What happens during euthanasia of a pet?

Euthanasia is a term which means “painless death”.  For a pet, the visit entails the placement of an intravenous catheter through which an injection of a barbiturate (an anesthetic) is administered.  The barbiturate is given at an overdose amount that first anesthetizes the pet and then proceeds to stop the heart and breathing.  After the injection is given, it takes just seconds for your pet to peacefully pass away in a kind and gentle way.  We will confirm your pet has passed away by listening to the heart with a stethoscope and let you know when it has stopped.  In some cases, reflexes associated with passing away may be seen such as twitching, gasping, urination or defecation.  These are all normal reflexes associated with death and does not cause any pain or discomfort for the pet since they have already passed away.  The eyes will remain open.

What happens to my pet’s body after euthanasia?

Rest assured, your pet’s remains will be handled gently with dignity and respect.  The body will be kept safe at an appropriate temperature until a designated cremation service arrives to provide the proper cremation for your pet.

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