How to Euthanize a Dog with Sleeping Pills – A Detailed Guide

It is said that dogs are a man’s best friend. The truth of the statement could only be realized by a person who has owned a dog. Life becomes a lot more beautiful when you get the selfless love that only a dog can give you.

However, sometimes some of us might be unfortunate enough to see our beloved pet go through some illness from which they cannot recover. In such situations, we have to take some tough calls. Sometimes, the best decision is to put your dog to sleep forever and give him the peace that he deserves. This way your dog would get the dignified farewell that he deserves.

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What is Euthanasia?

Euthanasia is the process of intentionally ending the life of someone to relieve them of the pain and suffering. Euthanasia is commonly done when your dog is suffering from an illness or a medical condition that is preventing him from living a normal life and causing him much pain and misery. In the following article, we would take a look at whether you can euthanize with sleeping pills. We would take a look at the things that you can do and the things you shouldn’t do when

Things You Would Need

The Right Sleeping Pills

You cannot use human anaesthetics to euthanize your dog. So, drugs like Valium and Xanax are not the right pills for euthanizing your dog. In fact, the most effective anaesthetic for euthanizing your dog is Pentobarbital Sodium. It is approved by the Humane Society of America for euthanizing dogs. This comes as an injection. However, certain oral barbiturates can also be used.


Sedatives

The action of barbiturates are painful for your dog. You would not want to bid such a painful goodbye to your beloved pet. Therefore, you would need to sedatives to relax your dog. In most cases, you would need a combination of sedatives. You need to check with your veterinarian to ensure you are using the right sedatives.


Expert Help

Even if you are doing this at your home and you have everything that you need, you would need to have a qualified and experienced veteran by your side. This would help you administer the euthanasia in the right way.


Some Factors You Need to Consider

You must realize that euthanasia is a big decision to take. Therefore, you should consider a few facts before taking the decision.

#1. Discuss with Veterinarian

The first thing that you would need to consider is getting touch with your veterinarian and discussing whether euthanasia is really necessary. Euthanasia should only be seen as the last resort. If anything else could be done, you should do it.

#2. Decide Where to Do It

The next thing that you would need to do is to decide whether you would be doing this at home or at the clinic. Things would be a lot easier if you do it at the clinic. However, it could be done at home without any hassles. You just need to ensure that you have all the things needed to perform the task.


The Process of Euthanizing Your Dog

The entire process of euthanizing can be divided into certain stages. Here, we would be taking a look at the stages that you would need to go through to give the dignified farewell that he deserves.

Stage One: Preparing for Euthanasia

Step 1: Emotional And Mental Preparation

Before you actually go through the process of euthanasia, you need to prepare for it. For most dog owners, euthanasia would be an incredibly tough thing to go through. You would need to prepare for a life without your beloved dog.

Your dog is an important part of your family and hence, you would need to bond with your family and give support to each other as you would need it. Keep photos of dogs all around the house so that you have something to remember him after he is gone.

​Most of the times, the children of the house have a special attachment to dogs. It is recommended that you don’t tell any lies to your children. Most of the people say that the dog has run away or he is going to another place. You would need to sit down with your kids and say what exactly is going to happen to your dog. An excellent book for kids is ‘When a Pet Dies’ by Fred Rogers.


Step 2: Talk with Your Veterinarian

The next thing that you would need to do is talk with your veterinarian. As said before, you need to make sure that Euthanasia is the last option for your dog. Talk about everything that you have any doubt about. It is very important that you get an expert opinion about even the smallest of details.

​You would need to discuss options about palliative care in case you would want to extend the life of your dog. Most professional veterinarians and they would honestly say if palliative care would be of any benefit. You must think about what’s best for your dog and not about how you could keep him alive for a few more days.

You should also have a clear idea about the costs involved in euthanasia. It is a good idea to pay the cost upfront as you might it find it hard to deal with these things after you have bidden farewell to your beloved pet. Most veterinarians would be able to calculate all the costs before the treatment and you would be able to pay the costs upfront.​


Stage Two: Undergoing the Process of Euthanasia

Step 3: Making Your Dog Comfortable

Before you begin the process of euthanasia, you must find a comfortable place for the dog. If euthanasia is administered in the right way, then your dog would not get restless. But still, you would need a comfortable place for your dog. If you are doing this in a clinic, then finding the right place would not be an issue. If you are doing this at your home, then you would need a place where your dog would feel at ease.

Step 4: Administering the Drug

If you are looking to inject the drug, then you would need to place an intravenous catheter or cannula. In most cases, your veterinarian would clip a patch of fur from the front leg, where they would attach the catheter. If you are using oral drugs, then you don’t need to attach catheter to your dog.

​First, you would need to administer the sedatives to relax the muscles of your dog and make it easier for him and his body to deal with the euthanasia drug. You can inject the sedative or use an oral medication to relax your dog.

Next, you would need to administer the euthanasia drug. Since you would be using oral medications, you need to consult with your veterinarian about the correct dose you would need to give to your dog. The drug would relax the muscles, the breathing would cease and slowly the heart would stop beating. Your veterinarian would confirm that the heart has stopped beating and your beloved dog has departed.

​There might be certain reflex actions, like gasping or twitching. He might even void urine or stool. However, these are not signs that your dog is alive.


A Few Words Before Ending

So, these were the steps that you need to take while administering euthanasia to your dog. I hope you got to know what you wanted to know. Remember, when your dog has given you love, you need to give some of that love back to your beloved pet and give him the best farewell.

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