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Before Euthanizing Your Pet, Veterinarians Want Owners To Know The TRUTH.

Saying goodbye to a pet is never easy, especially when they’ve been in your life as a member of your family. One of the biggest responsibilities for pet owners is deciding when is the right time to say goodbye. This is a heavy burden of literally holding your pet’s life in your hands, and should not be taken lightly.

There is no easy way to say goodbye to a beloved family member and it can be tough for pet owners to assume the all important responsibility of deciding when it it time to finally lay the animal to rest. Holding any living creature’s life in your hands is something that should be considered as a burden.

This is not a matter to be taken lightly under any circumstances. Arin recently shared her story about her experience when it came to saying goodbye to her beloved Barky and it will definitely touch your heart.

At 14 years old, Barky, our family dog, had survived cancer and blood disease thanks to a combination of heroic veterinary efforts and just plain good luck. Then, she developed congestive heart failure. Congestive heart failure is a terrible condition. The dog’s heart can’t pump blood through the body very well. It leads to coughing, exhaustion, a swollen belly — and eventually, the dog’s lungs will fill with fluid, and she will essentially feel as if she is drowning in her own body.

“We didn’t want Barky to experience a terrifying, painful death. We thought it was kinder for the veterinarian to end her life before that happened — peacefully, at home, surrounded by the people who love her, My family and I were devastated to lose Barky, devastated to think of her dying, and unsure about whether we were making the right choice. Should we wait? Had we already waited too long?This is the price we pay for loving animals, and for living with animals: being responsible sometimes for deciding when and how to end their lives.” said Arin in her post about Barky.

One of the hardest parts of being a pet owner is knowing when it’s time for your furry friend to pass on and say goodbye.

The heart could no longer pump blood through the body in the manner in which Barky was accustomed. Since the family did not want their pet to suffer through a painful death, they decided that it would be best to have a vet assist her into the afterlife. During the process of reaching out to a wide range of vets, Arin learned a lot about euthanizing and its viability as an option.

However, the hardest part of this whole journey is knowing when is the right time to let your dog go.

First of all, the process of putting an animal to sleep involves two different shots. The first shot is a sedative that puts the pet in a state of deep sleep and the second shot kills them in moments once they are slumbering. The process is totally painless and meant to provide a humane resolution for the animal when they are in place of suffering.

Death is often quite sudden. Tomorrow is not guaranteed, unfortunately. Grieving can teach us this. Although, we should not fall into the constant chatter of, “I should have said…or “I should of done..” Remember that you have shown them how much you loved them in a million little ways..walks in the park, cuddling at night, or a simple touch or hug. Be kind to yourself.


It is good to know that your animal is able to exit the planet peacefully when they have reached a point where their life is no longer worth living. However, it is important to consult with a vet about the animal’s quality of life and whether their ailments can be treated before making a final decision. In Barky’s case, the disease was unable to be treated and the animal needed to be put to rest.

Always remember that there is never a “perfect time”, and making this decision will be hard either way. Please be sure to consult with your vet and get a professional opinion about the health of your pets.



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  1. Great article. Thanks! I’ve been told it’s better a day early rather than a day too late. Euthanasia is a difficult decision to come by then the most difficult is “when”!

  2. Sad when the vet wouldn’t give my puppy the right medication and gave to much fluids that is what caused the death

  3. Thank you for sharing i alao had to put a very sick family down. I was so hard to do. She had acute liver diease. We had done everything we could have done. I miss my girl so much and cry everyday but i know deep down we did rhe right thing for our baby

    • I had to make a decision a few years ago when Jasper broke his back. He just turned nine and I wasn’t in the best of financial straights. I had to decide to put him down at age 9 or spend money not even knowing if the surgery would be successful. I have never cried so hard in my life. Three gets later, I decided to go ahead with the surgery because he had a,son that needed him along with me. It was the best decision I made at the time. Jasper almost 2 years is running and playing like any other 10 year old dachshund. He has a lot of years left on him. When I made the decision to save him it was him telling me that he wasn’t ready to go anywhere but home. The morning after surgery he was sitting up and talking to everyone. I’m the future I will know when Jasper is ready to go and to not let him suffer. Euthanizing him would be the kindest thing to do for an animal how is suffering or can not be cured from an illness.

  4. I’m at an age where I have had to put two family pets down and my current big boy is reaching that age and health. Doing this is very hard but you must consider the quality of life for your pet being a dog or any other. We sometimes get selfish and try to keep them around when we should have let them go. They don’t understand physical limitations and discomfort is just wrong. I cry each time I lose my loyal companion and have just writing this but do what is best for your pet, not for you. They gave you unconditional love their entire life, return that and do what is best for them.

    • Yes. I held on too long to my sweet Jane (min pin -chi mix). It was sooo hard. I tried to keep her going with extrodinary and expensive measures. Finally she had enough. It was just that I loved her so much. It was very selfish of me. I’ll never do that to another pet.

  5. There comes a time when you must decide whether you are keeping your pet alive for their sake or yours. Let them go peacefully and with dignity…..

  6. Three years ago last month began an awful time for me and my Westies. At the time, I had ten and most of them were over 10 years old. The first one I lost when I awoke to messes from vomiting and diarrhea all over the house. I knew one of my babies was in grave trouble due to the amount. I found him laying in the shower (he had never done that before). I immediately took him in to their vet for testing and for her to “fix” him. Since I had no appointment and she is always booked, she had me drop him off so she could attend to him between appointments. She called a while later to tell me his body was shutting down; that he had cancer and it was time. I rushed down there and bawled my eyes out while he slipped away. I felt terrible that I was losing him and, instead of comforting him in his final hours, cried for my pain instead. It will always haunt me that I was selfish as he was such a great companion! The second one was in renal failure and I lost her ten weeks after the first one. A year and a half later, I lost a third one to a series of strokes that I thought he would bounce back from; he did not. And, finally, the last one I lost was six months after that and he too had cancer; it had mastastisized in his intestines and blocked his bowel. None of them died on their own; each had to be euthanized, but I know it was time for each and every one of them. I miss them all terribly and, even though I still have six more (plus two recent GSD rescues), the Westies now range in age from almost 12 to almost 16 y.o. Some are at the end of their “normal” life span, so I know I will continue to go through this.

  7. We had to make this absolutely heartbreaking decision in May this year. Our 14 & 1/2 year old Maltese Shitzu Molly had congenitive heart failure & whilst we had done as much as we could for as long as we could our wonderful trusted Vet let us know that it was time to say goodbye. We had a week with Molly before she spread her angel wings & I wrestled with the guilt for a long time. I still grieve for my little girl every day but have reached a reluctant acceptance of what had to be.

  8. I had to make this decision twice this year and once last year. In most cases, the pets are ready to go but our hearts are not. We are our pets best advocate and need to always consider quality of life for them before we think about our pain. I have learned to focus on 5 things my pets love more than anything….when they stop doing 3 of those 5 things (especially eating or the ability to hold down food and/or water), the choice needs to be considered ASAP.

    This comment is to honor Milo (the most handsome Dogue de Bordeaux rescue I picked off from the streets and provided end of life care for) who was diagnosed with Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia (a birth defect due to overbreeding), Mr. Jones (Creamsicle former feral who became my indoor cat eventually who I took home from a shelter where they euthanize feral cats) who suffered from respiratory complications, pneumonia, and a pneumothorax after vet missed asthma diagnosis, and my beloved Tank (my 9.5 year old handsome boxer whom was my loyal friend and companion since he was 3 months old) who was diagnosed with an aggressive form or lymphoma.

    If you listen with your heart, they will let you know they want to go. Your last act of love for your pet is to hold them as they pass over even if that causes your heart to be shredded to pieces. They were your loyal friend and that is the very last thing you owe them…..let them know how happy they made you and how much they are going to be missed. I miss my pets like crazy and I wish I could tell you that it gets easier…but it does not. It feels like they take a part of my heart with them as they leave and now my heart will remain broken until I get to that side of heaven.

  9. This is one of the hardest decisions anyone who has a pet will have to make when that time comes. They are more than a cat or dog,they a are a family member, like your child.but when that time comes when they are in pain and we don’t want them to suffer. We have to think what is best for them. Even though your heart will be breaking you have to think what is best for your pet. Always keep the good times you shared in your heart.

  10. My 14 year old dog has congestive heart failure and my vet has put him on two heart medications. My sister in law says lots of dogs live with congestive heart failure and renal failure with medications. They also say he’s not in pain so how do you say it’s time? I don’t want to be selfish and keep him here for me, but I also don’t want to make this gut wrenching decision! My dog goes into heart failure about 6 times a week, I don’t know how that isn’t “hurting” him. H can’t tell me, what do you do? I pray to god every night to make this decision for me so I don’t have to. I don’t know if I can live with myself taking my 14 year old dogs life Help!!!!

  11. I had to let my soul dog, my warrior spirit, my stunning Border Collie of 14 ½ years slip into the Great Beyond two weeks ago. We had watched him decline for 2 years – weak back legs, loss of bowel control – several bouts of Pneumonia and Adult Canine Vestibular disease……. But he always rallied, was alert, still goofy and funny – would still jump at a ball when he could. He would follow us around the house – spent more and more time sleeping in his bed… but still up for a walk. We ended up taking him out in a radio flyer wagon the last few weeks. Two Saturdays ago – we took him out to his favorite dog park. The joy in his face was indescribably as he basked in the sun, felt the breeze – and smelled all the many odors at the park. We knew it was close – but how close? I didn’t want him to suffer – he had bouts of panting – and since I am a hospice nurse – I felt I could manage his pain. I gave him Tramadol and metacam – and discovered a large mass that seemed to be on his liver that wasn’t there a month before…. On the Sunday he collapsed a few times – but still would drink by himself and eat out of our hands.. He was incontinent all over himself that evening and I had to wash him – I think he was mortified – I had to cut the beautiful feathers on his tail and hind legs to keep him clean. I felt that it was going to be soon. That night I lay with him as he panted – I gave him pain medicine – it didn’t help – I gave him Trazodone -for anxiety. He became comfortable – but never got out of his bed again. I have a ritual I do with my dying dogs – I walk with them – I pull them in the wagon and had planned to do that with Jake. When I woke up I felt that he was starting to die – and I could no longer give him anymore pain meds as he couldn’t swallow. I called the vet – she came to our house at 11 am. Jake was peaceful, but starting breathe a little heavier. We lay by his head and told him what a wonderful dog he was and how much we loved him. We had soft music on and some incense.. Our dearest Friend Tom – who jake loved came by. The vet arrived – and as soon as she gave him the relaxing medicine – he body became peaceful……. we continued to tell him how much we loved him – then about 15 minutes later – she gave him ⅓ of the lethal injection and he stopped breathing……… The tears flowed all around….. He was the best dog ever… When I looked at his peaceful body – I knew that it was the right thing to do…. perhaps I should have done it sooner – I don’t know – but he was a border collie – and had that fighter spirit ! I truly felt that his spirit was grateful that we helped him on his way – Even with our shattered hearts – I felt him beside me – I still do. I know he is around us… My Jacob the Warrior, my funny, goofy, athletic poetic, proud, invincible doggie – was at peace… I am grateful for that – and for the very fact that he enriched my life enormously.

  12. I just had to make this horrible decision after my beautiful lurcher Mia had a stroke its the most horrendous thing Ive ever had to do I feel so lost without her even typing this im crying for my beautiful girl sorry I feel I let her down i just dont know how im gonna get over this

  13. Just two weeks ago we had to let our pit bull Biggie go. He had a freak accident and got his legs tangled in leash and when he went to jump out of the truck he flipped over and landed on his back..on concrete.
    This was April 2. He started acting funny.refusing to eat, drink etc. Thought we were going to lose him before we could get him to the vet. They said he had a bad case of hookworms and gave him worm medicine and pills got upset stomach. A week later he had to spend the night at the vet because he was dehydrated. Went for 10 dai check up and we mentioned the accident and he was having problems during the exam. Could turn his head left with no pain but to turn his head right caused him to stiffen up. So we left with anti biotic and steroids. 10 day check up he was diagnosed with spinal cord injury in shoulder blades and rear 32nd. Stronger meds and longer steroids to keep swelling down. He had his good days and bad days. He never barked again after the accident. First of August made appt. For xrays but that would be 3 weeks away. Since we are disabled and get assistance with vet and food we had no choice but to wait. Tramadol and steroids again. Well.valium was added and he started to have little seizures and walking “blind”, pacing. Had to be 83rd with our hands. Raised all his bowls higher for him. He started urinating inside when he was house broken. Enough was enough when he would whimper when he exhaled. DID NOT WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH TRUCK. He loved to go bye bye. The closer we got to xray day he was getting worse. Finally we knew it was time. It beaks my heart every day to think if he’d got xrays sooner we might still have him today. After we out him to sleep we brought him home where her belonged. I went to see him one last time before my SO buried him (I couldn’t go to vet).I gave him a kiss and he looked SOOO at peace. Hardest thing I’ve had to do but I was not going to not let him be himself or suffer. Planning a special “head stone” per say with rocks. He was my therapy dog and so smart.
    RIP MY HANDSOME!! Momma and daddy sure miss you….lets dance..put on your red dress and high heels

  14. Last November I had to make the hardest choice in my life…that was to put my beloved boxer Diana to rest. It started after we introduced a new dog to the family. The new dog played too rough and knocked her for a loop. After all this happened I started to notice changes..her head kind of tilted so then I took her to the vet to find out what was wrong. They said it could be the case of vertigo but that wasn’t the case. I then took her to another vet and they suggested to take her to a chiropractor and that helped for a while but then she got worse.. On November 16th of last year I had to take her to the vet because she was bad off and I didn’t want her to suffer anymore.. They offered a few suggestions of what I could do but I said it’s best to put her to sleep because I can’t see her suffer anymore. We all stayed in the room with her although it was very difficult to do but it was so she knew she wasn’t going to be alone. That day she joined her brother up in doggy heaven. I had her cremated. I miss her so very much! She’ll always be in my heart though.

  15. Phyllis J Vickery

    It’s hard to do, but it’s the best for them. They don’t show how much they are having. It’s like losing a part of your family. Then you still miss them so much.

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