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    Can an animal owner legally put down a sufferring animal?

    Are there different laws for household pets?

    I am asking because a friend of ours took a suffering pet to the Vet and ended up getting socked with a huge admittance fee, even though, as it tuned out, there was nothing that could have been done.

    This is a legal question and I don't know the answer, but it is also, to me a shocking moral issue, given how easy it is to kill your own pre-humans.

    In other words, I can't believe I am even asking.
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    "Pre-humans"? Pre as in pre-tend?

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    I don't understand the question..........of course euthanasia is legal for pets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmiller1610 View Post
    Are there different laws for household pets?

    I am asking because a friend of ours took a suffering pet to the Vet and ended up getting socked with a huge admittance fee, even though, as it tuned out, there was nothing that could have been done.

    This is a legal question and I don't know the answer, but it is also, to me a shocking moral issue, given how easy it is to kill your own pre-humans.

    In other words, I can't believe I am even asking.
    Vets can be very persuasive, and much like funeral parlors, will take advantage of the owners guilt.

    I've never heard of an "admittance fee" for pets. Was this your friend's regular vet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    Vets can be very persuasive, and much like funeral parlors, will take advantage of the owners guilt.

    I've never heard of an "admittance fee" for pets. Was this your friend's regular vet?
    I've never heard of an "admittance fee", either. I smell BS.
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    I think he means the office visit charge we all start off with when we go to Vet. I forgot to ask if there will be one when time for Hobby, but I'm sure I won't give a crap when the time comes. And maybe it will be more than worth it. Maybe he will tell me I'm wrong and send her with a new med or something......

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    I think the thread poster means "Can an owner "put down" his own pet instead of relying on a vet to do it?"
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    It is illegal for me to sell my prescription pain pills or to give them away.

    I can put some aside to feed to my suffering pet, as long as no one who knows turns me in. In that case, the penalties are minimal fines. Pets are considered to be property.

    It is illegal to save them up to end my own suffering, and Hubs is in big legal trouble for not stopping me if I do.

    IOW, ending suffering is for animals, not people.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Urbanek View Post
    I think the thread poster means "Can an owner "put down" his own pet instead of relying on a vet to do it?"
    That's the basic question. But the more elaborate version is whether the alt-morality PC police can accuse you of murder or ask for proof that the animal was terminal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    I've never heard of an "admittance fee", either. I smell BS.
    Here's the email I received, with names removed..

    As all of you know by now, and had to put their cat down yesterday after he was hit by a car on Friday night . She rushed to the vet, where they were charged over $500, then they were told they couldn't really help her b/c he would need surgery. From there she took him to the ER Vet and was charged over $1,000 just to be admitted and put on pain killers for the following 2 days (until he could be seen by a surgeon). On Monday, they were able to see the surgeon and were told that surgery was very risky and he wasn't stable enough anyway (and only time would tell IF and WHEN he would be). He had numerous other issues concerning his bladder and pancreas, as well. After all that....they made the tough decision, 'it was time'...

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