How are dogs put to sleep?

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The euthanasia medication most vets use is pentobarbital, a seizure medication.

In large doses, it quickly renders the pet unconscious.

It shuts down her heart and brain functions usually within one or two minutes.

It is usually given by an IV injection in one of her legs.

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Time spent napping depends on the dog's age and personality.

Different breeds also seem to have different sleep requirements.

Large breeds, such as mastiffs and Saint Bernards, generally spend a lot of time sleeping β€” up to 18 hours a day.

True, dogs do sleep more than humans, but they don't sleep as soundly as we do.

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That is because it is in their nature to sleep in a pile on top of each other and it's when they feel most secure and comfortable - snuggled up against their littermates.

A recent survey found that as many as 50 percent of dog owners let their dogs sleep on the bed.

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Dogs aren't like that.

That's really hard to answer, since it depends on the individual dog and also his "pack".

Some Dogs like to be on their own, others want to cuddle.

In our case, the dog prefers to sleep alone, but sometimes, especially when it's very cold, he won't say no to some body contact.

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Shelters for Dogs Sleeping Outside.

If your dog is sleeping outside, it is essential it has a good quality kennel to allow it to hide away from the weather.

A kennel should shelter your dog from harsh wind, rain and the cold.

Dogs require this protection so that heat is not drawn away from their body.

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Dogs can't sleepwalk like humans (moving around in a coordinated way that outwardly resembles normal β€œawake” behaviour). They are more prone to random, jerky movements while asleep, such as paddling their legs (as if dreaming of running) or, at most, perhaps lurching a few feet before flopping to the ground.
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Time spent napping depends on the dog's age and personality.

Different breeds also seem to have different sleep requirements.

Large breeds, such as mastiffs and Saint Bernards, generally spend a lot of time sleeping β€” up to 18 hours a day.

True, dogs do sleep more than humans, but they don't sleep as soundly as we do.

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Like people, dogs go through different stages of sleep including short-wave sleep (SWS) and deep sleep (often referred to as rapid-eye movement, or REM, sleep).

SWS is the period after first falling asleep as the mind and body start to relax.

In dogs, though, this cycle takes place much more rapidly.

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