What do Vets do After They put a Dog to Sleep? Your beloved dog has become old and in pain and is developing dog dementia barking all night. The dog now has no quality of life, and hardly eats his food. You decide to go along to the vet and enquire about euthanasia.
You will have some questions that you want to ask the vets about how they put the dog to sleep? You don’t want him to suffer any longer, and this is the last resort.
Prepare your family for the sad event and allow your children time to say goodbye to the dog. This is possibly their first experience with death and it may take a while for them to realize that the dog won’t be back.
Take your pet’s blanket to wrap him in and go to the vet office, if you can, take your partner with you for support.
Sometimes this is done at home in more familiar and safe surroundings for your pet, otherwise at the surgery. When the vet puts the dog to sleep he may give a tranquilizing injection first, depending on the agitation levels of the animal.
Then the vet will mostly use pentobarbital ( a seizure medication) in quite a large dose and the animal loses consciousness. Your pet just goes to sleep in a very peaceful manner.
This will depend on your county or state ordinance, you need to check this out prior to euthanasia. If you plan to bury your pet at home, it should be done immediately, if not you will be asked to cold store the body.
You may have already chosen a designated pet Cemetery or pet Crematorium. Cremation is now becoming increasingly popular, and if you chose this option you can book a memorial service to commemorate your late dog’s life.
Once your dog has been put to sleep by the vet. Wrap him in a blanket and take him home for burial or Cremation. If you are lucky enough to be able to bury him in the backyard you have probably given some thought as to where the grave is to be placed.
If you decide on a Cremation the dog will be collected by the Cremation service. A home grave will take some preparation, as the hole will need to be deep 5 to 6 feet, and if you do this you won’t need a coffin, just wrap the dog well in cloth and his blanket that will allow natural decomposition.
This way when the children get home from school you can have a memorial service, make a nice wreath of garden flowers to place over the site, along with his favorite dog toy.
Animals are very fortunate to have this option, not yet available to people in most countries. No vet would put a dog to sleep without good reason, and it is important that you know your vet and that he knows your dog and the dog’s medical history prior to the Euthanasia.
After your pet is buried/ cremated you will be sad and grieving. Give yourself time, and try to have a few days away from work to adjust to being without him. The children will be very sad and find the concept of death a bit confusing.
They do recover very quickly and after a couple of weeks may well ask if they can have a puppy.
The vets regularly put the dog (s) to sleep for humane reasons, and the vet may have some ideas about how you grieve and recover from the sad process. You may want to volunteer at an animal shelter once a week to help abandoned dogs find a home.
This will allow you to move forward while helping other dogs find their forever home. Later one of them might come home with you!