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Old 02-09-2011, 02:42 AM   #1
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A friend of mine has a dog who appears to be a broder collie mix, and he is estimated to be about 14 years old. The dog is almost deaf, almost blind, and lately he can hardly hold himself up on his legs. He lost a lot of weight over the past few weeks, and if you let him outside to poop, he'll just wander around for a while and then come in and **** all over the house. I could go on and on, but the point is, he is suffering and it needs to end.
My friend is pretty broke and he doesn't really want to take the dog to the vet to have it put down. I told him today that I can't see the dog suffer any longer and that I would "take care of it".
What I meant is, I'm not going to take the dog to the vet, I'm going to put him down myself.
Growing up on a farm I have seen many births and deaths of animals. I had to bury a couple dogs I had since childhood, but they all passed peacefully in their sleep, and they weren't suffering like this dog. I never had to, or volunteered to terminate the life of a family pet before.
This is kind of a hard thing to deal with, because my dogs are like children to me, and I know that my friend feels a similar way about his dog.
I'd rather not take the dog out back and shoot him, that's messy and I feel it's inhumane.
How would you guys handle this?
Are there any OTC drugs I could inject the dog with to "put him down"? I want the suffering to end, but in a non-painful way. I simply want the dog to fall asleep and never wake up.
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My mom is a nurse and did a very calm euthanasia to our 21 year old cat. I believe she used her insulin. Know any diabetics? It was 3ish years ago, so I may be completely wrong on the drug. But a hypoglycemic coma isn't a horrible way to go.
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Whenever I contemplate suicide, which is often, I always come back to carbon monoxide from leaving car on in garage.
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Take the dog to the vet on your buddies dime. They will do it properly.
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Tell your friend to stop being an *** and take his 14year old friend to the vet for a painless and dignified farewell.

When we had to put down our 12 year old bearded collie, we got sedatives from the vet. We gave her a nice steak meal with the sedatives in it and as she fell asleep on the sofa, the vet came to our house and put her down in her sleep. That is how you say goodbye to an old and loyal friend.

Note: Using drugs to sedate or kill a dog isn’t as easy as it might sounds and should be done by a vet. Too much can make them puke it all up, or if injected: give them pain and hallucinations before they pass away. Too little and they just feel drowsy and sick. Not the send off you want for an old buddy.
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Working at a dog kennel you see a lot of people's old dogs that get like that. If i HAD to do it id find the money to get a vet to do it, its the least you owe the dog for the pain its probably in from being that old. I treat my dogs just as good as i treat my kittehs just saying.

Also im no vet, and i doubt anyone here is so taking medical action into your own hands could turn out very bad if you don't know exactly what your doing.
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The carbon monoxide idea worked on my friends parakeet when i was in 5th grade. It had a nasty tumor, so his dad put it in a paper bag and started up the good ol suburban.
My other friend took his cocker spaniel to the vet and they cremated her and had a little ceremony and everything. They put the ashes in a little urn and made a cement paw print, it was nice.

Mr. Too poor to have a heart might just be letting the car run in the garage with the dog.
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Do NOT try the "put the pet in a bag/box and use exhaust" method. This ain't 1960, and the output carbon monoxide levels are no where near what they were even 25 years ago. You're more likely to cook the damn thing than let it die peacfully. You wanna suck on hot exhaust gasses?

Have your friend take it to a vet. Explain that you're in a bind financially, but don't want to have the dog suffer. They'll most likely give you a break, and quite frankly it's the only method to ensure a painless end. And anyone who has a pet should be prepared to take the time to do it right, for their sake. Any less is cruelty.
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Vet appointment is scheduled for tomorrow at 7:30.
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Good on ya, man.
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Vet appointment is scheduled for tomorrow at 7:30.
You paying or is he?
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ive always been able to call the vet and get **** euthinized on site when there where no alternatives.
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A mask and a rental tank of CO would work very quickly.
http://www.jerryhunt.org/kill.htm
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He is paying for it. They'll put the dog down and dispose of the body for $100. I told my friend that if you don't have $100 to properly put down your 14 year old family dog, then you're a ****** *******. That was all it took.
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OK. If you were paying I was going to ask for your Paypal and kick in. Good to see you convinced him to do the right thing.
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My parents had to put down our 20ish y/o cat about 2 hours ago, took her to the vet had them take care of it, sad but the right thing to do. But vets can be expensave, and if ya cant afford it then you have to take him out back and end the dogs suffering. Sorry about your dog
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pink shot itself is usually cheap, like 20 bucks, or in other terms what food costs for a month. Glad to hear they are doing it the right way.
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