Sedating a pet
She has worked at the same animal clinic in her hometown for over 20 years.
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Without sedation, stressful situations can lead to restlessness, and when a dog is restless it is more prone to hurt itself, not eat, hide, or hurt or bite other people and animals. Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS is a veterinarian with over 30 years of experience in veterinary surgery and companion animal practice.
Euthanasia can be less stressful for everyone if we take the time to be mindful of what constitutes a peaceful passing.
Sedation is one of the major controversies in end-of-life care medicine. When I talk to veterinarians about sedation, this is what I hear from those who don’t use sedation: 1. They know in those few precious moments that their pet is still alive and is no longer suffering.
Have you ever watched a client before and after sedation? Most importantly, they get to spend a few minutes with their pet and see that there is no pain or anxiety.
Some will even laugh through their tears at the sound of their pet snoring peacefully.
Do you know what it looks like to a client when you perform standing euthanasia on their pet?
I make sure to tell the owner that part of the reason for sedation is so that they don’t feel any more needles even if I have trouble accessing a vein.