• 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?

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  • Profile photo of foxiefox

    Over a year ago

    If you dont want to Euthinize animals then dont become a vet, What are you going to do if a dog comes in whos been run over and its Spine is smashed beyond repair are you going to say OHH sorry I know hes in alot of pain but its aginst my beliefs to Euthinize a animal. How utterly Selfish of you

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  • Profile photo of Dagmar

    Over a year ago

    peacelovepie and nomeatnodairynoproblem are right. It’s sometimes a hard thing to do, but sometimes it is the only humane option you have left. Euthanasia is a quick death which is more humane than many other methods.

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  • Profile photo of peacelovepie

    Over a year ago

    @DefenderofAnimals I’m pretty certain that’s part of the job. You will also have to handle sick and dying patients, but sometimes you will get to help them instead. It is a serious trade-off, but you have to make it.

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  • Profile photo of nomeatnodairynoprob1em

    Over a year ago

    Humans are euthanized in certain situations. We call it pulling the plug.
    Many other humans wish to be euthanized (see: Jack Kevorkian) but some small-minded people stand in the way.

    There are many situations in which euthanasia becomes the best option for an animal.
    For example: A life-saving procedure is required but the technology isn’t available to perform the procedure, or there is no doctor willing or able to perform the procedure (possibly because no one is willing to fund the procedure).
    In this case, you can either keep the animal anesthetized until she dies or you can euthanize her.
    Sometimes no one is willing to pay for the large amount of anesthetic needed to keep the animal free of pain until she dies, or no doctor is willing to provide/administer the amount needed, leaving you with a choice between euthanasia or a slow, painful, horrible death.

    The real question is not whether or not euthanasia is sometimes the right thing to do, but rather whether or not the current methods of euthanasia are the best methods.
    The claim is that the most popular current method (pentobarbital/sodium thiopental injection) is peaceful and painless but I’ve seen no good evidence to support this.
    The claim appears to be primarily based on the fact that the animal’s body quickly goes limp after injection but this says nothing about what’s going on in the animal’s brain after injection.
    Also, there have been animals that have come back to life hours after being euthanized (even after their bodies have already been discarded in the trash).
    Obviously some serious re-evaluation of the injection method needs to take place.

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  • Profile photo of DefenderofAnimals

    Over a year ago

    yes but notice how when humans are euthanized, it’s to punish them but when animals are euthanized it all of a sudden becomes “the right thing to do”.

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