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.

You will need

  • Veterinarian
  • Professional support
  • Favorite toys

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.

Step 2 Consult with a vet Consult with a veterinarian about possible medical problems and whether the dog is experiencing pain or discomfort.

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.

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.

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.

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.