One of the key things to consider when deciding on whether to euthanise your dog is their age. The average life span of a dog is 10-13 years. Not long after many senior dogs get past this stage in their lives, old age brings with it When dogs are at this stage in their lives, many questions arise in the mind of a pet owner. The older they get, the weaker they can also get physically.
Some dogs also pick up a number of ailments. While others get injured, and some just pass due to loneliness. There are many factors that lead to the end of their life. When your pet is passing through any of these stages many questions comes in your mind.
As suggested, there are a wide number of reasons why many dog owners are forced to consider the possibility of having to euthanise their dog.
A few of the more common reasons include the following:
- Rabies: No cure, so euthanasia is the only option.
- Traumatic Accident
- Kidney Failure
- Severe Dog Incontinence
- Old age
- Genetic disease
Incurable dog diseases
There are many dog diseases that if not dealt with immediately, can become incurable like diabetes, arthritis, cancer etc.
Has your dog stopped eating food?Dogs stop eating when they are in suffering from diseases like kidney failure, cancer, infections or when they are in pain due to any problem. If this problem becomes severe and uncontrollable then you can opt for euthanasia.
Sometimes when a dog changes place and surrounding or if your vet changes its food then it is okay. So as soon as you have an opportunity, discuss this with your vet. Do not put off visiting the vet sooner rather than later. If your dog has stopped eating, the underlying problems may be treatable – and early treatment reduces suffering.
Is Your Dog Unable to Stand on its own
If your dog stops eating, eventually its weight will decrease. He loses his appetite and its energy level decrease. He will be unable to move, walk and lift up. This is a very critical situation and pet owners can sometimes be left with no other option but to peacefully end his pet life.
My Dog Is Peeing Frequently
Dogs pee a lot when they get old, some due to spay incontinence, urinary tract infection and diabetes. If this is the case you must refer to your vet for proper treatment. But if it is due to weather change or just from being anxious in a new home, then these are conditions that are expected to change over time.When an Owner Can’t Afford to Own a Dog Many dog parents take on dog ownership without considering the ongoing costs that come with it. When an owner does not have enough sources to feed their dog or able to cover treatment at the vet, euthanising might to mind.This is however an extreme option to consider. There are many prospective dog owners who are willing to take on dog ownership alongside all the joys that come with it. There are many solutions and contacting the RSPCA or popular dog shelters should be the first calls to make.To Give Away Your Dog There are many charities that provide for the health care of dogs. Contacting dog charities should be a priority when considering giving away your dog. Very often, dog charities are able to take your dog in and rehouse them.Click here to see a comprehensive list of UK dog charities.
Old AgeIt is obvious that your dog will get old one day. And by age, many weaknesses in the body will appear no matter how much care you give to your dog.Sometimes, while it is obvious your dog is in pain, it may not be linked to its old age. There is a chance that your dog is in pain if there has been a change in behaviour, a sudden change in home/location or a loss of appetite.It may also be a sign if your dog just appears constantly restless or is unable to get comfortable, or is sitting or lying in an abnormal position, or if your dog seems tense or withdrawn, or has lost enthusiasm for life.These are all symptoms that can be discussed with your vet. All of these signs can be attributed o old age or caused by problems other than pain.
Some ‘Should I Euthanise My Dog‘ Questions To AskTry to put yourself in your dog’s position when contemplating whether to go down the euthanise procedure or not.
- If you had a terminal disease and were in constant pain, would you want to continue that life?
- Would you want to be alive if you could no longer do the things you enjoyed?
- Do good and happy days outnumber painful and sad days?
- Does your dog still like to eat?
- What type of life would you have if you couldn’t control your bowel movements or walk?
- Would you want to go through painful surgeries and try to recover when your body is already about to give out?