How to Put a Dog to Sleep

If your pooch is showing its age, this guide will help you end things with the dignity and compassion your best friend deserves.


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You Will Need

  • Veterinarian
  • Professional support
  • Favorite toys


  1. Step 1

    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.

  2. Step 2

    Consult with a vet

    Consult with a veterinarian about possible medical problems and whether the dog is experiencing pain or discomfort.

  3. Step 3

    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.

  4. Be brutally honest with yourself about your dog's chances at continued happy living. Don't prolong things if the animal is suffering.

  5. Step 4

    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.

  6. Step 5

    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.

  7. Step 6

    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.

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