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(Date Posted:06/14/2010 6:21 AM)
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I'm asking this question in hopes one of you may have (or seen) a tried and true method to euthanize a beloved pet at home, without a vet and forget about using firearms...

Our 14 year old Rottweiler (about 100 lbs.) has about lost the use of his rear legs and it will soon be time to put him down. We can assist him to get on his feet and he can, with a little help, still get out the dogie door and into the yard for his bathroom functions.  He still has a good appetite and eats OK.

But the wife and I know it won't be long before this big boy has to be euthanized and she wants to have a way that will allow him to die in his bed without a vet (we can't get him to a vet and she wants to do this herself at home.)

I searched this topic online and there are some terrible suggestions....the only remedy offered that we would consider was to give him an overdose of Tylenol PM and he would go to sleep and his heart would stop before he woke up.

Please, no lectures on this subject, it's painful enough for us just to research this subject...If you have no knowledge or experience on doing this, or do not know or observed someone that did, please do not comment..

Is there a painless, humane way to do this ourselves, at home?

Thanks,

Wayne
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/14/2010 6:39 AM)

My Son-In-Law is a Veterinarian but he is on vacation in Eastern Tenn this week. He will be back this weekend. I will ask him this question for you and he may have a suggestion. 
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/14/2010 11:02 AM)

  WHY CANT THE VET SELL YOU THE MEDS   BE SURE B4 YOUT TRY DONT WANT TO PUT HIM IN A COMA  MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU  WE HAD TO PUT OUR GREATDANE DOWN BUT TOOK HIM TO VET WHAT HURT SO BAD HE KISSED ME ON THE NOSE  AS I HELD HIM
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/14/2010 11:32 AM)

There are vets that will come to your house to do it so that your dog/cat doesn't have to leave the home.  It's upsetting enough without taking him to the vet.  Check your phonebook for any vets that do that.  When my cat is no more able to function, I am planning on doing that.
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/14/2010 3:46 PM)

Thanks folks, we realize that vets can be paid to come to your house...the whole point of my question is because our dog is terrified of vets and the last thing my wife wants to see is him scared to death..

Also, vets can not "sell" termination medicine for fear humans would use it to destroy their spouse (lol)...

Please stick to the original question...does anyone know of, or seen anyone, with a do-it-yourself-at-home method.

Clay, I appreciate you asking your S-I-L when he returns...

So far the only viable answer I got from web blogs is the Tylenol PM method...maybe Clay can ask his SIL about this also.


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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/14/2010 4:26 PM)

I will for sure ask him.
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/14/2010 4:37 PM)

Sorry to hear of the difficult decision you have to make.  I did about 1/2 an hour of surfing, and found the same info you already have, and found that there are some really sick people out there.  I hope Clays SIL can provide you with a comforting option.
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/14/2010 4:44 PM)

to let them die a natural death , as we did with my old cat Fancy,  was horrible.  She never complained but I will never let it happen again...  make things easier for the poor pup... he deserves it...
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/14/2010 5:07 PM)

Queen, he will die at home, but it may not be a "natural" death...he's a very big dog, >100lbs, and when he can no longer get to his feet, with all our help, to go potty, my wife says we will have to bite the bullet and put him down...she, nor I, could stand to have him wallow in his own poop and urine, and that's what will happen before too much longer.

Old age is not kind to animals nor humans....

Our two miniature apricot poodles, Pepe and Gigi, died a natural death at home( at 20 and 21 years old), but they weighed less than 12 lbs. each...we still grieve for them...

Our big dog will be buried next to them...already prepared his grave...and that was very, very depressing.

Yes, there are some cruel folks in this world...some of the "home" remedies suggested everything from anti-freeze, poison mushrooms, carbon monoxide from car exhaust, to the ole bullet in the back of the head...oh well, nothing is ever easy when you love someone so dearly...
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/14/2010 6:50 PM)

I have seen two attempts at home euthanasia of pets (both dogs) belonging to members of my extended family, and they did not go as planned. One was with an OD of Benedryl, and the other was with an OD of aspirin. I will not elaborate on unintended effects of the drugging, other than to say I do not recommend trying to euthanize your dog with OTC drugs.

Perhaps you can sedate the animal with a Benedryl tablet and have a vet tech come to your home (dressed a bit differently than in the office, if the dog is terrified of everyone at the vet's office) and both of you can work with her to gently euthanize your pet in this safe, nonthreatening environment.

Hoping Clay's son-in-law has an answer. I know I don't, but felt it necessary to tell you of what I have seen.

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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/20/2010 3:56 PM)

The following is my son-in-law who is a vet.
Personally, I would find a way to get him to a local vet clinic. Your companion can be humanely and quickly euthanized with you present if you wish. There are various tranquilizers and sleep aids that could be used at high dosages, but the result would be unpredictable. It is true that tylenol or aspirin could be given at high enough dosage to result in death, but I would not recommend using these drugs because I would not want to see my companion animal possibly suffer a death with convulsions. You  can pick up a tranquilizer at the vet clinic and give it to your dog about 30 minutes before you go to the clinic for humane euthanasia. This should calm your dog prior to the trip to the clinic.


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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/20/2010 5:08 PM)

Thanks Clay, we sure appreciate the feedback.  I contacted out local vet about 25 miles away and the cost is $35 for the shot and $75 for house call...not bad...and we have the pill to sedate him when the time comes.

We grieved all week over this decision....and I did more internet research and found doggie-wheels for him for $500.00 and ordered them...we decided since he is in good health, eats great and has no other ailments except his hips are shot and has no control over the rear legs that maybe this would give him an extra year or two.

For the wife and I it was never the cost involved, just trying to do what's best for him and to make sure he is in no pain.

The doggie-wheels will be here Wednesday and after we get him "rolling" again I'll take a picture or two with him and his wheels and post it here.

This is sorta what it will look like, only the one I ordered is larger with 15" wheels to fit our beloved Rott/Lab Iggy.


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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/20/2010 7:52 PM)

    I'MM SO GLAD  BUT HE MAY BE IN SOME PAIN  AS I AM WITH SEVERE ARTHIS  GET SOME PAIN MEDS   TO GIVE ONCE OR 2X A DAY
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/20/2010 8:21 PM)

I know exactly what you are going through. We had to put our wonderful dog Jude down 3 years ago. She was 13 and had arthritis so bad she could no longer walk. It is a hard decision no matter what you do. Hopefully the doggie wheels will give you some more time with your friend. 
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/21/2010 3:56 PM)

Growing up I had a 17 year old Irish/Lab mix.  I'm glad you have wheels for your family friend/protector.  The extra time with him will be priceless.

When our 17 year old IrishLab had a hard time getting up and started eating less my Dad went to the vet and got some pills.  My Dad had our dog on his lap and my Mom cooked up some steak.  When the steak was done the pills were put inside the steak.  My Dad petted him as he passed on.

Got him when I was 4 years old.  He died when I was 21.  I cried for 2 weeks.  All sorts of emotions went on and on.  He was a country dog and had a good life.  He protected us kids from snakes in the woods and loved to go riding in the truck.  My sister is mentally handicapped and got lost in the woods as we were back at my familes camp which was in the middle of nowhere.  My sister was eventually found and our Irish/Lab was with her.

That Miranda Lambert's song makes me think of him and another one that I owned.

Good luck with him.  These beloved pooches will give their lives for us.  The least we can do is the best for them. 

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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/21/2010 4:08 PM)

Tif, that's a beautiful story and mimics the way we feel about our pets....like a family member.

Remember the Mr. Bojangles song, his dog just "up and died, and after twenty years he still grieved"...we all feel that emotion.

And as Tom T sang about "nothing in this world is worth a dime

but Old Dogs and Children, and Watermelon Wine"...
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/24/2010 3:58 AM)

We had to say goodbye to our beloved pet.

Well, Monday our dog started loosing control of his front legs and our dogie wheels were being delivered Wednesday.  The dogie wheels arrived on schedule and even though he was giving up we assembled the wheels and tried to get him to stand up with the aid of the wheels.  He could not...his front legs could no longer support him and all he wanted to do was lay down.

He also refused to eat and we could no longer help him go outside to do his body functions.  A hard decision was made and we called our vet, she came late yesterday and put him to sleep...

Yes, it was painful and we shed a lot of tears, but he's buried next to our beloved poodles.

Goodbye old friend...


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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/24/2010 4:19 AM)

Sorry Bama....  I know it hurts ...  You are blessed to have been able to love him for a while..... 
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/24/2010 5:14 AM)

I am so sorry for your loss.
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/24/2010 6:34 AM)

My lost pets stay with me forever, all I have to do is look at my security passwords. Hidden in my CAPS@#'s out comes my beloved pets name. You never forget. Makes me feel secure.

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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/24/2010 7:53 AM)

  Wayne, I am so sorry for the loss of your precious beautiful 'friend, companion' Iggy.  I know exactly what you & your family are and will go thru for a long time.  I have had to put down my doggie of 14 years, a fox terrier, and like Haphazzard posted, I always have him fresh in my mind, because I use "lilradar" as my ID.....His name was "Radar".  Such big ears for such a tiny little doggie.  I have no children & lost hubby, so he was everything to me.  Always with me, never out of my sight, even shopping, I would leave the A/C on, lock the car (extra key on my person)...slept with me, etc.  I am tearing up just typing this, so guess I'd better close. (and he has been gone 5 yrs...still hurts)   Again, my heartfelt prayers go out to ya'll.  Will be praying for the Lord's strength to see you through.

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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/24/2010 8:32 AM)

So sorry to hear this. You tried and did all you could. I sympathize and know how you feel.  
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/24/2010 8:07 PM)

Sorry to hear that you had to put your pet down, he was a good looking pet. It gets better in the long run but you will never forget him, I still miss my first one that was the same age as me just a few days older than me. He passed back in 1956 and when I see pictures of dogs like him it brings back all the memories....Will keep you and yours in our prayers for comfort and peace...
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/24/2010 9:21 PM)

Never easy to have to put down a pet but it's better for them to drift away without suffering. It's been fifteen years since I took my lap dog Princess (a chihuahua/toy fox terrier mix) to the vet and had her put to sleep when she got so that she couldn't walk, and when I look at a picture of her I remember how I took her there wrapped in a blanket, and how tired and worn she looked. She went to sleep on the way there...

When she was gone I had a crying fit and swore I'd never get another dog.

I am allergic to animal fur and dander, and it has gotten worse over the years, but little Princess ("Prin") was a still a good pet and I miss her to this day. I think people grieve for deceased pets almost as strongly as they do over people they have lost, since they get so attached to them.

My only pets now are six spoiled land crabs, one of which is so friendly I tell people he's "a puppy in a shell..." I am already quite attached to him, and hope to have them all for many years.

I'll pet a dog, but I doubt I'll ever get another one.

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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/25/2010 4:52 AM)

Thanks everyone for your kind and understanding words.  It's a lot of comfort knowing there are others that care so much for animals.

The TV commercial that asks for money and shows abused animals is so heart rendering that I have to either change channels or walk out of the room when it starts.  There are so many cruel people in this world.

I can watch the "Feed the hungry children" commercial but not the "help save these animals" commercial.

I'm not sure that these commercials are all legitimate, and may be a $$ ripoff aimed at caring people like you and me, so I never take the "bait".

We raised our children to love and respect animals and for that I'm proud of the way I see them treating their pets, and even wild animals.  A deer ran in front of our daughters' car on her way to work one morning.  Just a little damage to her car and it was drivable, but she refused to leave the deer until someone arrived to end the deer's life and stop its suffering....many folks would have driven away and left the poor animal to suffer.

Like many of you said, our pets can't speak out to tell us when they need help, but we learn to read their reactions and the look in their eyes, and do our best to do what's right for them.

We have no doubt that we did what was best for our beloved pets.

Thank you again for all your caring...
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:07/01/2010 10:19 AM)

       JUST POSTED A DOG STORY HOPE YOU FIND CONFORT IN IT  I FEEL YOU PAIN
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Re:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/09/2011 11:59 AM)

 For most people, this is a truly agonizing problem.  Here is an easy, peaceful and very safe method to euthanize your pet at home without veterinary intervention and associated costs; without the use of unpredictable medications, and without the use of dangerous firearms, chemicals or anesthetics.  Total cost will be between $20 and $60, depending on the size of your pet. While there may be vets who will make a house-call for this service for a comparable price, you may want to spare your beloved pet from the fear of the vet, and the pain of the needle. Or you may just want to save your family from the horrible decision. TRUST YOURSELF to do the right thing for your pet.  

Before you proceed, decide what you want to do with the body. Burial options are limited in most cities, leaving cremation the only reasonable alternative.  Doing your homework ahead of time will make the handling of your pet's remains much easier.

You will need:

1) One or more disposable canisters of compressed Helium Gas, available for purchase at many big box stores for under $20 for inflating party balloons.  These can be kept on hand for the appropriate time, and will "keep" for several months. After use, simply recycle the empty containers, or discard them in the regular trash.

2) A crate, cage, or other container for your beloved pet. Preferably, this should be your pet's favorite resting and relaxing place.

3)  A very stout plastic bag, large enough to completely enclose your pet's cage.  If the cage is particularly big, you may have to get a "tree bag" from a garden center, or create a large enough bag out of several heavy bags and a lot of duct tape. The seal is very important, so tape both sides of all joints.

4)  Some stout string, about 12 inches long.

5)  A twist tie, the kind used to seal bags of fruit or vegetables.

6)  Optional, but recommended for large dogs; 3 feet of 3/4" inside diameter plastic tubing.

7)  Stout masking tape, packaging tape or duct tape.

8)  Some very private and quiet time, once you know you are ready.

Step 1)  For pets who are suffering from unrelenting pain, the sooner you do this the better.  For pets who are clearly approaching the end, but are not yet critical, you can take a few days to prepare them so they will not be in any fear.  In that case, put the bag over the cage, leaving the bag open at the door. Put a treat in the cage and allow your pet to go into their cage and get the treat.  When your pet is not fearful of the bag, and is quite comfortable with the new decor, proceed to step 2.

(Note: Withholding food from your pet for a day before this makes clean-up easier)

Step 2)  With your pet in the cage, close the door and put the nozzle of the helium canister in the open end of the bag. Use the length of string to tightly secure the bag around the nozzle, so that the nozzle is protruding into the bag. Make sure there are no leaks and that the nozzle is unblocked by plastic bag  **If you are putting a larger dog to sleep, you may need to use more than one helium tank, so tightly secure the plastic tubing in the opening of the bag instead, and then put the nozzle in the other end of the tube. Press hard enough to make a good seal between the hose and the nozzle.

Step 3)  Open the valve on the helium tank, and begin to flood the bag and cage with helium.  If the cage is small and the bag is big, this is all you have to do.  If the cage is large, you may need to make a small cut in a corner of the bottom of the bag, to let out the remnant air as you flood the cage with helium.  

Step 4)  Once the cage and bag are fully flooded, and the bag looks quite inflated, close the small hole in the corner of the bag with the twist tie, if you had to make one.  Secure it tightly.  Continue to maintain constant, but not extreme, pressure in the bag. You want the bag inflated, but not ready to burst. 

Step 4a)  If your dog is large, inflating the bag may use up the first helium canister completely.  If that is the case, then simply remove the end of the hose from the first canister, and place it on the nozzle of the second canister and continue.  Try not to lose any gas pressure in the bag by holding your thumb over the end of the hose. 

NOTE:  During Steps 3 and 4, you will hear your pet relax and almost immediately slip into unconsciousness.  It only takes few seconds, and there is NO PAIN. Breathing may become very deep, and you may hear some panting. Following this, and very briefly, you may hear your pet move about rapidly.  DO NOT PANIC.  This is merely a seizure; a sign of an oxygen-starved brain. Your pet is TOTALLY unconscious during this time, and CANNOT feel any discomfort or fear whatsoever.  

Step 5)  Leaving the bag sealed to the helium canister, and after checking for any leaks, retire to your favorite comfy chair and listen to some music. It is advisable at this point to not reflect on the life of your beloved pet, because it will cause you undue stress, and you're not  finished yet. You will have the rest of your life to think fondly of your pet later. For now: Relax.  

Step 6)  Periodically peek to make sure the bag is still inflated.  Breathing will slow, and then become sporadic, finally stopping altogether, between 9 and 30 minutes from when the bag is first flooded with helium.  Just to be sure, listen after 40 minutes, and if there are no breath sounds, you have done it; CONGRATULATIONS, You have released your pet from his/her pain, and your family from the agony of dealing with euthanasia at a vet's office.

Step 7)  Open a nearby door or window, and ensure proper ventilation of the area around the cage.  Then, open the bag and allow the helium to escape. Remove the bag from around the cage.  DON'T WORRY.  What you will see is a completely peaceful animal, which CLEARLY did not experience any discomfort, pain or fear.  

Step 8)  Your pet may have involuntarily defecated, and/or urinated.  Feel free to clean him/her up with paper towels and warm water.  You don't need to worry about hurting your pet now.  The pain is gone.  

Step 9)  Take as much time as you need to grieve for your beloved pet.  While you may feel relief that his/her suffering is over, your own sadness may be difficult to take.  When you are ready, call your vet's office and inform them that your pet died in his/her sleep.  Make the arrangements you've decided on for disposal of the body. Many local humane societies offer cremation services at very reasonable rates.

Step 10)  Announce the death in your family by whatever method you prefer.  You may be surprised at how much understanding and sympathy have. Take comfort in this shared grief.

MY STORY:  Our 9 year old German Shepherd was much loved by my kids, who had grown up with him.  They adored him, so when he began to bite and snap unpredictably, it was hard for my kids to take. Medications helped his arthritis pain, but didn't make him totally trustworthy around anyone. For the last 6 months of his life, I lived in CONSTANT fear he would bite a child, or the postman, or anyone else. I had to be extremely careful how I handled him, because he would bite me too. He had good days and bad days, but he also had good moments and bad moments, and it was impossible to tell which he was having until it was too late and someone needed stitches.

Our vet recommend more aggressive medications, which were going to cost over $100 per month. He was never going to get better, and the bites were likely to get more frequent and more severe. What had been a loving pet was now a walking lawsuit waiting to happen. I was terrified that he was always about to bite someone.  When I realized that prolonging the life of the dog was making my life a living hell and would eventually result in horrible injury to someone, I asked the vet about performing a quiet euthanasia at my home. The vet refused!  He insisted that because the pain was manageable, and because the dog was otherwise in good health, he would not put him down, at my home or anywhere else.  Wow! Every vet I asked said the same thing!

So instead, I began to research painless, easy methods of euthanasia that had a very low risk of danger to anyone else. The "self-deliverance" websites on painless suicide methods offered vast amounts of useful information. My wife and I began to plan...

Rather than make my kids go through the anguish, my wife and I decided to euthanize the dog in his crate at home without telling the kids ahead of time.  In order to save him from any fear, we ran several practice runs, until the dog walked willingly into his crate when it was in a giant black bag, lie down and wait for his treat.  Then, one Friday morning while the kids were at school, we followed the above directions, which resulted in our dog dying peacefully, painlessly and without fear.  He looked angelic, resting there like he was asleep.  My wife and I removed all the "evidence," and carefully discarded it. We cleaned his body tenderly and tearfully. Then we waited for the kids to arrive home. Of course they were heartbroken. They cried and wailed and hugged the dog, and we cried with them.  

As far as they were concerned, their dog died peacefully of natural causes.  He was old. They didn't require any further explanation.

My wife called the crematorium. When the kids were ready, we all picked up the body of our beloved dog and carried him to the car. At the facility, I carried him in, while my wife consoled the children in the car. When we got back home, we sat in the back yard and told stories, sometimes tearfully, about what a wonderful dog we had, and how lucky he was to have gone so quietly... 


May your love for your pet endure beyond your lifetime. May the decision be easy for you. May you take some comfort in releasing him from his pain without fear, without pain, without worry.

Godspeed.

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Re:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:06/22/2011 7:38 AM)

 I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved companion.
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RE:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:07/02/2011 12:55 PM)

We put our dog down this morning. Jamie was 13. Been crying most of the morning. It was  a very hard thing to do, but the right thing to do. 
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Re:How to euthanize old dog at home?
(Date Posted:07/02/2011 3:13 PM)

 It is never easy to loose a member of your family and a pet is part of the family. My condolences. 
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