How do you euthanize a dog at home?


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The best way to euthanize a dog at home is to call an at-home pet euthanization service, or ask if your veterinarian can make a house call, according to WebMD. Find someone who is registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration who can administer barbiturates legally.

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People allowed to perform an at-home euthanization vary from state to state. Ask your licensed veterinarian for a list of mobile vets who make house calls, notes WebMD. In general, at-home euthanizing is done by veterinarians or euthanasia technicians.

A home euthanasia appointment may take between 30 minutes and two hours. A veterinarian may bring a euthanasia technician to the home. Before anything happens, fill out necessary paperwork, which includes a cost estimate and consent forms. A pet may be sedated first, and then the veterinarian gives the animal intravenous drugs. These substances cause the brain and heart to stop functioning within five to 15 minutes after sedation, states WebMD.

There are advantages and disadvantages to an at-home euthanization, so decide if this service is right for your dog. You do not have to worry about driving home, distraught, after an office visit. You can perform a burial right away or have the vet take your pet to a crematory. On the other hand, seeing your pet euthanized at home may bring back painful last memories of your dog, according to WebMD. The cost of at-home euthanasia may also be a prohibiting factor.

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