Should my dog be put to sleep?

I’m going through a really hard thing today we may need to put my doggie dozer to sleep I’m crying so much today all day it hurts sooo bad, he is 25 pounds & he got hit by a van a few days ago. They did a $1000.00 surgery but now his skin is falling off thats what they were afraid of, maybe they can do another surgery but I don’t know if there is enough skin to do it. So I’m heart broken thinking about the memories we had his puppy eyes his wagging tale and omg so much more. And last night he was in pain but I opened my eyes @ 2:00 in the morning and he was on my bed…I don’t know how he got up ther but he slept with me the whole night. Now things arn’t looking to good at all I don’t know what to do, I don’t know if today my baby will be you know or if it can work to make him survive. He’s only 1 year old… Omg there is so much I couild say about him but there isn’t enough space for that. I love you sooo much dozer, you can do it baby stay alive for me :(

Answer #1

I’m so sorry about your situation - we never what turn life is suddenly going to take - I would consult with the Vet for the best assessment and do the most Loving thing…you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

Answer #2


Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends, so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.

I hope this is helpful for you. It helped me when my finch died. God bless. <3

Answer #3

You made the best decision I think! :)

Just be happy you cared enough to do what was best for your friend, you didn’t think about yourself, and only yourself, and God wanted him back in Heaven. :)

Could you imagine him in pain? Now he’s in Heaven, he’s safe, he’s happy and healthy, care-free, playing with the other doggies in a big park with no road’s with cars to be hit with, and best of all, he knows you cared about him, and he’s happily waiting for you to someday come and play with him again!

I understand how you feel in so many ways! My dog Cash was put to sleep a long time ago. Probably 5 years ago. I was little- 9 years old I’d say. He was always there for me that ‘ol Shepherd. It’s so much easier now, my poor gorgeous dog was in no control of his bladder, couldn’t even barely walk, yet he still lived-only for me. He protected me before I was born.

Just remember, it WILL get easier. It may get harder at first, but then it will start getting easier soon.

:) My Cash and your Dozer are playing now.

Answer #4

I’m with sadprincess…yes he may be in pain…but…he’s still got that “spark” that wants to be with you…that loves you…I’ve had to put many dogs to sleep in my life, and my decision always came to a “quality” question…not “how long do they have”, but “how well can they do the things they want to do”…That’s the “spark” I’m talking about…Pain from an operation is the same as it’d be for you and me…yes there is pain, but it will go away, a temporary thing.

I’m assuming it’s one of his legs where that the skin is sloughing off…yes? Is that because of nerve damage? 3 legged dogs live a life not unlike a 4 legged dog…happy, and non-crippling…they really adjust well.


Answer #5

I think you should put him to sleep. its not painful. his suffering will stop and he will be in a better place. :-)

Answer #6

There was an article rescently that touched on the subject of loosing one’s dog, and they gave a toll free number. Consider calling UC Davis, Pet Loss Support Hot Line at 1-800-565-1526

Answer #7

Well, in my opinion, putting a dog “down” is like killing someone, but it’s totally up to you what you should do. you know your dog best, what would he do? Best of luck, Feel better!!!

Answer #8

We feel for you. You are doing the best for Him. Be Brave. Cry and grieve but try to remember him happy. And this might sound premature but adopting another dog can really help you get over your grief.

Answer #9

thanx for the support guys… no the skin is coming off his belly and starting to hang off his chest, he was doing so good I just don’t understand…

Answer #10

I understand your pain because I have 7 dogs and I give them the world and I love them so much. If I was in a situation like that I would give another surgery a try. I can tell you really care about your dog so try and try until nothing else can be done.

Good Luck! :)

Answer #11

well maybe putting your dog to sleep would be the best because if he is in pain it wont do nothing nut help him. I know its hard to lose part of the family but maybe it’s for the best.

sincerely Misty p.s. I hope you feel better and sorry about dozer

Answer #12

Oh honey…I was so sad to come in here and see this…my heart goes out to you…I know it is SOOO hard to say goodbye to one who is so young. It probably doesn’t help right now, but the fact is…YOU DID EVERYTHING YOU COULD DO…there will come a time when this statement will ease the pain in your heart.

Hugs sweetie…I wish there was more I could do…


Answer #13

I’m so sorry that your going through so much…I know how you feel too, the question should be, if he is going to have to have several surgeries, are they going to help him in the long road…or will he be subjected to pain & misery the rest of his life…If he will be subjected to pain & Misery, IMO, you should do what is best for him…Put him to sleep…I know u’d like to keep him by you all the time, To help him, you won’t want to see him suffer…your memories of the good times u’ve shared will always be with u…Putting your furbaby out of misery is not killing him,u’d be doing it because you love him so much & you don’t want him to suffer…dichihuahua

Answer #14


dichihuahua has said it very well…As a dog lover, and dog owner…when I take a puppy into my life, I not only make the commitment to offer a lifetime of care and doggie/human love and companionship…but I also make the commitment that should something every happen, or that they grow old and are unable to enjoy the things in their lives…then it is up to me to make the decision, to send them to a better place… Honey it’s the ONLY down side of loving these guys…


Answer #15

I’ve been through similar situations with my pets and I know how hard it is. The thing is you have to be strong right now for Dozer and try to do your best to think of him first. If he is in great pain and not doing good at all, then you have to help him out of that situation. Sometimes the right thing to do is to let them go and stop their suffering. Dozer trusts and cares for you, do the same for him.

Answer #16

now I know.. if we do surgury it’s just going to be one after another and it’s not guaranteed to even help him.. so we need to just put him out of his misery omg I’m crying so hard right now, @ 4:00 it’s going to happen 1 more hour left, oh my god this is sooo hard I’m going to miss him sooo much I’m going to miss him aoround here so bad well I need to spend my time with him that I have left so,

Dozer I will never forget you my love Rest In Piece I will see you in Heaven baby boy

Lord help me now :(

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