Euthanizing Your Dog at Home with a Veterinarian - At-Home Euthanasia
When you have to make the decision to put your dog to sleep, it can be a very traumatic decision. No one wants to make that call, but there are times when we, pet owners, must make the decision.
Only you, as the pet owner, will know when it is time to euthanize your pet. Each animal will be different, but keep in mind that when you pet cannot perform the daily routines of eating, sleeping, and using the bathroom, it may be time to make the call.
When your pet cannot live a normal life, it may be time to make the call.
It is a hard decision to make, but making your pet live for your own desires to prolong life, is cruel.
When you've made the decision to euthanize your dog, you may want to consider at-home euthanasia, where you will have a veterinarian come to your home to put your dog to sleep.
Dealing with the Grief
Euthanizing your dog at home can be ideal if the dog is too ill or too large to take to the vet. It is also a good option to help reduce stress on the pet from having to take him to the animal hospital to be around other animals and people.
In some cases, euthanizing your pet at home will help the people and other animals who live with the pet. Being able to see the body can help both people and animals come to grasp with the situation, creating closure.
In some cases, the other animals in the home may search for the deceased pet not understanding where he has gone, which can cause depression-like symptoms of appetite loss and lethargy.
Home euthanization can make a dog's last moments peaceful and calm, instead of stressful and anxious.
Problems with At Home Euthanasia
The main problem is that not all veterinarians will make house calls. Check with your vet to see if he will be able to come to your home, if he does not make house calls, your vet may be able to make suggestion as to vets in your area that may.
When euthanizing your dog, you don't have to be in the room when the procedure occurs. Do not feel obligated to sit there. If you have to walk away, do so. Consider not allowing younger children to witness the procedure. If you decide to stay during the procedure, but feel your emotions getting to you, consider walking out so that your pet doesn't see you upset; animals feel and sense your emotions.
What Will Happen
During the process, your dog may make noises, experience muscle spasms, appear to gasp for air, and void his bowels and bladder. These are normal reactions, and do not mean that your pet is in pain or suffering.
Before the procedure, your vet may opt to give your dog a sedative that will help calm any nerves and will help relax your pet.
Then the euthanasia solution will be injected through a vein, so that it is dispersed throughout the body. Your pet will not feel any pain.
He will become unconscious and breathing will slow down and stop over the next several seconds. Cardiac arrest will follow, and then death. The process will take less than a minute after the euthanasia medicine is administered.
You do not have to watch the process if it is beyond your comfort. Just keep in mind that your pet will not be in pain during the process. It is a very peaceful process.