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Old 10-20-2011, 10:56 PM   #21 
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This is gross but a serious question, is there a lot of blood and mess with blunt force?
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:00 PM   #22 
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There is a bit of it. I just use 3-4 paper towels. Put your fish in between the sheets of it, and let the water soak in a little bit so you can see where the head is. If you're confident in your hit, you can look away, but I find the paper towels block the most gruesome bits of it.
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:06 PM   #23 
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If you hit it hard enough to kill, but not enough to completely flatten the head it's not so bad.

I have euthed a couple without a cloth over the top, and it wasn't so gory it made me feel sick or anything. Blood doesn't come spraying out if that's what you're worried about.
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:36 PM   #24 
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I could never do it, but I'm sure one of my sons would gladly help.
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:04 AM   #25 
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I'm going to let him spend as many days sleeping in his house as he wants to hold on, or until his quality of life is bad.
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:19 AM   #26 
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Sounds like a good plan GreenTea - I hope he recovers for the best *e-hug* be strong!
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:29 AM   #27 
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I only euthanise if the fish looks like it is severely distressed or in pain. If your betta doesn't have that look yet, I think there's nothing wrong with letting him have a good last few days/weeks.

Sorry you have to contemplate euthanasia GreenTea. It's always so hard whatever the pet.
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:34 AM   #28 
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Well he was a few days ok, he seems ok now.. Before he was rolling and couldn't get air easily, he would barely make it up and then sink the the bottom and roll :( He's just back to sleeping all the time, which is ok.
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