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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Sue Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Dog Euthanasia: What Happens

Updated: May 7th, 2021


Nessa thinks we should all know what happens during dog euthanasia. That way, we’re prepared when the time comes with our own dog. Thank you, Nessa, for a very special Question & Answer episode of Dog Cancer Answers.

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.

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