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How do I euthanise crickets?

First of all, don't release them into the environment without checking with your local authorities whether it's okay to do so. Chances are that the captive crickets you have bought are not local to ...
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What are my options for putting my own dog to sleep?

This is a difficult time, and taking your loved one to a vet for their last moments with you just does not seem like the right thing to do. When faced with a similar situation we found that there were ...
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Most humane way to emergency euthanize an injured cat?

Cats like humans, can survive a lot of injuries even if they appear to be lethal. You should take your pet to the vet for any type of euthanasia. The most humane way to euthanize a cat is through ...
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Cat euthanasia. Kidneys shut down

From what I hear, it's typical for a cat with kidney disease to have their health go critical very suddenly, and when that happens, then it is definitely time. With a human, you could put them on ...
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Considering euthanasia for my aging dog

This is going to be an opinion question and/or judgment call, but I'll suggest a basic principle: Quality Of Life. If the animal can be made reasonably comfortable and content, extending its life ...
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What are my options for putting my own dog to sleep?

There are no humane options for you to put your dog to sleep. If done incorrectly, you could cause tremendous pain and suffering. Veterinarians are trained to humanely euthanize animals, and have the ...
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What factors should I use to decide when its time to euthanize my elderly cat with kidney disease?

I've had two cats who ultimately died because of kidney disease. In both cases, the cats let me know and the final drop-off was pretty fast. Definitely consult your vet, but it sounds like your cat'...
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What factors should I use to decide when its time to euthanize my elderly cat with kidney disease?

Please take your cat to the vet and express your concerns. Ask the vet directly how your cat feels on a day-to-day basis. Is she in pain? Is she uncomfortable? Is her mental state affected? What ...
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How do I euthanise crickets?

Inert gas asphyxiation may be effectively painless, and certainly more humane than death by extreme temperature. Here is an article describing a study done on the effects of nitrogen gas on kittens ...
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Most humane way to emergency euthanize an injured cat?

I've worked with an animal rescue charity and seen cats who are in incredibly bad shape (think crushed hind legs, shattered pelvis, half skull caved in) and they have gone on to live amazing happy ...
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Should I euthanize my fish or wait it out?

This is a difficult one to call. It's always a hard decision to make but I try and make sure that I've done everything I can to help before making a final decision. Here's my list: Water Quality Make ...
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What should I do if I encounter a mortally wounded cat or dog on the side of the road?

If you are not trained for such diagnosis and the pet is not your property then it is not your place to make the decision or to take action. In the US, the best course of action is to contact your ...
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How can I tell if my cat is in pain?

Honestly, with cats it can be pretty hard to tell if they are in pain. It sounds to me like your cat is in pain. Here is a list of some (but by no means all) signs your cat is in pain: Cats don't ...
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What factors should I use to decide when its time to euthanize my elderly cat with kidney disease?

This is a hard problem. I have been there several times. My advice is to let your cat live for as long as it does have a quality life, and I think it is a good thing to be prepared to take the ...
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What factors should I use to decide when its time to euthanize my elderly cat with kidney disease?

This could be a little off-topic, but maybe your cat has still some months to live, so please read my story :) We've been there two years ago. The cat was on renal veterinary food already, but ...
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What factors should I use to decide when its time to euthanize my elderly cat with kidney disease?

The best thing to do is see what her quality of life is, and by the sounds of it, it is still good and happy, as long as she is pain free let her have some more time, this way you can prepare for the ...
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How can I tell if my cat is in pain?

I am so sorry you and your cat are in this difficult time. I know how heart-wrenching it can be. As you know it is difficult to tell when cats are in pain let alone how much pain. If the bigger ...
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What's the least painful way to euthanize a fish?

Sorry for posting on such an old topic, but I cannot agree with the accepted solution - so, for the future: Causing the fish suffocation or chemical burns is not humane, unless for you it means "...
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Is this why it took 6 injections and 30 minutes to euthanize our cat?

I'm not aware of anything in particular about a cat with a heart condition that would make it more difficult to euthanize them. Generally, when the two injection method is used, the first injection ...
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Does the "cancer smell" in my dogs tumor indicate probable outcomes?

I don't know if the smell you describe is an indication for or against euthanasia. I assume that it is a very serious symptom and indicates tissue death, but I suspect that no one could say much ...
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What is the least painful way to kill a shrimp

The process might be irrelevant due to the brain size/incapacity to feel pain as pointed out in @MSU_Bulldog's answer. Since precise cutting with a sharp blade into the brain is not an option as it ...
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What is the least painful way to kill a shrimp

I think that freezing the shrimp would be the least painful. Put it in a bag of water, then refrigerate for about an hour, then freeze overnight. And honestly some say that just putting it in a bag ...
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What are my options for putting my own dog to sleep?

I was with my daughter when she had to put her Pitt Bull, Bently, down at home by a vet. It was extremely fast, and appeared to be very humane and painless. Bentley was in her lap, and both of us ...
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What are my options for putting my own dog to sleep?

Watching my dog struggle in my arms after the vet administered the drug to put him to sleep was horrifying as he went into spasms trying to breath and trying to wriggle out of my arms. The vet had ...
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What are my options for putting my own dog to sleep?

The vet won't (probably) let you do everything as you aren't licensed and could cause pain+ suffering by mistake. But they may agree to let you press the plunger once they've set it up properly, if ...
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Should I euthanize my goldfish who has been floating for a month?

I think the decision whether you should euthanize the fish would have to be ultimately of your own, because it is also somewhat of a moral dilemma without the one best definitive right nor wrong ...
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What factors should I use to decide when its time to euthanize my elderly cat with kidney disease?

My cat Susie had thyroid problems, a thyroid tumor, a mammary gland tumor, and Stage 2 kidney disease 2 and 1/2 years ago. I couldn't give her medicine or Sub-Q because she was skittish and I would ...
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Was the vet right about euthanizing a kitten with Calicivirus?

There are some strains of calicivirus that are very severe and would likely warrant euthanasia. One very virulent strain of FCV, referred to as "Virulent Systemic Feline Calicivirus" or VS-FCV, ...
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When do i know if it is time to put my dog down?

From a technical point of view, you may wish to consider that if you dog's eyesight is failing badly he may no longer wish to roam around for fear of injuring himself and that is why he would prefer ...
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What are the options for euthanasia in countries like India?

Here in India, people can be very religious and euthanizing would probably lead to a lot of unnecessary debate and nothing good would come out of it. Here's what happens in my neighbourhood: Someone ...
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