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Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
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My very old chihuahua is dying of heart failure I believe and

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My very old chihuahua is dying of heart failure I believe and I want him to go peacefully at home and wondering what I can do.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: He has been having seizures and labored breathing- sounds like he's drowning since 5 pm. Can no longer walk.
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 10 months ago.
Hello. I'm sorry to hear about your dog. Unfortunately, there is no way to humanely euthanize him at home. The only way to euthanize humanely, is with an injection of Sodium Pentobarbital (euthanasia solution). The only other approved humane euthanasia is a well placed gunshot wound to the head. I would never recommend an owner shoot their own dog. If you have a 24 hour ER around you, I would take him there. Otherwise, he will continue to have labored and congested breathing until he eventually fatigues to the point where he can't keep up his respirations and he drowns in the fluid in the lungs. It's a tough way to go. I'm sorry again you're in this situation. Let me know if you have any other questions.