How Old Is Too Old To Put Your Dog To Sleep? Should You Just Wait For Your Dog To Die A Natural...
Death Or Do You Just Kill The Dog?
I personally believe one should not put down a pet unless that pet is in uncontrollable pain.
I certainly wouldn't want someone deciding to end my life because "she's 90, she doesn't have long to live anyway..."
I would say the answer lies within.
For me it would depend on the dog, it is in pain? Is it eating and drinking, using the bathroom? If there is no pain, and everything else is fine, then why put it down?
It may be old and slow, but is it happy to see you? Does it wag it's tail?
Putting a dog down, especially if it is a family member can be one of the hardest things you would have to do. I would seriously weigh my options before doing so. If it's just old, but everything else is functioning normally albeit a little slower, then why put it down?
I don't subscribe to having pets put down, sometimes it is just used for social reasons; however, I had an old dog, Jason, about 16 years old, he had a massive lump come up on his right shoulder. I took him to the vet who said it was cancer and that Jason had about a year at the most. He added that he wouldn't be able to run and play (he was still like a spring chicken at his advanced age) and would be in constant, progressively worse, pain. He also said that I wasn't doing him any favours keeping him alive, so I agreed to have him put down, it hurt me, but I think it was the best thing for Jason.
I work with dogs and the only time we put them down is if they are in severe pain that wont go away, or if they have a sickness that is untreatable and killing them inside. There is no age in my oppinion.
I have had to put my dog to sleep, when we could not bear the thought of him suffering at an old age of 13 years then - his liver was diagnosed as failing and heart was not strong. 'Heart stabbing' decision to make, but I had to do it to stop him from suffering.
If your dog is suffering then it's time to put him or her to sleep regardless of the age. I lost my dog last year to cancer and she was only 5 1/2 years old. She was suffering and there was no treatment or cure. So it's not as much an age issue as much as it is a humane issue. If the dog is suffering and is in pain then there is no such thing as a natural death only one of suffering.
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