What is Euthanasia?

The literal definition of euthanasia:

 

"the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma."

 

The blunt simple definition of euthanasia:

 

Euthanasia is death.

 

A more in depth look at euthanasia, and how it is being used today:

 

Many veterinarians will no longer euthanise an animal without a just cause. Many will tell you that in order for them to euthanise your pet, they will need to do an evaluation and even give you the other options available in order to avoid euthanasia all together.

 

However, the word "euthanise" has become darkly in many places, especially in high-kill shelters around the world. Not only does the definition of euthanasia become a soft blanket cover for the truth beneath it, but it becomes no longer relevant or true.

Should I Have My Pet Euthanised?

This is a decision that is not to be taken lightly. What is your reason for allowing euthanasia to become a choice? If you are just moving, cannot handle the pet, or no longer want to keep the pet, euthanasia should not be an option. Surrendering to a shelter, or rehoming yourself can be the best option.

 

Even injured animals do have a chance of survival if given the chance.If you are worried about finances, ask for help from locals who can send funds to your vet of choice. Some veterinarians are also able to give you a payment plan.

 

Remember: Euthanasia is a softer word for death. Once euthanised, the animal can no longer run, breathe, see or feel. They no longer feel love, happiness, or warmth. Death is irriversible. Please do not make this decision unless the animal is suffering. You moving or becoming bored with an animal does not mean the animal deserves to die.