Sometimes a dog owner has to make a hard decision - to watch the torment of a dying pet or to put him to sleep. Not everyone will decide on euthanasia, especially if the animal is quite young and there is at least the slightest hope of recovery.
The decision whether to put the dog to sleep or not, lies entirely with the owners
Unfortunately, there are owners who euthanize and quite active, but mutilated animals: without paws or blinded by one eye. In this case, this is only a matter of conscience, because animals do not experience because of lack of paws and are able to give many more joyful moments. Although a good veterinarian will refuse to put the dog to sleep, which has a chance to recover or is quite active.
But when the animal is in a solid age and a disappointing diagnosis is made, for example, oncological disease, everyone has to decide: to prick the painkillers and watch the slow dying, realizing their helplessness or interrupting such existence. In any case, the decision to sleep should be taken only after consultation with a good veterinarian. And, perhaps, not even with one.
Veterinarians believe that it is important to choose the right moment to sleep. And this should be before the animal begins to experience physical suffering. When, fearing to decide on euthanasia, the owners think for a long time, they only allow the pet to suffer too much. In addition, and to conduct humanely the procedure of putting the dog to sleep can only a veterinarian.
Is it possible to put the dog to sleep at home?
Where can I put the dog to sleep? At home or in a specialized clinic? What drug? How much does sleep put to sleep? The owner of the animal does not give rest to a lot of questions. We will try to answer them.
If the dog is so sick that it is difficult for her to move around, the doctor for euthanasia is better to call home. In this case, lulling the dog at home will be the best option. But before that, it is worth asking what kind of drugs this veterinarian uses to put him to sleep. In other cases, to put the dog to sleep better in a specialized clinic.
There are many types of euthanasia: bleeding, spinal cord calcination, strangulation with nitrogen (argon), injection of ethyl alcohol, potassium chloride, hydrochloride, air embolism and others. But most of them cause a painful death.
The most humane is a medical procedure consisting of two stages. First, the doctor introduces a complex narcotic composition that anesthetizes and disconnects the animal's consciousness. The dog plunges into a deep anesthesia and ceases to feel anything.
After this, strong drugs are introduced, which stop the breathing and cardiac activity of the animal. Best if the veterinarian uses barbiturates for such sleep: thiopental sodium, hexenal, etc. With their help, the pet simply slowly falls asleep and does not feel anything when his heart gradually stops.
It is better, when the owner of the pet is not present at a lulling. And, since the self-destruction of animals is not encouraged by legislation and is subject to fines, it is better to surrender the corpse of the animal to a special station and order its cremation.
How much does it cost to put a dog to sleep?
The cost of euthanasia depends on the weight of the animal.
Here are the average prices for euthanasia of dogs in Moscow and St. Petersburg:
- Up to 10 kilograms - 2000 rubles;
- From 10 to 20 kilograms - 2500 rubles;
- From 20 to 30 kilograms - 3000 rubles;
- From 30 to 40 kilograms - 3500 rubles;
- From 40 to 50 kilograms - 4000 rubles;
- For large breeds of dogs weighing more than 50 kilograms - price by agreement.
The prices for services are indicated without the cost of the ritual urn. In other cities of Russia the cost, as a rule, is lower by 20-30%. We brought only average prices. In each case, the cost of the procedure is better known directly from organizations engaged in this type of activity. Addresses and contact numbers of some of them we publish on our website:
Of course, it would be better for pet owners to never face the problem of putting a dog to sleep or not. But if it arose, the solution must be correct and timely.