Our veterinarians take time to acknowledge the graveness and importance of the situation, to introduce themselves to the family, and to connect with the pet if possible. They 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
Ending a beloved pet’s life in the most peaceful, gentle and respectful way is a medical procedure requiring knowledge, experience and compassion.
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 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 10 minutes [average 5 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 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”].