How To Euthanize A Dog With Sleeping Pills At Home? The Complete Guide

It is time! Most people would say when they know exactly what was going on. And some of us intend not to accept it or that we are just not ready to let go. Losing our most precious pets is something that I wouldn’t want to happen at all.


As their human parents, we have taken care of them ever since they came into our lives and it has been quite a ride.

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But when it is time, sometimes we have to accept what is there now. How to euthanize your dog with sleeping pills is what we intend to learn as we are readying ourselves. However, such method only aides in the euthanizing process as this gives your pet a less painful death. It puts them to sleep before another drug is being injected. But before that, we have to know what these things we are putting our pet through…

What is Euthanizing?

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Euthanizing is what we can say killing in a merciful manner. It is derived from a Greek word which means “Good Death”. This can happen between animals and humans. Today it is mostly common for dogs, cats, or any animal. This is a process in which a professional veterinarian ends their life in a non-painful way. It will end their sufferings with just a few procedures.

People make these choices when it just cannot be helped anymore. Either that their pet is already suffering a condition that cannot be treated or that they have grown too old and have developed bodily problems. This process can be done in different methods. But the most common method is by injecting an overdose of pentobarbital until your pet slowly begins to pass away.

Spending Your Dog’s Last Hours with Them

These days, when we know that we just have to decide right away, it’s never going to be as easy as it is. Knowing that we spent most of our days with these precious creatures, it’s going to be hard as it is like saying goodbye to a loved one as a piece of our hearts break. We have done all we can and we have done what was needed, but it would seem that it wasn’t enough.

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This is the part when we have to make the most of it before it is gone. The best thing that you can do to your pet before they pass is to spend your dog’s last hours with them as this is probably all the happiness they need before they close their eyes to sleep and fade to their afterlife.

  • You have to talk to them. Your voice is probably one of the most comforting things that they will ever hear.
  • Give them hugs. Your touch is going to be something they’d miss throughout the last seconds of their life.
  • Pet them. I know they’d love this as much as they will cherish all your hugs and kisses.
  • Hold your pet’s paw. They are scared of what’s to come and what they don’t know will happen.

These are the four things you have to do before the time comes. Most of all, we have to be there for them in their most painful moments.

Some Things You Need to Know Before Euthanizing

Before euthanizing your dog, there are a few things you have to consider. Asking yourself questions before you do would be a good start.


The Questions you need to ask yourself first…

  • How do I know that it is the right time to euthanize my dog?
  • What are those things that make me worry and fear to euthanize?
  • Is this the right choice best for me or best for my pet?
  • Does this concern my family and the people that surround me?
  • Am I only doing this for my interest or am I also considering the others’ interest?

You also have to know what to expect when it comes to Euthanasia.

A Veterinarian’s Advice

Another thing you have to consider is what the veterinarian has to say. We have provided two videos coming out from two veterinarians speaking of euthanasia.

After watching and asking yourself. Did you get the answers that you were looking for? If you think that you still need to euthanize your pet, then we can proceed to this article. But if you still think that there’s a chance and that this should not be done this time, then better to fall back.

How to Euthanize your Dog with Sleeping Pills

As I have mentioned before, this method is only able to aide in the process of euthanizing your pet. However, there are instances that it may actually work alone.

The euthanizing process mainly consists of overdosing your pet with certain drugs to give them a “Good Death” or merciful death. Euthanizing your dog with sleeping pills might work. But most veterinarians claim that this method does not always work and can only result in your pet sleeping longer than usual and wake up with more bodily problems. Either that, this method can lead to your pet puking all the pills out instead of euthanizing your pet like you wish to do.

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This method is also illegal and inhumane in some areas so to speak. I heavily advise you to have a veterinarian do this process for you. Or much better, let them do what they think is best.

  • You must have your sleeping pills ready
  • Ask the veterinarian how much dosage would it take to euthanize your dog with sleeping pills
  • Always make sure that your pet is in a comfortable area; much better if they are at home
  • Let the veterinarian handle everything else


You have made the hardest decision in your life and letting go would probably be the most terrible and hardest things to do too. But you should know that this is probably what your pet would have wanted. This is to be free from all the pain and suffering they have gone through. As a pet owner, you know exactly what is best for them.

Update – How I lost my “Honey”?…06/13/2018

One day after Honey, my little dog, died, I am in a keen sorrow now when I am typing these lines. Honey stayed with us almost six months, and we had a wonderful time together. Until now, I still can’t believe that she was gone because of Care virus.

However, for sure, my sorrow can’t be as much as the pain my dog has had to suffer in the past one month. Last May, we was so happy to know that she got pregnant, but after three days, something wrong happened to her, and then we took her to the vet, and the vet found that she not only lost her pregnancy but also got blood poisoning and fever. I was a terrible day for us. At that time, the only thing we want to do is to save her at any cost. And then, we took her to the vet every day for medicine transfer and injection.

After she had gotten better, we came back our hometown for two weeks for our wedding. We gave her to our sister and asked her to take care of Honey. After two weeks, we came back, Honey was so happy that she jumped on my body and cried. Since then, she followed close behind me to everywhere even though we went to the toilet. It seems to be that she was afraid to lose us again.

But the happiness of union didn’t last so long. Honey started to refuse to eat even her favorite food. She scratched a lot and got runny nose. I found many ulcers under her stomach. She might suffer a lot of pain. We took her to the vet again. He made a double check and the result was the same, she got Care virus which there is no cure. The vet gave us two options. The first one is killing her by injection, and the second one is keeping her, but he said that she was going to die after several weeks. I couldn’t hold back my tears at that moment. I and my husband hold Honey in our arms and made a very difficult decision that is killing her by injection because we don’t want her to suffer from the pain anymore and spread the virus to our neighbors. We cried a lot to see Honey’s death and we experienced the utmost sadness on the way back home. After that we buried her and wish that she would be happy in the next life.

About the Author Susan

Dear my friends, I’m Susan J.Varney, as a dog lover, I’m here to give you best advices and experiences of mine to help you deal with your cute, lovely dogs. was established with the goal to equip you with knowledge about nutrition, common diseases, habits of your dogs. Also, I teach you some simple ways to train your intelligent dogs. Read more

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