DIY Pet Euthanasia

I’m so glad you asked this question because it is a common one and many people feel lost when they have to make this decision. The only humane way to euthanize a pet at home is to use an injectable pentobarbital solution, which is available from your veterinarian. Please do not use any other substance or drug as they are not reliable or painless for this purpose.

There are some other products on the market that will do the job, but you really do need veterinary guidance on what to use and how to use it.

The best thing you can do if you can’t get hold of an injectable solution is to take your pet to the vet. It will be the last time you see your pet, so make it a good memory that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Can you euthanize your pet at home?

The only humane way to euthanize a pet at home is with the presence of a veterinarian or veterinary professional. To do it yourself, you would need to know exactly what drugs you were using and in what doses and how much time would be needed for them to take effect. The right drugs and doses depend on the size of the animal and the reason the euthanasia is taking place (euthanasia for pain management, euthanasia for illness vs euthanasia for behavioral issues).

Pet euthanasia at home

It’s comforting to have the euthanasia done at home, in familiar surroundings.

Euthanasia services for pets are rare in most parts of the country, but there are places where it’s legal to have your pet put down in your home. People with very ill pets often seek out this kind of service when they’re unable to travel with the pet to a veterinarian.

Instead, they need to find an in-home euthanasia service.

There are direct-to-consumer websites that connect pet owners with veterinarians who are willing to come to their homes and help end their pets’ suffering. They can be a great option for pet owners who don’t want their pets to suffer or struggle when they die.


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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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