When to Put Your Dog Down

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It can be one of the most difficult things to determine when to put your dog down as a dog owner. You build such a strong relationship with your furry friend that you can never think of yourself separating from him. But, as an owner, you have an obligation to always do the right thing by your pet. When we decide about putting down our pets, we need to consider their quality of life. There are various factors that will determine your pet’s quality of life. The very thought of dog cremation may make you sad, however, below are some signs that it might be in your pets best interest to make the decision.

1. Chronic Pain:

This is one of the top reasons that dog owners think of getting their pets euthanized. It is unbearable to have to see your pet in constant pain day and night. So, typically the possibility of euthanasia arises when all other options are explored and there are no alternatives left. You may look at some of the important cues. Such as:

  • If your dog begins to hide, starts panting too much while resting, keeps trembling, and tucks his tail.
  • If he licks the affected area, unwilling to move, finds it impossible to get comfortable or only ever responds with whining or biting upon touching.

These are some of the important cues that you shouldn’t ignore if your pet is in trouble or pain.

2. Food:

Your four-legged friend will need nutrition and food for survival. When your pet falls sick his habits may change. But, if it becomes the new normal for him, it is an indication that his end is near. If he vomits an abnormal amount, stops eating, or loses a lot of weight, these are some of the signs that things are not normal. Though cremating a dog may leave many pet owners terrified sometimes it’s the best option.

3. Vet’s Opinion:

You should always seek your vet’s professional opinion when your pet’s pain becomes intolerable. Your vet will be able to explain the pet’s medical state and whether euthanasia is the best option.

4. Hygiene:

If your pet finds it difficult to control his urination or defecation it is a sign that things are not normal.

5. Behavior Pattern:

When the pain surges to an intolerable level, the behavior of your pet will change dramatically. He may not be able to stop sleeping/resting or he may whine and cry. He may become aggressive or reclusive. Every dog is different, depending on the situation and their illness. Generally though, personality changes require professional opinion.


An owner can easily determine the quality of the life of their pet. So, if your pet experiences immense pain and medication is no longer a suitable alternative, it is time to make a hard decision.

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