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.Continue Reading
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.Learn more about Veterinary Health