Making the hardest decision you may ever have to make.

The euthanasia procedure is one that, like all medical treatments, is tailored to the individual patient and circumstance.

Some animals may require heavy sedation prior to euthanasia. This is usually the case for animals that are not comfortable being handled for medical procedures, or used to strangers, or whose disease is so advanced that any additional stress, however minimal, will not be tolerated. Sedation may also be administered if the pet owner wishes it. I most cases, a drug called Telazol is given under the skin, which causes your pet to gently fall asleep in the location of their choosing. This drug is highly effective, and works quickly- most pets will fall asleep with 5-10 minutes following administration. This drug causes an almost anesthetic level of sedation, and your pet will no longer respond to you once they are asleep.

In most cases, an intravenous catheter is placed to facilitate administration of the euthanasia solution. This is done after Telazol sedation, for animals that require it. If your pet is not unduly stressed by strangers, tolerates minor medical procedures (IV catheter placement), and is not so severely compromised that this minor stress will be detrimental, an IV catheter will be placed without prior Telazol sedation. This allows your pet to be alert, aware, and responsive to you for as long as possible.

When you and your pet are ready, a final injection of euthanasia solution (Euthasol) will be administered via the IV catheter. Euthasol is an anesthetic drug- it works by first anethetizing your pet, and making them fall asleep. However, instead of just anesthetized, your pet is overdosed with Euthasol, which causes them to stop breathing, and then causes their heart to stop beating. It is a very fast-acting drug, and euthanasia is achieved within seconds to a minute following administration.

The vet will then listen to your pet’s heartbeat, to ensure that it has stopped, and that your pet’s passing is complete.