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Old 05-29-07, 10:08 AM   #1
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Putting pets down.

Iím not trying to be insensitive here, I know a couple foosters have just been here and done this.

Me personally, I canít stomach the idea of taking a pet to the vet to end its life. The way I see it, us earth inhabiting creatures only get one life and one death, and I couldnít take one of my pets to his or her least favorite place to have them killed.

Iím not saying Iíd rather let them suffer. I just canít handle the idea of a vet killing one of my pets. Iíd rather shoot them myself outside, avoiding some stranger ending their life. I figure Iíd owe them better then that. Painless, and no last stressful vet trip for my beloved pet.

I donít want to debate, these things are very personal decisions. I just want to know what all us foosters believe about this individually. For the record, I never did have to put down any of my pets, those that have died did so either naturally of old age or in surgery.
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Old 05-29-07, 10:09 AM   #2
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I would never want to kill my own pet. I much prefer the vet.
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I think it's more that not many have the stomach to "Ol' Yeller" their own dog.
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I don't want to see the damage that would occur to my pet. I think that would hurt me more. It's already hard as it is to make such a decision but to inflict more damage........I dunno.

My pup was close to dying. Can you imagine pointing a gun at her face??
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Iím not trying to be insensitive here, I know a couple foosters have just been here and done this.

Me personally, I canít stomach the idea of taking a pet to the vet to end its life. The way I see it, us earth inhabiting creatures only get one life and one death, and I couldnít take one of my pets to his or her least favorite place to have them killed.

Iím not saying Iíd rather let them suffer. I just canít handle the idea of a vet killing one of my pets. Iíd rather shoot them myself outside, avoiding some stranger ending their life. I figure Iíd owe them better then that. Painless, and no last stressful vet trip for my beloved pet.

I donít want to debate, these things are very personal decisions. I just want to know what all us foosters believe about this individually. For the record, I never did have to put down any of my pets, those that have died did so either naturally of old age or in surgery.
The process for our last dog was a big dose of sedative to ease the stress of the vet visit, followed by the actual euthanizing agent.

So your last memory of your dog is of him/her peacefully falling asleep in your arms, or of you shooting them. I'll take the former, thanks.
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My cocker spaniel curled up on my lap and slowly passed out from the sedatives as I stroked his head. I didn't even notice he had stopped breathing until the vet came back into the room and pronounced him.

I could never point my gun at any dog, let alone mine.
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I don't want to see the damage that would occur to my pet. I think that would hurt me more. It's already hard as it is to make such a decision but to inflict more damage........I dunno.

My pup was close to dying. Can you imagine pointing a gun at her face??
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As I said, I don't want to debate, only know people views. Thanks to those of you who are sharing them.

Me personally, I would opt for a 12 gauge to the brain stem. Instant and painless. Plus the pet would never have to see it coming.
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Having seen both options - I'm with DrPete - the vet all the way.
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I understand not wanting to take them to their least favorite place at the end. I wouldn't want to spend my last moments in the hospital, either. But taking them out "behind the shed" and ending their lives myself would make me feel worse than losing them in the first place. I'm not a big fan of killing things in general, and doing so to a pet, which has been a part of the family for so many years, would just be way off the charts.

When one of my aunt's cats was dying of cancer (or maybe it was feline leukemia), she had a vet come to her house to put him down. I think that's probably the best balance, at least to me.
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The process for our last dog was a big dose of sedative to ease the stress of the vet visit, followed by the actual euthanizing agent.

So your last memory of your dog is of him/her peacefully falling asleep in your arms, or of you shooting them. I'll take the former, thanks.
That's been the process for the last 3 pets we've euthanized. It's the way to go & I hope my end is as peaceful, surrounded by family & caring people.
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Me personally, I would opt for a 12 gauge to the brain stem. Instant and painless. Plus the pet would never have to see it coming.

how do you know that?....many animals...including humans have been shot in the head (with shot guns) and suffered long....what if the dog jumps last second and you graze him....he takes off running and his last view in life it the only on he loves chasing him around shooting at him.


yeah that's way better than the vet giving him a sedative with him on your lap telling him it's ok....


good choice...
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how do you know that?....many animals...including humans have been shot in the head (with shot guns) and suffered long....what if the dog jumps last second and you graze him....he takes off running and his last view in life it the only on he loves chasing him around shooting at him.

yeah that's way better than the vet giving him a sedative with him on your lap telling him it's ok....

good choice...
My thoughts exactly.
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how do you know that?....many animals...including humans have been shot in the head (with shot guns) and suffered long....what if the dog jumps last second and you graze him....he takes off running and his last view in life it the only on he loves chasing him around shooting at him.


yeah that's way better than the vet giving him a sedative with him on your lap telling him it's ok....


good choice...
I don't want to get gross, so I'll just say it sounds to me like you've never seen an animal that got shot in the head with a high brass 12 gauge slug.
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As I said, I don't want to debate, only know people views. Thanks to those of you who are sharing them.

Me personally, I would opt for a 12 gauge to the brain stem. Instant and painless. Plus the pet would never have to see it coming.
Okay. You come remove the body and clean the mess then. No debate. I just don't want to do it. It would hurt too much.
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I don't want to get gross, so I'll just say it sounds to me like you've never seen an animal that got shot in the head with a high brass 12 gauge slug.
Have fun with that being your last memory of Scruffy.
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I grew up and still live on a working farm. Sometimes you end up being your own vet. It's a lot harder to do it yourself than have someone else play the part of the grim reaper.

Crash, it your animal can run, it's not yet it's time.
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I'm not saying its fun and easy.

I'm just saying I feel thats what I owe my pets.

Again, I don't want to debate. I just want to know how you guys feel.
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I'd be ok with it, but how do you deal with cleanup/burial?

I suppose if you do it out in the woods or in a field or something, you don't really have to cleanup.
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I grew up and still live on a working farm. Sometimes you end up being your own vet. It's a lot harder to do it yourself than have someone else play the part of the grim reaper.

Crash, it your animal can run, it's not yet it's time.

Ummmmmmm. Good point.
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Again, I don't want to debate. I just want to know how you guys feel.
Uhh, that doesn't make much sense. Do you mean "I don't want you guys to disagree, i want you to agree."
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I've had to put down two dogs and a horse myself...if given the choice I'd much rather have had a Vet do it using drugs with me there to talk em into the next life...the memories are much better that way.
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Michigander, I understand your point, but I couldn't do that.

I had enough trouble emotionally taking my dog to the Vet for the last time. I could never bring myself to shoot my pet.
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Crash, it your animal can run, it's not yet it's time.
Exactly. Only an idiot would kill a pet that could jump around.
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As others have already said, the vet doing it is very calm, peaceful and serene. In addition, in my case anyway, our vet is a husband and wife team who are the most gentle, caring, compassionate people I know. All three times we've had pets put down by them they and some of their staff cried almost as hard as we did.
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