(Closed) putting my dog down this week

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 32
3774 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

I am so sorry.  We put our Lab down three years ago and it is still painful.  I hope your find comfort in your memories and the knowledge that your pet had lots of love and happiness in life.

Post # 33
1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I echo what PPs said — there are vets out there that put animals to sleep at home.  Call your vets and see if they offer this, or if  they know anyone that does. I found these websites too, you could see if there is anyone in your area:



It sounds like you know in your heart that it is time. Some people like to do something a little special for their pet — give them their favorite treat, or a car ride, whatever their special “thing” is.

It’s one of the hardest and most loving things we do for our pets, is to let them go peacefully and release their pain. I’m so sorry.

Post # 34
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m so sorry πŸ™ I feel like that is the part that never gets easier when you own an animal. Try to think about how she’s no longer suffering. πŸ™‚

Post # 36
11164 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

While it is a heart wrenching decision you know it is the right one to make. Sending hugs and comfort your way during this painful time.


Post # 37
1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@SimplyChic11:  Wow, she is 10+ in that picture?! Very little graying at the muzzle and such nice teeth! What a beautiful girl!

Post # 38
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m so sorry to hear the bad news!  =  I hope you find some comfort in knowing that you’re doing the right thing for her.  The last thing you want to do is see her suffer any longer than she needs to…

We had to put our family dog down too this past April and it still hurts.  He was 19 years old when we put him to sleep…I’m only 25.  So living without him has been somewhat of a change.  He, too, died of kidney failure.  He lived with my brother in SoCal (I’m in NorCal) so I didn’t see him too often.  But the last time I saw him (a couple weeks before we put him down), he’d gotten to a point where he was basically skin and bones.  I was so angry with my brother because I couldn’t believe he had let him get to that state…but then I found out he had kidney failure and his body was basically eating away at his muscles.  And apparently he had been in kidney failure for almost a year but he just kept on surviving.  I said my goodbyes to him then because I knew he didn’t have long…My brother just didn’t have it in his heart to put him down, especially since he seemed ok otherwise (still eating and drinking, runs around, recognizes us, still happy, etc).  But then one day, he fell and couldn’t get back up.  My brother came home to find him covered in this own filth because he needed to potty and he no longer had any muscles to carry himself.  At this point, my brother brought him to the vet again.  The doctors hadn’t seen anything like it…he said the numbers were so high and he’d never seen anything like that before because any other dog would’ve been dead long ago.  But Rocky was a survivor and I’m almost sure he waited to say bye to all of us before he gave up.  My brother decided to just try to keep him comfortable during his dying days but it got to a point that even he knew it was time to let go.  So we put him to sleep before he could suffer any more than he already had.

And I have to say that watching him basically become a shell of what he used to be was literally one of the hardest things I’ve ever witness.  I don’t recommend this to any pet owner and I hope you find comfort in knowing that it’s probably best for you in the long run to put her down before she gets to the same point that my family dog did…I only wish I knew earlier that he was suffering =( and would’ve pushed to put him down before it ever got as far as it did.  It’s tough, I know…but when you look back on it later in life, I know you’ll know that you did the right thing.  I wish you the best of luck with everything…it does get easier. =  Sending HUGE HUGS your way!!!

Post # 39
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am a huge advocate of euthanasia.  I think it is one of the kindest things we can do for our beloved pets, and I only wish we had that option for our suffering human family members as well, (but that’s a topic for another thread).  

Even so, I have still questioned myself every time I’ve put down a pet.  I don’t regret it, but I think it’s normal to second guess yourself, (“Was there something else I should have done/tried?”) even when you KNOW you made the right decision.  

I had a friend who couldn’t put her dog down…the dog’s internal organs were failing, she was barely eating or drinking, and had very little quality of life left.  A year or two before, my parents had made the decision to put down our dog who was struggling healthwise, (I was in fifth grade at the time), and to know that this was an option for my friend’s dog, but watching her allow her dog to suffer because SHE couldn’t bear to let go really cemented my decision to NEVER do that to my pets.  

Some people claim they love their pets too much to put them down…personally, I love mine too much not to.

It still hurts, though.  

Take comfort in the fact that she will no longer be in pain.  She loves you, and she knows you love her.  It’s very important for me to be there when they pass, and I am glad you will be for your girl as well.  It has given me comfort to be there with them in their last moments, to pet them and kiss them and supoort them on their journey to the next world, (I wasn’t allowed to be when we put down the dog mentioned above, and I have regretted it and held a bit of resentment towards my parents for it ever since).  I hope it will do the same for you.

Oh!  Take lots of pictures of her and of the two of you before you go to the vet.  It’s been something that’s been nice for me to have of some of my pets.  It is probably too late now, but shortly after we put down my senior cat, (he was 17!), I found out a local professional pet photographer offers what she calls “Joy Sessions” – she offers a professional session and photos at a vastly reduced rate to owners of pets at the end of their life.  I would dearly love to have professional pictures taken of my boy before he passed, and I am definitely keeping it mind should it be needed in the future, (my currents pets are of an age where it hopefully won’t be needed for a while, but my dog is getting more gray all the time, and the family cat still living with my parents is 15).

We have kept the ashes of pets, (they are all in matching urns even!).  Family friends of ours have a really neat little memorial for their dogs who have passed.  They bought a shadow box-type picture frame, put a photo of the dog in it, and have the dog’s collar buckled around the frame.  Definitely another thing I plan to do “next time.”

Sending you virtual hugs!  

Post # 40
3109 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Stop and grab her a KFC famous bowl! I gave my parents piggy lab one a her last meal- it was a dream come true πŸ™‚

Post # 41
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m so sorry you are going through this. I had to put my first dog down when I was 11 but I was too young to really understand then. Now, my dog is 15 with arthritis and I will soon be going through the same thing. I completely understand how you feel and just wanting to know you are making the right decision. But knowing you will put an end to her pain and she will be in doggy heaven will have to be the comfort to get you through this extremely difficult time. I’m planning on making a memory board when my dog passes to remember the good times. Good luck.

Post # 43
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

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@simplychic11:  ((((((HUGS))))))   been thinking of you…. I’m all choked up reading your update and am with you in hoping she is happily playing with her old friend.

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