Do All Vets Euthanize Dogs?


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All veterinarians are legally allowed to euthanize dogs and other companion animals. However, veterinarians also have a right to refuse to perform euthanasia under certain circumstances.

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Pet euthanasia is performed for a variety of reasons. A veterinarian generally performs euthanasia on a dog only when the dog is suffering and there are no other treatment options. When the owner is seeking euthanasia for other reasons, such as convenience, veterinarians have a right to refuse.

In addition, although euthanasia is generally performed by veterinarians, some states have laws allowing non-vets to put down companion animals. These euthanasia technicians may handle the actual procedure, rather than the veterinarian who saw the animal and spoke to the owner beforehand.

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