Knowing When to Put a Dog Down

Deciding when to put a dog down is heart-wrenching. It's a personal decision that often comes when your dog is in constant pain or suffering.


If your dog has more bad days than good, or if there's no treatment plan you can commit to, it may be time to discuss euthanasia with your vet.


The HHHHHMM scale assesses your pet's quality of life. If the total score is less than 35, it may mean your dog's quality of life is suffering.


Consider your dog's pain, hunger, hydration, hygiene, happiness, mobility, and whether they have more good days than bad.

Quality of Life

Veterinarians provide euthanasia services. You can choose in-home services or bring your pet to the vet's office. Costs vary widely.

Euthanasia Services

Hospice care maintains a dog's comfort and quality of life when they're nearing the end. Palliative care addresses your dog's medical condition.

Palliative Care

How you choose to spend the last moments with your pet and memorialize them afterward is a personal decision. Your vet is there to help.

Saying Goodbye

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