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Pros and Cons of Animal Euthanasia

Euthanasia is a humane way of inducing death in animals with minimal pain and discomfort. Animal euthanasia is an acceptable method by the American Veterinary Medical Association to eliminate animals with incurable diseases or suffering from other condition.



1. Helps avoid unnecessary suffering: If your pet has been sick for a while and its condition deteriorate each day, you may decide to put them to sleep to avoid too much suffering.

2. Say goodbye to your pet: Euthanasia gives you a chance to say goodbye and comfort your pet at the last time. You won’t feel any guilt for living it to die alone. You can invite other family members to say goodbye to the pet.

3. Save you the agony of watching: The method not only ends your pet suffering but also saves you the agony of having to watch it writhe in pain.

4. Save on medication: Paying for veterinary services can be very expensive especially if your pet has had health issues for a while. Using euthanasia can save you a lot on veterinary bills.

5. The onset of chronic pain: Although euthanasia is not an easy decision, veterinarians can help determine if it’s necessary to put the pet to sleep. This is common when the pet has chronic pain, cannot stand or eat on their own.

6. The dignity of dying: When the animal has been weak, can’t even stand or eat on its own, then euthanizing will end their pain and let them die with dignity.

7. It is humane: Painlessly ending the life of an animal instead of resulting to using guns or starve them to death is the most humane act.

8. Freedom to choose: One has the freedom to choose in ending the life of the pet animal especially if they have financial constraints and can’t support the pet or facing another condition. They will feel at peace knowing they didn’t leave the pet alone.

9. Create space: Animal shelters euthanize animals to create space for more young and healthy animals.

10. To avoid the spread of diseases: If the animal suffers from a contagious disease, euthanizing the animal can prevent the spread of the disease to humans and other animals in the shelter.



1. Unethical: We don’t have the right to decide when someone lives or when to leaves the earth. Animal pets also need a chance to live, fight for their lives and also feel comforted.

2. Difficult decision: Just like making a hard decision on when your loved ones are going to leave, it is also difficult to make the decision on euthanasia of your pet animal. Sometimes seeking advice from the veterinarian could help.

3. Overpopulation control: Euthanasia is being used as a method to control the animal population by putting them to rest. Other support methods should be used to support animal population instead of reducing the population through euthanasia.

4. No medical financing: Humans are able to seek loans for medical care which they pay later but animals do not get financial support on medical care making it difficult to afford pet’s treatment.

5. Looked down: People have different believes and killing an animal to end its suffering can make you be looked down by others.

6Guilt: Killing is not an easy task especially to an animal you have grown to love. You will always feel guilt even if there was no other option you could have done:

7. No insurance cover: Unlike humans who can seek health insurance cover, your pet’s treatments come from your own pockets and this can strain you financially.

8. Costly: Deciding to use euthanasia can be costly compared to leaving the pet to die naturally. Compassionate pet owners may consider a painless death but it comes at a cost which can put them into some debts.

9. Accessibility: To conduct euthanasia, you need to be certified thus sometimes it is difficult to get a certified person to carry the process.

10. Calm environment: The logic behind euthanizing is to keep the pet calm and have a comfortable sleep. Taking it to the vet may stress out the animal.

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  1. Jayke Langley

    Hello , my name is Jayke Langley and i am doing a persuasive research essay for the euthanasia of animals , i was wondering if you could tell me a little more about the author. The article i am reading is Pros and Cons of Animal Euthanasia,
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    1. lizzie hehr

      this is so sadddddddddddddd i cried

  2. Joy Gayton

    Thank You For All The Information On The Pro’s & Con’s Of Animal Euthanasia. I Write A Blog & I Was Needing Something To Write About So I Chose This Issue. And It Helped Me Alot So Hopefully, It Will Make It Easier For People Who Decide To Have Their Animal Euthanized.

  3. Dave Anderson

    It is true that it is humane to perform euthanasia. That is something that I would want to have for my dog if he were old and in pain. That is something that I will have to look into soon.

  4. Michel

    I am struggling with whether or not it is right for me to take my cat’s life. We can’t take a human’s life so why is it okay to take a cat’s life? Just because we can does it make it right…..?

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