Cost of Euthanasia in the UK (in pound sterling) [in the year 2022]

You'll have ups and downs with your four-legged friend as a dog owner, but if you're lucky, you'll get to enjoy a long and healthy life with them. Unfortunately, every pet owner must eventually face the same dilemma: saying goodbye to your best furry friend. Unfortunately, there are many situations in which making the best, most humane decision is difficult.  

When no amount of surgery or medication can significantly extend your dog's life or relieve their pain, euthanasia is often the last resort.  

How much does it cost to euthanize a dog? Prices in the United Kingdom [2022]

However, if you've never had to put down a dog in the United States, K Before you begin, it's critical to understand what to expect, including the financial side of things.  

When Is It Okay to Put a Dog Down?

With such a significant decision, it may be difficult to determine when it is the "right time" to euthanize a pet. There's a chance they'll make it, or things will only get worse.  

Some common indicators that your dog is in pain or sick include:

  • Aggression that is unusual and novel
  • Your dog refuses to eat or drink.
  • Sleeping schedule modifications
  • Enhanced vocalizations
  • Difficulties standing and walking
  • Heavy panting is unusual.

It is best to take your dog to a reputable veterinarian for evaluation. They will be less influenced by a pet owner's emotions and will provide quality advice. Discuss with your veterinarian your pet's potential quality of life if you choose not to euthanize, who provides those services in your area if the vet does not, what to expect from the process, and so on.

Even if it appears to be time for euthanasia, it may not be. Your veterinarian can also advise you on alternatives to euthanasia, such as surgeries that may prolong your dog's life.

If the time comes, they'll tell you what to do next. In some cases, the vet may decide that euthanasia is the most humane option. Alternatively, you may have a few more days with them to say your final goodbyes.

An American Goldendoodle (not an English Goldendoodle) hanging out with its tongue out.

How Much Does a Dog's Death Cost?

The cost is one of the most stressful aspects of letting your friend go. On average, the cost of euthanasia ranges between £80 and £200. The cost of this procedure is determined by several factors, including:

  • The weight of the dog
  • Regular hours or emergency vet?
  • At home or at the veterinarian's
  • Insurance for Pets
  • Cremation, communal or individual


If you have a small dog, such as a Maltipoo, you will pay much less for euthanasia. Putting a Saint Berdoodle to sleep, on the other hand, will cost you between £300 and £400, depending on the extra services.

The reason for the higher price is simple: a larger dog necessitates a higher dose to do the job effectively.

Maltipoo BEFORE a haircut: observe the length of the Maltipoo coat. T S Smith took the photograph. /CC BY

Hours for Emergency Vets

You may have an emergency outside of your veterinarian's normal business hours. In these cases, veterinarians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These clinics are also known as after-hours clinics.

While this is a wonderful and much-needed service, most services at an after-hours or emergency clinic will be more expensive.

A veterinarian holding a dog


Some veterinarians provide in-home or remote euthanasia. This allows your pet to go wherever they feel most at ease. These visits may be more expensive than standard in-clinic euthanasia due to the veterinarian's travel time and time away from the office.

However, it may give your pet more comfort to be in a familiar environment rather than a strange office.

Max, a miniature Labradoodle puppy, is taking a nap.

Insurance for Pets

If you already have pet insurance, which can be obtained for as little as £36 per month, it may cover the full cost of the service.  

This is determined by the type of pet insurance you have; common options include accident-only, time-limited, per-condition, and lifetime.

Pet insurance costs vary depending on where you live in the United States. K , your dog's age, and the breed of your dog

A dog looking out the window of a car


Some pet owners prefer to have their pets cremated rather than bury them at home. There will be additional charges in these cases.

Furthermore, if you want to have your pet cremated on their own - i e , you get to keep their ashes - instead of a communal cremation, you'll have to pay additional fees. Individual cremation costs between £130 and £200, depending on the size of your dog and where you have it done.

Typically, the vet or cremation service will send you the ashes in either a standard box or an urn.

What to Expect Throughout the Procedure

Before you begin the euthanasia procedure, your veterinarian will most likely walk you through it. Before they begin the procedure, you will usually be required to sign paperwork stating your consent.

Typically, euthanasia is accomplished through an injection or series of injections. If there are multiple, the first usually relaxes and numbs the pet's pain. The second injection gradually and painlessly stops their breathing and heartbeat. It will appear that they are dozing off.

Some pets may be given a gas-based anesthetic instead of the first shot to calm and numb them.

A Goldendoodle being rubbed on the belly by his owner

Continuing to the End

Some pet owners choose to stay with their friends until they pass away, while others cannot. Whatever choice you make is acceptable and understandable.

If you stay with your pet, you may be able to hold them or allow them to lie in your lap during the procedure, depending on your veterinarian. Stay calm, as dogs can detect emotions and responses. As you would on any other day, speak to them in a soothing and calm tone.

Following the procedure, the vet will usually give you some time alone to say your final goodbyes, especially if you've chosen cremation.

Even if you do not wish to stay, most veterinarians will allow you to say your final goodbyes after the procedure is completed. Some even allow you to bring your other pets to say farewell to their pal.

An owner cuddling her puppy

Managing the Aftermath

Everyone grieves differently and for varying lengths of time. You may be in mourning for days, weeks, months, or even years. Sometimes our grief never truly vanishes. Some people never get another pet, but many do.  

There are numerous excellent resources for grieving the loss of a pet, as well as for helping your children or other pets understand the loss.

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