|Barked: Wed Mar 16, '11 12:39am PST |
|"With chemical euthanasia the dog is basically given an overdose of barbiturates."
If the dog is lucky, it gets a shot of phenobarb.
In many, many cases, I know for a fact that some vets simply shoot the dog with a paralyzing agent, then inject Lignocaine (Lidocaine) or sodium Thiopental IV to stop the heart; the same as lethal injection. It is well documented that it this, without prior sedation, is an agonizing way to go. The dog only 'looks peaceful' because it cannot move. I have similar doubts over compound formulations like Somulouse (Secobarbital/Cinchocaine) and Tributame (Embutramide/Chloroquine/Lidocaine), just because of speed of onset of the barbituate. Hopefully I am wrong, because these are used in vets all over the world. Fact is, we just do not know; no one lives to say, hey, that hurt like hell, do they? In the cases where barbs are not used at all, I would rather shoot my dog cleanly and humanely in the head, which is perfectly legal (at least in my area of the world) for the euthanasia of livestock and animals.
I have heard of kill-shelters skipping out on the barb stage because they are expensive and going straight to the heart stopper (no need to paralyze, no loving owner watching), and folk have told me they scream their little hearts out. It turns my stomach. If I needed to have Jack euthanized at any time I would insist on looking at the bottles, knowing exactly what was going into him; it isn't cheap after all, he deserves the sedative to send him to sleep first! If they didn't like it, I would take my business elsewhere, or have him shot. I'm very skeptical about some vet's practices when it comes to this and it's always better to be safe than sorry.
Edited by author Wed Mar 16, '11 12:41am PST
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