How much does it cost to put a dog down?

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If you are a dog owner, one thing you often dread toward the back half of your dog’s life is facing the day when you will have to put your dog down.

I just went through this recently and it was not a fun experience and wanted to share some tips on options when you, unfortunately, have to face one of the toughest days for dog owners.

So how much does it cost to put a dog down?

 There are pet cremation services that typically charge between $150-$500 depending on the type of cremation package you decide on. The cost to put a dog down at places like Petsmart typically costs between $50-$100.

So while pet owners never want to face the day when they will have to face dog euthanasia, it may be the best thing for the dog and you as the owner, and having a plan in place for your beloved pet can save you heartache down the line.

Here is a good video that gives an overview of when it is time to say goodbye to a pet

How much does it cost to put a dog down at Petsmart?

Each Petsmart location will have slightly different rates but the costs will likely vary between $50-$100. If you live in a city with a few Petsmart locations you may want to call a few of them to get the best possible rate and check for availability as they typically want dog owners to have an appointment ahead of time.

What is dog euthanasia?

Most vets put down dogs down by using a medication that quickly puts the dog in an unconscious state so they won’t have to suffer. The dogs’ organs then quickly shut down and the dog quickly passes without any suffering.

While a dog euthanasia procedure may seem like a tough thing to go through, it may be the best option for a dog that is in decline or in pain toward the end of its life.

My dog recently passed away in our home and looking back I wish we would have considered pet euthanasia services. This could have avoided the pain that the dog went through and would certainly have been easier on us as pet parents to deal with.

What is a communal cremation for dogs?

A communal cremation is when pets are cremated with other pets and those ashes are then buried together in a pet cemetery. You won’t be able to get your pet’s ashes back in these situations but they can give you peace of mind that you will be able to occasionally visit where your dog’s final resting place will eventually be.

Small dogs are normally around $50 for communal cremations and costs typically go up to $200 or $300 for bigger dogs.

How much is a private cremation for dogs?

Private cremations for dogs costs vary depending on where you bring your pet. There are several options in most big cities so it may be worth it to call around and get an idea of the cost and what type of other services they offer.

Some pet cremation services offer paw prints as part of their cremation service which can be a nice keepsake for dog lovers.

Do local veterinarians cremate dogs?

Some vets offer services to handle a dog’s remains and others have partnerships with different pet cremation companies that they refer you to.

When my dog died, it was early in the morning so there wasn’t many places open to bring the dog. PetSmart opened at 8AM and handles dog remains through their Banfield Pet hospital for a small fee. They were very professional and kind through the process so I would recommend them as an option. Vets that do offer cremation services will likely have different cremation costs so you can call around if you want to look into a few options.

Is it humane to put a dog to sleep?

This is a tough question that many people struggle with. Sometimes if a dog is in declining health having a plan to eventually put the dog to sleep can make the grieving process easier for dog owners and enable them to savor their last moments.

If you are struggling with this decision I would recommend you speak with your Vet to get an idea on their opinion on how your dog feels or if they are in extreme pain.

Since dogs can’t communicate, it can be difficult to know if they are dealing with unnecessary suffering or if they are just going through the normal aging process.

How do I tell my dog goodbye?

Saying goodbye to a best friend like a dog can be incredibly difficult. Toward the end of my dog’s life I tried to be intentional about spending time creating memories doing things my dog enjoyed like going on walks, visiting the dog parks, or simply spending time on the couch together.

Because I knew the end was near I cherished the time we could spend together in our own home. I knew I was getting close to having to say my final goodbyes over the last month of her life and I took the last several months and tried to make the most of it.

Do Dogs know they are loved?

Yes, Dogs know how much owners love them and there are actually some really good studies that show how dogs bond to humans.

What are things to consider when putting your dog down?

Here are a few things to look out for in your put as you get closer to making the decision about putting your dog down.

  • Quality of life
  • Mobility
  • Pain
  • Eating patterns

As always, speak to your vet to get additional things that you can monitor at home to help determine if your dog is living a good quality of life.

My dog had diabetes over the last couple of years of her life and we started to notice that she was not responding to insulin over the last couple of months as well which gave us an indication that the end was near.

What are good ways to remember your pet?

Here is a list of ideas:

  • Frames
  • Memory Boxes
  • Get a painting done
  • Preserve paw prints

While you may think some of these keepsakes won’t provide you with any comfort, they are often very affordable and people rarely regret them down the line. We have a stone with our dog’s pawprints on them that helps bring back good memories every time I see it.

What is the cheapest way to put a dog down?

The cheapest way to put a dog down is typical through your local animal shelter or animal care center.

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Putting a dog down is one of the hardest things for pet owners to go through

Get a vet to visit your home

If you can’t bring your dog to the vet due to a physical issue several vets offer services for a fee where they will do a vet visit to where you live to check on your dog for you. It can sometimes be comforting for dog owners to have their dogs pass away in their home and a vet that travels to you can give you an idea if it is time to say goodbye.

Are larger dogs more expensive to cremate than smaller dogs?

Yes, most cremation services charge more for larger dogs than they would for a small dogs. However, if the local animal shelters and animal care centers that I called all offered to cremate my dog at no cost and didn’t have size limitations.


Where should you bring a dead dog?

If your dog ends up passing away in your home local animal care centers typically offer services that take dead dogs at no cost. The hours at some of these locations may vary which is the problem I ran into. My dog passed away at 6 AM and the local shelter didn’t open until 9 AM which means I had to figure out what to do with the dog remains. Thankfully I found a PetSmart location that offered these types of services and they opened at 8 AM.

How much does it cost to put a dog down conclusion

We know putting a dog down is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do but we hope this guide will help you get through a heartbreaking time by giving you options on what you have as a pet owner when you are trying to figure out how much does it cost to put a dog down.

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