When your dog is suffering and you and your vet have done all you can you may need to consider putting your best friend to sleep. This is an extremely difficult decision and an emotional time for you and your family. It’s a huge responsibility and will make you constantly question if you’re doing the right thing. But there are compassionate and caring people to help and information to gather to ensure your dog gets the right end of life treatment and you get peace of mind.
Here are 5 tips for getting through planned dog euthanasia:
1. Be Prepared
Dog euthanasia can be heart breaking but allowing your pet to suffer is unthinkable. Start by making a list of all the questions you need to ask your vet – arrange an appointment so that all the options can be discussed fully. It’s really important that you know what to expect and what happens afterwards. You may also want to fill in all the necessary paperwork so you don’t have to bother on the day.
2. Know the costs
The cost of the procedure and after care depends on the size and weight of your pet. You’ll be able to get a quote which includes your location, appointments within and outside practice hours, cremation or burial in the pet cemetery. All of your individual needs will be taken into account and a price given beforehand so that you can make the necessary financial arrangements.
3. Understand the procedure
The first stage of any pet euthanasia is the administration of a sedative – making your dog calm and relaxed and unable to feel anything else within five to fifteen minutes. Once in a deep sleep a second injection will be given either intravenously through the front leg, or via a catheter into the back leg.
This gentle and pain-free ending for your dog held in your arms and surrounded by favourite things is the ideal environment for a dignified passing. You’ll be able to choose if you want soft music playing and dimmed lighting – whatever you believe your dog would be most comfortable with. You can prevent any staining on your carpet or furniture by simply having some old towels or blankets readily available – there may be slight urine leakage afterwards.
4. Choose the right euthanasia service
You want to make sure that last day spent with your dog is special – so you need home visit vets that are dedicated to giving all the advice and support you need. Search for an end-of-life care team such as Cloud 9 Vets who provide gentle at-home euthanasia for chronically ill or ailing elderly pets.
The vets who come to help you and your pet will be professionally trained and qualified with years of experience. They’ll guide you through the process making it as stress-free as possible. Everything you need will be provided for you during this difficult time.
When your vet has checked the vital signs such as heart activity and reflexes to ensure your dog has passed away you’ll get all the help you need with after care arrangements. You’ll be able to choose individual dog cremation where ashes are collected and returned to you or spread for you, or communal pet cremation at the Chapel of Rest.
5. Celebrate your pet’s life
Planning special ceremonies, rituals, and prayers for your dog will help with the grieving process. You must allow yourself time to get over your loss which can be quite devastating – reach out to pet loss helplines to get professional help when you need it.
The activity of planning can be therapeutic for all of your family. You can create a special photo album, have a remembrance spot, or plant a tree – memorialise your dog the best way for you.