How to Euthanize a Dog at Home Without a Vet

(You will not believe the number of times I had to stop to cry, while writing this article)

Euthanizing of a dog is the process of putting him or her to death- or also known as the euphemism “putting one’s dog to sleep”. Now, doing this will seem cruel, inhumane or unjustified for obvious reasons, however, it is done based on some pretty solid grounds- no matter how unbelievably painful to the owner/ owners it may be.

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Some of the reasons behind this act includes the following given below:

The dog has a medical condition

If a dog is suffering from a kind of illness that does not allow him or her to get cured, then often times, dog owners choose to go with euthanizing them. This relieves the dog from slow and painful death. He or she will not have to understand the sensation of gradual death seizing him or her over.

The dog has grown too old

When a dog reaches a certain age, he or she loses sight, hears less, lacks appetite, stays tired all the time and also loses the strength to walk properly. He or she becomes weak and suffers in silence before eventual death comes. It is because of these reasons that dog parents will choose to get an euthanize done to their dogs.

There may be other reasons that makes a dog parent reluctant to choose this option.

Whatever the reason, it is mainly and ultimately done to free the precious dog from misery and pain. Moreover, euthanizing is NEVER done for monetary gains or purposes. 

Many dog owners, prefer to have their dogs euthanized in their homes- without calling a vet, for many personal reasons. The most obvious and the majority’s reason being- euthanizing a dog at home lessens the pain the overall misery of the whole thing, by a lot. It just feels like the right way to do it for many dog parents.

This can be a difficult and an almost impossible thing to do and although there is no one easy way to do it, there are a few ways through which you can carry out this process.


1. Choosing Intravenous Anesthetics:

This process is consisted of two stages. The first stage involves getting the dog to be unconscious. After that, the ultimate, farewell shot.

A lot of dog owners want to go with this particular process is because, it is less painful and time consuming and most importantly, it allows the owner or owners to say their final goodbyes.

Gently or lightly pinch the skin using your forefinger and your thumb. Pull up the loose skin gently and search for a small indentation of skin. Do this between your fingers. Take the syringe with your free hand and push the needle directly into the inundation you found. Use sterile needle.

Hold the needle so that it is parallel to the skin surface on the back. Hold it like this.

2. Choosing Intra-Cardiac Injections:

If for any apparent reason you see that the above option is not possible than you may carry out Intra-Cardiac Injections. This is where a generous dose of euthanasia drugs is injected into your sedated dog.

While, “heart-sticking” is not exactly illegal, you should certainly remember that you can't inject your dog while there is a slightest chance that he or she is awake and can sense pain.

The guidelines of The American Veterinary Medical Association or the AVMA dictates that the only route of injection should be chosen is the one that causes the animal the least bit of discomfort, pain or distress. An animal should be euthanized as humanly as possible and that is how it should be done.

Therefore, you should remember to bring your dog to a deeply sedated, comatose or anesthetized state first. Only then should you carry on. Injecting IC to your dog is considered an offence if your dog is awake or has the possibility of being awake.

The effects will begin to show within 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Intramuscular Injection:

In this case, the dog will be sedated using an intramuscular injection. About five to fifteen minutes later, a catheter will be places into the dog’s veins to insert the euthanasia solution. After it has been given to the dog, its brain will stop all functions and it's heart will cease to pump.

A medical scrutiny is mandatory to confirm the passing away of the dog.


Do not consider the following options as a form of euthanasia at all:

  1. Shooting your dog.
  2. Inhalants.
  3. Cervical Dislocation.

The following above are not ways of euthanizing but are ways of- simply killing.

Moreover, it is essential that you get a thorough medical check-up done on your dog before you do this. Get his done by a professional vet, even if you are euthanizing without one. It is important that you get the medical exam done on the day of the itself, or on the day before.

Tips- Before, During and After:

If you are euthanizing your dog in your home without a vet, then you must keep the following things in mind. 

You need to be mentally and emotionally prepare for the tragedy that you are about to face. It is not easy, yes. However, just keep thinking about why you are doing this. It is because you do not want your dog to suffer any pain. Keeping the dog alive would just be torture.

You have to understand what you are about to do be as ready as you possibly can. Do not do this until you are sure, confident and ready- both mentally and emotionally.

Who do want to be with you when you do it? If the dog had other owners then they should be present too. Other than them, you only want the people who meant something to the dog and people you are comfortable with.

They should be people who will be able to understand you and the action you are taking and console and comfort you accordingly. You do not want people who will make the situation awkward, more painful than it already is or distraction.

When do you want to do it? Make sure it is when your dog is relaxed and comfortable. Moreover, if your dog has seizures then you should do it when they do not occur, or at least have ready medical assistance available- who will help you only if you need them to. It is never okay to let your dog suffer any way.

BE CONFIDENT. You should not have a nervous or shaky hand. Then you might end up injecting in the wrong place and inflicting pain on your dog. Study, research and learn everything you can about euthanizing and especially the process you are executing. Be as ready as possible. Be completely sure of yourself and eliminate all the distractions in the room.

Make sure the room is suitable- in terms of light, sounds, cleanness. There should not be anything or anyone in the room that your dog dislikes or is scared of.

You can never fully recover from the loss of a dog. It is just not possible. It will get better in time, but the pain will always be there. However, what you can do is- get, buy, rescue or buy another dog.

Give another dog a shelter, a home, security, a family, love and care.

This will be an AMAZING tribute to your old dog.

You will not be alone. You can recover easily, quickly and healthily from the pain of losing your old dog. Plus, you already have the knowledge and experience.

Another life will be saved. Another being will be loved- just like you old dog.

Paula Anderson

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