(Closed) When is it time to say goodbye?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think each situation has to be considered on its own. In this case I think euthanization is the kinder choice.

At her age, she is not likely to travel well or perhaps adjust well to the new home.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Take The Reins:  

I dont know for me I do not think I could put down an animal that has been in my life that long that is still healthy. I had to put down my dog last month and he was ill. That was the hardest decision I ever made and it took me some time to come to it. I am sorry you have to make this decision

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

‘She says we can give her another summer…what the hell for she has had 33 of them!’—ummmm what??? Give her another summer because she is healthy and why would you kill a healthy animal? If you don’t want your pet anymore, just give her away. Plain and simple! Why would you put her down if there was nothing wrong with her? Because you have to move? My dog recently passed away and I WISH he had one more summer with us…it was the hardest thing for us to go through and was a part of the family. I would put down an animal of mine if and only if they were ill and was in pain/suffering. It would be the same decision I would make for a family member…if they were on lifesupport and I knew that their only time left would me on a machine breathing for them.. I would end their suffering, not end their healthy lives because they inconvienced me. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MrsNeutrino:  

I agree with you I would have given anything to have another summer with my little guy

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

“She says we can give her another summer…what the hell for she has had 33 of them!”

 

I have only had 23 summers and would like more. She probably would, too.

 

You kind of sound like you resent her for living a long life.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m sure it’s not an easy decision, but I would never be able to put down a healthy pet.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I would never put down a healthy animal. I would give her away to someone who would take good care of her.

Research your area a bit & I am SURE you will find someone who will take her OR someone who can help you (that deals with horses) find someone to take her.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I don’t think it’s fair to put down a healthy animal. It sounds like you’re making excuses because you don’t want to spend money on feed, vet bills, etc. If she was that “beloved” you wouldn’t be so keen to kill her – I’d give anything to have more time with my beloved pets who have sadly passed away.

If you don’t want your pet, find a sanctuary who will love and care for her for the rest of her natural life.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

@MrsNeutrino:  In the case of horses giving them away isn’t really an option. Ever since the economy went south there are far too many horses without homes as is. They’re very expensive and time intensive to care for and a lot of the rescues are full to bursting. Finding someone who would be able to take in a horse well past their prime could be really hard.

 

I had a similar situation with my cat this summer. He had been off for about a year, and everytime I took him into the vet they said outwardly everything was fine and I shouldn’t worry about it. But I knew my cat, and I knew something was wrong. As it turned out his body was riddled with cancer, and he had been in pain for a while. I had to put him down after he had silently been suffering for months, as cats seem to do.

Basically what I’m saying is trust your instincts. I wish I had and had a little less time with my cat in order for him to not be in pain or stress. If you think the move would cause your horse immense stress and not adjust well then maybe putting him down is best. It’s a really, really hard decision to make and you won’t be wrong no matter what you choose.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would definitely try to find her another home before you put her down. i couldn’t imagine putting down a healthy animal, but I also don’t think that putting her under stress for a “possible good home” would be that great either

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would definitely try to find her another home before you put her down. i couldn’t imagine putting down a healthy animal, but I also don’t think that putting her under stress for a “possible good home” would be that great either

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Take The Reins:  Maybe you should only have asked opinions from horse owners? someobody who would know what you are talking about.

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