Dog euthanasia is something not many people think about. Therefore, chances are high that you are not aware that roughly about 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized on a yearly basis.
Even the cats get euthanized and the numbers are not decreasing at all. However, whenever there is a discussion regarding the topic – there are two sides to it.
Dog euthanasia is legal, but is it ethical? This is the question that gets many people confused or start a long debate that has no true answer.
However, in this post, we will try to touch on both sides, explain the pros and cons, give you my thoughts, and let you decide what you think is the best.
Keep on reading to learn more about dog euthanasia, but also how you could help. Of course, do not forget to leave a comment in the section below the article!
What is Dog Euthanasia?
Some of you probably know what euthanasia is. However, there are many people that do not know the process of euthanasia.
Before I get into the existence of euthanasia or why it is still an option nowadays – let me share some more information on euthanasia and the process in general.
Euthanasia is the act which produces a humane death in an animal. There are a set of rules that are followed which ensure that the animal does not suffer, feel any pain, or is not under any stress before or during the procedure.
This technique minimizes the stress and anxiety which dogs and other animals experience prior to being unconscious and experiencing death.
But how does the process work?
Even though euthanasia is a term, it is also a name for the solution that gets injected into the dog’s veins. From there, it rapidly travels throughout the body and within seconds, the dog becomes unconscious after which a cardiac arrest follows and results in death.
Why Does Euthanasia Exist?
Euthanasia is one of the hardest calls that animal owners and lovers have to make. But why does euthanasia exist?
The main reason why euthanasia exists is to provide a peaceful death to our animal companions who are not able to genuinely enjoy life because they are suffering with no hope of recovery.
But is that everything there is to euthanasia?
Of course, it is not. Even by looking at the numbers, it does not take us long to spot that there are too many cases out there.
And it is not a secret that healthy dogs get euthanized as well. Why?
Keep on reading to find out!
What Dogs Get Euthanized the Most?
As per the earlier description, you would probably answer this question by saying that dogs that are suffering and have no hope of recovery get euthanized the most, right?
That is wrong.
In fact, the truth is that there are way too many healthy dogs that get euthanized. This is something that shocks most people, while on the other hand, there are people that do not really care about it.
But why do healthy dogs get euthanized the most? Believe it or not, healthy dogs get euthanized more than unhealthy dogs.
The main reason for this is the shelters. There are way too many shelters that would euthanize the dog after the first 25 days without being adopted.
Overcrowded shelters have always been a problem but solving this problem by euthanization definitely does not seem like the right solution.
I would not be doing this article justice if I did not mention that not all shelters euthanize dogs after 25 days of not being adopted. These shelters are called “No Kill” Shelters. I know for me, if I were to adopt again, I would clearly choose a “No Kill” Shelter to adopt from.
Is Euthanasia an Ethical Option for Unhealthy Dogs?
Even though euthanasia is being used for the wrong purpose, it is still legal in 49 states and it is being used to put down many dogs (both healthy and unhealthy) on a daily basis.
But when it comes down to unhealthy dogs that have no ability to enjoy life as they did before, is euthanasia an ethical option?
I believe that euthanasia is an ethical option. But here is another question for you.
When do you think is the appropriate time for dog euthanization, considering that the dog is suffering without the ability to recover?
I believe that there is no one answer that fits all situations. However, there are two things that this answer depends on and it is:
- The severity of the dog’s condition
- The owner/family who knows its dog the best
After all, the family is the one that makes the decision and by considering all the facts and thinking long-term, no one can make the decision better than they do.
What Are Your Thoughts?
Dog euthanasia is always a tricky discussion and while some people just do not care, others either have a really strong opinion about it – or do not have an opinion at all.
Of course, there is no same situation yet there are only similar situations when it comes down to euthanasia.
And when it comes down to dogs that have a home – it is always the owner or the family that decides for euthanasia and they are the ones who make the final decision.
But knowing that there are shelters that take the advantage of euthanasia to help “solve” the problem of overcrowding is really disturbing.
Would you rather like to have a full shelter and have to reject dogs when you are at full capacity or you would rather keep on euthanizing dogs, accepting more dogs, and keep euthanizing more dogs?
This seems to me like an endless circle and it is definitely something that should be investigated and stopped.
I’ve covered a couple of points within this article, and while there are many other different angles we could approach this sensitive subject – I believe that you might already be able to make up your mind on this so I’d love to hear from you!
Even though Euthanasia is the hardest thing you could ever have to do if, God forbid, your precious pet gets so sick that it can recover, and it cannot enjoy the life any longer as it used to.
Being used for anything else than this is definitely a big issue that has to be addressed. There are not many people who know about this at all which is also another surprising fact.
But now that you know about this, you can truly understand the importance of this website I have created.
What are your thoughts on this? Is there anything you would like to add to this post?
I would love to hear your thoughts or your opinion, so do not hesitate to leave a comment down below!
All the best!
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