Euthanasia

A horrible thing to think about.

 

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When do we euthanize?   This is a very tough question to answer.  Every animal is different.  Every situation is different. 

  • Generally speaking, an animal that is suffering--without significant hope of being "fixed"--will be euthanized.  This is not to say that we will not try something with the hope that it will help.  [For instance, I recently had a Parvo puppy that went downhill very quickly.  I truly thought I would lose her.  I was giving support care 'round the clock, and carrying her around in my arms whenever possible.  I took a chance and ordered a homeopathic remedy online.  I gave it--and her--24 hours to turn around.  I believe she was suffering, but I held off long enough to give the homeopathic medicine a chance to work.  She lived.] 
  • Generally speaking, an animal that is mean--after significant behavior evaluation and modification--will be euthanized.  This is not to say that we won't give them a chance, with time, love, and patience.  These dogs are my personal niche.  I have seen some of the growliest dogs turn into marvelous companions, when given the chance.  The difference is that often they were abused, neglected, starved, and abandoned.  They were then housed in a cage or impersonal space that did nothing for their socialization skills.  Sometimes all they need is to be socialized in a home, with a family.  Sometimes all they need is enough food that they don't have to fight for it.  Not all of these animals can be turned around.  But we will try.