March 22, 2021

Dog Euthanasia: What Happens │ Dr. Nancy Reese #113

Dog Euthanasia: What Happens │ Dr. Nancy Reese #113

Euthanasia is the saddest topic in veterinary medicine … which is why it is so often avoided until necessary. Our caller, Nessa, wants to know: was her experience typical?

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Nessa was surprised by how quickly her dog passed during euthanasia. She felt unprepared and sad that she didn’t get more time to hold her and say goodbye. Nessa is very kind, so she left a message on our listener line. Her question: can you describe the process, so others will be more prepared than I was? And … was my experience typical?

Dr. Nancy Reese, our chief medical editor, joins us for this sensitive discussion. With compassion and love, she describes the process of euthanasia both in the hospital and in the home. By the end of this short episode, you’ll be better prepared to discuss this option with your own veterinarian, should it be necessary for your dog.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide written by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Sue Ettinger.

Things Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice & In-Home Euthanasia is a national service that matches you with local veterinarians who are able to come to your home to administer euthanasia. They have wonderful articles and videos on their website: Dog and Cat Euthanasia At Home | Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice

The show’s sponsor is The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity by Dr. Demian Dressler and Dr. Susan Ettinger.

Helpful Resources and Related Links: 

To join the private Facebook group for readers of Dr. Dressler’s book “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide” go to

About Today’s Guest, Dr. Nancy Reese:

Dr. Nancy Reese is a small animal veterinarian with over 30 years of clinical experience taking care of cats and dogs and other critters in the Sierra Nevada foothills. She is also a perpetual student and researcher, as evidenced by her many degrees. In addition to her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis, she earned a Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis and then a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at UC Davis.

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