put down (2)
Meaning: to put a sick or injured animal to death, usually by lethal injectionSynonym: put to sleep
- put sth down Tottie was very old and very sick, so we told the vet to put her down.
- put down sth Putting down family pets is one of the most difficult parts of my job as a vet.
- have sth put down If a horse breaks a leg, sometimes the kindest thing to do is to have it put down.
If a pet needs to be put down and you can't afford to pay a vet, you should take it to