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My chow/ border collie mix 13 year old started not eating, drinking a lot and urinating way less than she should. She had suffered from bladder stones, had surgery twice and won a battle with pancreatitis. He did tests and said she was in kidney failure and she would deteriorate very quickly, said her numbers were very bad. We sadly decided to put her to sleep. I had never been through this. I have since did some research. My vet only used one injection into the vein. I now know he could have given her a shot to sedate her first. Do you think she suffered any? She didn’t seem to have any pain, I was with her, holding her.

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Asked on January 18, 2016 3:39 am
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I am sorry for your loss. If you did not see any signs of discomfort I am sure she did not have any! It is not uncommon to use only one injection for euthanasia. The majority of the time at the Sanctuary we employ this technique. Typically we will use a sedation injection if the pet is fractious thereby endangering a smooth IV injection. In those cases the sedative will insure a smooth transition.

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Answered on January 26, 2016 11:34 am
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