Assisting injured, sick, and elderly pets in their passing has always been an accepted practice. This accepted means of humanely alleviating the suffering of animals is referred to as euthanasia. You may also hear it referred to as ‘putting the animal to sleep’ or ‘putting the animal down.’
This is the hardest decision a pet owner will ever have to make. It is often a decision that must be made after many years of devoted love and companionship between owner and pet. Sometimes an owner will meet with judgmental condemnation concerning this matter from others. It takes courage to consider this option and it is always a good idea to seek the advice of a professional veterinarian.