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post #81 of 91 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 04:38 PM
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I would never euthanize an animal without sedation first. I'm a vet tech as well and I've been working in the field for six years now and have seen some nasty and horrific outcomes of euthanasias without sedation. Not every animal just passes away peacefully from an overdose...

Where I work now, we sedate the animal and then place a catheter if necessary. The whole process is a whole lot more peaceful than trying to find a vein in the moment in the room with a client with a possibly widely alert animal who may struggle against you. If I can make it more peaceful and less stressful for the animal, then why would I choose not to?

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As a euth. tech I always sedated pre-euth., I also wanted to make the journey as peaceful as possible.
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This is what we did for my last sweet oldie. Because of his surgeries he was petrified of the vet's office. So my vet and I came up with a wonderful plan. We scheduled the euthanasia at home and the vet gave me (not to or for me) Valium to give my dog in the morning a few hours before the vet would come to the house. I gave my dog a good dose and when he got sleepy I put him in his favorite chair on a soft blanket.
By the time the vet came my dog was sound asleep and never woke up. The transition went seamless. No stress of even seeing the vet. I would never do it any other way.( I left all my tears out of this story). WD is his successor.
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After reading a particularly horrible story of a friend's ordeal with euthansia gone bad, when her beloved cat panicked and pulled out tubes halfway through it, I made sure my own was strongly sedated when it was time to say goodbye. And I always will. I certainly never want what happened to her to happen to me or my furbabies. Sedated, there is no fear and you can hold them and let them groggily cuddle with you as you say goodbye. Peaceful. I wouldn't do it any other way.
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the emergency vet we took Atlas to sedated him first. She said that it's their standard operating procedure, that the animals struggle less, and are less likely to experience any sort of reaction.

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I know this is an old thread, but I just joined and am catching up. I am also a ceritfied euthenasia tech and I always sedate an animal first. I use a TKX sedatative (telazol/ketamine/xylazine) and administer it IM. It's a quick little prick in the haunches instead of a dog having to watch someone stick a needle into his front leg while being restrained. It takes a little longer when administered IM, but I always pet and love and usually sing to the dog while he is going down. I also hold the dog so he doesn't stumble around. When a dog is properly sedated the euthenasia injection usually goes smoothly and quickly. If you have to stick more than once to find the vein, the dog is unaware. I always give our shelter dogs special treats which I keep in the euthenasia room, so the last thing they know is that they get some really yummy treats and then a little "bee sting", and then the crazy lady sings them to sleep. Usually a little James Taylor.

I would always want my babies to be sedated first. No question.
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That's awesome, Tar Heel Mom. It was so much easier, IMHO, when Chey was PTS. They gave her a good once over, we talked about it with the vet and amongst ourselves, and then they gave her a heavy sedative, Ketamine I think, as a shot in her hip. Hubby picked her up off the floor and put her on the table and we all told our favorite Chey stories as I fed her hot dogs. She was never one to let a piece of food hit the floor, so when the last bit of the hot dog hit the floor, the vet gave her the pink stuff and she was just gone. It was just so nice and peaceful.

With the IM, it gave us one more time to see her tail wag and her ears prick up at the mere scent of the hot dog and she slowly drifted off instead of all at once. Twas nice and it gave us some great memories.

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And that is the way it shold always be................sorry for your loss.
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I had to put my beloved chocolate Lab Cocoa down this past October, it was the first time I had ever witnessed a euthanasia so I didn't know what to expect. I was always under the impression that the animal was given an injection and then went peacefully to sleep and passed over. This was not to be, the night they put my boy down was the worst night of my life.

I felt like I let him down, the vet had a hard time finding a vein, and my husband had to hold him tight to keep him from struggling. I believe Cocoa knew what was going on, he was so scared and kept looking to me and my husband and I could see the panic in his eyes, it broke my heart. When the vet finally found a vein, he did go quickly, but he did not look at peace. He struggled somewhat and keeled over, his eyes looked like they were going to pop right out of his head and he was so rigid, it was horrible. I will never euthanize another one of my pets without them being sedated first. Cocoa's passing haunts me.

I don't blame the vet, I blame myself for not doing my homework. Now every time I bring Tess in to the vet's office, I have a real hard time. I can't even go near the room where Cocoa was put down. They have it written on Tess' chart.

This is my experience and how I feel, I will always request a sedative for any of my animals.

Shaolin - It sounds like Chey went nice and peacefully, just the way I always imagined it to be.

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God Linda, I am so sorry.
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