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When is it time?

My middle aged cat has been grappling with some ill-defined health problems for the last month or so. She's been through the gauntlet of vet visits and pilling and has taken a turn for the worse. Next step is back to a weeks' hospitalization with a biopsy and feeding tube. In my heart I've already said goodbye to her. I don't know why I am feeling this and whether it's the right thing to do. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jun 7, 2016 - 30 answers

Help us manage kitty's end-of-life.

How can we manage our kitty's end-of-life well, and help our 10-year-old daughter cope? (Recs for age-appropriate, non-religious books on separation, loss, sickness, or death welcome.) [more inside]
posted by moira on May 12, 2016 - 24 answers

Supporting a friend putting his cat down.

I've been supporting a friend with major mental health issues through finding out his cat was sick. It's been a rough ride for both of us and now he's finally decided that it's time to put her down later today. He's asked me to help him so I thought it would be a good idea of I knew what's going to happen and what kind of things people found helpful to them at this sad time. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Feb 28, 2016 - 26 answers

When to put a dog to sleep

My 15-16 year old dog is just around the corner from a turning point. Circumstances are not ideal. I am hoping to hear opinions and experiences and feedback about the timing of euthanasia, and if it seems wrong to put a dog to sleep "early." Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving on Sep 1, 2015 - 42 answers

How are near-viability abortions actually performed?

My state legislature is having a hearing on a "fetal pain" bill, and I intend to testify against. Is it correct that later-term fetuses are generally euthanized prior to the grisly dismembering politicans and the media so often describe? If not, why not? [more inside]
posted by teremala on Jun 1, 2015 - 13 answers

Dying of grief after euthanizing rabbit

I had to euthanize my rabbit of five years -- and my only pet -- very suddenly. How do I even begin to recover from this? [more inside]
posted by comewithallgoodthings on Jan 19, 2015 - 51 answers

Putting a cat to sleep in Durham

Sooner than any of us would like, we're going to have to put one of our cats to sleep. I've never done this before. Looking for a Durham, NC area vet who can come to our home, and for a pet cremation service. [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue on Nov 11, 2014 - 17 answers

Financial/resource based euthanasia for dogs

There are probably viable treatments for my 8 year old dog but I can't afford them or take the time to carry them out. I am considering euthanasia. How do I manage this? [more inside]
posted by shock muppet on Jul 23, 2014 - 29 answers

My dog is dead, and I'm a mess

What can I do in the short and long-term to process and cope with my dog's death? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Jun 27, 2014 - 44 answers

A question I wish I weren't asking

We put our 20-year-old cat to sleep at home last night. I had read about what to expect, but did not anticipate her struggling so desperately throughout the procedure. Now my mind keeps going back to those awful moments over and over. I’m wondering if anyone here has had a similar experience, or just has some thoughts on how to process this. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Nov 20, 2013 - 41 answers

Helping a partner through life changes

My partner is facing some big life changes, including a new job and loss of a pet, and I'm wondering what small ways I can support him and make life easier for him. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Nov 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Life is fatal. Why isn't it easier to die gracefully?

In the event that I have any control over it whatsoever, I want to die well. Recent family events and yesterday's NPR segments (1, 2) on end-of-life issues raise a fresh wave of questions about how to plan now for the best possible end later on. Is there anything in the works that looks like a living will but allows us in our younger healthier years to document the preference "if a, b or c happen, just guide me to the light with morphine"? I want to be able to die as peacefully and (perhaps almost as) easily as my pets can. And perhaps I should reserve this additional loaded question for a separate post, but what the hell: why do people care so much? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Aug 26, 2013 - 20 answers

The AZ Humane Society killed my friend's dog... basically.

My friend and her roommate found a wounded stray dog, turned him over to the humane society in hopes that his family would find him, and discovered that he had been send to the pound a day later and then euthanized last night while all week she was desperately trying to find his family AND get someone at the HS to tell her where he was. If she had not been lied to, she would have adopted the dog before he was killed. My friend is a highly involved volunteer worker in our community and she wants to take this public and do something to improve the situation... help us figure out what we can do! [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Aug 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Help me do right by this squirrel

For a wild animal that is obviously very sick/injured, is it better to try to capture that animal and humanely euthanize it, or to let "nature take its course"? There is a squirrel that has been hanging around our house for the last week with some sort of severe injury/illness that is affecting its balance, and I'm wondering how hard I should try to catch it to take it to the wildlife rehabilitation center (where it will most certainly be euthanized). [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Aug 8, 2013 - 20 answers

How can I help my friend cope and accept her dogs death?

One of my best friends is having a really hard time with her dying canine. She has had this dog since I have know her (14 years) and since the dog was a puppy. She has had some tough times in the years I have known her, and this dog has been her constant companion and helped her power through those times when she struggled even to get out of bed in the morning. She is (rightfully) having a really hard time letting go, though at this point it is the right thing to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2013 - 28 answers

The E Word. Well 2 of them, Euthanasia and Eating(one's own body parts).

No one lies considering euthanasia for their cat, but what other choices do I have in this matter? My cat is eating its own tail. I'm at a loss. [more inside]
posted by tenaciousmoon on Jun 17, 2013 - 32 answers

How soon is too soon to seek a new cat?

(tl; dr: Cat person expectedly but unhappily cat-less; lucked into having a wonderful cat for years; wondering how long to wait before seeking out Next Cat.) [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Oct 6, 2012 - 28 answers

Vet to administer euthanasia in Seattle.

Looking for a vet in Seattle who will perform euthanasia on an animal with behavioral, not physical, problems. [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Sep 6, 2012 - 17 answers

Help us make an important decision about our cat.

Hello, Ask MeFi. My partner and I are struggling with a really hard decision and decided this morning to turn to you for perspective and advice. Our cat is very sick, and we thought we had clearly decided to have her put to sleep on Friday, but this morning we are doubting our decision and need to hear from others what this looks like from the outside. [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on Apr 26, 2012 - 42 answers

How much is too much to spend on a dog's health?

Our dog is ailing -- how does one determine how much to spend on her treatment(s)? More wrinkles to the situation inside... [more inside]
posted by theplatypus on Oct 24, 2011 - 33 answers

Euthanize now or wait for the next crisis and piss off our nanny?

We're most likely euthanizing our dog this week. I've read previous posts, but want some reassurance. Much much much more inside because I want you to know the whole story. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Apr 3, 2011 - 65 answers

am i supposed to wear black for a year?

How soon is too soon to adopt another kitty after the death of the first one? [more inside]
posted by apostrophe on Feb 26, 2011 - 34 answers

Help me throw one hell of a going away party for man's best friend

For those of you that have said goodbye to your dog, how would you spend one more week with your pet if given the chance? [more inside]
posted by siclik on Feb 22, 2011 - 26 answers

Euthanasia, I'm struggling with a tough call I made

I'm dealing with grief and guilt over the loss of a pet. Intellectually, I feel I did the right thing. Emotionally I am a mess and keeping saying to myself "what have I done?" [more inside]
posted by red_lotus on Dec 8, 2010 - 65 answers

I love you, buddy.

I had to put my dear, grumpy, 16-year-old cat down yesterday. There were some things that I wish the vet's office had done differently, and I need some perspective on how to deal with it. TL;DR. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Aug 19, 2010 - 48 answers

Is it time to let her go?

Is it time to let her go: diabetic cat edition. [more inside]
posted by politikitty on Aug 13, 2010 - 29 answers

French movie about euthanasia?

Several years ago, there was a foreign movie (French, I think) about euthanasia -- roughly, an old woman with some kind of illness decided to die and invited her family to her house for a final weekend before she injected herself with a poison. What's the name of this movie?
posted by Malad on Feb 1, 2010 - 11 answers

Show me evidence that laws alter the normative landscape of society.

I am looking for evidence / examples to support the concept that laws affect the moral / cultural landscape of society. [more inside]
posted by atmosphere on Apr 29, 2009 - 16 answers

My friend thinks she's selfish for wanting her dogs back.

How do I convince my friend that she didn't make a mistake in choosing to put her dogs down, and that she's not selfish for missing them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2009 - 27 answers

When to let go?

When should we consider euthanasia if our cat is not (visibly) in pain? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Mar 31, 2009 - 24 answers

Daisy attacked & damaged 3 dogs, has heartworm, severe separation anxiety: is it time to put her down?

My dog has damaged (bitten through the skin) 3 other dogs and was just diagnosed with heartworm. I know it's a bit impersonal to ask online, but can help me figure out when it is time to consider putting down my pet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2008 - 22 answers

Yet Another Cat Euthanasia Question

Is it time to put our Crabby Abby to sleep? [more inside]
posted by pookzilla on Aug 22, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me grieve for my pug

I had to put my 13 year old pug to sleep last night. I'm just devastated. [more inside]
posted by yodelingisfun on Feb 27, 2008 - 48 answers

I need to have a life, but she will lose hers.

My cat has had a great 20-year life full of affection, good food, lolling in the sun and catching mice, and though I'd like her to have more, I can't manage it. How can I think about this most wisely? I want to feel better than I do. I feel horrible. Conversely, is there some option I have missed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2007 - 59 answers

Explaining euthanasia to a preschooler

Share your personal stories about explaining euthanasia to a preschooler. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Apr 1, 2007 - 19 answers

No ashes, what to do?

DeadDogFilter: My vet lost my dog's ashes - what should I do? [more inside]
posted by lost_cause on Jul 12, 2006 - 38 answers

I need advice on pet euthanasia.

Have you ever had a pet euthanized? I need advice on the process. [more inside]
posted by tristero on Feb 1, 2006 - 32 answers

How long do you want the feeding tube?

Has the Terri Schiavo situation led you to tell a loved one how long you'd wish to to be kept alive if you're completely incapacitated? If so, how long? [more inside]
posted by bruceyeah on Mar 25, 2005 - 36 answers

When to euthanize a pet?

Any advice on how to pick the proper moment to send a beloved cat to the great beyond? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by donovan on Nov 16, 2004 - 14 answers

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