Navigating At-Home Euthanasia With Your Elderly Dog
Pets do not live forever. Even though you know this, it is still hard when the time comes to say goodbye to your dog. In-home dog euthanasia does give you more flexibility as to how and when you say that final goodbye. It can be so comforting to do it in your own home, where your dog feels comfortable, and where friends and family members can be there with you. If you'll soon be having your dog euthanized at home, here are some tips to help you navigate this difficult process.
Meet the vet first
If the vet you will have euthanize your dog is not your ordinary vet, it can be helpful to schedule a consultation appointment with them before the actual euthanasia. During this visit, they can meet your dog, and you can ask them any questions you have. This way, when the day of the euthanasia does actually come, the vet will be a familiar person to both you and your dog. You'll both feel more comfortable with someone familiar.
Keep some of your dog's toys and items with you
When the time does come to say goodbye, make sure you bring some of your dog's toys and other treasured items with you. Keep them around your dog as they rest in their bed or on the couch. Your dog may want to chew on a favorite toy or snuggle with a stuffed animal they were fond of. This can make their last moments more comfortable and enjoyable.
Think about who you want to invite
It can be nice to have some other friends and family members with you when you put your dog to rest. But you may not want to just invite anyone and everyone. Too much company may make you and your dog both feel a little overwhelmed. So, think carefully about who you want to invite to the actual appointment. If there are other people who knew and loved your dog, but who you don't necessarily want there when you put them to sleep, invite those people over a day or two before the euthanasia to say their own goodbyes. It's often best to keep the crowd small and manageable during the vet visit.
With the tips above, you may have an easier time putting your dog to sleep at home. This is never an easy thing to do, but with some planning, it can be far more tolerable.