Hi guys. It's been a not-so-great pet month for me. First Rama died, and then Will. (Both are Bettas) Most recently, AJ has passed on.
Now, sadly, Kanya, my oldest living female Betta, is quite ill. A small infection turned into a large one that won't respond to meds. I've worked very hard to try to make her better, but she's only gotten worse. She seems to be suffering now, and I know I have to end her pain but I don't know how. I keep hearing conflicting things. I used to euthanize fish by freezing them but recently I've been reading that this is now considered inhumane. Currently, slamming the fish on the ground, or hitting it over the head with a hard object, chopping off the head, or stabbing them in the brain is considered to be humane but I just can't make myself do it. Three of them are too darn gross to do...I just CAN'T. The last one involves knowing the fish's anatomy VERY well and I may just cause more suffering if I mess up.
I do still read some places that freezing is considered fine, and at this point I think almost anything is better than letting her suffer any longer. I mean, she has a large gaping wound in her side that's obviously infected and obviously painful. She's jerking about in a very painfilled sort of manner.
I really don't know what to do. So I'm hoping to get lots of input from you guys out there. What works for you? What have you read about fish euthanasia?
The most humane ways I've read about aren't possible for me to do. It involves chemicals I cannot legally get ahold of. Obviously, not a possible choice. Sigh.
Do any of you know anything about using a mixture of vodka and clove oil to humanely euthanize them? I read something about that somewhere but I have NO idea about it. Been doing some research but it's making me less and less sure about what I can do, aside from wait for Nature to run its course...which seems more inhumane than anything else.
I need to end her suffering now. Poor thing...
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.