|Toto, CD, RN, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!!
|Barked: Tue Sep 10, '13 5:50pm PST |
|Sadly, in my humane society work I have preformed way more euthanasia than any one person should have to, and I was trained at an excellent week long seminar given by both veterinary AND spiritual professionals in the field.
What your vet explained is right.
For whatever unexplained reason, some dogs DO react with this horrible monotone barking. Testing HAS BEEN done, and the solution first deadens their pain perception, thus they are not feeling pain during this vocalization, it IS their brain reacting involuntarily to a stimulus, not their brain reacting to pain. Second is muscle paralysis, and the final step is death, resulting from cessation of breathing and heart beat. These three steps should happen in rapid progression but for some reason, sometimes they do not. Sadly, this DOES happen, and, I speak from experience having had one of my own dogs react this way. It IS very upsetting, not only to the poor dog owner who is already upset, but to the vet as well. Veterinarians are vets because they want to heal and save animals, they are upset to be euthanizing your pet just as you are.
As for a catheter, we were taught that it was one more long process in a difficult procedure and the benefits did not outweigh the difficulties in inserting and positioning a catheter, especially in an animal with poor blood circulation. Catheters blow out as well, and it tends to happen more often than when just a needle is inserted into the vein.
I am sorry this happened to your dog. It IS upsetting and rather than making the end to your beloved pets life a peaceful thing, it tends to make you, the pet owner, feel extreme guilt and distress that you had to make this decision and that you let your pet down when he needed you most.
Finally, just like human doctors, not all vets can deal with things like this happening in the ways in which we feel they should. Some are curt and blunt because they do not know how to handle suffering pet owners. They are okay with suffering pets, but it's the owners that upset them.
I always remember my poor veterinarian who was euthanizing one of my elderly pets. Everything that could go wrong did, multiple veins blew out and the dog was doing the seal bark the whole time. My vet looked at me with tears in his eyes and all he could say was how sorry he was. I was reassuring him since I KNEW all of these things could (and do) happen, fortunately very rarely. All I could say was at least I DO know this can happen.
Again, I am very sorry for your loss and I hope I can reassure you that loads and loads of research has been done on euthanizia (which, loosely translated means Well Death), and this barking is NOT your dog feeling pain, it is a completely involuntary reaction of her sensory cells.
Please do not feel you failed your baby...exactly the opposite, you made a difficult decision to end her suffering and that is the ultimate tribute to our pets!