The Decision to Euthanize a Beloved Pet

When it’s about that time, to let a pet ‘go’ because it’s suffering is going to be endless and incurable, people struggle with the decision about “when” and “if” it’s time. What is “suffering”? Does a dog or cat have to be “in pain” to be put down? You know, a pet can do a LOT of suffering without being in ANY pain at all. For example, being blind and deaf AND scared all the time. (Some dogs aren’t.)

So I wrote a simple, objective “check list” of 20 points you may not have thought of.

The first ten points ask you questions with a telling answer. And the second set of questions have an answer that ALSO suggests the right course of action.

Is It Time?


Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.