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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: Be brutally honest with yourself about your dog's chances at continued happy living. Don't prolong things if the animal is suffering.
  • 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.
  • FACT: A South Korean bio-technology company has begun cloning pets for $150,000 a puppy.

You Will Need

  • Veterinarian
  • Professional support
  • Favorite toys

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