Putting a dog down via lethal injection

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Q: We have a dog that is very old and experiences much pain in walking and moving about. My father suggests having the dog put down by a vet. This would entail an intravenous injection. Described as “…a very high dose of pentobarbital or sodium thiopental. Unconsciousness, respiratory then cardiac arrest follow rapidly, usually within 30 seconds.” Is it permissible to put a dog down in this manner via lethal injection?


A: Yes.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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