View Full Version : Painless way to put your pet down?

09-06-2006, 04:00 PM
Judging from some of the threads I have read on this forum, I am not alone in my problem. I have invested $500 in an unsuccessful attempt to keep my 12 year old female dobie going but it is clearly a losing effort. I am going to have to let her go but I don't want to have the vet do it for two reasons. One, she is terrified of the vet and his office and I don't want her last moments to be terror-filled. Two, the vet won't quote me a price to do it and that tells me that it is going to be $200-300. I just can't afford it. I could take care of it here at home with a handgun, but don't think I could do it. Does anyone know how to do it quietly and painlessly at home? Any help appreciated.

09-06-2006, 05:46 PM
You might want to try talking to a local rancher vet. See if they will come out to your place and put her down. They are usually more mobile then dog/cat vets. I'm sorry about your dobie, I understand how hard it is. :'(

09-06-2006, 06:55 PM
i don't really have any suggestions, but i just wanted to give you my sympathy. i'm really sorry about your dog. i know how hard it is to let go of a friend. i hope that you are able to find an answer. :'(

09-06-2006, 06:55 PM
jajbellsouthnet a 12 year old Dobbie ? Wow , you must have taken really good care of her.

It's a hard thing to do whatever the circumstances are.

You might want to get a strong tranquilizer for her whether you take her to the vet or have someone put her down for you.

Bless you for taking such good care of your girl.

09-07-2006, 02:30 PM
The quickest, kindest way is to shoot her in the head. Just take her for a walk, have the gun cocked so she won't hear it, wrap a towel around the gun and your hand, tell her goodbye, and shoot her. The least pain comes with the fastest death.

I am not some nut. I love my dog and have thought of this myself in case she ever gets hurt and the vet is closed. However, I live in a city in Southern California so I will probably be arrested for firing the gun if it ever comes to that.

09-07-2006, 03:36 PM
Im sorry to hear about your doggie *:-[ . Depending on if you have a vet who is willing to work with you, many will drive out to your home for euthanasia . I always go this route as I'm sure my animals would like to leave this earth in my wife and my arms vs. a strange place like a vets office which they are not too familiar with. Hope all works out for you and again....I wish you the best and so sorry to hear your news.

09-07-2006, 06:16 PM
Why on earth does your vet want so much to humanely put the dobie down? Seems like he's trying to get all he can from you. I think my vet only charges something like $35 or so, haven't had to have it done in a couple of years so I don't really remember.

09-07-2006, 07:32 PM
I think it's around $35-$50 here.

09-10-2006, 12:04 PM
The cost is from $25 to $35 to put an animal down with the vet I use and they do it very humanly with me holding the animal...

When we had to put my nanny goat down last Feb because she couldn't get over pneumonia and was awfully sick, I sat on the ground crying with her head in my lap and the vet sat beside me on the ground with tears in his eyes as well...

My sympathies about your beloved dog....

09-10-2006, 12:59 PM
You certainly have my sympathy, I know how hard it is to go through what you are now experiencing.
Find a Vet. that does farm animals. Last winter I had a cow with calving problems that had to be put down, it cost $35.00 including the trip here.

09-11-2006, 09:08 AM
When we put Mila (see below) down last year we only paid $45.


09-11-2006, 10:13 PM
jajbellsouthnet , what is the situation now ? I hope you found a Vet to help you out .

09-12-2006, 07:39 PM
No change right now. She still is the same dog she always was, never too tired or lazy to come to the back door as soon as she hears it open (yeah, her hearing still works) and even manages to chase the occasional critter that invades the property. The tumor which I had the vet remove is back but doesn't appear to be causing her any pain. She has a very good quality of life. As soon as it is apparent that the tumor is causing her pain, I will bite the bullet and have her put down at the vet's office, regardless of the cost. Hopelfully she will give me a tranquilizer I can give to my dog before the trip. Those who think that $35-$50 is a reasonable charge do not live within 100 miles of Orlando where $100-$200 is the going rate for putting down "yuppie" pets.

09-12-2006, 07:58 PM
Here north of Atlanta the going rate is $50. That doesn't include disposal fees; you bring the animal home and bury it.

I had to put a dog down this summer. He was pretty old and somehow broke his front shoulder. He was in a fair amount of pain, so I had to put him down myself, rather than put him through the pain of a ride to the vet.

I used a .22 pistol and shot him in the back of the head. He went down very fast and I'm convinced he didn't feel any pain. It wasn't an easy thing to do, but it was best for the dog.

You might get a second opinion from another vet; but, it seems like they might be hesitant to hand out what is probably a controlled substance that would allow you to put your dog to sleep at home.

There's no easy answers.

09-12-2006, 09:54 PM
jajbellsouthnet , you might try and call a few vets about 25 miles from Orlando and see if you can find a cheaper one . Many times smaller towns surrounding a large city will be cheaper .

09-18-2006, 11:02 AM
Shooting, in my opinion, would be the easiest way for a dog to die. Don't do this, though, unless you have experience killing animals, and I guess you don't have experience or you wouldn't ask.

09-19-2006, 02:18 PM
You have my sympathies. Putting down a beloved pet is the hardest thing I've ever had to do. Probably going to a small town 25-50 miles away would be the thing to do, and it would save a lot of money. Shooting your family member would be hard on you. I wasn't able to do it.

10-01-2006, 03:03 PM
Couldn't put it off any longer. She had to be euthanized. I could not bring myself to shoot a friend so I spent $110 to have the vet inject her. Worse part of it all is that according to this vet, the previous vet really botched the previous surgery and only contributed to the problem. "Professionals"!
I hope I never need open-heart surgery! The only safe thing is to do it yourself. The pain you feel when you loose one makes you wonder why you should have pets. Their lives are soooooo short! This one was 12 years old and it was still a short time for a great dog.

10-01-2006, 03:51 PM
I have kept a eye on this thread knowing you'd have to do it soon. I wish I had words to comfort you but there are none.

You did the right thing.

10-06-2006, 12:31 PM
Sorry for the loss of your friend. Never easy. I will soon have to have my little CHICA ,10 yr old chihuahua put down. She will be terrified of going to the vet but I just cannot bring myself to shoot her. Worked it over in my mind and just cain't get up to the prospect. I have put other animals down, mine and requests from friends. But this one is different somehow. Trouble is she is terrified of strangers totally. Anyway....they will always be with us.

10-12-2006, 08:54 AM
In just 9 short years I have lost count of how many animals I have had to euthanize. I guess it's one of those things you don't want to keep count of.

jajbellsouthnet: I too am sorry for your loss. I have lots of animals around my house and it is never easy. A good client once told me, "If you don't want anything to happen to your horses, well, just don't have horses." It applies to all animals.

I'm sorry that you had to hear the very untimely and useless opinion of the "professional". Those types of comments never help the client, patient or profession. Without a thorough necropsy (autopsy) there is no way to tell if the first vet botched anything.

Riverdog: When it is time to make that decision for Chica: The American Veterinary Medical Association suggests the patient be placed under anesthesia first. Once in a deep plane of anesthesia (as if for surgery) the euthanizing agent is administered. This is, without question, the most humane way to do it. Sorry to sound so cold and calculating. A bullet to the head is certainly effective. However, this is not something that I would recommend. During a time of emotional turmoil, keeping ones composure and ensuring proper shot placement becomes a little more challenging.

Since Chica is frightened by people I would suggest showing up at the vet's office a few minutes early, get into an exam room and try your best to get her to calm down. After a few minutes the veterinarian gives the first dose. A good way to do that is intramuscularly. (The shot usually stings for about 10 seconds.) Immediately, the vet should walk out of the room and leave you to quiet her again. She will then fall asleep on your lap - still alive and still breathing. If you do not wish to stay beyond that point you can leave. If you choose to stay that is fine as well. When you are ready the second dose is administered. It is usually given intravenously however if her veins are exceptionally small or if there has been trauma to the veins in the past, an intracardiac injection may be the most effective means. The intracardiac technique is, without question, not very aesthetically pleasing.

The matter of money should be addressed beforehand. Losing a pet is never easy for the veterinary staff either. It is better to get the 'ugliness' of the money out of the way first.

As for cost, it varies. Two things to keep in mind. Location relates to cost of living and overhead for a veterinary clinic is far more than the average person would ever think. I know I was shocked. Second is the cost of our education, well....it ain't cheap.

I'll quit for now. I hope this helps.

10-12-2006, 11:56 AM
Critterdoc, thank you very much for your reply and sharing your thoughts. Chica's tiny about 3 pounds. Any time she has a vet call they use the veins in her neck. Just wish there was a pill I could give her at home and then take her in. My old vet has moved. He used to put down pets that could be brought in to the office free. Don't mind paying, just want to ease her out calmly as possible. The day is approaching very soon, gonna be tuff. Thank you again. I'll follow this path of treatment.

10-12-2006, 10:15 PM
I had to have one of my golden retrievers put down last October, I stayed with him the whole time, I could not leave him, he had been such a faithful companion. I laid my head on his side and hugged him and he knew I was with him, I still cry when I think of him.

10-13-2006, 12:54 AM
deepest empathy to you, I know how hard it is. Last july I knew it was time to put down Pokey a 16 year old springer spaniel/ mystery dog that was born trained and truly the greatest companion I have ever had- He was laying nearby when I called my vet and made an appt. with my vet to come the next day and put him down, after I got off the phone Istarted crying and he came and put hiss head in my lap, and looked at me.he died that night while my husband and I were sitting with him petting him. It was like he knew what to do. still so sad... he's cremains are in a box now until I can find a worthy container for him. best wishes for you at this difficult time.

10-13-2006, 01:14 AM
Riverdog, since I am not there and don't know Chica I can't say this with absolute certainty. However, in my experience a sedative in a nervous dog makes matters worse. Here is what happens. You give her the sedative at home. She becomes very sleepy, lethargic, etc. She recognizes that she's kind of 'out of it.' Then you take her to the vet's office. Then she becomes even more terrified because she knows that she is at even more of a disadvantage. With the extra fear running through her veins....well, it simply makes a bad situation even worse.

Again, I can't say this with certainty, but that has been my experience. To reiterate my first posting, I would recommend a single injection as the anesthetic. (I would give it intramuscular. That would eliminate the need to force her into position for a neck vein.) And of course that would be followed by the euthanizing agent.

If you can discuss this with your vet beforehand it may eliminate as much stress as possible for you and Chica.

Hope this helps.

10-13-2006, 08:14 AM
Thank you, appears this is the course I'll take.

11-15-2006, 01:32 PM
Star was only 5, but when her pain was too much our vet came and gave her a final shot. I held her, told her she was the best dog in the world and that I loved her. Then she just melted in my arms. I don't think she felt anything, but I still feel the pain in my heart and the tears flow as I write this.

You have my sympathy. I know from experience how hard it is.

12-02-2006, 11:47 PM
I would avoid a head shot at all costs!!!!! I know how hard losing a pet is, and you do not want the last memories to be that way. Also, head shots are not always 100% and quick. After hunting many rabbits, yes, many just drop, but many dont. Continue looking at vets in your area, and Im sure you can find one that will make house calls if getting to the vet is an issue.

I will say a little prayer for you and your loved one...

03-27-2008, 10:51 PM
I'm so sorry, we had to euthanize our beloved bull terrier a week ago and we are still crying over it. The vet told us that we would know when its time and we did. Here is something I found that might help to decide.


04-07-2008, 02:47 PM
a man who won't put down his dog or his horse when they should be put down is a man who should not have a dog or a horse -