Saying goodbye to a beloved pet can be a difficult emotional journey, but it can also be expensive. The cost for pet euthanasia depends on the type of service you choose and whether you go with a veterinary clinic or a mobile service.
What is the cheapest way to put your dog down?
The cheapest way to put a dog down is to take him to an animal shelter and ask if they can put him down for you or to have it done by a vet school. If you cannot afford this, contact your local humane society who may be able to help or direct you to someone that can.
Financial assistance for pet euthanasia
- Your veterinarian may be able to recommend a low-cost euthanasia program. Call around to different vets until you find one that is willing to work with your budget.
- Look for shelters and rescue groups in your area. Some shelters have a limited number of spots to put pets down, so they may offer free euthanasia as a way to deal with the situation.
- Contact a local humane society or animal shelter and ask what they can do for you. If they can’t help, they may be able to refer you to an organization that can.
- Ask your veterinarian if there is any way you can work out a payment plan or if he or she can encourage other clients to donate money to help you pay the bill.
- Post fliers around town with a photo of your pet and contact information about where you can be reached if someone wants to adopt him/her.
- Contact your local animal control agency and ask if they’re willing to perform the procedure for reduced costs if it’s an unadoptable animal (such as a terminally ill pet).
- Many humane societies and ASPCAs perform volunteer work at their facilities in exchange for reduced costs on services such as euthanasia or spay/neuter procedures.
- Most veterinary colleges will offer low-cost euthanasia services as part of their student training program. If you contact a veterinary college, however, make sure you’re getting information from the school’s veterinary department.
- Ask friends and family if they know someone in the veterinary field who might perform the procedure for free or at a discount. It never hurts to ask!
- Post on social media about your situation. You will find that more often than not, people are willing to donate money to help you out. Don’t feel bad about asking for help. We all need it at one time or another. Your animal is suffering and needs to be put down humanely, so do everything you can to make that happen for them.
Grieving the loss of a pet after euthanasia
There is no manual on how to grieve for the loss of a pet. Sometimes, the hardest part is dealing with the decision to euthanize your family member. There can be a lot of guilt associated with this and it can be difficult to overcome.
It is a good idea to let at least one other person know your plans ahead of time. This way, they can let others know that you will need support and comfort.
Talk to your pet’s veterinarian so you understand the process and know what to expect. They will often suggest you take some time to say goodbye to your pet.
You can memorialize your pet by planting a tree, laying a photo patio slab in your garden, or having clay paw prints made of their feet. Having some time to remember your pet can make the grieving process easier.
Most importantly, talk to someone. It doesn’t matter whether it is a family member, a friend, or a grief support group. Discussing your feelings of loss will go a long way toward helping you heal.
Can you legally euthanize your own pet?
Yes, you can euthanize your own pet if it is suffering from an incurable disease or injury. However, this must be carried out by a trained and licensed practitioner. You cannot put your pet down yourself, as this would be considered animal cruelty by law.
In some extreme cases where you feel that you have no alternative and you cannot find a vet to do the deed, you may take the pet’s life yourself. But there are risks associated with this ‘solution’ and it could land you in trouble with the police or courts. It is much better to seek advice from your vet or local council and get them involved so they can help you on how best to proceed.
Should you be there when your pet is euthanized?
Some owners do not want to be in the room during euthanasia as it is too upsetting. If you feel comfortable being with your pet, it is a good idea to do so. Not only does it give you a chance to say goodbye, but your presence will help to keep your pet calm as they fall asleep.
Once the anesthetic takes effect, the pet will no longer be aware of their surroundings and the whole process is over quite quickly.
Conclusion of euthanizing a pet
When you are ready to say goodbye to your beloved pet, a veterinarian or technician will give your pet an injection that initially causes his or her heart rate to increase. You may notice slight muscular twitching and then the muscles in your pet’s body will relax. Your pet will take several deep breaths and then he or she will fall asleep. Many people feel that these final moments are peaceful and comforting for both owner and pet.
Once your pet has passed away, you may opt to have a private cremation. This cremation allows you to have back the ashes of your pet after they have been incinerated. Some families choose to bury the ashes of their pets in their backyard so that they can always feel like they are by their side. Other families choose to scatter the ashes in a place where their pets loved to go on walks or eat treats.
Finally, if you need to seek financial assistance because of your pet’s illness, you might be able to get help from organizations such as The Pet Fund or The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. The Pet Fund provides grants for animals who have expensive medical problems while The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement provides a list of contacts for counseling services in your area.