You have a pet.
Dog/Cat/Horse... not a fish or a lizard or whatever...
Your pet is either very old or very sick or both.
You know its quality of life is not a good one and the humane thing to do would be to put it out of its misery.
How do you do it?
- Call the vet - have them humanely euthanize it ($$$)Vote A
- Take it out back and shoot it ($0)Vote B
- Let it live out its life and die naturallyVote C
Most Helpful Guy
Have a vet do it. I've had to do this to three of my pets. In the coming years, I'll have to do it to my wife's cat. I'm not looking forward to that as she is a very sweet cat. On one occasion, one of my class pets, I had to euthanize the animal myself. It was an anole lizard that had a botfly infestation. After researching it, the book told me the most humane thing to do would be to euthanize it by putting it in a plastic bag in a freezer, which I did (keep in mind it's a reptile, it's body doesn't feel or fight cold the way mammals do).
Since they are under our care, pets' lives are GREATLY extended, often living nearly twice as long as they would otherwise. Since we extend their lives by so much, I believe we have an ethical responsibility to euthanize them past a certain point.
P. S. The reaction I get to the death of my class pets varies quite a bit. If it's a small and furry pet (hamsters), more often students get rather emotional over its death. Reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids don't get as much emotional reaction, but you'd be surprised. My first anole to die got quite a few tears from my students and (of all people) my mother, who thought it was a pretty creature.1
Most Helpful Girl
Guess it'd be time to call the vet. It would be awful and definitely not easy, but it is the right thing to do. In this case I would be so upset about my pet being in pain that I wouldn't even think about the money. I'd just want to end his/her misery as peacefully as possible.
Letting him/her die naturally would be cruel and hard to watch, it's not like the animal is getting better, the pain probably just gets worse.
I would NEVER shoot a pet myself, not even if someone paid me to do that, that's against my morals. Obviously I'd never let anyone else shoot my pet for me either. NO GUNS, NO SHOOTING when it comes to animals.
So vet it is. Voted A obviously.1