If you are a dog owner, you always know there will come a time when you have to say goodbye to your beloved companion. If your dog is now elderly, that time is a lot closer, and it is wise to begin making some preparations. Elderly dogs can turn the corner quickly, so while pre-planning for euthanasia is not fun, it can make things easier down the road when your dog needs your compassion. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the eventual euthanasia of your beloved dog.
Consider at-home euthanasia services.
Some dog owners simply take their dog to their ordinary vet to be euthanized in the office. This is a perfectly acceptable approach. However, in-home euthanasia services have become more common in recent years. There are some key advantages to having your dog put down at home. Your dog will get to spend their last hours in a comfortable, familiar environment. Your whole family can also be there to say goodbye. Spend some time thinking about whether you'd prefer to use an in-home dog euthanasia service, and if you would, look up options in your area. This way, you'll have their contact information on hand when you need it, and you won't be deciding between in-home and in-office care while your dog is suffering and you're stressed.
Tell close friends and family members.
Having to tell your loved ones that a dog they knew and loved has passed away is hard. It may be easier for you to tell them, now, that you are beginning to prepare to say goodbye to the dog. This gives them an opportunity to come over and visit the dog while they are still well. Plus, when you do euthanize the dog, telling your friends and family will be easier; they will be expecting your call.
Decide who will be there.
Decide who you want to be present when your dog is put to sleep. If you have this done in the vet's office, they may have a limit as to how many people can attend. If you're doing it in your home, there's room for more. Once you have a list on-hand, you'll know who to call when the day does come. Make sure the people you invite are all individuals who will be calm and respectful during this challenging time.
Euthanizing a beloved dog is never easy. However, if you plan ahead, the process can be simpler. For more information about dog euthanasia, contact a local vet.