I have anxiety all over again. A chest x-ray revealed that the tumors in Bentley's lungs had grown substantially larger in the course of one week. That is simply my belief and everyone is entitled to theirs. Of course unless you are religious and think otherwise ! Glad I found this article all of these thoughts have helped me work through some of the feelings I was having. Like a human child, he depended on me for fulfillment of his basic needs, and had the capacity to make demands on me, and to give and receive love. I know that we all feel very deep bonds with our pets and I don't think theirs was any less than mine. She moved very slowly and it was hard work for me to get her out the door fast enough and far enough to do her business. It's fairly common, but usually only affects 1 or 2 joints. In the case of young children, however, we generally acccept proxy consent from parents or legal guardians as adequate to satisfy the consentual requirement for providing treatment. If I thought she was really suffering, then I would have to consider it more. We both laughed. Alan, I agree with you that most cases of dog euthanasia are done to alleviate owner suffering, and though I would adamantly communicate (and have) my beliefs against euthanasia just as you did, I also had my beloved 18 year old dog euthanized. Nugget was my first dog – a quirky, neurotic Japanese Spitz who passed away 6months ago. Even without consent, in his case, I think any humanitarian who had seen how he was suffering, if he could have spoken I have no doubt he would have begged to be released from such intense, minute by minute misery. She was okay, though, and knew no pain. Now years ago, I did euthanize a very old dalmatian who was over 24 years old, beloved Broot woot, vet said it was one of the oldest dogs they had ever seen. I have watched an animal (my ex boyfriend's dog) die in fear and pain, from euthanasia. But he rallied and was good as new (for Farley). If you can’t love it and care for it, then please find a new home where it will be loved and safe. So far, I've had three, but I think that's enough to understand the love a dog can feel. I hope it was the same for your Lola. My first dog was in the process of dying a very painful death.She trusted me to ease her suffering,and that is what I did. In other words for many the work environment is a highly dog-eat-dog world and this can cause people do develop the belief that that is the only way to get ahead and succeed in life. Apollo was attentive, engaging, and always his own “person.” He was a bit different. Either way the final moments have arrived. Prior, I had read horror stories about dog euthanasia, and saw a comment here like that. The vet offered to refer us to an oncologist, and my immediate instinct was to meet with the oncologist and proceed with whatever treatment course was proposed- anything to avoid having to "put him down". I had the feeling that this could go in for quite a while - and it did for more than two years. My dog was never sick, and I avoided unnecessary veterinary care. But if I go ahead on Thursday, it will be because I believe I am setting him free of his physical burdens. I did not mind the vets bills or the constant people telling me that I should euthanise him. Since that day, I have thought about what I had done, not merely as a bereaved pet owner, but also as an ethicist. While you say that euthanasia is done to avoid distress to the pet owner, I can't agree: it causes a great deal of distress for a very long time. As a life-long owner and care-giver of dogs and cats, who has grieved over the loss of pets, it is my responsibility and obligation to my pet to euthanize them when they are suffering without any hope of recovery. And maybe what we don't know is what actually makes it the right thing to have done. My intent here is not to say which decision (to euthanize or not to euthanize) is "the correct" decision. There's no clear answer, only questions, but we decided to end our beloved pet's suffering. I don't know if he was totally conscious at the time of his death. I don't know why I'm posting this here really, but I just need to get this out. After consulting with at least 6 different veterinarians, they all recommended that he should undergo chemotherapy. We've always been fortunate to be able to find the money one way or another to help him. Usually, when a dog is sick and dying, it will actually seperate itself from its owners (pack) in an efort to die alone. My dog was old. Thus, since Bentley’s, and presumably, (like Bentley) any dog’s cognitive and emotional capacities are largely equivalent to a two-year-old human child, and since it is morally impermissible to euthanize a human child of that age, then it follows that it is morally impermissible to euthanize Bentley—and, therefore, any dog who possessed equivalent cognitive and emotional capacities. As a bereaved pet owner, this answer is consoling; so too is the response that I had done everything I could to try to save him. The limited nature of the available options was daunting. He had undergone radiation therapy, a series of oral melanoma vaccinations, and chemotherapy. He lets me know when he is thirsty to bring water to him or when he needs to get up to eliminate. So many people telling me don't let him suffer and how selfish I am. Maybe I was so traumatized by poor Brutus' sad end, and how I hesitated and waited so long before calling a vet that by the time I could get a home visit appointment scheduled his condition had deteriorated so badly. I know I opened myself up by posting my story on a public forum. I feel we are ending suffering and I think of the saying; they shoot horses, don't they? He’ll only chase soccer or basketballs. Don't think that euthanasia is a quick fix. I recently had my beloved Labrador aged 14 killed, after years of swearing I would wait for him to die naturally. His primary tumor was in his mouth but the cancer spread to his lymph nodes and lungs. But I feel that every living being which is able to develop a certain level of consciousness also has a soul. It's a merciful killing, but it's still killing. Far from it, they are in fact taking on an incredible amount of responsibility which apparently you could never understand. Yet, as an ethicist, I cannot discount the force of the rational argument against my decision to euthanize my dog. Which is why I was able to look my receptionist in the eye and tell her to let the ignoramus on the phone know they were barking up the wrong tree. That's why she lived so long, in my opinion. I cannot possibly however ascribe the term "someone" to him, no matter how I value him. I worked around aging issues for 4 years, until there were no workarounds left. Sadly my observations proved to me that this is the true intention and motive. In other words, while undergoing either active or palliative treatment, all the dog knows is that he is suffering. Maybe that is why I felt I need to prevent my baby who is dying of cancer right now from ever, ever going through that. That night just after we had shared a bit of ice cream on the sofa after supper. She is 12 1/2 but it is something my husband and I have discussed, ever so slightly. I'm sorry you had to go through it too, Eva. I will argue that, all things being equal, it is morally permissible to euthanize a terminally ill two year-old human child, and assuming for the sake of argument that Dr. Cohen’s first premise is true, it will follow that it is morally permissible to euthanize an animal which is also terminally ill and suffering. Cider is a very bright, affectionate, sensitive alpha male. Dear dBlake. I also know that everyone I know who has had their dog's life ended has suffered far more grief. Also, when a dog's owner comes home after they have been gone for a while, the dog shows excitement, and an abundance of love. There are many rational arguments for euthanasia and I respect them, but from my own ethical standpoint, I simply don't feel that the choice to end the life--especially the life of a trusted dependent--is mine to make. So don't you come in here with your stupid arguments against science and your belief that humans are superior. Toward the very end they say everyone does as it takes a systemic level cancer to finally take you out, which invades organs and causes nerve pain that way. Or when there is blood coming out of her stool, which is either too firm for her to excrete without whimpering or nearly liquid, depending on what food you gave her the night before, praying it would be "just right" for her to digest and drop in the morning. The main reason is that a two year-old child is incapable of consenting to his own death. so what if your killing someone you love. His hours were few. My 17-year-old West Highland White Terrier was diagnosed with lymphoma this past week after taking him to the vet for what we thought was a cold. My dog is dying slowly of cancer but is not showing any outward signs of distress, although hasn't eaten for 6 days. People who oppose the use of aversive methods, argue that it is dog cruelty because it inflicts unnecessary pain on the dog. Please keep insensitive religious hogwash -that only applies to a specific set of religions- out of a rational conversation about ethics. My dog was never unhappy during the process; she went to sleep and it was entirely peaceful. Is this logical? Or if one is impermissible, the other must be as well. A dog is a friend who is always there to greet you, play with you and exercise you. But, frankly, I hoped that he would just die in his sleep and never wake up again. He still drags me to the door. He's at my feet this moment comfortable on his blanket. I hope the reader of this comment is -at least- honest with himself/herself even if they want to contradict me. So my having him "put down" (the words my vet used) was, in many respects, akin to "putting down" one's small child. I don't want to put her down too early. This is my experience, and that I share, no to judge but to say there is another option, and one that will tach you so much about dead and unconditional love. I'm so glad that I came across your article. And yes none of us want to be selfish, want to make our best friends to suffer. Sleep well at night knowing you did right by your friend it is certainly most ethical. I believe we all have to suffer. Obviously, she had made the decision to die for herself while she was still capable to do so, but if she had been mentally incapacitated, the family would probably followed the same course of action and wouldn't have force fed her. The person has taken upon themselves responsibility for its death; it could not weigh more heavily on them. to stop suffering by ending life by choice. I've read some articles by human euthanasia proponents, again, maybe out of this fear that if I can't find a vet in time she might start suffering like Broot, which I feel driven to prevent at all costs. I think it is absurd to compare a dog to a human as a dog/animal does not have a soul and was not made in the image of God like humans were. Anyways, the best desision you can make is not deciding when she'll die. I've spent years protecting them, loving them, nurturing them, they've gained my trust and I've gained theirs, how can I give permission to someone else kill the one I love so much? And, until that child is old enough to understand and consent to his own death, such an action remains morally unwarranted. All you have to do is love her and take care of her at home, and see if she'll recover, if not at least she spends her final moments with you, at home, dying naturaly and not with things that are illegal to use of *death row*. Recently, my wife and I lost “Bear,” our female Labrador, to heart disease. Thus, in the Netherlands, which has legalized euthanasia, a patient must be at least 12 years old to consent to euthanasia and the parent or legal guardian must also provide consent. Still, his mental capacity remained intact and he was cognitively the same very intelligent Cairn Terrier I knew and loved. The Real Reasons You Shouldn’t Clone Your Dog It’s easy to understand why someone would want to. He had smaller tumors removed but then, suddenly, the tumors simply bloomed. It was a somewhat messy procedure which he hated, although it initially had helped him considerably to re-hydrate and to regain some strength and vitality. Initially he seemed to respond to treatments and seemed to recover. This means that if passive euthanasia is morally permissible, then the normative status of active euthanasia has to be the same. Permanent damage resulted in diabetes. One brilliant vet suggested that we have custom cast braces made for his hocks to stablize them until he finished growing. There are a few problems with this viewpoint. Like a human child, his life was inherently valuable, unlike an object that could be discarded or replaced. After a couple of hours he knew quite well how to move around in a new place, and somehow He always knew where I was. These dogs get euthanized because they're a liability and totally unsocial. The main reason, Dr. Cohen claims, is that a child of that age is unable to give informed consent to be euthanized. The consensus was that stem cell therapy was still relatively experimental. When wolves lose a member of their pack, they mourn for months. No I do not feel guilty either for killing him or as others say keeping him too long. But, she does still enjoy her life. As far as the owners who do this, I suspect they equate investing the time, "hope" and money with love - nevermind that there is no quality of life for the animal when that life is spent getting veterinary care. In fact, euthanasia would not have been a legal option even if he were an adult human. Let’s return to Dr. Cohen’s initial argument. Some believe, though, that even people who don’t believe in the Judeo-Christian God can be punished by him. Chloe has been there for me through everything the past 11 1/2 years. However, I don't consider his feelings in the issue, but his obvious physical pain. He was after all a very old dog, and that he didn't want to eat anymore was sign for me that his will to live just wasn't there anymore. BTW animals have complex BRAINS that provide emotions and plants do NOT. But all this simply misses the point. In my case, this involves coming to understand why, in the first place, I have experienced such painful emotions over having euthanized my dog. The past two years had been difficult but nothing was too much for that glance of thanks he gave me as I pushed him in the woods and he looked at the trees and turned to look at me. I feared because I did not trust my dog. Hopes that … Until it gets to a point where life is torture, in which case I would feel obligated to take action, a final act of mercy. The whole truth is much more painful to speak. This leads me to my major and final point. In nature, most often a sick dog would have already died long before one makes or does not make the decision to euthanize do to suffering. What I would do in this situation is that I would seriously research about how dogs/wolves treat one another in these cases in nature, I believe that's the closest I can get to the best answer to this dilemma. All of these considerations about consent have truly helped me think through why I haven't been able to take my little baby to the vet, she certainly would not consent to be in some awful place full of strangers and other dogs, and maybe there is a spiritual evolution that takes place through the process of dying. Healthy relationships cannot be built when fear exists. In any event, I am seeking a rational argument, not one based on faith. and avoiding sufferrng. But- I’m expecting him to grieve also, as Remy is the lead dog, and they are very bonded. So, if, on rational grounds, we would be unwilling to accept any euthanasia policy that condoned killing a very young, terminally ill, human being, we are left with the problem of trying to justify such a policy regarding other animals of equal intelligence. He was diabetic and on insulin for three years he was blind and in pain from arthritis, all of this meant I had to lift him anywhere he needed to go and I hurt myself quite a bit doing this but I did not mind one bit. If you do not euthanize, then the pet who is suffering continues to suffer even longer. It is hard, hard, hard. And while the original decision to let him go was most certainly the right decision, I have to live now with the knowledge that I missed the right time for an euthanasia by a day or two, and that I failed him somehow. We did, and he failed it after the 6th treatment of 8 that were scheduled. Perhaps this is because most of us think that human life is special in a way that nonhuman life is not. Every animal is different but like most you don't take time to watch. I Christine, And he simply loved to sit on my arm and be carried around. Thus, the cycle of fear continued and got worse. First of all, dogs can feel happiness. Yes. Why else would they wag their tails and follow you around? I don't like the thought of it. She died within a few weeks because she refused to eat and drank only very little. True, we could argue about the age an individual must be to provide competent consent. When I look in her eyes I see that she's happy that I'm looking into her eyes. This would then leave palliative care. Stem cell therapy caused the tumors to proliferate. She is just sleeping most of the time, with her breath and energy slowing down every day, but from what I have read humans with this type of cancer do sometimes feel pain, other times they don't. Dog Cruelty - Reward based conditioning vs. Aversive based conditioning. 3. I have tired ... - Oops never mind the most recent comments was in 2016, not 2014 :p. - Hope you are still reading comments, Shibashake! I did not speak up as I watched them put their pets down because I felt it was a choice they had made but inside I felt it was wrong. And especially dogs have attuned themselves so closely to homo sapiens ever since the first wolves decided to hang around our camps, that they are able to connect their souls with our souls. However, after giving it much though, I'm starting to believe that initiating chemotherapy at this point may be the less ethical option, particularly given his advanced age. I'm seriously asking. The look of joy on his face was unmistakable. His face showed fear and he was shaking. SOMETHING? Dogs can go into depression if they are missing a loved one, for god's sake. When natural death and physical deterioration becomes this hellish, cruel experience I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. I also hate to see gardeners rip out poor winter pansies and cast them aside before they've completely died and lived their life cycle. Orally administered pain medications were no longer an option. If euthanasia is justified at all, it is justified only if we have the patient's competent consent. Dog Cruelty - Do dogs cause pain to each other from wrestling and playing? This is a life I have witnessed, a 6 year old dog who was vibrant and healthy, could leap over a couch and run a million miles an hour, who ended up being diagnosed with lymphoma, physically withering to half her former weight in a matter of three months. I agree with Alan K. I think most people euthanize their pets to end their own suffering and anxiety about the pet suffering. She was diagnosed with nasal cancer a month and a half ago and has progressed negatively fast. As a veterinarian, I take euthanasia very seriously. The phrase, “a bit different,” is an understatement. I really don't have an idea but I'll look it up and see what I can find. I am not saying that the justification for euthanasia in terms of ending pain and suffering is not a rational argument. 7 Basic Personality Ingredients of Difficult People, 14 More Questions to Deepen a Relationship, Psychology Today © 2020 Sussex Publishers, LLC, Inferring Psychiatric Illness Based on Digital Activity Crosses Milestone, Couples With Supportive Friends, Kin May Be More Likely to Divorce, Sleep Biomarkers and Alzheimer's Disease Risk, Music Achievement's Academic Perks Hold Up Under Scrutiny. She was not unhappy to be there, and in fact, had a wonderful, happy life that did not include illness or suffering. My parter and I euthanized her dog yesterday and I'm really struggling with it. And one could, at least to some extent, explain to the child that the suffering they're enduring as a result of the treatment is part of the process that will them feel better in the long-run. There would have been no one there to force feed it or to give it water or medical treatments or otherwise unnaturally assist the animal. But I couldn't do it, it was a combination of being unable to hurt my baby, that I am an animal lover not an animal killer, unable to accept an empty house without his presence, unable to reconcile any of this. One major implication of this viewpoint, as Tooley and other scholars make clear, is that when we compare both actions, the normative status of each act has to be the same. And I wonder, and feel the guilt and know there was no other way. Everyone I talk to thinks I am crazy for having the anxiety I have over a dog. Is he managing pain that I can't really assess because they are so stoic? First, animals have been entrusted to humans to care for them and make decisions for them. Doing such a thing to this precious little loved one, even out of love, was for me almost unthinkable. At least, that is what bothers me most. Suddenly Bert looked up. Thanks again for your article! Maybe not. it is quality. This is the existential plight we confront when we come to love and be loved by these wonderful creatures. My little friend, and she has most definitely been my little friend for more than13 years, is now very ill. Ultimately, we must choose according to our ethics, but these ethics are countered by the current culture where vets don't offer or educate clients on how to provide effective palliative care at home for dying pets. You're welcome to think what you think, but please think about this. I loved reading your reply and hope that others see the wisdom in what you said. If it’s out for a while, he stands watching from a distance with his ear perked. My 5 month old American Bully, Chief, has been waking up me and my girlfriend for the past week every night at 3 am on the dot. Then soon it all went downhill, he was in such severe pain - stopped eating days before, howling, panting, crying, and so old that his joints had literally seemed to come out of his sockets that would make him fall down and smack his head, i was no longer able to get him into the car due to his joints falling apart so had to wait 3 horrible days for a mobile vet to come over to euthanize here at home. My dog is 17 years old. Period. The first injection did truly put him into a deep sleep. My belief is that, on the cross, Christ had to suffer, it was His plan in order for us to have life. I realize the most recent comment was in 2014. im going to put her down in couple of days but shes been with me all my life. It was inconceivable that he would ever not be there, and I couldn't face it. But he wasn't incontinent. I am on my second dog and gave the first one back to breeder due to my anxiety. But, had Bentley been a 2-year-old human instead of a dog, euthanasia would not have been a legal option. I believe most people who euthanize their beloved pets (or even family members) are doing so because at the bottom of their heart they want to free THEMSELVES from the pain and suffering (emotional, or financial) which they would have to endure had they chosen to let that person (or pet, or whatever) live and take care of him/her. Have you ever watched an animal die in fear and pain? I just deep believe that they were convinced that was the best option and when we are faced with the suffering of our companions, we are fragile and need support, and in that occasions we will trust our vet when he will say that is the best option for preventing the suffering of your dear companions. We have another dog, who we adopted 3 yrs ago- and he may help them through the pain. It was done properly and professionally. - ponders Shiba Inu Sephy. ... I’m just sick of people telling me that I was cruel to spay my dog. We could drive him all the way back home, (which would have taken nearly an hour, as it was off hours so we had to go to a clinic on the outskirts of town) effectively causing him even more pain or discomfort, or we could take him outside and wait in the parking lot with him, which was equally unpleasant and inhumane. To everything there is a season. I'd give examples, but I'm too ashamed, but they were really horrible. Crating a dog seems cruel because of how we view being caged. I'm going to let nature take its course. I don't eat meat in order to prevent suffering to animals, but if an animal, a friend, a child even, is suffering right in front of me with no hope of cure or relief, do I likewise have an ethical obligation to stop their suffering? He always made over her and gave her treats. The casket is well worth the cost ($195.00) and you will have a place to go. Now please reconsider. Still, his recommendation was to undergo chemotherapy too. It’s harder to justify the actual cloning process, both ethically and scientifically. The gently fall asleep over 15 mins then I administer the barbiturate which causes death. You taught them to do so, you taught them to "love" you and to "live" with you. He seemed to be confused and weaker on his legs. Second there is nothing meritorious about an animal suffering. Even stray dogs who have lived a feral life from the day they were born, still have the innate desire to live with humans, and they can make wonderful pets if they are taken in by a responsible and competent owner. There was absolutely no suffering involved. When an animal is euthanized it usually goes peacefully and in the company of its friends in life. I immediately called the vet and had my so drive me there with him so he stayed in my arms the whole time, as he did peacefully throughout the procedure. I don't know why I'm doing this but I know it's wrong which is why I'm asking this. I wanted to give my adult children the opportunity to say goodbye, so she sent us home with antibiotics and anti-nausea medication and I made an appointment for the following week. Life is not about quantity. Such a inspirational story. I think it never really makes sense. I am struggling with the decision to 'free' my labrador retriever from his life long battle with a variety of health issues which began only a matter of about 6 weeks after we brought him home. Not the same species? But I do recognize that there are some true dilemmas—that is, cases in which there really isn't any way to avoid the untoward consequences of casting a decision one way or the other. Is that my own selfishness and inability to cope? Farley had it in both his elbows, which we were able to correct with surgery, and in both hocks, for which surgery wasn't an option. The original author suggested that somehow the decision to euthanize a pet dog has similarities to what the decision could involve were the dog a 2 year old child, basing this parallel on the concept that a dog has similar intelligence to a 2 year old child. You are correct that a dog cannot provide competent consent to treatment.

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