[quote="bkayw, post:4, topic:211757"]
It's rediculously expensive to properly care for dogs and cats.
Small animal vets charge more for treatment of animals than what human medical doctors charge.
NOT TRUE. See below.
It's very common to spend $500 and up per animal per year on elderly pets.
I don't smoke, drink, gamble, etc. but I do take my old pets to be treated at vets.
Let's stop the misinformation right now. :mad:
Human medical treatment costs far, far more than veterinary medical treatment. In fact, veterinarians do far more per dollar than human physicians can (Insurance, malpractice and greedy lawyers being part of the problem)
What you may be thinking of is out of pocket expense. If so, then yes, typically an office visit at the veterinarian costs more out of pocket than does a human physician visit.
However, one has to take into consideration the cost of medical insurance (which most people think of as "free" or as a Benny or Perk. But it still costs you. And let's not forget the deductable for procedures. Most people's deductable is more than what a typical dog or cat owner pays a year in total for their pet's veterinary bills.
So before you go on a veterinarian bashing discourse, please consider that such "ridiculous" expenses go towards paying the clinic and staff, not to mention the doctors who need to eat and feed their families and in my case send their kids to Catholic high school. Ask any veterinary care worker what they make. You'll be surprised. Look up the average salary for veterinarians online. We're not wealthy people. We make sacrifices in time, money and effort to help our patients.
I'm not critical of human physicians; I think most of them are underpaid for the work they do. But if you don't want to spend money on your pets, fine. Just don't slam those of us who have dedicated our lives toward the health and wellbeing of animals, many of us having made substantial financial sacrifices because we like what we do.
Now back to the OP:
Not sinful at all to euthanize an animal, in fact it is an act of kindness and stewardship.