Dog euthanasia: The Toughest Decision – Putting Your Dog To Sleep
To perform euthanasia on your dog means to voluntarily end the life of your dog who is suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition that put your dog in constant pain.
In a survey record of a large pet insurance company on aging dogs, accidents accounted for less than 5% of their death. Natural death occurred in just below 8%. And dog illness was the cause of death in 35% of aged dogs.
The surprising part is that, euthanized dogs account for 52% in cause of death in dogs! Among this high percentage, dog euthanasia performed because of behavior problems accounted for only 2%. Dog euthanasia was carried out mainly because most dog owners and vet felt that it was in the dog’s best interest. Among these dogs put to sleep, more than 29% for illness and suffering reason and remaining 21% because of old age.
There comes a time when the kindest and best thing for the dog concerned, is for him to be painlessly put to sleep. This will no doubt be one of the toughest decisions most dog owners have to make at one point of their dog’s life. And reaching that decision will most often be very distressing for the owner.
Nevertheless, as unwillingly as you can be, the welfare and happiness of the dog must be taken into consideration and given priority. All too often, dog owners delay performing euthanasia on their dogs because they cannot bear with the thought of parting with them. While this act is highly understandable, it is also extremely unfair to their dogs too!
You can ask yourself these questions: to help make the decision to euthanize your dog.
1. Is your dog health condition prolonged, recurring or getting worse with time?
2. Is your dog condition no longer responding to medical treatment or therapy?
3. Is your dog in constant pain, or suffering physically or mentally?
4. Is it impossible to lessen your dog’s pain or suffering?
5. If your dog recovers, is he likely to be chronically ill or unable to take of himself?
Well. If the answer is yes to these entire questions, then euthanasia is the humane option. If however, there are some ‘no’ to several of these question, you can ask yourself these questions.
6. Can you provide the necessary care?
7. Can you afford the cost of medical treatment now – or over a long period of time?
The decision to perform euthanasia on your dog should not be yours alone. Talk to your vet, and of course family members. Your dog is part of your family – the final choice should be also the family decision.
Whatever decision make, you know that you have acted in the best interest of your dog and that he has had a happy life with you.
About the author:
Moses Chia is a dog lover and owner of DogsObedienceTraining.com – The dog training resource site for a happier and healthier dog. You are welcome to reprint this article if you keep the content and live link intact.
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