Euthanizing your dog (“putting your dog to sleep”) is one of the hardest decisions that a dog owner will have to make. The happy days with your loyal canine friend may be over and it’s enormously difficult to say goodbye.
Whether we call it ‘putting our dog to sleep’, ‘putting our dog down’ or ‘euthanizing our dog’, it’s a subject no one wants to talk about – and with good reason.
“Is it time to Euthanize my Dog” Quiz
If you would like to get our opinion on your own personal situation, you can click “Start” on the image below, and take our quiz to answer 6 questions about your dog:
When Is The ‘Right’ Time? Signs It’s Time To Euthanize
So how do you know if now is the right time to euthanize your dog? This is probably one of the most common questions dog owners ask, and the most difficult one to answer. I’ve seen (and felt) the distress, pain, and internal battle that it causes.
In fact, there may not be a clear-cut ‘right’ time to euthanize your dog, but there is often (although not always) a window where it could be considered the ‘best’ time for a number of reasons.
There are some situations where the answer to this question is pretty clear-cut:
- When a dog is in severe, chronic pain which can’t be relieved
- When a dog is critically injured and won’t be able to survive the damage
- If a dog’s quality of life is so poor that he/she is merely ‘existing’ not ‘living’
But, there are more ‘gray’ areas than black and white.
Which is the right choice to make when:
- Our dog is in long-term chronic pain, but it IS relieved by medication/treatment
- He isn’t able to run/play and barely eats, but still seems to be comfortable
- She has a terminal disease, but doesn’t have any insurmountable symptoms – yet
- Our dog is mostly anxious/confused but has short periods of being her ‘old self’
- He has no appetite, often refuses to drink, and has trouble with incontinence
There are also other potentially difficult situations, such as:
- When a dog is aggressive to the point of being dangerous, and training, behavioral modification, and other treatments haven’t helped.
- When finances simply don’t allow you to afford ongoing, long-term treatment for your dog’s severe, chronic, and eventually terminal health conditions.
- When your dog could survive for some time to come, but his life will be full of vet visits, painful treatments, anxiety, and stress… with no hope of recovery, just management.
All of the above clearly shows that there is NO single, one-size-fits-all answer to any of these questions. As owners, we know our dogs better than anyone else in the world.
Continue reading our page about Putting Your Dog to Sleep or click directly to the shortcuts below:
- Putting Your Dog to Sleep – A Final Act Of Love
- When Is The ‘Right’ Time? Signs To Put Your Dog to Sleep
- Should You Put Your Dog to Sleep? Answer These 6 Questions
- What Happens During The Euthanasia Process?
- How Do I Say Goodbye To My Dog?
- Where Should My Dog Be Put To Sleep?
- The Cost Of Putting A Dog To Sleep
- Pet Cremation, Burial & Memorials
- How To Manage The Loss?
- Should I Get Another Dog?
Disclaimer: The information presented on this website is not a substitute for veterinary advice, diagnosis or treatment. We recommend taking your pet to the veterinarian for a full medical exam. Do not give supplements or medication without first consulting with your veterinarian first.