A vet’s most difficult task: euthanising healthy pets

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Euthanasia, the last resort that some owners may turn to when their pet is old and in pain. Unfortunately, in some instances healthy dogs are put down. Multiple reasons lead to this, legal obligations, the owner has become too sick, the dog is too aggressive, or behavioral issues have led to this decision. Vets will always exhaust every other option before turning to euthanasia.

Key Takeaways:

  • Some people take their healthy pets to be euthanized.
  • Vets try their best to avoid euthanizing healthy animals.
  • Euthanizing healthy animals is a legal and moral gray area with no definitive solution to what might be a serious behavioral problem.

“”And in nearly every case (98 per cent), “bad behaviour” on the part of the pet was the reason for the euthanasia request.””


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