in a natural environment. Cats often hate to be taken out of their environment so dying in the home may seem to be the best choice. Owners can create an area, a sanctuary, for the pet to feel comfortable and in familiar surroundings. Some owners like to play some music to their pets, or they may take their pet to a special area in the garden to say their goodbyes. The pet is spared from the stress of seeing the vet or going on a dreaded car ride.

Another advantage is the owner has less chances for regrets of putting the pet down too early. The owner doesn't go through the pressure from a vet advocating euthanasia. There are less chances for the owner feeling guilty for forcing the events of nature.

Disadvantages of Natural Death

The worst disadvantage is regretting not performing euthanasia. If you decide to allow a natural death and then your pet suddenly starts suffering, you may regret your choice. Nothing is worse than hoping for a peaceful death and then seeing the pet suffer and not being able to get a hold of a vet. Do your best to prevent this from happening.

Another disadvantage is that dying is not pretty. In euthanasia, the pet is put to sleep with an overdose of pentobarbital. The pet seems to just drift into a deep sleep. Yes, the pet may still twitch, defecate and urinate, his eyes may be open, and at times, he may even vocalize after dying, but these are reflexes the vet may make you aware of in advance. When a pet goes through natural death, the process of dying may take hours or days, and the owner may see labored breathing, the pet may vocalize, appear anxious or undergo seizures before dying. Many find this hard to watch.

Cat/Dog Natural Death Versus Euthanasia: A Controversial Subject

The topic remains subject to controversy. We will now be looking at both sides and using some references to gather different views so to make an informed decision. Veterinarians, of course, will recommend euthanasia, because that's what they are used to doing and some may not be familiar with hospice care, just as others may not be familiar with holistic treatments. However, it is also true that vets know the pet's condition best and now for a fact, that certain diseases are prone to cause a very painful ending compared to others.

Veterinarian Dr. Anna O'Brien for instance, notes that a pet that is alert, awake and aware is most likely to suffer both pain and fear, compared to a glassy-eyed pet that is distant, unresponsive to the environment and less aware. The latter is more likely to be a better candidate for at-home dying. A pet that is struggling to breath and gasping for air is a very scary experience and " is just about the cruelest thing I can imagine." she adds.

It all boils down to comfort, the level of pain and responsiveness. Pets that are not eating and drinking are not necessarily suffering, and inserting feeding tubes and catheters don't "make for a more humane and comfortable dying process." further adds Dr. Anna O'Brien.

The Animal Discovery website claims that "Keeping your cat alive and suffering because you cannot deal with his death isn't humane". This seems to suggest that euthanasia is the best way to deal with death. Patti Waltz makes a good point though, she claims " Isn't it more like, we euthanize our pets because we can’t deal with death? Does mainstream America turn a blind eye to the process of dying and death? And if so, maybe we should think about why."

A common question posted by people living in countries where pet euthanasia is still uncommon is "would you put your elderly grandma to sleep?" However, it's also true that hospice care is much more advanced for humans and the ill are kept heavily medicated to not feel pain. At the same time though consider that many people who are suffering from non-treatable terminal illnesses wished there was a humane way out as euthanasia for pets.

Ultimately, it's important to realize that end-of-life decisions in pets are not a one-size-fits all affair. There are no standard procedures. An important consideration to keep in mind is that you may have no control over when your pet will die but at least how. Consulting with your vet and inquiring about how you can make your pet more comfortable is recommended.


What May Be the Best Decision

So you are debating about having your pet undergoing euthanasia, but yet, you know how much you pet dreads being at the vet, the car ride and being put in the carrier. If so, you may be happy to learn that there may be an ultimate solution that may mediate your conflicts and put them to " rest. "

In this case, we are talking about having your pet put to sleep by a vet in the comfort of the home. For more on this read the hub "putting dog to sleep at home". Also, you may want to think in advance about what to do if your pet dies at home. The article "what to do if dog dies at home" may be also helpful. If you decide to go this route, make sure you contact your vet in advance and arrange a plan should your pet suddenly deteriorate during your vet's office after hours. It's a good idea to have several emergency phone numbers to keep on hand should your vet for some reason not be available. There's nothing worse than watching your pet take a turn for the worse and not being able to find a vet to come to your home to allow your pet to rest in peace.

" ..I thought of you today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories, and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake, from which i'll never part. God has you in heaven, I have you in my HEART."

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      Ben 4 months ago

      We recently put our 17.5 year old cat Maxine down. I'm 30 years old and she's been around me for more than half of my life. In early December, we noticed some weird things she begun doing: Her "meow" changed and she almost sounded like a duck when she would meow. She was a bit more anti-social than normal and she had lost a lot of weight. She had been diagnosed with Kidney issues years before and was on special food.

      At the time she started meowing strangely, it was also time for her yearly checkup. The vet gave her a week, and said she was in Kidney failure and had a mass in her stomach that was most likely cancerous. It would have cost a lot of money in x-rays and you can't do surgery on an elderly cat as she most likely wouldn't wake up. We had to make a decision. After we brought her back from the vet, she wanted nothing to do with us. She hated the vet and hated us for bringing her there.

      After a few days she warmed up to us again. I had begun what I called "cat hospice," essentially giving her tuna juice and tuna or chicken with a bit of Pedialyte. She made it past her week. And then another week. And then another week. And into the new year.

      This last week, she declined rapidly. She would meow for water and jump into the tub, but just stare at the water on the floor of the tub like she forgot how to drink. She was barely drinking a quarter of a saucer full of tuna juice.

      My mom and I made the choice to put her down after my mom found her in the tub crying and crying for water. There was just nothing left anyone could do.

      It was the saddest thing I think I've ever had to go through. I have a dog that I know I will have to do the same thing with, but it won't be any easier. The pro's were it was extremely fast. Unbelievably so actually. The difference between life and death is such a fine line. We held her the entire time. I feel that we were with her in her early days and she needed us in her last moments. How unfair to let her go without us around her.

      I'm still way more emotional about it than I ever thought I would be, but it was the best thing we could have done. While we would have prefered for her to pass at home, she was a survivor and was holding on for everything she had. It would have ended poorly and I couldn't have dealt with her having a seizure.

      I hope this helps some people making the same choice. It sucks but it honestly might be the best gift you can give them.

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      Kathleen 4 months ago

      My four angel cats died at home with me. I took off time from work to be with them and had instructions from my Vet. My decision has been supported by my/their Vet. I probably am unfair to others when I assess their choice to euthanize and "dispatching" their faithful pet. Am I guilty of Anthropomorphism with my pets, without a doubt I bond deeply, but I realize they are not humans. I think that science has much to understand about pet behavior and pet bonding. We as a nation traditionally view animals has beasts of burden, has labor to be replaced when their value is diminished. What I so appreciate about this article is the fairness in which the options are presented. My experience is that the topic is difficult to discuss w/o being shamed by those who have chosen to euthanize. What I know is that all four of my pets had a different death experience. Each appeared to appreciate my talking with them while holding them all bundled up. I tell them about their adoption story, sing songs and talk about our life together. Not one time did any of them appear to be in severe discomfort. As a nation we are not good with death and dying, I am not. I have learned so much from being with my pets at the end. Thank you.

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      Emma 5 months ago

      Thank you for this article.

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      Debbie 6 months ago

      Thank you for setting my heart & mind more at ease letting my dear old little "Kitty" die in the comfort of her home with her family around her. What is heart breaking is like you said, seeing them slowing get weaker by not eating or drinking and shutting down. we're going on 2 weeks, but the day is getting closer, I'm trying to be ready for this, that's what brought me here. Thank-you to All Pet-Lovers!

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      maxine brundige 7 months ago

      I will never ever take an animal to be put down. My vet had no compassion at all. He left him sitting up and didn't make it so he wouldn't feel it. My dog moved on the second shot and howled.,plus the hair stood up on his whole back! It was the most horrible experience I have ever experienced, plus awful for my pet who was like my child. He had liver failure, but the whole thing was wrong. I didn't want him to feel anything. From now on all my pets will die a natural death at home with the people who love them. I cannot believe this happened! I wish I had never taken him. Now I feel so guilty and I still see those awful images of him going through that! How do I forgive myself? I thought my vet loved animals, but I guess not!

      He was the best dog I ever had! I did this to him! I am having a very hard time getting over what I have done!!

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      Diane 7 months ago

      My sweet girl is dying. Years ago, I was dropping off records at a new vet in a new town, and she was sitting in a cage on the counter. I had to ask what she was doing there. I assumed her person was due to pick her up, but she didn't have a family, feline or human. She was found in a wooded area with her family. The rest had already been put down. The vet was waiting for her to be picked up. It was against regulation for that facility to euthanize her. They said there was nothing wrong with her, so I asked when the pick up was expected. I wasn't prepared to take her home, but I made it back in time, signed some documents, and got her shots. It took time and patience to tame Faith. She lived another 17 years. Her early years were spent flying from state to state and continent to continent, but the two of us settled down 12 years ago. She has had a peaceful life in the country ever since. I want my dear Faith to die naturally. She doesn't seem to be in pain, though she's sleepy and weak. Her eyes are clouded over, and she seems unaware of her surroundings. She doesn't even react when our 6-year-old lab bounds into the room. I pet her and tell her how much she has meant to me, and she nuzzles me in return.

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      Andrew 8 months ago

      Vintage, my cat was exactly the same the day before she died peacfully but only meowed a couple of times but then again she was always a quite cat. My heart goes out to you, I struggled for days about whether to go to the vet or not but knowing her for such a long time I do genuinely feel that she was not suffering and going to the vet to be euthanised would have made her suffer and I'm not going to lie it would have made me suffer more too. I'm no Vet but when breathing seems shorter and more labored the time is near, at least for Lara it was.

      It's such a hard decision to make. I would say at least speak with your Vet for more advice and if he/she thinks your cat is suffering then euthanasia would be the only way to go - difficult as it may be.

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      Vintage 8 months ago

      We're struggling with the decision to have our 19 year old cat euthanized, or let him die here at home. He doesn't seem to be in any pain, but how do you know? He is terribly thin, bony and frail, and his back legs are weak and collapse while he is walking. His eyes are glassy, and I don't think he can see anymore. He has started making a pathetic high sounding "meow". It sounds unnatural and sad. His breathing seems normal. He has only licked at the sauce in his food, but not actually the food itself. His litter box has nothing in it. I'm so torn as to what to do.

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      Andrew 8 months ago

      My beautiful little friend Lara passed away early this morning. I just wanted to post here to hopefully provide some comfort to others in a similar position. I say little friend because although she was 14 she was always a small cat and not much bigger than a large kitten. Being small didn’t stop her having a very bit attitude towards life – more than once she has chased dogs out of the garden 3 times her size!

      Lara has been terminally ill for a few months but slowing down for over a year – the vet said she was quite an old cat for her size. A few days ago when she took a turn for the worse I absolutely agonised about whether to have her put to sleep at the vet or let her die at home, a home death being much more preferable but hard. Like a lot of cats she never travelled well and really didn’t like the vet. She wasn’t suffering and would still respond to her usual pampering on my bed or my work desk. Yesterday was so hard, I knew the end was near and was still battling with the decision of whether to take her to the vet or not. I am normally a strong person but trying to make that decision has really broken me. After speaking with the vet he advised from what I relayed to him that there were no obvious signs of pain or discomfort which I know is very difficult to tell in cats of any age.

      I decided to lay her on my bed last night – her favourite place. It was her room and I was always just a guest in it I lay beside her stroking her and with what little energy she had left she raised a paw and placed it on my hand – I know deep down she was telling me it was ok. She died very peacefully early this morning, no seizures, no nasty noises and a beautiful red dawn was just breaking. I honestly couldn’t have wished for a better way for my beloved and dearly missed little friend to pass. She’ll be buried in the woods were she would roam later today.

      I struggled so much with the decision of whether to put her to sleep at the vet and am so glad I didn’t. But, I do know that every situation is very different and in the end you need to make the choice based on your situation.

      I will always miss her but know deep down I will see her again.


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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 9 months ago from USA

      Doglverindc, I would recommend consulting with your vet or trying to consult with a vet specializing in home hospice care. There are chances that there may be medications to stop the vomiting. I would also discuss (if you haven't done so already) with your vet about the fact pain medications were stopped. There may be alternative options.

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      Dogloverindc 9 months ago

      All of our dogs and cats have died at home and I always regretted not euthanizing them. It is hard to know how much pain they are in and I hate the thought of them suffering if there is another choice.

      We currently have an old dog who is refusing food and is extremely lethargic (day 3). She is drinking water but unable to keep it down. We are confident she is dying but my husband does not want to euthanize her.

      Prior to this, she was taking multiple pain medications, mainly for her arthritis (tramadol, gabapentin, prednisone). I am wondering whether we should force these medications down her throat to make her more comfortable. Any suggestions would be helpful.

      Thank you.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 9 months ago from USA

      So true James, and now there are more and more vets who come at home and provide in home palliative and hospice care for old and ill pets.

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      James 9 months ago

      If you plan to let you pet naturally at home, talk to your vet about pain management first and foremost and inquire if sedatives can be administered at home towards the end. I think same as people in hospice (we have lost 3 family members in hospice), there is no reason a pet should be in a lot of pain at the end (although there could be other issues such as seizures that need to be considered). We have taken pets in for euthanasia over the years, and have lost 2-pets naturally under pain management sedation at home. We are facing another loss to cancer soon and hope she can die naturally at home. The difference (for us) emotionally is big. Of course if a pet is in pain, we would take them for euthanasia or have a vet come to our home - but strong pain medications prescribed by a vet are enough to keep a pet comfortable in many cases. The pet's breathing changes noticeably towards the end and for us it's a time to sit or lay with them so they can feel your presence as they slip away. Consult with a compassionate vet and do what's best for your pet and you, and do it in the most informed and best way possible.

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      Pat 15 months ago

      My female rat terrier will be 18 in April. This past winter has been tough on her and she seems disorientated and has trouble manipulating her back legs. She is in no pain and eats very well and drinks water. She has become incontinent and bowel movement is quick to happen. I have put many dogs cats and horses to sleep by euthanasia. I hate the fear of taking my dog to the vet because she is so afraid and knows where she's going and something always painful happens when she's at the vet. I'm really contemplating letting her die peacefully at home as long as she's still eating and drinking. She does not seem to be in any pain and a lot of times when I think I need to do this she Springs back and runs around like she's ten years old. Putting an animal to sleep is not something you want to make an appointment for. If I decide to have her euthanized I want to be able to make a call and say I'm bringing her in. Do most vets try to help you with this decision. It hurts me to make an appointment a day or two out and then she has her outbursts of feeling so good. Please someone give me advice as I have always euthanized my pets that were ill and this one I just feel she needs to be at home to go peacefully.

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      Gman 17 months ago

      I scheduled a tooth extraction today because of a cracked Canine tooth and we thought it was causing some discomfort and it was. But Vet called and said your 7 year old has a Mass on his Spleen. I almost pulled the plug on him after hearing this but seeing him today with his tail wagging and still plenty of spunk in him, not sure if I should pull the plug on one of the best dogs I have ever had, I have had a sick dog before and I knew when it was time, just unsure as I see little if any signs of suffering. Plan on using Meloxidyl to manages his pain and keep an eye on the signs, just think it's way to early to call it quits. When the dog loves walks and seeing other dogs and people.

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      Carolyn 4 years ago from Northamptonshire

      Fantastic hub, I had two dogs one who died at home in his sleep, he was as you described, not crying, just lethargic and uninterested, the other we had put to sleep he was 18, had had two strokes he recovered from enough to still escape the garden, and could not really see, we he collapsed the third time we decided he had had enough. We have had similar experiences with pet rats too.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      It's great you found an amazing vet willing to do all that and I am sure his care and kindness was helpful at such a hard time. Parvo is such a devastating disease! Yes, I am doing better, thanks for asking. As the days go by, it gets better. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      I know you've just been through this. So this hub is probably a good way to help put this difficult time into perspective. Glad you were able to do it.

      I've only had one parvo puppy who had to be put to sleep when I wasn't there (I regret it to this day). But our vet at the time was amazing and venturing into the hospice arena. Because of the quarantine, he even stayed with him overnight because we were just exhausted from round the clock home care. So I knew our little pup was handled with love and kindness even to the end.

      Otherwise, with every single one of my dogs, I've had to make that decision we don't ever want to make and been with them to the last moment. But it's odd. I've always had a sense of when it was right. It never got easier, but I always knew I was doing the right thing to end their suffering.

      I hope you're recovering from your recent losses. Take care!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      It is tough, every time we lost a pet we always said no more pets, but then for some reason we ended up with another one.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Unfortunately, that's the disadvantage of natural death; you never know how things may unfold, and if the pet may start suffering, you may not have a vet handy at the time of greatest need. I think too,

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      Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      What a great hub. Many people will be fortunate enough to read it before making a decision. I have just had to part with my 16 yr old dog and we chose euthanasia as her quality of life had deteriorated so much. Although the vet was wonderful, Reassuring and comforting. It was one of the most harrowing experiences of my life. I don't think I could go through it again. Thanks for such a great hub that should help many people face that awful final decision.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great hub. I've had the unfortunate experience of choosing to put a few of my pets to sleep and it has never been easy. It is a decision I'd rather leave to natural causes, but I can never stand to see a pet suffer. So, when I saw them suffering, I chose euthanasia. Like you said, it is a personal decision and one that isn't taken lightly. Great information for both those who have not been through it yet and for those who have.


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