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So I know how you feel about euthanasia in shelters, but what about pets? Both of the cats that I've owned that have died during my lifetime died at home after a few days of refusing food. We might have gotten a traveling vet to euthanize them if they seemed to be in a lot of pain, but we wanted them to live out the rest of their lives in a place that they were familiar with, with the family that they loved.
The one that died the most recently, about a month ago, had some sort of cancer, we think. The vet we brought her to wasn't exactly sure what it was, but said that she wouldn't live longer than a couple of months after that visit. She stopped purring when we pet her maybe a week or so before she died, and stopped eating much of anything, and I wonder whether we should have gotten her euthanized. I hope that our bias of wanting to stay by her side as long as possible didn't put her through more suffering than what was necessary, but I didn't want her last moments to be stressful...
You are, unfortunately, not going to like my answer.
Dying at home 'peacefully' almost never happens. We humans think this is the norm because you see it in death announcements all the time. But that's a sugar coating, a platitude to make dying less scary for the living. 'Peaceful' deaths usually are the result of something like a sudden catastrophic stroke, or a death from arrhythmia while asleep.
Dying of something is usually either painful or stressful or scary. Dying of cancer is painful- many humans end up nearly comatose from the opiods being given near the end. Dying of kidney failure is painful- the metabolites not getting flushed from the body irritate many organs (the reason they vomit) and damage the brain. Dying of hyperthyroidism is painful and stressful- their body is consuming itself because of the elevated metabolism and they constantly feel like they're starving because they are. Dying from heart conditions is scary- hypoxia is terrifying to experience.
Eating is one of the most basic core functions of an animal. If the animal doesn't want to eat it is because it feels like complete and utter shit in some way. For me, if I know one of my animals has an eventually terminal condition and their appetite starts to go down? That's when I euthanise. That's what I did with Mallorn who had lymphoma. Rowan had a sudden appetite decrease so I did a work up and found nothing wrong... but she was drastically losing weight and was 17 and she most likely had cancer so she was euthanised.
It is absolutely better for the animal to be euthanised 'too early' than even a day 'too late'. They don't understand mortality. They don't have an existential fear of death the way many humans do. They only know how they feel *now*. And if *now* is awful and painful and there is no chance of *now* getting any better in the future nows, the only right and kind thing to do is make the pain *stop*.
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Fright Fall 2021 Halloween pieces
Larissa R. // larissapinupart
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Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, from ‘A wounded Deer leaps highest'
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Death from Horrible Histories is going to super hell for gay skeleton crimes!!!
requested by: @zipstick
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Hard Battle by George REDreev
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Films watched in 2021.
297: The Slumber Party Massacre (Amy Holden Jones, 1982)
“You're pretty. All of you are very pretty. I love you.”
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i think a lot of ppl remember this happening bc of how sad it was but abt a month/two months ago my older sisters dog died, it was pretty sudden and rly hard for all of us but esp for her bc they were always together for the past eight years. shes still extremely sad abt him and abt a week ago she was telling us how a vet had called her to tell her how sorry they were to hear abt morgan and so she went to a store to clear her head, and she said that literally while she was in the store she was like "i cant get another animal again, the ONLY way i'll ever be able to do that is if its like, a cat in need or something like thta but i wont adopt smthn....." n literally as she was leaving the store this lady came up to her and told her that she found a litter of rly young kittens and that she couldnt afford to take care of all of them, but if my sister wanted to have one the woman would give one to her, ONLY if my sis took it to the vet afterward
so long story short my older sister was given a young kitten that she named frog. hes been doing rly good for the last week according to her, he was rly sickly/had worms n is rly small for his age (hes literally only a pound and is abt 8-9 weeks old according to the vet) but tbh it just kinda. was rly emotional for us bc it was a rly weird way the stars kind of aligned for her, like she didnt necessarily want another animal bc she feels so guilty abt morgan (even tho it wasnt anyones fault and she did everything she could for him) but we've been letting her know that theres nothing wrong with being able to love smthn again. like my whole family is very aware abt the grief process but i rly like to think that frog was a gift from morgan in a weird way, like the universe/him telling her that its okay to love another animal again. frog isnt a replacement for morg at all n no one can do that for anyone of us, esp her, but its just being able to love another pet in a different way. anyways idk i wanted to ramble abt it bc i havent met frog yet but i already love him and my sister sounds so much better than she has for the past two months ever since she found him
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[Image description: A digital drawing related to Jschlatt. It depicts a ram skull propped up against a crumpled Manberg flag, with a discarded bottle of alcohol to its side. The skull has three hearts carved into its front, which are bleeding. Meanwhile, the bottle is leaking a red liquid, which is splayed out like it was dropped abruptly. The style used is mostly realistic, drawn with a brush textured like a pencil, while the colours are done with a more watercolour style.]
Inktober 24: Extinct
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Eugenio Montejo, “Winter Trees Cough Like Old Men”
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Monster Mash Month Day 25: Inlé
You know me, don’t you?
Watership Down is one of my absolute favourite books, and I have every ounce of love for the culture in the book. Inlé is such an incredible character, and so vague. I adore designing them.
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Ted Hughes, Earth-Numb; from 'Here is the Cathedral'
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And I can't be fixed.
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