Originally Posted by David
Let me get this straight... your rat has cancer and you're gonna take the vet's advice and let the cancer give your rat a long, slow, painful death? I'm sure the rat is thinking, "why don't you put me out of my misery?" Think about it; the rat has cancer. The cancer will kill it. It is suffering! Put the rat out of its misery! Take it outside, get a gun, and blow its brains out. Your pet rat will greatly appreciate it.
Mia, my rat, has just had another check up with the vet. Believe me the vet will tell me when the rat has had enough. Right now she's still enjoying life, doing the usual ratty things.
When my mum was dying of cancer she still had an interest in life, so no I won't be killing her until my vet and I feel it is neccessary. And believe me they are very quick to tell you when they think your animal is suffering. Or even sometimes when they aren't.
I have Euthanised animals in the past. My first guide dog Bruce was Euthanised and several of my rats. Including Mia's sister. But I don't believe in doing it before it's time.
And no I wouldn't shoot them. I take them to the vet and ask the vet to give them an anesthetic to knock them out first and only kill the rat with injection after the rat is unconcious. When Bruce (my ex guide dog) had to be euthanised I was with him the whole time.