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  euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 12:41:26 am on 12/2/2003 Modified: 10:47:14 pm on 12/21/2007
 
I've a very sick, old dog. He's had trouble walking for some months and has been treated and medicated for it. But, a few days ago he stopped walking entirely. His hind legs just don't work anymore; he can't even stand up. I know what must be done. But, he's never liked going to the vet's and I'd hate for that to be his last experience. Is there anyway safe, painless, effective way to do the job at home? I know shooting might fit that bill, but I don't have a gun and would prefer drugs. But, of course, I'd need to be very confident the method first. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 3:00:42 pm on 12/2/2003 Modified: 10:26:43 pm on 1/2/2007
 
It would seem if you are truly interested in having your dog euthanized safelt at home, you would ask your vet to come by your house and pay for a home euthanasia. I guess the thing to ask yourself, would you rather have some one shoot you in the head if you are suffering, or be humanely euthanized with a professional who is trained to perform euthanasia appropriately. There are alot of things that could go wrong if you do not know how to euthanize. I think in AR, a trained person or a vet are the only people leagally able to euthanize. I am sure there are plenty of "country Folk" who feel differently but if you are going to own a dog, you are responsible for being a responsible owner. Owning a dog is a priviledge,not a right! Take your responsibility and have a vet come by the house and do it legally and morally correct!
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 4:55:20 pm on 12/3/2003 Modified: 10:27:07 pm on 1/2/2007
 
Do you know that even trained police officers who attempt to shoot dogs do not kill them on the first shot. They have to make multiple shots at the dog who at this point is screaming in agonizing pain and not to mention the blood all over your house. Don't think a bullet wound is easy and clean. Ask a hunter what an animal does when it is shot and is not killed with the first bullet. It is not a pretty site.
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 5:14:49 pm on 12/3/2003 Modified: 10:28:26 pm on 1/2/2007
 
I hope you can get someone who is trained to perform the procedure to your house for your dog’s sake. I applaud you for your kindness towards your dog, but suggest the previous responses are correct about the method that should be used. Good luck and my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 10:22:25 pm on 12/3/2003 Modified: Never
 
I'm the original poster and I guess I was unclear at the outset. Shooting was never something under consideration. I'm not qualified to argue its pros and cons which are, at any rate, irrelevant to me.<BR><BR>What I'd wondered was whether there was any OTC drug, like sleeping pills, that could do it. But, I suppose that was "do-it-yourselfer" gone mad.<BR><BR>The main thing was to not have an uncomfortable car ride, a strange place, and a nervous waiting room wait be his last experience.<BR><BR>I'm happy to say that our vet' was able to come to the house for it. Otherwise, I'm rather sad.
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 1:46:07 pm on 12/4/2003 Modified: 10:29:08 pm on 1/2/2007
 
Thank you for taking care of your dog appropriately. I understand your grief. It is always hard to lose one. You did the right thing by having the vet come by your house. That was the easiest and safest way to handle it. I think there is enough uncertainty with an overdose with pills that a comatose state could have been induced which yolu would ultimately have to rely on the vet coming by anyway. I understand why you wanted to do this at home. I have opted for home euth and have been lucky enough that my vet also agreed to come by the house to perform this service. You did the right thing. Your baby is no longer suffering. I am sorry.
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 12:55:45 am on 6/1/2006 Modified: 10:35:46 pm on 1/2/2007
 
Don't feel bad, original poster, they did seem to kind of "gang up" on you. I happened upon this forum looking for the exact same answers as you, a way to peacefully end the life of my best friend of 14 years ...a double dose of Ny-Quil? Sniffing WD-40 off a rag? We get helpless and hopeless and desperate...how can we possibly kill our best friend? But the days go by, he doesn't pass away peacefully and naturally as we hope...he can't go for walks, or play ball, or bark at those rollerbladers...Plus he hates the vet, can't carry him in there, and you don't want the hectic vet's office to be his last memory. It certainly s*cks.
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 6:37:58 am on 6/3/2006 Modified: 10:30:57 pm on 1/2/2007
 
So sorry for your loss, but thank you for bringing this subject up.  Our special boy's days are numbered and it had not occured to me to have the vet come to the house. It will be comforting to have this option when the decision has to be made for the sake of our precious guy. I look back at the last 2 old fur kids we had to make that decision with and we took them into the vet. What a shame something so simple as having our vet come to us just didn't enter our minds. I know he would have come, No question about it.
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 7:26:02 pm on 7/2/2006 Modified: 10:32:53 pm on 1/2/2007
 
yeah don't feel bad original poster! I came here looking for same answers too. I love my dog. She needs to go and if there was a way to do this myself with OTC or prescrip Rx I'd do it. No one mentions the cost of the vet. Considerable. So I'll end up sad and broke instead of just sad.
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 4:00:50 pm on 7/3/2006 Modified: 10:33:19 pm on 1/2/2007
 
Any animal that has been a good pet deserves a humane euthanasia either at home or at the vet clinic. Its not fair to them to try and be cheap whether you have the money or not. Dont buy that 6-pack or those cigarettes or skip the movie. Most people can go without something minor to pay for necessary vet care. Its not fair for animals to suffer because people dont want to go without. Dont own an animal if you cannot provide for it humanely, the animal cannot go to work and earn the money for the care they need. If you are that poor, dont own a pet or foster for a rescue who would provide for all the things they need so they will be taken care of properly. Its the only right thing to do.
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 12:33:00 am on 9/7/2006 Modified: 10:35:15 pm on 1/2/2007
 
Don't assume people who are concerned with cost for euthanasia are just cheap & self centered! I didn't plan to become disabled this year & be forced to live on $600 per month. I didn't plan for my beloved dog to need to be euthanized. Do you suggest we do without electricity? food? I would be happy to go do some extra work to earn the money to professionally euthanize my baby, but I'm not PHYSICALLY ABLE. I couldn't predict I would be in this situation 15 years ago when I became my dog's person. I am sure I will end up not paying for my utility bill or I will live on ramen noodles for a month in order to pay for euthanization. I did a search for at home euthanization methods in hopes of finding a way to euthanize humanely & painlessly.
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 12:40:04 am on 9/7/2006 Modified: Never
 
That last post doesn't say where in the World you are located, but you might want to try contacting a local humane organization to see if they can help. Based on your mention of Ramon noodles I suspect you are in the US or the UK. There are many local humane oprganizations all over the US, and the UK has organizations like Blue Cross and DogsTrust. Give it a try, you might be surprised at how much support they may be able to provide. BTW, what's wrong with Ramon noodles? They taste great to me.
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 11:57:56 pm on 9/12/2006 Modified: Never
 
some people out ther think you have to be rich or have alot of money to own anything that requires love but i've seen homeless people treat animals with more respect and love than some rich people, love isn't about money at least not for me or my wife would have left years ago its about your true heart and inner feelings for someone or something whatever it may be don't forget this............
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 7:43:58 pm on 10/11/2006 Modified: 10:38:53 pm on 1/2/2007
 
Wow. This message kind of digressed wildly. I knew she had no intent of shooting the dog from the first post. She just was wondering how she could do it at home and kindly for her dog. As for the money question, I agree .. it's not necessarily forseen and with no bad intent.. many legitimate owners have treated their dogs with scarcely a glance during their lives but euthanizing at home has some other issues... some vets won't come to your due to special insurance requirements, malpractice  and a $100 + vet bill is not exactly Ramen noodles... I have spent more than $2000 keeping my Berner alive for 2 months and now it's time... I too don't want her to go through that vet visit .. although they have suggested several things. One bring a familiar blanket etc., arrangement payment method beforehand(not during that visit), they prefer to do it at the end of the day, so that you can stay for a while without feeling rushed due to another appointment for the room, and they bring you in through the back door rather than having you sit in the waiting room. I am currently looking for a mobile vet who may come to the house. I don't think anyone on this site would bother being here if they didn't have good intentions towards their dog(s) So, maybe a bit benefit of the doubt about why someone mentioned OTC drugs or money issues would be a better assumption. Our dogs certainly forgive us over and over again and assume we only mean good towards them ... maybe we should take that to heart in honoring them. I know I sound ... goofy or maybe even patronizing, I don't mean to be. I just really have been thinking about how my dog has meant so much to me and if I can make that part of my life in other ways. My best regards to every dog lover dealing with this issue. I have been tormented by it, but coming to peace with the fact that it wouldn't hurt so much, if it hadn't been so good.  It will all be ok (and I'm hoping dogs get reincarnated !!!! lol.)<BR>
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 9:42:17 pm on 10/18/2006 Modified: 10:40:09 pm on 1/2/2007
 
I guess this site is operated by a vet, you know those greedy f--ks who have lost their hearts to the checking account. I, too, would love to ease my dog into the other side in a special place he loves, one no money-grubbing vet would go to. Shooting is out of the question, except for perhaps the local vet who misdiagnosed and charged me $1000 for her screw-ups and wasted Rx's. Sad to see this site s*cks like the info you get from vets which is pay us or shoot the animal. Clearly there are ways to do this, just like here in Oregon where they have "physician assisted death" for terminally ill humans where they give people drugs to die at home or a special place with dignity. Yes, f*ck this site for being so insensitive and out-of-touch with the human heart who loves his or her dog. Woof woof you assholes!!!!!!!!!!
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 7:15:11 pm on 10/20/2006 Modified: 10:40:57 pm on 1/2/2007
 
As a "country folk" who has had to have my dogs euthanized by the veterinarian, I am wondering what the meaning was behind the statement of that "city slicker"?
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 7:35:35 pm on 10/20/2006 Modified: 10:42:14 pm on 1/2/2007
 
I recently had to have my dog euthanized, and, although it was not any less expensive, the veterinarian did let me keep him in the back of my Suburban, and she came out to my car to do the job - she already knew how much he weighed, which was an important factor in this scenario. This dog has always liked to ride in cars, so it was a kind of special thing I could do for him in his last hour. She gave him the shot and he just fell asleep, and it was much easier on him and me, being in our "own territory. I had already planned on burying him in my back yard. I'm sure it would have been easier if the vet would have come to my house, but it was about $100 cheaper doing it this way.
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 12:01:56 am on 10/21/2006 Modified: 10:31:40 pm on 1/2/2007
 
I found this forum, too, by searching for a humane way to peacefully lead my dog to Heaven without the horrible trip to the vet. I did call my local vet (The one I usually use is way in town, and no way I could manage that long car ride.), and they told me they would probably charge for an exam, too. This just appauled me! My dog is 19-years old, blind-running into walls now, can hardly walk, and will not gain any weight. This is not a decision we are making lightly. I have been praying she would go naturally, but that's not always the case. The vets around here won't come to our home so looks like I have to make the dreaded trip. *sigh*
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Guest)
Posted: 4:22:50 pm on 11/15/2006 Modified: Never
 
Certainly a timely topic!!!!We too are faced with the same problem and are looking for a peaceful way to end our friend's life at home -- frankly, I was wondering if an injection/overdose of insulin would be a humane method?.... inducing a coma and then death.... and please, skip the finger wagging about the vet and $$.... I think that has been pretty well covered. Appreciate it.
 
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  Re: euthanize dog at home ? (Sue)
Posted: 2:23:28 pm on 12/29/2006 Modified: 10:26:15 pm on 1/2/2007
 
To whomever posted about giving the dog an OD of insulin, PEASE don't do that! Insulin shock is a nasty and violent death, complete with seizures that will not not stop until the animal is dead. My spouse is insulin dependant and can attest to how awful low blood sugar feels! Our dog had to be put down after an insulinoma (pancreas tumor) threw him into insulin shock and he seized for nearly four hours. The vet could not raise his blood sugar enough to save him. It was a horrible thing for him to go through and the $450 we had to pay for treatment and inevitable euthanasia was money well spent to see his suffering end!
 
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