Have you ever had to put your dog down?

@megumiart (3781)
United States
May 1, 2009 5:05pm CST
My best friend has to be put down tonight. He's 12, and he has had horrible arthritis pain recently. It got to be really bad all of a sudden, the vet prescribed him some pain medication, but he's gotten worse the past few days. He couldn't get up this morning, and hasn't gotten up since. He just seems so lethargic and depressed about not being able to move on his own. My family made the difficult decision to put him out of his misery, and the vet is making a house call for us this evening. :( I cried all morning, I'm really going to miss him.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
2 May 09
Not a dog, but our wonderful pet rabbits. The first one was 13 years old and had arthritis so bad, he could hardly move... you know he was in pain too! So we had him put to sleep as opposed to letting him live in the pain. It was hard, but for that reason, we were "okay" with it. Then we had the other two put to sleep - they got bit by something under their bellies and we didn't know it - they displayed absolutely no symptions , except the one lost alot of weight suddenly.... the wound got infected and we just couldn't afford the vet fee to have it operated on, especially when he said, good chance it won't help to much anyway - another couple months..tops. So we had them put to sleep too. No more pets in my house! I can't take the loss anymore!!!
@debny711 (264)
• United States
2 May 09
I am very sorry for your loss. I had a cat and a dog when I was younger that I had to put down. My father had to take them to the vet no one else could do it. I have a cocker spaniel now who is 15 years old. He can hardly walk and he is meds for Cushings disease. I feel bad for him and in the back of my mind I know he should be put down but I am trying not to. I am hoping he will go to sleep one night and go to heaven. Every morning I check to see if he is still breathing because he doesn't get up to go out until late in the afternoon. Yesteday he wanted to go out at 5PM from the night before. Its very hard to lose a pet.
• Canada
2 May 09
It's real easy to miss a dog / pet. They always seek your affection, taken 4 a walk etc. I had a bouvier female, mother to 2 litters of georgeous puppies. I call, called her my lil girl and she luved it. She was obedience trained and loved walks or rides in the car as long as she was with us she didn't care what was going on. We had to put her down, she had bone cancer that couldn't be dealt with. We kept her for as long as we could ..It wasn't easy to bring her to the vet for the last time, I really miss her.. Remember always luv your dog/ pet , they will always luv u
@kellys3ps (3726)
• United States
2 May 09
We had a dog that was really sick that we had to put down. It was sad, but, we knew she was really sick.
• United States
2 May 09
I am so sorry for your loss. I have had to put down 3 of my best friends. One just recently. It is hard to let them go. But better for them if they are in so much pain. We love them and don't want them to suffer so we have to do what hurts us. Lilac54
@sangsi (50)
• China
2 May 09
Boon, I feel sad for him, I once had a dog, it very of lovely, beautiful of the hair of white, But regrettable BE, it onlies have an eyes, at a few before the months, we open a door, it after slip away go out didn't come back any further, is this, I feel very self-reproach.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
2 May 09
I'm so sorry hon. I haven't had to put down any of my dogs, but I have had to put down some kitties recently and that was very painful. Just keep in mind that your baby will not be in pain afterward and will be waiting over the Rainbow Bridge for you and playing with the other furbabies that are there as well.
• United States
2 May 09
A passing of an animal friend is as hard as loosing a human friend. All my life I've had many many animal friends. cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, , and of coarse; I have had your experience. I've waited for them to die on their own, I've made the decition you did and I'm here to tell you one is not any easier than the other. The one thing I will say is to allow yourself to grieve like you would for a person. We each grieve in the way we need to. Think of when he was a puppy, hug a pillow, Smell his toys,; whatever it is that is going to help you get by. Then when your ready , and only when your ready, allow another dog to select you as their family. Remember, tonight and maybe for a coupoe of days ,the pain he was in and now he's in a place (whatever you belive= there's something more) where that pain can't touch him anymore. I will light a candle for you both tonight. The good memories will take over and slowly you'll find it's time to open your heart again.
• United States
2 May 09
Yes, My first Australian shepherd, Topgun Tazzman. I get choked up just thinking about it. We had to have him put to sleep the Winter of 2007. I got him when he was only 6 weeks old from a good friend and breeder. He was the perfect gentleman. Because he was removed from his siblings so early he was a very serious minded dog. Very proud and protective, but not a mean bone in his body...unless someone tried to open the truck door, then watch out :) He was 15 years old and had first one stroke and then a few hours later, a much worse one. I was devastated...he had gone through my divorce and traveled cross country with me, and back again. I still miss Tazz, I have a couple pic of him on my photos. One is a portraiture of him that I did when he was a youngster. I cried for days every time I thought of him, and how much we had been through together. Remember the good times, and accept the tears. It will get better. And someday he will be waiting for you on the other side...
• United States
2 May 09
I'm sorry about your loss. It's never easy. We've had two cats that we had to put down due to old age and sickness. I miss them both, but I take comfort in the fact that we spared them suffering.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
1 May 09
My precious reggie.....about five years ago and I still miss him...I couldn't do it. My son came and took him to the vet. That morning before I left for work I kiss him on the top of the head and told him how much I loved him....I had the feeling my son would be doing it any time...he had cancer of the bowels...couldn't walk anymore due to the pain...I had been feeding him ibuprofen and holding him through the night for a bout the last week....it's that hardest thing to do...I extend my sympathys to you. Old Friend You stole our hearts, and gave us love, From the moment we first met. You filled a place, within our home, And we never will forget. The endless love, and memories That will live through all of time, For friends like you are far apart And often hard to find. Your steadfast love, you proved to us. By protecting us each day. And the lonely times you filled with warmth For you were never far away. So when time came, to say goodbye You were true until the end For there never was a more faithful one. Then you, my dear Old Friend! Jill Holmes
@marguicha (106141)
• Chile
1 May 09
I had to ask the vet to help Misty die last year. I postponed it as much as I could until Misty asked me please to help her. She started by not eating and I had to give her some little food out of my hand. She took a bit politely but wasn´t really interested. And then, the last day, she wouldn´t even drink. So I discovered that I was being unnesesarily cruel by wanting to keep her alive. I still miss her. I many times I wonder if we are not cruel to our human loved ones when we put them through so much pain when there´s no use.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
1 May 09
twice, once with the family pet & again when the dog the roomie adopted was 16, in advanced kidney failure
@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
1 May 09
No I cant say that I have but I did have a cat once that I had to put to sleep..she was very old about 11 years at the time and weighted about 85 pounds..it just broke my heart to have it done but it was for the best she was very sick at that time.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
1 May 09
Hi megumiart. So sorry to hear that, it is always hard to lose a beloved pet. We have 3 cats and 2 dogs and I would be heartbroken if anything happened to them. You will miss him and that is too be expected as pets become part of the family. If he is in so much pain and misery and nothing can be done, it is only humane to have him put down. I would hate to see any of my pets suffer.
@jennawash (163)
• United States
1 May 09
I am sorry for your loss. Our family has had to put down two of our dogs over the last 10 years. The first due to valley fever and the other due to old age. Like you in the latter case, our vet prescribed pain meds and they worked for a while, but then no longer did after a while. Saddly, our vet was not as cooperative and was looking to make a dime off of our pets suffering. They told us they would not put him down because we were refusing to do the surgery he recommended. He wanted us to do hip surgery on a 12 year old mastiff and we said no. We were forced to take him to the Humane Society were he had to die alone. Needless to say, we no longer go to the vet.
@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
1 May 09
It is a very distressing thing to have to do, I had to have a cat I had for 17years down because her kidneys were failing and it was one of the hardest things I ever had to do, I was very depressed for a long time but I know I gave her the best life a cat could ever have had and I just did not want her to suffer so deep down I know and you know we did the best thing ...