Have you ever had to put a pet down?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Have you had to put a pet down?
    Yes - a dog/dogs : (75 votes)
    51 %
    Yes - a cat/cats : (43 votes)
    29 %
    Yes - other pet : (12 votes)
    8 %
    No, not yet. But I have pets and will have to someday (a long time from now!) : (17 votes)
    12 %
    No, I don't have pets : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    643 posts
    Busy bee

    @Sea_Ashley: It makes me cry to think about, too. I wish dogs lived as long as people! I have never had to put a pet down and that is a decision I dread being faced with. Our dog is young and healthy so I try my best to just live in the moment. 

    Post # 4
    2475 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I just had to put down my cat just over a week ago. My family had 2 cats (one after the other) when I was growing up that had to be put down (old and/or sick) and it was sad, but putting my own down was just heartbreaking. He was only 3.5, and we got him a 6 months old, but he was an outdoor cat and had gotten into some antifreeze who knows where and had major kidney failure. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. All my cats growing up and the cat my parents have no were outdoor and never encountered this issue, probably because of the low populated street they live on. I swear I will never have an outdoor cat again unless I live somewhere less densely populated.

    We have a beagle too and I love him to death. I know it will be horrible when his time comes, but I try not to think about it like that.

    Post # 5
    1666 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    @Sea_Ashley:  My parents had to put our first dog down when I was 9. It was really tough and I didn’t understand why they did what they did until I was older.

    Our second dog peacefully passed away in my parents’ arms at home the night before he was scheduled to be put to sleep. I’m grateful it happened on his terms and my parents didn’t need to bring him to the Hospital to go. It still hurts sometimes (almost 6 years later).

    Post # 6
    751 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Sea_Ashley:  like many PP, i will cry just thinking about it :(. my dog was so physically tense though before she died, so when we out her down she looked so relaxed and we knew she has been suffering and felt better knowing she didnt have to feel the pain anymore. 

    Post # 7
    2571 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Yes, and it was terrible.  We knew he was sick and there was nothing left to be done, but it was so heartbreaking cuddling with him those last few days.  I didn’t go in the room when it happened.  I couldn’t handle it. 🙁

    Post # 8
    3202 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I had to put down a kitty, and it was horrible. I still cry sometimes if I think about it too much, and it was… 4ish years ago.

    Post # 9
    2891 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    yes, but i didn’t know she was going to be put down. it was my childhood dog, i was about 5 when we got her, and 18 when she had to be put down. she was pretty old, so we knew that her time was coming and one day she seemed to take a turn for the worse so my dad took her to the vet and came back without her. we were like, “wait…where is she?” he didn’t call us to let us know what was happening or anything. we didn’t even have the chance to really say good bye. i’m getting teary just typing this 🙁

    that’s the only dog we’ve had to put down. our other  family dog who we got when i was about 15 just passed away at my parents’ house last april. again, we knew it was almost time; she was an old lady. when i moved out of my parents’ house after i got married, saying goodbye to her was so hard because i always knew there was a chance that it could be the last time i saw her. my parents buried her in their pasture. i go say hi to her whenever i go home.

    Post # 10
    6073 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @Sea_Ashley:  Not yet, but I dread that day when it will come.  My dog is 10 years old, and I cherish every day/walk/hug right now. 

    Post # 11
    559 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @Sea_Ashley:  we put down the family dog in 2010. She was 12,I was 23. It was so hard because she was definitely part of the family. It was for the best as she was basically deaf(due to chronic ear disease), losing her sight, had arthritis (sometimes my dad would have to take her upstairs at night),and had a tumor that was first said to be no big deal and was then “suspicious”. It was for the best. I still think about her. She did so good with my niece I always wondered how she would react to my own child:(

    Post # 12
    406 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    My parents had to put down my childhood dog during my freshman year of college. I was on the phone while it happened and cried my eyes out because I couldn’t be there. While I was in grad school, my roommate and I had to put down our cat because she suddenly threw a blood clot and couldn’t walk. She was only 3-4 years old too, but this kind of thing just randomly happens to cats and we could not have prevented it. I held her while she passed, and while it was such a hard decision, I had some closure because I could be there. Then as luck would have it, my landlords got wind of a kitten up for adoption from a local vet tech, and that’s how I got my wonderful little fur baby Nyla ^_^ She really helped me heal from that shock, and she’s the sweetest little kitty ever!

    Post # 13
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @Sea_Ashley:  This is a huge concern of mine, something I dread. We have two precious pups and when the day comes it will be excruciatingly difficult.

    My mother put down one of our dogs while I was away, without discussing or mentioning it to me until afterwards. I am still very hurt and sad when I think about how she did it and how the dog probably felt. She dropped it off, didn’t stay. She didn’t keep the ashes but rather had them deal with the remains. When I called they were rude to say the least and I managed to get a paw print but couldn’t afford to get the ashes at that time (I was in college). It is one of my biggest regrets and I had no control over it.

    Post # 14
    2243 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

    My parents have a dog & she is starting to get old (about 13 or so) & it makes me sad when I see her now.  Before I moved out (about 4 years ago) she slept with me every single night & still gets excited to see me when I visit!

    DH & I have a puppy that I also love to pieces.  We’ve only had him for about 5 months (he’s 8 months old) & I seriously love him so much.  

    I can’t even imagine my life without those two dogs & will cry buckets when I have to fully comprehend not being able to see them 🙁

    Post # 15
    1103 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    It’s a struggle.  When he goes, my dog will be the first pet of mine to go (not my parent’s or sister’s).  I adopted him after I had been living on my own 2 years, whereas our other dog is from when I lived at home and I was a teenager, and I just brought her with me. He was my first new pet as an adult, and my first to get on my own.  Somehow it makes him fading different, or maybe it just feels that way now.  I guess they all feel different/special for some reason or another, that’s the joy of pets.

    Post # 16
    129 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Last week a mobile get came to our home to put our ailing 20 year cat to sleep. I could not bear 

    putting her in the crate and driving her to our busy vets office, she would have panicked.  Doing it at home was pricey, but worth it to me.  🙁

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