How to Humanely Put Down a Sick Dog

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Never euthanize an otherwise healthy dog simply because you can no longer care for it. Bring your unwanted dog to a local animal shelter instead.

Euthanasia is a painless procedure for animals.

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.

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Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.


Step 3

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.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.