Euthanasia for Unusual Species, Aggressive animals or Unwanted Pets
Dr. Donna has worked with a multitude of exotic and large animal species (pigs, horses, camels, birds, reptiles, rabbits, goats and more) since becoming a veterinarian and is very aware that you, as pet parents, may want the option of allowing them to transition at home and not in a stressful hospital environment. Please give us a call so we can discuss your needs and plan accordingly. In some cases, this may require a pre-euthanasia planning visit or phone consultation with Dr. Donna, depending on the species.
Unfortunately, there are times when our animals either become aggressive or may have medical conditions that result in unpredictable behavior. In many of these cases not only are there no options for placement of these animals, but they may also pose danger to family members or have been deemed dangerous by local authorities and need to be euthanized. Regardless of the circumstances, our view is that as sensient living animals, they also deserve to be euthanized with compassion and respect. Because of the unique nature of these situations, we generally will schedule a pre-euthanasia appointment to plan for the best way to proceed for that animal to ensure that we provide as peaceful a transition as possible.
In general, we will not perform euthanasia when an animal is healthy but no longer wanted. This is sometimes termed a convenience euthanasia. There are often species or breed-specific rescues in the community for placing such animals. We may be able to help direct you to such organizations. However, there are sometimes situations, such as severe behavioral problems or unresolvable medical conditions, for which euthanasia becomes the only viable option. We are happy to discuss such scenarios during an exam/consultation visit to explore options. In some cases, we may be able to refer you to a behaviorist or specialist, to attempt resolution of the problem first.