The thought of having to put a beloved dog to sleep is an extremely difficult and gut-wrenching one that no pet owner should ever have to go through. Oftentimes, we don’t even know how we will cope with the pain of losing our dogs until we’re faced with it.
As a vet, I’d like to clarify that euthanasia can be 100% painless for dogs. When done correctly by a professional, the dog literally feels no pain.
When should a dog be euthanized?
There are several reasons to have a dog euthanized. Some dogs are euthanized for non-medical reasons, such as behavior problems. The decision to euthanize your pet is never an easy one, but it may be the kindest thing you do for your beloved pet.
The decision to put down a dog should not be taken lightly, but sometimes it is the most humane thing you can do. Here are some of the most common reasons for having your pet euthanized:
The main reasons for you to consider euthanasia are if your pet is suffering or if they are terminally ill. If your dog is in pain, the only way to relieve that pain is by putting them down. The same applies if your pet has a terminal illness that cannot be treated or cured, and will only get worse over time.
A dog that has reached an advanced age or that has developed an illness that cannot be managed by medical treatment often becomes less tolerant of life, and may become depressed or aggressive.
Dogs with severe arthritis may become incontinent, unable to get in and out of the car without help, and unable to climb stairs. Their joints deteriorate and they may develop heart disease or diabetes.
Sometimes, an illness will be too much for your dog to cope with and they will develop other ailments as a result of the illness. These ailments can cause pain and suffering for your pet. It may be time to consider putting them down if you can no longer provide the care they need due to their illness.
Dogs can become aggressive and unpredictable as they age and this should always be taken into consideration when considering whether or not to put them down.
Most dogs over 10 years old will die of something other than old age.
Can I kill my dog?
You can not euthanize your dog at home. It is illegal to euthanize a pet at home, and you could get in trouble with the law if you do. This is because your pet could suffer greatly from being put down incorrectly.
The Humane Society recommends that you take your dog to a veterinarian who will perform the procedure in a humane way.
In most states, you have to take your dog to a veterinarian or veterinary clinic for euthanasia. Some clinics offer home euthanasia services as an alternative.
To find an in-home euthanasia service, ask your veterinarian if he or she knows of anyone in your area who offers this service. If not, contact the Humane Society or a local animal shelter, which maintains a list of in-home euthanasia services by state.
Does a dog know it’s being put to sleep?
A dog does not know what is happening when it is being put to sleep.
One of the hardest things for pet owners to deal with is the thought of putting their beloved dog down. They will go to great lengths to try and save their pet, even if it means spending money on veterinary bills they can’t afford or driving hours to the nearest emergency vet clinic.
The stress and worry of knowing that you are going to have to euthanize your dog is unbearable for many people, so they put it off as long as possible. However, euthanasia is a lot more humane than simply letting your dog suffer from a fatal illness or injury.
When you make the decision to put your dog down, be sure to do it in a comfortable environment. The last thing you want is for your pet to feel scared or confused when he or she goes to sleep forever. Make sure you have a friend or family member there with you at the end, someone your dog knows well and trusts.
Should I stay with my pet during euthanasia?
Yes, it may be difficult for you to watch as your vet administers the euthanasia drug to your pet. But by being present for this final act of love and compassion, you will help your pet’s soul transition from this life to the next.
The most important thing you can do for your pet is to provide comfort in their final moments. Put your hand on their head or gently pet them. Sit with them quietly and talk soothingly, or play the music that they like.
How much does it cost to put a dog to sleep at PetSmart?
Putting a dog to sleep at PetSmart can cost anywhere from $50 to $100 or more, depending on the size of the dog and which services are included. You will also have to pay for your pet’s cremation or burial.