How to deal with parents who euthanized pet too soon?
September 25, 2013 9:20 PM Subscribe
I am almost positive my parents made the wrong decision to put their dog to sleep, and I don't know how to deal.
posted by anonymous to pets & animals (39 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So, my parents found out very recently that their little dog had been urinating on one of their couches - specifically, the couch where they put a "nest" of blankets out for her to lay on in a little-used room. The urine had soaked through to the frame of the couch, and my parents were understandably angry - they provided walks, regular potty time outside, etc. and the dog also did not do this at another house they frequently stay at. They had discussed options over the past few days, and I offered to take the dog - she gets along great with my dog, and I have the time and money to help deal with this problem. They said Oh, but dogs cost so much money - and two dogs are more expensive than one! When we left the conversation last night, they said they would get her checked at the vet for urinary problems before they decided anything.
Tonight, I got an email from them saying they had euthanized the dog. The email explained that they asked a couple people if they were interested in taking her, but they weren't, said the pound (days prior) had said that they would most likely euthanize a dog with urinary problems like this, and they also spoke with the rescue agency they had originally adopted from (also days prior) who suggested to take the dog to the vet. They then said that they "consulted" with the vet, who said that they had "seen things like this before" and did not have much hope that the dog would ever get better or stop the behavior, and so they decided to have her put to sleep.
I am furious. I don't know how to deal with this at all - my family is very close, and the email asked for us to not be critical, and to respect their decision, but I don't. I guess my questions are: Did they jump the gun on this? and: How in the hell do I deal with the fact that they put a dog to sleep before its time, especially when I said that I would like to take the dog?