I am a veterinary technician. I work at an animal hospital. The doctors and my other fellow technicians have to euthanize animals on a daily basis. I feel bad doing it sometimes even though it is to prevent their suffering when they are too sick to fix. I was wondering what your guys views on euthanasia is? Would you keep an animal alive even if it were suffering and in pain? We had one man do this to his dog, he believes it should die naturally, which I can understand, but I also know what it feels like to want to die because I was deathly sick. So just wanted to know what other peoples views on it were.
Most of the times, quality over quantity. Many people have a hard time letting go, and don't realize that sometimes the greatest kindness we can do for are beloved pet is to let them go.
We had to put down our miniature schnauzer we had for 14 years.I think we did her a kindness.She was blind,nearly deaf,couldnt control her bladder or bowels and couldnt keep food down either.
There is no reason to make the poor animals suffer just because we want them around. If they can be made comfortable that's one thing, but if they're in constant pain and their quality of life is low, why make them drag it out?
I'm pro euthanasia for humans when quality of life is no longer there.So why would I feel different for any other animal?
Some people don't feel that way. A lot of our vet's agree with euthanasia for humans too. For some people who are against it, I guess its a religious thing, or maybe they don't want to let people go. I can't say. But I think euthanasia for people is a good idea, if they are suffering, why let them suffer?
I'm with Wyrd on this one.
Would you keep an animal alive even if it were suffering and in pain?
I would not leave any animal in pain or to suffer.
We had one man do this to his dog, he believes it should die naturally, which I can understand, but I also know what it feels like to want to die because I was deathly sick.
We don't know the details so I don't know if the dog is on pain meds to cope, but if the vet recommended Euthenasia then I think someone should listen to the professional. I would thinks that's why someone would see a vet in the first place.
You'd be surprised then, by the amount of people we get in who like to think they are the vet and only argue with our vets. That dog was in last year when I first started working at the hospital around April 2011, it was in a few months ago, for the same problem. It cannot use its back legs, like at all. Its probably a 60-70 lb German Shepherd. Our vets have even referred him to specialists so that they might be able to bring up euthanasia with the man, but he has decided not to listen. I suppose the dog is still alive, not able to walk at all and probably having bathroom issues. Some people just think things should die naturally, that is ideal, but often doesn't happen without a lot of suffering. So we'd just like to cut out the suffering. A lot of people I know are against euthanasia, they think its wrong, but I don't think they understand, if they saw some of the animals that come in our office that just give you this look of "Please make it stop." they'd change their mind.
I'm not surprised at all (now that we know more).
I have volunteered at an animal shelter and seen what some people have chosen not to do, which was to see a vet , listen to them, and pay for any medical proceedures but no..... Some people would dump their animal (with medical problems) and left the rescue to make the wise choice to actually try to save or care for the animal and flip the bill.
This guy must be a complete moron. Why is he coming back again? Did he not get the message the first time or is he expecting the vet to use a magic wand and make everything go away? I think the suffering needs to stop also, but it sounds like this person has no empathy or sympathy if he's not going to listen to the staff at your hospital. If it has been a number of months then he needs to frigg'n make up his mind and either keep the dog home (comfortably) or listen to the vet. He has no excuse at this point.
Poor dog. :(