How to Euthanize a Dog with Sleeping Pills

Being a loving human parent to your dogs, I’m sure you’ve given your maximum effort to take care of them the best that you can ever since they came into your lives. You’ve probably put them to sleep when they are still a puppy, teach them how to play dead, without a doubt, you’ve already shared so many beautiful memories.


So it is definitely unfortunate to see them going through some illness from which they can’t recover. And when it is time for them to go, we need to give them the peace they deserve. We have to face the sad truth that pets do not live as long as humans. 

In this article, as we are trying to get ourselves ready, I will help you learn how to euthanize a dog with sleeping pills. So keep on reading below to know how to do this appropriately. Sometimes, all that is left to do is to take some tough calls.

What is Euthanizing?

Euthanizing or the process of euthanasia is said to be a gift to ailing pets and a curse to owners. It is a method of intentionally ending the life of our pet in a non-painful way to relieve them from the pain and distress they are going through.

It is commonly done to dogs, cats or other animals suffering from any medical condition that cannot be treated or is stopping him from living a normal life and causing him much pain and misery.

To do this, you will need:

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    The correct sleeping pills. Pentobarbital Sodium is the most efficient anesthetic drug to euthanize your dog that it is even approved by the Humane Society of America to be used in this method. You can choose between oral barbiturates or those that come with injection.
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    A dose of Sedatives. The effect of barbiturates can be painful to your dog. Of course, we don’t want to let go our beloved pet in a much more painful way; so I highly recommend you give your dog some sedatives to keep them relax. Consult your veterinarian to make sure you are using the correct sedatives.
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    Help from an expert. It would be best to have a qualified and practicing veteran by your side even if you’re doing this process at home and you think you have everything you need. This would make sure you are euthanizing your dog in the right way. And just in case some problem occurs in the procedure such as seizures, then a medical help can be useful and must be available immediately. It would be best to not let your dog suffer.

Things You Need to Know Before Euthanizing Your Dog

There are few things you need to consider before you subject your dog to the process of euthanasia. You can begin by asking yourself some questions such as:

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    How do I know that it is the right time to euthanize my dog? Is this the right choice for my pet? Always discuss this with your vet. Let her or him help you if your dog is suffering from long-term pain. Take note that dogs do not necessarily cry or howl to show he’s in pain. Other signs could include loss of appetite, lack of enthusiasm to play or change in behavior.
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    How will this affect my family? Decide beforehand if any of your family members wants to view the procedure or not; though the presence of family and friends during this time can be comforting
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    How much would it cost? Doing the procedure at home may cost less than doing it at the veterinary clinic or in the hospital. If you’re doing it at home, just make sure there’s a vet by your side.

I understand that it can be hard to say goodbye to your lovable pet, it may even break your heat when you’ve finally arrive to the decision to euthanize your dog. So I suggest that you make the most of the remaining time. Here are some things you can do when you bond with your dog on his last hours.

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    Talk to them! Your voice will probably be the most comforting things he will ever hear. Convince him to eat some high calorie dog food so he’ll gain strength for a moment.
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    Keep on hugging him. I’m sure you’d miss it when your dog’s gone.
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    Pet them. Your dog will always cherish this.
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    Hold his paw. He may be scared of the pain he is going through and what’s to come.

Four Steps on Euthanizing Your Dog with Sleeping Pills

I divided the whole process of how to euthanize a dog with sleeping pills into four steps to make this a bit easier for you.

Here are the steps that you need to go through to bid farewell to your beloved pet.

Step 1: Prepare yourself emotionally and mentally.

Euthanizing your long time furry friend is a tough thing to go through, so you need to prepare for it. Spend time with your family and give support to one another. If you have children who’ve developed a special attachment to the dog, I recommend that you don’t lie to them. Most parents choose to say the dog has run away or has gone to another place, but I suggest you sit down with them and tell them exactly what’s about to happen.

Step 2: Consult your veterinarian. 

Before you fully implement the procedure, it is imperative to let a regular veterinarian to thoroughly examine the dog. Ask the doctor all the matters you doubt about, how much dosage you would need to euthanize your dog with sleeping pills or if Euthanasia is the last option for your pet. Get as much expert opinion as you can, even regarding the small details.

Step 3: Make your dog comfortable.

A comfortable area may not be an issue when you are doing this in a clinic, however doing this at your home requires a place where your dog would feel at ease. I suggesting you put them into their favorite dog bed.

Step 4: Administer the drug.

Begin the process by giving your pet sedatives, this will help your dog relax his muscles and make it easier for him and his body to handle euthanasia drug. Afterwards, administer the euthanasia drug or the sleeping pills. 

This drug will relax your dog’s muscle, will put his breathing to stop gradually and slowly, the heart will stop breathing.

You might notice certain reflex actions such as twitching or gasping. Your dog may even discharge urine or stool. But take note that these are not signs that your dog is still alive. The veterinarian can confirm it to you that the heart is no longer beating and your beloved dog has now departed.

Final Thought

I know the process of learning how to euthanize a dog with sleeping pills makes all our stomachs drop. But sometimes, putting our dogs to sleep forever can be the best decision. It is even probably what your dog would have wanted, to be free from all the pain and suffer he’s been going through.

So how do you plan to cope up with the loss of your pet? Let’s support each other by sharing your experience below. It would be comforting to hear from.
And oh, don’t forget to share this with your friends too.

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Hello there! I am Ana, mother to three lovely dogs. I’ve created PupTipper to share with you my passion in giving the best to my furry family members. When it comes to dog ownership, I have you covered and I will help you ace it!

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