Putting a dog to sleep: a gentle death of the beloved pet
Putting your dog to sleep is a painful affair. In this case, the last trip to the vet means death and grief. For many dog owners, it is therefore tough to decide when the right time has come to let their best friend go.
The finality of the decision carries such great weight for the dog owner in this case. Of course, there will hardly be anyone who rashly puts his dog to sleep. But the reverse question remains a complicated issue in many cases: how exactly and when can I make the right decision? However individually colored this topic may be, some empirical data will help with one of the most challenging decisions.
Putting the dog to sleep: Find the right time.
Putting down a beloved dog is a challenging experience for any pet owner. Finding the right time is rarely easy. For very sick dogs, your veterinarian will help you make the decision. For older four-legged friends who are sickly but still in good shape, you will have to weigh it yourself. In most cases, however, you will know precisely when your faithful companion can’t take any more. Listen to your gut: if your four-legged friend’s quality of life is limited and your best friend suffers severe pain, it is better to let him go.
Prepare the last hours well.
It is often neglected as an essential point: think about where you want to say goodbye to your dog. Most veterinarians also come to the house to euthanize an animal. This way, your pet will be in familiar surroundings when he has to take his final walk. Of course, it can also be a place in the backyard that your family member has always loved so much. Choose a place where your four-legged friend feels comfortable. Prepare a blanket or a carpet on which your best friend can lie relaxed. The procedure will be less stressful for you and him.
The vet ensures a painless farewell.
During the actual euthanasia, your dog will receive an injection into the vein from the veterinarian. Within three seconds, death occurs. The medication used in this process consists of a powerful anesthetic and an agent to relax and prevent convulsions. Your dog will not notice anything and will fall asleep peacefully. Before the procedure, you will be asked if you would like to be present. This is your own decision. In most cases, dog owners want to pay their last respects to their faithful companion.