Dog Euthanasia: What to Expect
by Pet Qwerks Toys on May 1, 2019
Even though it is an extremely tough decision to make whether to put dog to sleep when they are aging or terminally ill, it is important to know what to expect when you do finally decide to go ahead with it.
- It can be done at home or your vet’s clinic. Not all vet’s offer the service so make sure you call them up and ask.
- Set aside a time where all of your family can meet the dog and say their goodbyes. If you have children, explain to them what is happening and talk to them about losing their favorite pet.
- If you’ve chosen to do it at the vet’s office, bring your dog’s bed with you or their favourite pillow or blanket in which they would feel the most comfortable.
- Decide if you want to be present for the procedure. If you do, make sure you sit with your dog when the vet administers medicine, so that your dog is surrounded by their loved ones.
- Some vets give a shot of sedative before euthanasia. These shots may sting your dog a little. Some also cause reactions. So make sure your vet checks first before administering a full dose.
- Most vets use pentobarbital as a euthanasia medication. It is generally used for seizures. If administered in large doses, it quickly puts your dog to sleep, shuts their heart and brain function in two minutes. It is usually given as a shot in the leg or an IV.
- When your dog passes, their eyes may not be fully closed so you can close them. They might urinate or defecate. Their face may twitch or they make take a big last breath. It’s important to know that your pet isn’t in pain.
- Your vet must listen to your dog’s heartbeat and confirm if they have passed away.
- Make sure you’ve arranged for after care. Many places offer cremation services and can arrange for individual cremation. Generally vet offices are also associated with companies that offer such services and you can simply get in touch with them. These companies pick up your dog’s body and carry out all services
- It is natural for you to grieve. There is no specific way to do it so do what is comfortable for you. Think about all the good times you’ve had with your dog and how this process relieves their suffering.