According to veterinarians, when is it time to euthanize a dog? After working at a vet AND having 2 of my own dogs put to sleep recently, I can help you get through this difficult time. Here’s everything you need to know about when to euthanize a dog. Here are 5 signs that it’s time. Plus advice that other veterinarians have personally given me. And the official Quality of Life Scale for dogs — to help you gauge your dog’s quality of life.
Death And Dying
We all know we will face death and dying at some point, but if you're struggling with the decision of whether or not you should put your dog down -- it can be a heartbreaking decision. Here are the best ways to decide if its time to put your dog to sleep and tons of great ideas for memorializing your favorite pet.
My dog ate Advil. (It was a single 200 mg liquid gel capsule with Ibuprofen inside.) Dogs and Ibuprofen don’t mix – so I knew it was important to treat this right away! I rushed her to the vet, and I’m glad I did. Here’s what I’ve learned about Ibuprofen toxicity in dogs.
My dog has cancer. Actually, I’ve had 2 dogs with 2 different types of cancer. One died soon after being diagnosed with bladder cancer. (The chemo treatments didn’t work.) The other was only given 3 to 6 months to live after being diagnosed with canine lung cancer — but he’s happy and healthy 2 years later after I chose a holistic cancer treatment for dogs. Here are the supplements for dogs with cancer that I’ve used, plus the dog cancer diet that he eats daily.
Thousands of dogs get the canine parvovirus each year. Of those, 15% will die. Without treatment, 100% will die. Here’s what you need to know about dog parvo disease including: the symptoms of parvo, how it’s spread, and the treatment for parvo. If you suspect that your dog is suffering from parvo, take your dog to the vet right away! Most deaths from the canine parvo virus occur within 48 to 72 hours.
Pyometra, a serious infection of the uterus, is a potentially deadly condition that affects unspayed female dogs. Symptoms & treatment for pyometra in dogs.
If your dog passes away at home, you have 3 options: vet, crematorium, burial. Here’s what you need to know about cremating or burying a dog.
Get answers to your dog questions right away — online — from verified pet experts. What’s your dog question?
Did you know that your dog can still get deadly heartworms even if your dog is on a monthly preventative? It’s true. However, if you’re like me, you’ll still keep your dog on heartworm prevention year round for the following reasons.
If you are faced with a lot of expensive vet bills as the result of caring for a dog emergency, rest assured, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Here are the best ways to find help with vet bills.
A dog memorial is a great way to memorialize your dog after he has passed on. The best part: you can make your own dog memorial any way you want to.
Are you prepared to save your dog’s life if he were involved in an accident or became incapacitated due to some other type of health problem or sudden emergency? Here are some of the most common situations that could result in you having to perform CPR on your dog. Plus, see how to do dog CPR.
Here’s what you need to know about dog sunburn, doggie skin cancer, and which dogs tend to suffer the most from sunburns. Does your dog have a sunburn? Here are some simple DIY home remedies for dog sunburn.
Time passes much too quickly, and ultimately we dog lovers have to face the fact that our time together is winding down. The day will come when decisions — like putting your dog to sleep — have to be made that are never easy. A little planning ahead now will help. Take it from me… over the years we’ve gone through this 7 times. Sometimes it was a no-brainer. Other times, it wasn’t.
Hopefully, the next time you’re interested in getting a dog you will consider picking your pet from a rescue shelter. But please do some homework first to ensure that your new dog doesn’t wind up back at the shelter in a few months.
If you should ever have to put your dog to sleep, it is in your best interest to be present throughout the entire euthanization process. Here’s why…
The Brown Dog Foundation helps dog owners who are facing expensive vet bills in order to save their dog’s life. As long as you are willing and able to pay a portion of the veterinarian’s cost to save your dog’s life, the Brown Dog Foundation will help pay the rest!
My sad tribute to our dog, Destin, who left this world way too soon. He was a good dog who did a lot of good dog things.
I recently heard about a group of medical researchers who have banded together in an effort to cure canine cancer. It’s called the National Canine Cancer Foundation. Here’s why I applaud their efforts…
Our American Eskimo dog is 15 years young and STILL going strong. But, truth be told, we thought he would have left this world ages ago. Here’s what we’ve done so far that got him to be 105 in dog years…