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We had our dog to the vet on Thursday. Although no

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We had our dog to the vet on Thursday. Although no ultrasound was done, we were told he may have some cancer. His red blood count was very low. He has gone downhill dramatically since then. Or vet said he is not in pain, and I believe he is not. Just very very weak. He has not eaten in 3-4 days and had very little water. All other bodily functions are ok, liver, kidney autoimmune etc. our vet said comfort care was about all that is left. I have been very attentive to him, assuring him he is a good dog etc., petting him almost constantly. It is very hard to watch this, but I cannot seem to leave the house while he is like this. Any humane suggestions? He is about 14 years old and has had a good life
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.


I am very sory to hear about this concern. A very easy and straightforward answer being prepared to help with your decision.

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

He is 14. Lived a long wonderful life.

He has a low blood count.

Not eating for several days.


Absolutely, his quality of life is gone, and we really can't medically manage him enough to improve the quality of life.

Therefore, euthanasia is absolutely a fair and humane decision. I would vote against waiting for him to pass at home, because that could be days to even weeks of a slow poor decline.

Very very sorry to hear he is not feeling well. Even if not painful, there are many variables that contribute to changes in quality of life.

I would support you 100% with doing euthanasia as soon as possible.

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Any suggestions for at home euthanisia
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there anything you can recommend as far as euthanasia at home? Anything we can give him
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

Zero. I honestly 100% can say that.

There is no other humane way to do at home euthanasia. I have had people ask about overdoses of medications, pain killers, sleeping pills, etc...these options DO NOT work and caus very bad illness.

Nothing is as fast and humane as a vet giving a sedative like acepromazine or a drug like propofol, followed by euthanasia solution.

Wish I had an option for you but that is a very honest answer.

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

Wish I could have provided a different answer. I hope everything else is going okay. May I be of any further help?

Dr. Andy