What Happens When You Put Your Pet to Sleep?
At Home or at the Vet's?
In-home euthanasia can be easier if your dog has trouble moving or gets panicky at the vet's office.
Plus, if there are other animals at your house, they can see that their friend has passed. This is important for dogs -- as pack animals, they may get confused if they see another dog leave the house and not come back. Dogs often cry and search for a deceased animal after it's gone.
On the other hand, you may not want to associate your home with a beloved pet's death. It can be upsetting to children to see it happen, too. Or you may not want to be there when your pet passes.
If you want to bury your pet at home, be sure to check local, county, or state ordinances to make sure this is legal. You may also consider a pet cemetery.
The International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories has a directory of pet cemeteries on its website.
Many people choose to have their pet cremated. Your city may have a company that will pick up your friend's remains from the vet's office or from your home. They'll cremate the pet and let you have time for a memorial service before if you want. Your vet may have a service he uses. If not, contact your local or state government for guidance and regulations.
Putting your pet to sleep is the final step of a lifetime of care. You're making sure your friend is treated with compassion and dignity in his final moments.