Reasons For and Against Euthanizing
Published by PETQWERKS on April 21, 2017
Euthanasia is the act of mercy killing a pet for various reasons.
Consider a situation where your pet has cancer. You have done everything in your power to save her, but she only gets better for a while and then the symptoms come back. The cycle begins again, and it’s painful to watch your pet in pain and there is nothing you can do to help. You could put her down and therefore end her pain. Here are the pros and cons of euthanasia.
Euthanasia helps pet owners put their pet’s pain to an end. If your dog is suffering from a terminal illness, your best efforts will only prolong her life by a few months but eventually she will die. By euthanizing her, you will end her pain as well as your own agony of watching your dog writhe in pain.
Treatment for serious diseases costs a lot of money. Unlike human beings who are covered by health insurance, your pet’s treatment might have to come from your pocket. This can cause a serious strain on your budget. Considering that the pet will have to die if the disease is terminal, it’s better to put her down now rather than later. The option of euthanasia in this case can only be considered if the disease is incurable.
Euthanizing your pet also means you get closure. If the dog is dear to other family members, you can invite them to say their goodbyes in which case you all get closure, as opposed to waiting for the final breathe to come when it will.
However, there are some disadvantages to euthanasia when it is misused. For example if the dog’s disease is curable, you should do all you can to make sure she gets well. When the disease is curable and owners decide to euthanize the pet to avoid vet bills, that’s wrong and unfair to the pet. Euthanizing should only be done when there is no other option available, as a last resort.
Reasons For and Against Euthanasia