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Become an expert in the care and feeding of Fido with the advice in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Professional support
- Favorite toys
Judge your dog's quality of life
Judge your dog's quality of life by looking at their eating and sleeping as well as marked changes in general behavior.
Consult with a vet
Consult with a veterinarian about possible medical problems and whether the dog is experiencing pain or discomfort.
Decide on hospice care
Decide whether hospice care is necessary to help make your furry friend as comfortable as possible before putting them to sleep.
Prepare for the end
Prepare the family for the end by having everyone say goodbye and surround your dog with pleasant items, like toys or a blanket they like.
Set up a time
Arrange a time and day to have the dog put to sleep and avoid the stress of visiting the clinic by asking the vet to make a special house call.
Contact ASPCA Pet Loss Support
Contact the ASPCA pet loss support group for grief counseling if you have small children or other pets in the home that miss the deceased.