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The Pet Euthanasia Visit

When Dr. Shanan arrives, he takes time to acknowledge the graveness and importance of the situation, and to introduce himself to the pet. Dr. Shanan will also take time to address any of your questions or concerns. Any of your particular wishes for the appointment can be brought up at this time or anytime throughout the appointment. It is important that you are comfortable with what is happening with your pet, so please don’t hesitate to ask questions. Family members can spend time with the pet, if they desire. Then, when all agree that it is time to proceed, the euthanasia process begins.

The Pet Euthanasia Procedure

Every pet will receive sedation/anesthesia prior to euthanasia. Since every pet is different, we have several different types of sedation and anesthesia so that we can choose the right protocol for your individual pet and situation. The sedative drug will place your pet into a soothing state of unconsciousness and relaxation. Pain medications are a part of our protocol as well. The euthanasia Injection is administered once the pet is peacefully sedated. During the euthanasia injection your pet will be completely free of pain or fear [literally a “good death”].

The sedating medication may be administered by an intravenous, intramuscular or subcutaneous injection. This injection can cause minor discomfort. If it does, the discomfort will only last a few seconds. This will be the only momentary discomfort felt by your pet during the entire appointment. The injection may take from one to several minutes to take effect. When it has taken effect your pet will be in an unconscious state, comparable to “twilight anesthesia” used in medical procedures.

The euthanasia Injection is then administered separately [always by an intravenous injection]. The  drug used for euthanasia is an anesthetic agent, Sodium Pentobarbital. In the past it was used regularly for surgical procedures in veterinary and human hospitals. When used for euthanasia, a sufficiently high overdose of the anesthetic agent is administered to stop the pet´s brain and heart activity, causing a quick and painless death.

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