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Can I call my vet and request my dog be euthanized?

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Jadely98, Mar 5, 2018.


  1. Jadely98

    Jadely98 PetForums Junior

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    I have a five year old dog. He is a mixed breed, medium size.

    When we first got him it was lovely. Family dog, but he was 'known' as my brothers dog. Very jumpy and friendly. My brother would walk him and I would have him sat in the livingroom with me, would play with him in the house and so on.
    Now, our circumstances have changed, and i'm the only one who wants to do something for him before it gets worse.
    Because my brother hasn't been taking him out for walks, and none of my other family members can actually control him on walks, he's been having overgrown nail issues and even caught some infections so now he can't walk properly because of pain. My mum and everyone else doesn't really have the time to take him to the vet, and to be honest now the infections in his paws have become so bad I know only a vet could fix them so I know my mum and everyone else thinks the vet will prosecute them or something, when in reality most vets are quite understanding. However I do worry about getting 'in trouble' myself. My family just have been going through some things and as a result of that our dog has been neglected, which is hard to admit... Because I just look at him and he's so happy but he needs help.

    I went to London to live for 8 months and have just come back, therefore I have no job and little money to help him.
    Anyway, the question in regards to having him euthanized is that we clearly cannot look after him anymore. Everyone is working hard to help my mum with the debt her divorce left her. He didn't bother trying to make sure she was okay with money before separating for good, just left her. My two brothers have children to look after which i'm sure some of you understand is expensive...
    I'm just trying to do the right thing before our dog gets really bad.

    Anyway, the euthanasia part... We haven't got time or money for him, but also due to him only being walked by my brother, he was walked at night when nobody was around so I don't think he's socialised. And he has showed aggressive behaviour towards us before. He won't let us move him, he chews everything, he won't even go outside in the garden now. He just sits down unless he wants his food or water, or to go to the toilet. That's no life for him.

    I'm worried if he got sent to a re-homing centre, the burden will just be on them and he'd end up being euthanized anyway. He is quite aggressive.

    I just haven't known anyone in person who has personally called their vet to request their dog be euthanized. Have any of you done it or do you know how I would go about it?
    I don't want to be discriminated against because of my dogs infected paws, this is our first dog that's been this way, we've never had a problem with nails, so don't know about infection.

    If I called my vet and stated he's always aggressive out on walks, only my brother can walk him who now can't... He almost killed one of our cats...

    We can't keep him as he'll just get fixed up by a vet to get worse again and causing my mum and all of her kids more debt. The circumstances have changed now. I'm just so stressed because everyone else in the family just doesn't take responsibility, doesn't realise the consequences if he gets worse, just so stressed about debt to remember this issue...

    Just help me do the right thing guys, what should I do?
     
  2. Blaise in Surrey

    Blaise in Surrey PetForums VIP

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    Take him to a rescue.
     
  3. Jadely98

    Jadely98 PetForums Junior

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    I don't think I can, I've just found out he's an illegal breed as his breeder lied to us and was recently in the local news for it. They will possibly euthanize him anyway.

    I'm just worried about this :(
    It's so stressful and it shouldn't even be my problem as I haven't even lived here for almost a year,

    :( :(
     
  4. SpringDance

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    Well, then what's the difference? You want to euthanise him anyway...

    Take him to a rescue.
     
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    Jadely98 PetForums Junior

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    That's true, but as he is an illegal breed we can be prosecuted for owning him. This could mean a fine or jail.

    I have actually emailed a rescue who said they'd get back to me once the snows settled here but no reply yet.
    Surely I can't go to a rescue and lie about his breed can I?

    I have no idea what kind of rescue would take him as even if I say he's another breed i've searched online and any dog relating or having the same characteristics of the banned breeds can be questioned.

    I would definitely go to a rescue, but the question is which one.
    I'm just so stressed trying to figure all this out on my own... :(
     
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    Can you go to a vet and lie about the breed? Same difference, surely
     
  7. Jadely98

    Jadely98 PetForums Junior

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    Yeah that's true, my dog has gone to the vet before, when he could walk. Surely the vet would have had him put to sleep if they knew he was a banned breed...

    If I ask an animal charity to come and collect him, will they be understanding? There's nothing really wrong with him yet. Just has some infections that only the vet can fix. Once they sort him out, he'll be healthy again. I just don't want someone coming to our house to collect him or something and trying to do us for abuse when we've been trying so hard over time. We've tried to get behaviour people, tried to walk him... And like I said, we weren't educated about dogs nails.

    Just wanna get it sorted before he gets worse, :(

    How will they remove him from our house if he's aggressive too? Will they have to sedate him or something? I just don't let new people or visitors near him as he is a risk, I don't want any vets or charity people coming into my home to be attacked
     
  8. Jamesgoeswalkies

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    I would certainly have a word with a local rescue. Just call him a mixed breed (which is presumably what you bought him as).

    Explain the situation just as you have explained it to us. Say you have come back after a year and find that as circumstances have changed no one has taken care of the dog. Explain your stress.

    You do need someone else to look at the dog. This is because it is most likely that his condition (nails/infection/coat) can all be treated. And indeed, his aggression may indeed be due to the pain and discomfort he is in with his paws and the lack of exercise and stimulation. Again, this can be improved.

    If he is 'of type' (a banned breed) then he will be put down. I really don't think you can hold back now though for fear of 'prosecution'. The dog has to come first.

    If he is not then it may be that the rescue can take him and work with him.

    If he is not able to be rehomed due to aggression, then he will of course be put down.

    You can call your vet and request euthanasia. We do it with old, sick and senile dogs ... and yes, with dogs who have bitten or posed a risk to the family. However, the Vet will want to examine the dog and will often want other professional opinions (ie; a behaviourist) before they will immediately put a dog down by request of owner.

    J
     
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    Talk to the RSPCA/a good local shelter. They are the ones with the answers.

    J
     
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    Jadely98 PetForums Junior

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    Thank you for your reply James, it's just nice to finally have some people to talk to about it because I have been on my own with it for a while.
    I have been able to discuss with my family but everyones just too scared to get in trouble. But the way I see it is right now it's JUST his nails, but someday it's going to be something worse due to not being able to be walked etc. I just want to find a charity that will come up to me and just be understanding and not penalise us. I just want to do the right thing now before it gets any worse.

    As I said previous, he's such a happy dog. I still talk to him and try to play with him. He just can't do much.

    Should I just lie about his breed and say he's something that looks similar? Surely they're not really going to check? I just don't want to lie to people if i'm going to get caught. I do need to lie in this case if I want to help him. This is why I thought, why don't I just call to have him euthanized because I have no idea what to do in this situation.

    If I were to call a charity today and say all this, I just want them to agree to come and get him. I just don't want any fuss. Just want him to go and live a happy life somewhere else. No fussing.
     
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    Jadely98 PetForums Junior

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    Thank you
     
  12. Sairy

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    Please contact the RSPCA (or other rescue organisation) and hand him over. I am assuming here that you think he might be a pit bull? Just say he is a staffy or staffy cross. If they think that he might be of "type" then they will organise experts to come in and assess him. If he is considered to be of type then he will most likely be euthanised. If he is not then he will be treated for his medical problems and assessed for rehoming. If he is unsuitable for rehoming due to aggression then he will probably be euthanised, but if he passes the assessment then he stands the chance of finding a loving forever home. 5 is still pretty young so he could have plenty of years left yet.

    I know of someone who took her dog to a rescue for rehoming and once in the rescue he was assessed of being as type. This unfortunately meant that he had to be put to sleep, but the owner did not get into any trouble for it. She didn't actually realise he would be classified in this way.

    Either way, you absolutely cannot leave things as they are. This dog is suffering and it sounds as though you do not have the means to care for him so action must be taken.
     
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    I imagine the ''aggression'' may well be to do with the fact he is in pain, and not because of his ''type''.
     
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    Yes, you are correct. I think he is a Pitbull. But we bought him from a breeder who assured us he was a Staff x Ridgeback dog. So I should just go to them and say that's what he is. There is no confirmation my dog is a Pit but where the breeder has now been outed and jailed for selling Pitbulls and lying about the breed, of course we're going to suspect as they look so similar.

    What can they do if when coming to collect the dog my dog becomes aggressive? I just want to be able to call them today or something and for them to just be like, okay i'll come and get him. What was the process for your friend who had to give hers up if you don't mind me asking? did they just call and it was done or...? There's so much pressure on me at this moment.

    I'm also still needing re-assurance that they won't get us in trouble for the infections with his paws. They just look so bad so everyone in the family is worried about that. But its happened due to lack of experience and lack of being able to walk him from change of circumstance.
     
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    Well he has always growled at us at times even when he was healthy, but yes I do agree. I have tried to cut his nails before with dog cutting scissors that I borrowed from my auntie who has the same size dogs but he didn't growl or bite he just showed me that he was distressed.

    But yes I want to give him a chance to go into a charity and see if he can get a better life
     
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    I am now preparing a semi-detailed email about my dog and our position. Saying pretty much what I have said to you guys. I will send several of the same email off today to ensure that he goes to the appropriate home. I will not hide anything about his condition, I won't leave anything out.

    You guys have been a massive help and it's been so GREAT to FINALLY have someone else to talk to!!

    Thanks so much guys
     
  17. Calvine

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    I wish you well; let us know how you get on . . . and I hope you get some support from your family.
     
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    It is more likely that he is a Staffy Cross or similar than a Pitbull in this Country.

    He may well be aggressive as a result of the pain in his paws.

    You have had excellent advice above. Good luck.
     
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    The person I know of is more of a friend of a friend so I don't really know the details. I believe that she handed the dog in as she could no longer care for him and expected him to be found a new home. However, a few days after handing him in she was advised that unfortunately he had been classified as type which meant he could not be rehomed, nor could she have him back. She was informed that he was a staffy cross bullmastiff, which he may well have been, but due to his physical characteristics he fitted in with the description of "pit type".
     
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    I find stories like this shocking, whether he's a banned breed or not this poor animal should not be made to suffer, and in my opinion if a person can't afford vets fees, or an animal charity fees, then they shouldn't have animals. I've seen a dog who had never had his nails clipped and seeing him try to walk broke my heart. Nail clippers cost a few quid and done frequently the dog gets used to it, my own dog Lulu lies on her back with her feet in the air as i clip her nails. I'm sorry but there's no excuse!
     
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