How to Tell When It's Time to Put Your Dog Down

Be Managed

If your dog is in constant pain that medications or treatments can no longer alleviate effectively, it may be time to consider euthanasia to prevent further suffering.

Loss of Appetite

When a dog consistently refuses food, leading to significant weight loss and weakness, it's a sign their quality of life is declining.


Severe incontinence, especially when coupled with discomfort or distress, can significantly diminish a dog's quality of life.

Favorite Activities

A dog that no longer shows interest in playing, walking, or engaging with family members may be suffering or experiencing too much discomfort to enjoy life.


Struggling to breathe can be distressing for your dog and is a clear sign they are suffering.

Mobility Issues

When a dog can no longer move around easily, stand up, or walk without pain, their ability to enjoy life is severely impacted.

Fatigue or Lethargy

Excessive tiredness that isn't relieved by rest, making your dog uninterested in everything around them, is a strong indicator of poor quality of life.

Health Diagnoses

A diagnosis of a terminal illness or a condition that will lead to significant suffering may lead to the decision that euthanasia is the kindest option.


A trusted veterinarian can offer valuable insight into your dog's health, quality of life, and when it might be time to consider euthanasia.