As a vet tech at animal hospital for three years, I seen a lot of euthanasia. Unfortunately some times the dogs and cats euthanized were healthy due to the staff not wanting the burden of finding a rescue or home for the animal. The clinic I worked at worked closely with Animal Control and most animals were given a 5 or 7 day hold which meant if nobody claimed them within that time they could euthanize. So they did more often than not.
I could not site back and watch healthy animals be killed everyday and made a promise that
I would save them all.
That choice of words actually brought on a lot of ridicule from co workers who would say to me, you know, you can’t save them all. I argued that I could. In fact while working there, I did save them all. Every animal I looked for a rescue to take or a home to keep the pet,did get saved. All it took was a little effort and compassion. I was willing to put in the effort and I was against unnecessary euthanasia to the point that I didn’t think I could ever euthanize in any situation.
Fast forward a few years later to my beagle Mojo who has been suffering from liver cancer, ulcers, Cushing’s disease, and tumors throughout his body. I was told he would only have 3 months left after a late night trip to an emergency vet for him throwing up blood. They tested him for all kinds of things, diagnosed him vaguely with a few diseases and sent us on our way. I had no answers but was told I didn’t have much time left with my beagle, Mojo. I gave him some prescriptions and he seemed to be back to his old self again.
A few months past and Mojo was still acting healthy so I disregarded what the doctor said and was thankful he was obviously wrong about Mojo’s condition. After a hear past he was throwing up blood again and this time the prescriptions wouldn’t heal him.
He was bleeding to death and I had to make some very hard choices.
I could euthanize him and put him out of his misery as everyone around me encouraged me to do. Or I could give him a blood transfusion which is only guaranteed to prolong his life by a few hours and he will ultimately die anyway. The idea that I was giving up and not trying everything I could do to save him was haunting me but after everything I went through with Sparkys cancer and chemo treatments I didn’t wan to make him suffer anymore.
I cried, as I am sure most people in this situation would do and decided that I really was being selfish forcing him to suffer.
I was so worried about making choices that I didn’t think were mine to make
There are many ailments that I feel if I were to suffer from, I would no doubt end my life before the disease could. I’m sure of it. I have ulcerative colitis and it is miserable and some days I think about getting a surgery that would remove my colon. The downside of that procedure is the chances of it going horrible wrong and leaving me worse off then I started are very high. If this did happen and I felt disfigured, in pain, and worse than I am now, I must say that I would want to put myself out of my misery. Nobody wants to live that way, that’s why they are legalizing assisted suicide in many states. I made the decision for my best friend who could not make the decision for himself. I had the vet euthanize him. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life. I cried for months. I still cry sometimes. Its very hard and on the contrary of what I once thought, I now believe in this case it was the only selfless thing I could have done.
I still am completely against unnecessary euthanasia but I now know it is not always a selfish act and it takes a selfless person to make that decision.
Do you agree or disagree? Have you ever been in this situation?