• Euthanasia in veterinary medicine

    Profile photo of DefenderofAnimals

    Over a year ago

    I wanted to know if it is required to euthanize animals in vet school. I am getting different answers when searching this online. Also, I wanted to know if there has ever been a vet who doesn’t euthanize animals, even if they worked with another vet who would euthanize. Just questions, so please no arguments about how “humane euthanasia is”. Because if it was a fact that euthanasia is the “right” thing to do, than why can’t we do it on humans?
    Thanks

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  • Profile photo of nomeatnodairynoprob1em

    Over a year ago

    “When humans are taken off of respirators they still die when their hearts naturally stop, their hearts are not stopped with an injection.”

    1. It’s not always a respirator that is sustaining them and their death certainly isn’t always as simple as the stoppage of their heart.

    2. There is no significant difference between stopping someone’s heart with an injection and stopping someone’s heart by disconnecting their life support.
    In both cases a second individual is carrying out an action that is directly stopping the heart of the being and directly killing them.
    We could have a discussion about whether or not the particular euthanasia injections currently given to most animals likely cause more pain and suffering than a particular person being removed from a respirator, or a discussion about whether or not it’s more morally right to end the life of a person in a long-term coma or the life of a dog who’s had half of her body severed by a vehicle … but those would be separate, more specific, discussions.

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    Over a year ago

    Hey @DefenderofAnimals,

    Euthanasia is a sad reality caused by people who abandon animals, refuse to sterilize their animals, and patronize pet shops and breeders instead of adopting stray animals or animals from animal shelters. Every day in the U.S., tens of thousands of puppies and kittens are born, and there will never be enough homes for all these animals. :(

    Dogs, cats, and other companion animals need much more than food, water, and a cage or pen. They also need lots of loving care, regular and sustained companionship, respect for their individuality, and the opportunity to run and play. As difficult as it may be for us to accept, euthanasia (when carried out by veterinarians or trained animal shelter professionals with a painless intravenous injection of sodium pentobarbital) is often the most compassionate and dignified way for unwanted animals to leave a world that has no place for them.

    ~Annie from peta2.

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  • Profile photo of DefenderofAnimals

    Over a year ago

    @nomeatnodairynoproblem and thanks for the info on the method itself.

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  • Profile photo of DefenderofAnimals

    Over a year ago

    @foxiefox I can understand if the animal is literally at death’s door but if it can live out it’s last days and go when it’s ready then why not? @nomeatnodairynoproblem When humans are taken off of respirators they still die when their hearts naturally stop, their hearts are not stopped with an injection.

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  • Profile photo of katytheveg

    Over a year ago

    i am planning on becoming a vet, and although i respect where your views come from, it just does not work tht way. we cant always help them and we dont always even know what is going on. when they are beyond help, it can be better to let them go instead of lengthen their suffering.
    if you dont want to euthanize, dont be a vet.
    being a vet just isnt cuddling with puppies. its giving the animals what is best for them. and what is right.

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