QUESTION: Masters I would like to know about the euthanasia of sick animals. It’s something that worries me because my dog is very sick. Now I’m only treating him with aloe vera because the medications were making his condition worse. I did not want to have to “fall him asleep” but I do not want to see him suffer. ~Ana, Portugal

ANSWER: All types of physical bodies on planet Earth have an expiration date. They are affected by a normal progression of degeneration, chemical pollutants, and internal disorders. Those who have reasoning brains and communication skills can let their wishes be known to others. Those that are not so equipped must be tended by the ones responsible for their well-being.

With pet animals, a caring “parent” should be aware of their charge’s quality of life. Humans who ask for assistance can get their various distresses addressed through medication, stimuli machines, meditation, and surgical procedures. Animals cannot tell you what they are feeling, where they have pain, and the tolerability of same.

As you have done with the medications, you are aware of some of your pet’s concerns. But what of his quality of life? Put yourself in his position and imagine what you would want your human to do for you. Would you want to wither away with limited mobility, no enjoyment, and constant pain?

Euthanasia for humans is frowned upon by society, yet some nationalities find ways to end their suffering and move on so that they can get ready for the next incarnation. American Indians, and some Eastern Indians, stop eating, go out into the wilderness and assist their bodies in ceasing to function. Some humans in intense pain go to Source by their own hands, using over-medication, asphyxiation, or a bullet.

Animals in the wild, when reaching their expiration date, follow the path of the Indians. Human pets do not have that ability since they cannot live outside the home they were raised in. It is then up to their caregivers, much like hospice workers, to help end the suffering. In most countries, humans are kept in a drugged state until their bodies cease to function, and in some they consent to euthanasia where it is permitted. Evaluate what your pet would want: pain or bliss.