Nessa called in to our Listener Line with a sad, but oh-so-important question. Was her dog’s euthanasia experience typical? Her dog died so fast … is that normal? She’s always wondered. She thinks the rest of us should be emotionally prepared for what happens during euthanasia at the veterinarian’s office.
And she’s right — we should be. So we asked Dr. Nancy Reese to tell us exactly how it goes when we put our dog to sleep. She obliged on this week’s episode of Dog Cancer Answers.
It’s probably the saddest topic we’ve ever tackled. But I agree with Nessa — it’ s better to be prepared and know ahead of time what euthanasia is like.
So, if you are close to the end of your dog’s life, this is a must-listen episode. Dr. Nancy talks about the specific steps that are taken, and why they are taken.
She describes the “normal” way euthanasia goes, but also the ways it can be quite different.
And she goes over home euthanasia, and why that may be a great choice for your family, when the time comes.
You can read the transcript on the episode page on the Dog Cancer Answers website.
Here’s the video version of this podcast:
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Molly Jacobson is a writer and also the editor of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, published by Maui Media. A lifelong dog lover and self-professed dog health nerd, she is all too familiar with dog cancer. She has been supporting readers of this blog since the beginning. Molly earned a BA from Tufts University, and after a career in bookselling and book publishing attended The Swedish Institute to become a licensed massage therapist in New York State, licensed by the medical board. Her fascination with health is both personal and global, and she is most proud of how this site and the associated publications have revolutionized not only our approach to dog health, but our own health.