Is it Right to Put Your Dog Down?

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        Hiya LCB'ers

        I have wrote about my bugsy several times throughout the years. He is really up there in age (16) and for the most part lost a good part of his eye sight and has went completely deaf. He acts a bit senile at times and does goofy things that make me stop and think he is really out there.

        I can't really pick him up anymore because he has a lot of aches and pains and fear i will hurt him due to arthritis in his legs. I have to confess there has been those moments where i thought i should put him down. But then i see him at other moments run spry through the yard like a young pup and think he still has spunk and end up hating myself for even thinking of doing it for a second.

        Ultimately i have come to the conclusion there is no way i could put him down and to be honest i think i knew this all along. It has to be one of the most difficult decisions for any dog owner to make and one of the most painful.

        Its quality of life vs living a life of suffering. Although he no longer has the quality of life he once had, i don't really think he is suffering and think that would be the only time to play God and put him out of his misery.

        I am curious to get feedback from members and get their thoughts on this or if they have ever had to put the dog to sleep.

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        I'm glad to hear that Bugsy is not suffering. I think that's the key when it comes to this topic. I don't really know how I feel about it. Part of being a dog owner is being committed to taking care of them. I'd like to think that making them as comfortable as possible is the best thing to do but sometimes there's nothing that can take the pain away. It's a tricky thing but as long as Buggaboo is content sleeping and doing what he does every day, I say you have made the right choice.

        On the flip side, if you put a healthy dog down because you don't have time for it or can't handle it, then don't even talk to me. There are so many shelters and people willing to take on all kinds of dogs.
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        I've had to make that decision several times in my life, mostly with cats.  But I have 4 dogs now, ranging in age from 3 - 9, so it's coming.....

        The defining moment with me has always been when they're in so much pain they can no longer function properly, whether it's eating, drinking, going potty, or even seeing.  One of my cats couldn't even see well any more, she was in so much pain.  She was one of those very "special" pets to me & I cried so much at the vet's office, the vet started crying too.  I cried for weeks over her, and still tear up, 12 yrs later.

        You'll know when the time comes.
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        I'm watching Pit bulls and Parolees right now, and they just rescued a dog who was left to die and couldn't even walk, taking him to a prison where they have a rescue program for pit bulls which helps inmates as well.

        The dogs to feel badly about though are the ones left at the kennel, who will be put to sleep.

        Your dog is very special and of course you don't want him to suffer but it sounds like you know your answer already.  Some day the day will come and Bugsy will let you know when he needs your help in a different way.  I haven't ever had to have an animal put to sleep and never want to have to make that choice myself.  I hope y'all have many years of good times together still to come.
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        Thanks for your replies and great input. And if that time should come (and i hope it doesn't) i think i will know. 
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        Mine lived 16 years and was having problems sitting and lying down, with cracks and pops and the general aches of age; the vet said she wasn't suffering in any way, was just old. Unless we heard her life was unbearable or pain passed into infirmity, we let her be. One day, she simply coughed and passed on peacefully.
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        This might not make me any friends..but oh well; what I can't stand is people who put their dogs down because they move into different accommodations or feel the dog is a burden or nuisance. To me, getting a dog is a lifteime commitment; at least the dog's lifetime...you made the choice to bring it into the family, and it's your obligation to see it through to the end. We've based our living situations around having our two dogs, and if we had to move, if the place, no matter no perfect couldn't accept them, we'd pass on it. I can't even go overseas even if a fantastic job presented itself, because I wouldn't part with them for the world. My only possible exception, would be the cats, who'd just as happily reside with my mother.
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        I completely agree with you, Dionysus.  When I see the ads people place for their pets because "they're moving", "they don't have time for them anymore", etc., it just makes me sick inside.  I feel so sorry for those pets who have loved unconditionally - sometimes for many years - and are being discarded for convenience.
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        I think you definitely have the right thoughts for your dog.  You've put him first and if he isn't suffering in pain and still has his "puppy moments", then all well and good.

        When I was around 7 years old, I remember seeing a dog being put down on TV - it was a big Old English Sheepdog and as they did it, they played "all things bright and beautiful".  I cried and cried over this dog for weeks and weeks and have never forgotten it  and being so young, never understood why they did it. 

        If I owned a dog, I would have the same approach as you Lips. 

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        I agree with LhasaLover, I think you will feel when the time is right.
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        We truly bond to our animal pets.  However, they are still animals and often the must humane thing is to put them to death.  It is difficult...a heart breaker, but humane none the less.
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        You probably havent read about it much but on the battle field many have had to pull the trigger on their best friends with half their face blown off.....we often worry about homeless pets.....why dont we worry about homeless vets.....go figure..we are in a sad f***ing state america......what the f***!!!
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        because people are well, people, and for the most part capable and responsible for their own actions. Pets are not; we chose to change their nature by domesticating them; somehow I don't think FiFums the toy poodle would survive out in the Serengeti.
        Besides, just because this particular thread is about pets does NOT mean everyone is unsympathetic to every or any other issue out there
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        You probably havent read about it much but on the battle field many have had to pull the trigger on their best friends with half their face blown off.....we often worry about homeless pets.....why dont we worry about homeless vets.....go figure..we are in a sad f***ing state america......what the f***!!!


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        Even though Bugsy's very old, you made a right decision Lips, Hopefully you will have some more time together.

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