No one wants to find themselves in the position of having to decide to have their dog put to sleep. But death is as much a part of life as life itself. And as pet owners, we try to make our dog’s lives as good as they can be. Part of that is making sure that we choose the right time to have our dogs “put to sleep”.
Reasons for considering putting your dog to sleep – the main one is Quality of Life
- Age : Old age is not a disease. It is a term we apply when the body as a whole is starting to fail:
Old age is usually made up of muscles that don’t work as well. Joints that have arthritis and are painful. Organs such as the kidney, heart or liver that are not functioning as well as they used to. A failing brain that leads to cognitive disorders. These all can lead to the state we call ‘old age’.
Making the decision to put your dog to sleep because of old age is really all about ‘quality of life’. Failing organs and other parts means that life has less and less quality.
Eventually, as these parts of the body fail, a dog begins to have more bad days than good days. And this is the point when we have to consider what is the most caring thing we can do to help.
- Illness: Most acute diseases like infections and early benign cancers are certainly not a reason to consider putting your dog to sleep.
But when illness becomes chronic, and when treatments are not relieving most of the distressing symptoms or pain, then we do have to start to think about their quality of life. If our dog is suffering and in distress, and there is no chance that treatment will improve it much, then considering “put to sleep” is very much part of our care for them.
If we think there is hope, then we should delay the decision. If we think that they are suffering, and there is no chance of improvement, then we are fortunate that we can offer them release from that distress.
What we have to remember is that dogs live in the moment. Unlike us, they live each day as it comes. When we, as humans, are in pain, we may have the hope that things will improve at some point in the future. That keeps us going and can help us to reduce and moderate the pain we are experiencing.
Dogs on the other hand are unable to hope. So if they are in pain, then that is all they experience. It is then up to us to decide on their behalf if there is any hope of a pain-free life in their future.
- Behaviour: This is probably the most difficult situation of all. When our dog’s behaviour is making life difficult for them, and for us, then you may have to consider “put to sleep” for your dog.
What makes this even harder is many owners will blame themselves for their dog’s difficult behaviour. Which means they risk delaying the “put to sleep” decision for too long. Then the family relationship may collapse – the humans begin to change the way they relate to their dog. And dogs are usually sensitive to this, which often makes their difficult behaviour even worse.
This becomes a vicious circle, and the tension and anxiety soar.
Putting your dog to sleep has to be one of the choices an owner should consider – along with behavioural advice, re-homing, etc.
Quietus Vet for Dog “Put to Sleep”
With the 3-Stage Technique, your pet just slips away at home in the company of you and your family. You no longer have to have your dog put to sleep the old way.
“This is so much better than when a normal vet does it at home”
Joanne in Nottingham.
Our areas covered by our in home visits
Quietus Vet provides a gentle in home dog “put to sleep” in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire & South Yorkshire. You now have choices when you finally reach this most important event:
Quietus Vet covers a large area for dog “put to sleep” at home. This includes Nottingham, Mansfield, Derby, Chesterfield, Sheffield and Rotherham. We try and make this difficult time as easy as possible.
Please look at our area map to see if you are in our fixed price “put to sleep” visit area. If not, then call Paul anyway and he’ll try to help.
Quietus Vet can also travel across the Midlands, Yorkshire and Manchester if there’s a need.
If you want any more information on Paul’s visits then contact him on 01773 404 063
“I know how hard it is to make that call. I’ll make it as easy as I can for you”
You only get one chance to do this right…
Paul always uses his 3-Stage Technique when putting dog to sleep. This involves him creating layers of sedation and pain-relief – making the event as gentle and calm as possible.
The 3-Stage Technique means your dog can stay at home when they are ready for their “put to sleep” – in peace and quiet.
You can leave the TV on;
Or you can cuddle them as they drift off;
Or they can curl-up in their favourite spot.
There will be no having to hold them for fiddly procedures. It’s all gentle and easy.
Paul doesn’t use nurses – your pet has no fear. There are no clinic smells and no stress.
Paul lets you take all the time you need to say your farewells.
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