Unfortunately, there’s a cost to everything, and I’ve been disheartened to hear clients say “If I knew it was going to be so expensive, I would have just shot him at home!” The price to euthanize Fido depends on each veterinarian’s fees, which can range from $45 to $250, so call around if you are concerned. In general, your family veterinarian or farm veterinarian will be less expensive than going to a veterinary school, although autopsies may be offered at a lower cost there. Regardless, please don’t try anything at home. At the same time, some people expect Fluffy to “die peacefully at home,” when realistically, that rarely happens. Don’t wait for Fluffy to slowly suffer when you could potentially alleviate any suffering or pain. There are house call veterinarians who can come to your home so you have more privacy and peace. But either way, you’re going to be reaching or the wallet. Just consider it your last gift to your poor, loyal canine. And in those last few days, make sure to give him all the filet mignon and ice cream he wants!
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