How to Humanely Put Down a Sick Dog

By Lisa Newcomb

Deciding to euthanize a beloved pet can be one of the most difficult decisions a dog owner makes. When a dog becomes too ill to enjoy life or to function properly, euthanasia is a humane option, however. It is a painless procedure that can be done by your family veterinarian.

Discuss all options with your veterinarian. Sometimes a dog's quality of life can be maintained if pain medication is available to help its condition. Your veterinarian will be able to assess whether euthanasia is a good option for your pet at any stage of sickness.

Plan a euthanasia date. Some families like to have a date in the near future so that they can spend time saying good-bye to their beloved pet.

Take your dog to your veterinarian to be euthanized. The process involves injecting a death-causing drug into the dog after administering a tranquilizer. Some dog owners choose to be with their dog for the entire process, while others opt out.