One Last Goodbye: Tips To Help Dog Owners Navigate Euthanasia

Owning a dog can be so rewarding. It's lovely to have a pet who is always happy to see you and curl up in your arms. However, there is one aspect of dog ownership that's never easy: saying that last goodbye. Many dog owners choose euthanasia for their pets in order to minimize their suffering. This is not always an easy decision to make or an easy process to go through, but the following tips can help immensely.

Make a plan before you have to.

As your dog gets older, it's a good idea to start planning for euthanasia. You don't want to wait until the last minute and have to make a split-second decision when you're anxious and sad about your dog. Ask your vet what options they offer. See if there are any at-home vets who offer euthanasia in your area. Think about who you might want to have there when you do say goodbye to your dog for the last time. If you have a plan in your back pocket, then it's easier to execute it when the time is right.

Consider at-home euthanasia.

It is becoming more common for pet owners to have their dogs put to sleep at home. This approach has a few advantages. Your dog will feel more comfortable in their own home. You can invite friends or family members over if desired. And you won't have to drive after the appointment, which is good news because you'll probably be sad and grieving. While at-home euthanasia is not for everyone, it is a good option for many. 

Consider the cost of burial or cremation.

Euthanasia comes at a cost. It's not a bad idea to ask your vet how much they charge beforehand so you can set that money aside. But don't forget the cost of cremation or burial. If you plan on burying your dog on your own property, this may not be a concern – but do make sure doing so is legal in your jurisdiction. If you want to have your dog cremated, see whether your vet contracts with a service that does this. They can generally give you a rough estimate so you can plan accordingly.

With the tips above, you can simplify the process of euthanizing your dog and make the whole experience a little less stressful. Talk to your vet if you'd like more tips and information.