How Do I Euthanize A Dog ?

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How Do I Euthanize A Dog ?


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According to The Humane Society of the Unites States, every year 3 to 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized by animal shelters in the US. Euthanizing a pet dog can be a tough decision, and only a pet owner is best placed to take the final decision. However, if it is considered a must, then it should be done only by veterinarian or qualified professionals either at home or at the vet clinics.

Common measures before euthanizing a pet dog include administering a sedative as most pet dogs become aggressive on seeing the vet or when they are very sick. Pentobarbital, the pink/blue/or yellow colored intravenous anesthetic barbiturate, is the most common drug that is used to euthanize pets as it blocks out the central nervous system. Lower doses of this drug are used to control severe seizures in pets that are affected by epilepsy. For euthanizing, pentobarbital is used along with another drug or something else that will relax the muscles so that heart stops to beat.

Before euthanizing, the vet shaves off the hair on the legs where the Pentobarbital will be injected. Usually the drug is injected in the vein located on top of one of the front legs, while for cats it is the vein on the inside of the back legs. Sometimes, a catheter is also used to gain access to the vein.

Some veterinarians might inject a clear fluid to confirm if the drug has been delivered. The effect immediately takes place with the pet dog or cat slipping into sleep and losing its consciousness. The breathing gradually slows down and only upon the confirmation of the vet, who will continuously monitor the heart rate, that the heart has stopped, the euthanizing process can be called complete.

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